OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed William (Bill) Mirand and Richard (Rick) Kaiser to serve on the Board of Trustees of Bellingham Technical College. Mirand’s term began in March and Kaiser’s term started in July.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Bill and Rick join BTC as our new trustees,” said BTC President Dr. Kimberly Perry. “Their industry experience and dedication to community involvement are wonderful additions to our board.”
Bill Mirand is a past chairman of Puget Sound Electrical and a Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, an Apprenticeship Council member and an apprenticeship program manager.
Mirand has over 40 years’ experience as a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers serving as a journeyman electrician. He has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions including business representative, business manager and senior advisor and mentor with IBEW 46 and IBEW 191. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa 2009-10.
Rick Kaiser has over 36 years’ experience in computer programming, mechanical engineering, and industrial database management in the oil refining and manufacturing industries, and he is a licensed professional engineer in Washington State and Alaska.
Kaiser’s career then took him to the oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska where he worked as a database analyst for Glacier Services Inc. for over 12 years, followed by his current position of project manager for AIS Software Inc. for the past seven years in Bellingham. He is also a passionate supporter of education. He teaches science classes to first and second graders. He also taught Advanced Placement Computer Science at Sehome High School, Intertidal Marine Ecology at Whatcom Community College and Oceanography at the University of Washington.