Leadership Team

With direction from the Board of Trustees, the GHC Leadership Team leads day to day efforts at the college to support students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Ed Brewster

Dr. Ed Brewster

Interim President

President Direct Reports & Area Functions

Nicole Lacroix

Nicole Lacroix

Vice President for Instruction

Nicole joined Grays Harbor College in July 2020.  She has over 20 years of experience in higher education, specifically at the community college, in a variety of positions including English Faculty, Department Chair, Developmental Education Director, and Instructional Dean.  Nicole has worked extensively on developmental education redesign and student learning assessment. She has a Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Western Michigan University. 

Instruction Organizational Chart

Cal Erwin-Svoboda

Cal Erwin-Svoboda

Vice President for Student Services

Cal re-joined Grays Harbor College in July 2021 and serves as the Vice President for Student Services. In this role he provides college-wide leadership and collaborates with other functional areas to promote student success and educational access through a high-touch, proactive approach to student outreach, retention and completion. 

Before coming to Grays Harbor College, Cal worked for Clover Park Technical College for eight years, most recently as the Associate Dean for Student Success. Prior to Clover Park, he served at Grays Harbor College for six years as the Assistant Director of Student Life and had the additional responsibility of managing the Bishop Center. Collectively, Cal has over fifteen years of experience in the two-year college environment in a broad range of student services areas, including three revenue generating facilities and student union building management. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from Gonzaga University, Master of Education Degree in Student Affairs Administration from Western Washington University, and Certification in Performing Arts Management from the University of New Orleans. Cal is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Learning and Leadership at Seattle University. He is engaged in service, leadership, and public speaking at the state and national levels. 

Student Services Organizational Chart

Kwabena J. Boakye

Kwabena J. Boakye, CPA, CIA

Vice President for Administrative Services

Kwabena joined Grays Harbor College September 2019. Before coming to Grays Harbor College he was Vice President for Fiscal Affairs at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMC), where he also served as Chief Financial Officer for AMC Foundation, Inc., and AMC Campus Projects I, LLC. His responsibilities included budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, treasury and banking relations, student accounts, human resources, payroll, procurement, auxiliary enterprises, police department, central receiving, conference center, facilities planning and plant operations. Prior to this he was Audit Manager for Special Projects at the University System of Georgia and Audit Director at Georgia Perimeter College. Kwabena worked in California as Senior Auditor for the Chancellor’s Office, California State University System, Long Beach; Associate Finance Program Evaluator for California Department of Finance, Sacramento; Accounting Assistant for Miod & Co CPAs, LLP, Sherman Oaks and Staff Accountant for Gelfand, Rennet & Feldman, LLP, Los Angeles. Kwabena is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from California State University in Northridge and Sacramento, respectively.

Administrative Services Organizational Chart

Darin Jones, Chief Executive for Human Resources

Darin Jones, SHRM-SCP

Chief Executive for Human Resources

Darin was appointed as the Chief Executive of Human Resources at Grays Harbor College in July 2014. He served as the Chief HR officer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City for 11 years prior to arriving at GHC. He also worked as an HR professional in the medical management and consulting fields prior to moving to the higher education environment. He has served as the primary Risk Management officer at both GHC and Westminster College. He has training and experience with process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma. He earned a master’s degree in Human Resources from the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University.

Human Resources Organizational Chart

Derek Edens - Chief Executive of Information Technology

Derek Edens

Chief Executive for Information Technology

Derek was appointed as the Chief Executive of Information Technology at Grays Harbor College in November of 2021.  Previously, Derek worked for the David Douglas School District in Portland, Oregon in various roles for the last 22 years.  While at David Douglas, he was a classroom teacher, technology instructor, and technology coach.  Since 2010, Derek served as the Director of Technology, Assessment, and Accountability for the David Douglas School District. He earned his MAT from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State, and an Oregon K-12 Administrative license from George Fox University.

Information Technology Organizational Chart

Chief Executive for Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations

Kristy Anderson, M.P.A.

Chief Executive for Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations

A native of Poulsbo, Washington, Kristy Anderson graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 and went on to earn an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College in 1997.  Ms. Anderson started her professional career in the Planning Unit of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  She worked for 13 years at Olympic College serving as the Associate Dean for Planning, Assessment and Research. During this time she led the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chaired the Outcomes Assessment Committee, and was responsible for Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness programs to support Student Achievement.  From 2010-2013, Ms. Anderson was the Director of Planning, Assessment & Research at the College of the Siskiyous in Northern California, where she served as the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations Organizational Chart