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The Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a dynamic team of leaders working creatively and collaboratively to execute the vision and mission of the IIGE, which is to open up the classroom to the world.

The CAB designs and facilitates the Community Engagement Program, which offers Student Engagement and Directed Research opportunities. Through these, students work with faculty and network partners on community-relevant research projects, while gaining the practical skills and executive relationships necessary for success after graduation. Board members and community partners also facilitate:

  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Site visits
  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Global Classroom panels
  • Events sponsorship
  • Student scholarships
  • Study abroad
  • Conference grants
  • Innovation and design projects

Community Advisory Board Members


Divya McMillin, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Global Engagement

Professor of Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Divya McMillin

(Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is Professor of Global Media Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and founding Associate Vice Chancellor of the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement at UW Tacoma. McMillin’s pivotal work on the impact of satellite television on audiences and the television format industry across the world, have led to three critically acclaimed books, International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007), Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and the anthology Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, 2018).

Her participatory and grassroots, human centered methodologies in development communication and her analyses of global cities, soft power, and the social impact of convergence technologies, are widely published in top tiered journals and anthologies, meriting her Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association, and marking her as a postcolonial scholar who has shaped the field of International Cultural Studies.

McMillin is recipient of the UW Distinguished Research Award (2012) and the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017). She serves on various international journal editorial and book publishing review boards, as well as the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees.

Drew Bamford

Head, HTC Creative Labs

Drew Bamford brings a broad background in product development, as well as deep knowledge of user experience design to HTC Creative Labs. When he started at HTC in 2006, Drew had the opportunity to help drive the transformation of HTC from ODM to global consumer brand by creating a branded user experience for HTC products with TouchFLO on Windows Mobile and then HTC Sense on Android. More recently, Drew has been instrumental in the success of the BlinkFeed and the Zoe video highlights experiences. Today, Drew and his team are creating the experience infrastructure that will power HTC's VR platform business in the future.

Before joining HTC, Drew founded the user experience design practice at Teague, a product design consultancy in Seattle, where he and his team designed interactive products for such varied clients as Microsoft, Panasonic, Palm, Nike, Starbucks, and Boeing. Previously, Drew was responsible for the end-to-end user experience of a Web-based financial transaction platform at SparkCharge. While at Microsoft's Hardware Design Group, Drew led the hardware/software interaction design for a wide range of consumer products, from children's toys and game devices to wireless telephones. Drew's earlier experience includes pioneering intranet design work at IDEO and user interface design for a tablet device at Silicon Graphics.

At Stanford, Drew studied Product Design, which is a multidisciplinary program, combining mechanical engineering and design. In addition, he studied Human-Computer Interaction design under Terry Winograd.


Kevin Dull

Senior Vice President & Chief of Human Potential, MultiCare

Kevin B. Dull joined MultiCare Health System in 2015 as its SVP, Chief Human Potential Officer. MultiCare Health System has over 18,000 employees serving over one million customers across the state of Washington. Previously, Mr. Dull worked at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, where most recently he served as Vice President, Human Resources. His other roles with Kaiser Permanente included Regional HR Executive/Organizational Performance Leader and Director of Employee and Labor Relations. For a period of 10 years, Kevin was an adjunct professor of innovation, business strategy, business law and human resources.

Mr. Dull holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University. He served as Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce from 2018-2019. Kevin is married and has two teenage sons. Kevin enjoys golf and snow skiing.

Brian Ebersole

Former Tacoma Mayor & WA State Speaker of the House

Brian Ebersole served in the Washington State House of Representatives between 1983 and 1997, during which he was House Speaker between 1993 and 1995. He served as Tacoma Mayor between 1996 and 2000,  and was Bates Technical College President between 2000 and 2003. With more than 30 years of public service, he is a longstanding community leader who has been instrumental to the continuing revitalization of Tacoma.

Deneen Grant, SPHR

Managing Partner & Leadership Strategist, Progressive Leadership Group

Deneen Grant has witnessed firsthand the impact leadership has on business outcomes. Her experience and observations motivated her to develop a solution that marries leadership strategy with business strategy. Progressive Leadership Group was created to help CEOs and senior executives develop the leadership teams and culture that drive growth and long-term success.

Deneen is on a mission to equip companies, so they’ll have the right leaders, with the right skills, in the right roles. These leaders are able to create and maintain a mission-driven and high performance culture. Deneen knows how much culture drives business performance, so she works with clients to create alignment around the company’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.

Deneen has an extensive background, with close to 20 years of HR business partnership, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness experience. She has held key roles with Wells Fargo Bank, KeyBank, Kitsap Bank, Russell Investments, and Meracord. Her work in these companies was heavily focused on organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and organizational design.

Deneen is a certified John Maxwell coach, teacher, trainer, and speaker. She has training in Organizational & Relationship Systems Coaching, Problem Solving through Action Learning, and Management/Leadership Styles.

Deneen holds certifications through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), and The Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Jeremy Gregory

Owner and Artist, Candy Teeth Creative

Jeremy Gregory is an experienced artist and a creative force of many talents. He is a muralist, illustrator, cartoonist, puppeteer, juggler and storyteller.

Jeremy's  multi-layered painting style employs a variety of media that is delightfully untraditional. One may feel like they have entered a different world. Take a look, peel it back layer-by-layer, and enter.

