Movers & Shakers 11/27/2015

Eddie Allen


The Rocksolid Community Teen Center, a local nonprofit serving students in the Battle Ground, Brush Prairie and Hockinson areas, has named Eddie Allen as its executive director.

For the past year and half, Eddie has served as the development coordinator at The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences in Vancouver.

Prior to Gardner, Allen was involved in fundraising and cause marketing efforts with numerous nonprofits including FISH, Humane Society of Southwest Washington, Dream Big, Gifford Pinchot Task Force, NW Association for Blind Athletes, Share, and Equality SW Washington.

Allen is a graduate of Clark College and Western Washington University. He is also a member of the Leadership Clark County Class of 2014.


The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) has named Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, as its 2016 Superintendent of the Year.

The announcement was made last weekend at WASA’s Superintendents Component meeting in Bellevue. The award recognizes the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents and pays tribute to those who lead our public schools.

Webb has led efforts to increase program choices in grades K-12, expand school-community partnerships that meet the needs of poverty-affected children, and personalize education through the use of one-to-one technology. Since 2010, the four-year on-time graduation rate in his district has risen from 64 percent to more than 80 percent.

“Steve is an outstanding voice for public education,” said Dr. Bill Keim, WASA’s executive director. “His leadership throughout the district, at the national level, and within WASA comes at a time when we need strong advocates for our schools. Steve’s commitment to ensuring all students achieve their best, such as the district’s ‘Opportunity Zone’ initiative, truly has made a difference in the academic careers of thousands of students and their families.”

A native Washingtonian, Webb holds a doctorate in educational leadership and earned his superintendent leadership credentials from Seattle University. He has a master of arts degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College and holds a bachelor of arts degree in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.

Webb is on the board of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, and the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.


Lifeline Connections, a behavioral health organization with offices in Vancouver and Orchards, has hired Joe Foster as its new chief financial officer.

Foster joins Lifeline Connections after seven years at Concordia University in Portland, where he played roles including director of operations & data management, director of accounts receivable and, most recently, business systems analyst.

Foster earned his MBA with an emphasis in operation management from Concordia University in Portland. He is also certified as a management accountant.

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