Movers & Shakers: 3/6/2020

Karin Edwards

The Clark College Board of Trustees announced its selection of Dr. Karin Edwards to be the college’s next president. Edwards will be the college’s 15th leader in its 87-year history.

Since July 2014, she has served as president of Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus. In that role, her responsibilities at PCC Cascade include supervising the advanced manufacturing programs at PCC’s Swan Island Trades Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility housing the college’s Apprenticeship and Trades department, as well as PCC’s Maritime Welding Training Center at Swan Island, which trains welding students and has MOAs with Vigor Industrial.

Her community service includes serving on the board of directors of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives and on the advisory board of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, as well as being an active member of the Partners in Diversity Leadership Council and the Oregon President’s Council of the Oregon Community College Association.

Dr. Edwards earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at State University of New York at Albany, and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ben Melnick

Ben Melnick

The law firm of Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards, PS, announced that Benjamin P. Melnick has been made a partner. Melnick began his practice in criminal defense and personal injury in 2013, before coming to Schauermann Thayer to focus solely on personal injury in 2018.  He practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, auto, motorcycle, trucking, bicycle and pedestrian collisions, as well as insurance disputes.



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start