His  murals are fresh and thought provoking. Having an eye for the unusual, he tends to incorporate a creative spin on everything. Jeremy prides himself on the ability to blend distinctive personal style and input to create a mural that is imaginative, innovative and embodies the area.

Lt. General Stephen Lanza

Lieutenant General, United States Army (Ret.)

Lt. General Stephen Lanza served as commander of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from February 6, 2014 to April 3, 2017. I Corps is a globally responsive and regionally aligned force that supports the Pacific region. Through military-to-military engagements, partnership capacity building exercises, and security force assistance operations, America’s Corps provides agile mission command and trained forces to support the Army’s Prevent, Shape, and Win Strategy.

Lanza was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1980 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Enrique Leon, MD

Faculty Physician, Tacoma Family Medicine, Multicare

Enrique Leon, MD is a faculty physician at Tacoma Family Medicine (TFM), Multicare and part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Network.  The mission of his current residency is to educate family physicians and medical students to work in rural, urban, underserved, and international regions of high need. He has been at TFM for 4 years and is Clinical Instructor in the University of Washington Medical School. Prior to this he cared for underserved patients for 12 years in the mostly Latino Community Health Care, Eastside, Tanbara office in the Salishan neighborhood of Tacoma. 

Dr. Leon is guided by principles of social justice and inter-denominational liberation theology in his use of social determinants of health to help individual and regional health decision-making and in his work promoting work-life-family balance and preventing poverty. He enjoys stimulating problem-solving around health needs through active learning and mentoring. He is committed to spreading awareness that global issues have local roots that can be studied and acted upon at many levels.

Born in Peru to American and Peruvian parents who met in the Peace Corps, Dr. Leon has maintained relationships and collaborations through family and volunteer medical education and service projects in his home country.  He has served and led in the following: Washington Academy of Family Physicians Public Health (committee member); Pierce County Chapter of Washington Academy of Family Physicians (President); Salishan Housing Project Revitalization Hope 6 Grant (committee member); Eastside Clinic Medical (Director); Multicare Adult Medical Services (committee member); American Academy of Family Physicians; and Peruvian-American Medical Society.

Dr. Leon’s educational background began in public schools in Maryland, then to a BS in Biology from James Madison University, Virginia. He went on to medical school at Howard University, followed by residency training at Swedish Medical Center Seattle (First Hill campus, University of Washington) and most recently a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Washington.

He is married, with 2 children ages 14 and 9. He enjoys getting to the outdoors with his family to camp, hike, fish, and ski.  At home they like to dance, cook and tell jokes.

Michael Liang

Program Director, Spaceworks Tacoma

Michael Liang came to Spaceworks Tacoma after a ten-year career as a designer and creative leader with the National Park Service. As Program Director, he provides vision and support to the Spaceworks staff and clients, helping the program grow and strengthen as a pillar of Tacoma’s creative community.

Mark Wales

Workforce Management

Mark Wales is an executive with a proven track record of achievement with leading US and UK companies. He brings leadership and energy so that organizations can innovate, implement and operate. He works at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels to build sustainable capabilities.

Mr. Wales has led global workforce management initiatives at Starbucks and Ralph Lauren. He developed at Ralph Lauren a globally recognized and respected innovative center of excellence delivering workforce management optimization. He coaches a holistic approach to Workforce Management that can deliver sustainable performance improvements across all divisions and geographies. He has worked with other leading US and European companies including IBM, Nike, Levi Strauss, The Gap, Safeway, Columbia Sportswear, Williams-Sonoma, David’s Bridal, and Tesco. He also advises innovators, analysts and investors on trends and direction in workforce management.

He is an author, global speaker, member of the Workforce Institute, Retail Analytics Council, Evidence Based Management Group, and involved in the design of the next generation of workforce management solutions. He is on the executive boards of the University of Washington Milgard School of Business, University of Washington Tacoma Global Innovation and Design Lab and the Washington State Historical Society.

John Wolfe

CEO, The Northwest Seaport Alliance

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe also serves as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia's director of operations and marine terminal general manager.

Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal's operations manager.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Fair Board, Federal Maritime Commission’s Export Innovation Team and Maritime Innovation Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Wolfe earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Non-Voting Members:

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD

Associate Director, UW Tacoma IIGE & Global Honors Program

Associate Teaching Professor in Culture, Arts and Communication, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Dr. Joanne Clarke Dillman teaches a variety of film classes, from Introduction to Film Studies, to Feminist Perspectives, Media Genres and Film Theory and Aesthetics, among others. She also teaches an Introduction to Screenwriting class. She has taught in both the Core Program and continues to teach in Global Honors. Her focus and home program is in Arts, Media, and Culture. Dr. Clarke Dillman’s degrees include a bachelors from Brown University, MFA in Film from Columbia University, and PhD from George Mason University, with areas of specialization in Visual Culture and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Clarke Dillman's PhD's work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power in American visual culture, with an emphasis on film. Her book, "Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone," was published in November, 2014.

As Associate Director, Dr. Clarke Dillman supports the Associate Vice Chancellor, faculty, staff, and students in the development and execution of several Program initiatives, including Integrated Global Honors and the annual Global Engagement Conference.