Kristin Ang is an attorney in Pierce County. She received her business degree from the University of Puget Sound, with a piano performance scholarship.

She graduated from Cornell Law

School, and studied international business and law in Hong Kong and mainland China. Kristin is an advocate for sustainable development and human rights. She can be found at community events, festivals and concerts. Kristin welcomes chats with members about City Club, as well as community development, projects and issues.

Kristin Ang


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Lorne is a geotechnical engineer with BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. Lorne grew up in Tacoma and moved back with his wife and three kids after he

transitioned from school into

engineering consulting in 2014. After three long years of commuting to Seattle to work for one of the state's top geotechnical firms, Lorne opened an office for his company in Tacoma in 2018. Lorne loves living in the City of Destiny and joined the City Club because of his belief in the importance of a nonpartisan forum for civic discussion, education, and engagement.

Lorne Arnold


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As soon as Deb arrived in Tacoma thirty years ago, she knew she was home.  Originally from downstate New York, they settled in Tacoma after eduction in

Massachusetts, San Diego, and

Toronto, and work in Southern

California. Deb is a retired primary care physician.  Her adolescent ambition was to become a city planner; a circuitous route involving Peace Corps service led her to health care practice at Group Health and at the VA.  She joined City Club after retirement in 2013. There is a clear connection between civic education and health.  Healthy lives need healthy communities; civic education is a corollary of health education.

In addition to serving as City Club secretary, she volunteers with free clinics, Habitat for Humanity, Washington Trails Association, Grand Cinima, Read2Me, and Puget Sound Revels.  She loves hiking, skiing, gardening, travel, running and wine.  She is the proud parent of an adult son and daughter and a doting grandma.

Deb Hammond



Alicia Lawver works for Tacoma Public Schools where she manages strategic initiatives for the Planning & Construction, Nutrition Services, and Facilities departments. A former journalist

and longtime Tacoma community activator, Alicia enjoys getting to

the root of what matters and connecting people and organizations for meaningful action. Her favorite question: Why not?


Alicia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University and has a Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University. She also holds an Accreditation in Public Relations.


Alicia loves adventures near and far, getting people excited about life and new ideas, and bragging about Tacoma. Alicia and her husband, Nathe, live in Tacoma with their three not-so-small children, two dogs who think they're cats, and one cat who thinks she's a dog.

Alicia Lawver

Joy Stanford

Joy Stanford, known lovingly as "Ms. Joy" by students in her community, is a mother, housing and health care advocate, and substitute teacher in the South Sound region where she has lived for over twenty years. She is a fierce activist for

Women, children, education, homelessness, equity, and diversity.

Prior to becoming a substitute teacher, Joy spent 14 years working with local seniors and underserved populations to gain access to Medicare, Medicaid, and other critical community resources.

She is a 2009 graduate of University of Phoenix, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a 2019 Christine Gregoire cohort Emerge graduate and Vice-Chair of the Emerge Washington Board of Directors, Washington Paramount Duty board member, Gig Harbor League of Women Voters member, Peninsula School District Equity and Diversity member, Peninsula School District Community Truancy Board member, and a City Club of Tacoma board member.

Joy currently works for Shared Housing Services as a Community Outreach Specialist, helping Pierce county residents avoid housing instability and she is a co-founder and co-chair of the Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula Homeless Coalition.

Joy Stanford

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President Lin Zhou, Ph. D
Since her hire at Bates as the dean of continuing education, apprenticeship and child studies in 2013, Dr. Lin Zhou served as dean of instruction and executive dean before becoming the vice

president of institutional effectiveness and student success in 2016. Previously, she held the positions of associate dean of extended learning, and director of branch campus and continuing education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in business administration from City University in Seattle, an Associate Degree in computer science and networking technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and an Associate Degree in accounting from Renmin University of China. In 2017, Dr. Zhou participated in the Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, administered by the university’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Zhou is the college’s first female president, and the first female Chinese immigrant to serve as president at a public two-year college in Washington state.

Lin Zhou