Board of Trustees
Dr. Robin Dummer
Dr. Dummer is the Interim President of Simpson University. Dr. Dummer served as Simpson University’s associate provost and accreditation liaison officer from 2005-2013. He was also the dean of the school of traditional undergraduate studies. He received a B.A. in history from Simpson College, M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A. in history from California State University at Chico, and Ed.D. in educational leadership from George Fox University. In 1994, after serving 10 years as a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church in south San Francisco, he returned to his Simpson roots and served as an adjunct professor (1994-1996), an assistant professor of history (1996-2005), the chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division (1999-2005), and faculty senate president (2003-2005). He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 39 years, love their “kids” and have a granddaughter and grandson.
Dr. Betty M. Dean
Betty Dean was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves as vice chair. She is also part of the Academic Affairs, Executive, and Governance committees. She retired as superintendent/president emeritus of the Butte-Glenn Community College District. Betty and her husband, Clyde Powers, live in Chico, Calif.
Rev. R. Douglas Swineburne Jr.
Central Pacific District Superintendent
Doug Swinburne was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2003 and chairs the Development Committee. He is also part of the Executive Committee. Doug serves as the superintendent of the C&MA's Central Pacific District. Prior to that, he was a C&MA pastor for 25 years in California and Utah. He and his wife, Donna, live in Woodland, Calif. Their three daughters and two sons-in-law are all Simpson graduates.
Mr. Michael C. Fitzpatrick
Michael Fitzpatrick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006 and serves on the Development and Governance committees. He is self-employed at Fitzpatrick Law Offices. He and his wife, Merlynn, live in Redding, Calif.
Dr. William W. Malick
South Pacific District Superintendent
William Malick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and is part of the Student Development/Enrollment Management Committee. He serves as superintendent of the C&MA’s South Pacific District. Prior to that, he spent many years pastoring, church planting and served as church planting director for the district. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Murrieta, Calif.
Dr. Jo Anne Cripe
Jo Anne Cripe was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Jo Anne is a faculty department chair at Butte Community College, and is a former Simpson University professor. After her undergraduate years at Gordon College (Biblical Studies and English), she earned a Masters degree in Counseling from James Madison University, and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Boston University. Jo Anne and her husband Jeff (a walnut farmer) have been married for over 25 years, and have two young adult sons. The Cripes live in Chico, CA in the middle of a 90-acre walnut orchard. They are active in their home church, Bidwell Presbyterian, with a special focus on college student ministry.
Mrs. Kathy Evans
Kathy Evans was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006 and serves on the Student Development/Enrollment Management Committee. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kathy worked at Focus on the Family, the Pacific Northwest District office of the C&MA, and Intel Corp. before she retired. She and her husband, Byron, live in Hillsboro, Ore.
Mr. Raymond L. Homan
Raymond Homan was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and serves as chair of three committees: Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan and Audit. A Simpson alumnus, he worked in business management for 30 years and with a military storage contractor for 16. He serves on the finance board of the First United Methodist Church in San Diego, where he lives.
Mrs. Julie Irving
Julie Irving was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. After serving 30 years as a middle school health educator, Julie retired in 2008 to spend more time with her family and to devote herself to passions outside the classroom, for example volunteering as an event planner for Salem Alliance Church and travelling. She has been married to husband Kent for 35 years and is mother to three grown children, one of which graduated from Simpson, and proud "mamie" to her first grandchild.
Mr. Harold W. Kimball
Harold is retired from the Seattle Public School system where he worked since 1970. He earned his undergraduate degrees in History-Bible and Education at Simpson Bible College and Seattle Pacific University, respectively, and a master's in Educational Administration from Western Washington University. He has been married to wife Loretta for 43 years and they are blessed with three children. The Kimballs reside in Seattle, Wash., and attend Arbor Heights Community Church.
Mr. Mark B. Matheson
Mark Matheson was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and is part of the Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan and Audit committees. Mark is owner and president of Matheson Trucking. He and his wife, Sherri, live in Wilton, Calif. Their son, Josh, is a student at Simpson.
Ms. Linda E. Prouty
Linda Prouty was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. She has a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages and has served on mission trips to Australia and Israel. Linda, who has two married children, lives in Redding.
Mr. Norm F. Reinhardt
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Norm was commissioned as an officer in the Signal Corps. He transitioned into civilian roles at technology companies and currently serves as a Senior Director at Cisco Systems. He holds graduate degrees from Pepperdine University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Norm and his wife Brenda have been married for 35 years and have two adult daughters. They have been active in The Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Georgia and Southern California.
Mr. David S. Richey
David Richey was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and serves on three committees: Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan, and Audit. David, who is a self-employed consultant with The Richey Group Inc., attended Simpson College when it was in San Francisco. He and his wife, Kim, live in Hayward, Calif.
Mr. Lue Thao
Lue Thao was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves on three committees: Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan, and Audit. He is the chief financial officer for a community health center corporation and an elder, trustee and youth director at the Alliance Church of Merced. He also serves as a C&MA Audit Review Committee member. He and his wife, Pang, live in Merced, Calif.