Meet the Leadership Team

Meet CBC's Leadership Team

Rebekah Woods became the sixth president for CBC in November 2017. Prior to joining CBC, she was the Provost at Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Juris Doctor from Regent University.

She serves on various local boards and organizations including the Tri-City Development Council, Visit Tri-Cities, Washington State STEM Education Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, Pasco Kiwanis and Watson’s Paws for the Cause.

Dr. Woods believes in the transformational power of an education and is committed to meeting the educational needs of the Tri-Cities and helping all students succeed at CBC. 


Eduardo Rodriguez started working at CBC in 2001 and served until 2018 in different roles, including Assistant Director of Information Services, Organizational Change Management Director, Director of Budget Services and Assistant Vice President for Administrative Operations. From 2018 through May 2021, Eduardo served as the Vice President of Administration and Finance at Renton Technical College, then returned to CBC as the Vice President for Administrative Services in June 2021.

Eduardo earned an Associate of Arts and Science in Electronics and System Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management from Columbia Basin College. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University.

Eduardo’s passion is working in an organization, like CBC, which helps provide opportunities that transform lives.


John Boesenberg joined CBC as the Interim Vice President for Human Resources & Legal Affairs in August 2022. His career in Washington's community and technical colleges began in 1989, as Director of Personnel at Pierce College. He spent 23 years at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, serving first as Deputy Executive Director of Human Resources and then as Deputy Executive Director for Business Operations and Executive Director for Human Resources. He retired from the State Board in 2021 and agreed to serve as Interim Vice President of Human Resources and Equity at Centralia College in May 2022.

As a graduate of Peninsula College and Western Washington University, John is a beneficiary and long-time supporter of Washington State's community and technical colleges. He is passionate about the opportunities we provide to students and communities and grateful to have this opportunity to learn about and contribute to CBC's mission of student success!

Michael Lee began teaching English and Literature at CBC in September of 1999. In his current role, he serves as the Vice President for Instruction. Prior to coming to CBC, he taught at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, and Henan Medical University in Zhangzhou, China. While teaching at CBC, he's completed a Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English from Idaho State University.

Currently he serves on the Benton Franklin Workforce Development Council and also serves on the advisory boards for the College of Education at Washington State University Tri-Cities and for the Culinary Program at Tri-Tech Skills Center. 

Michael works to support opportunities for positive interactions between faculty members and students that foster educational growth for all students at CBC.

Cheryl Holden has been a proud CBC Hawk since 2001 and began serving as the Vice President for Student Services in 2017. Previously, she served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Registrar and Director for Student Records and Running Start here at CBC. Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and her Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She spent over 15 years in the K through 12 education system before joining the team at CBC.

As the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at CBC for 13 years, Cheryl held a 70% winning record in overall play and feels honored to own five East Region titles. She is one of only two coaches to win four Northwest Athletic Conference Championships in her career. Cheryl had the privilege of being named East Region Coach of the Year five times and NWAC Coach of the year four times. She loves basketball. She loves CBC. And she’s very proud to be a member of the NWAC Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Jason Engle joined the CBC leadership team in 2016. Before CBC, he worked in the Office of Educational Accountability at the State of Wisconsin and in Research and Evaluation at the Madison Metropolitan School District (Madison, WI). He have a Masters of Public Affairs in Education Policy and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.

CBC's Organizational Learning/Institutional Research supports student success by organizing and disseminating information to help make better decisions throughout the college. A flagship of this effort is the establishment and expansion of the “Jedi Project” – where he disseminates enrollment, program and student performance throughout CBC.


Bennie Moses joined CBC in October 2021 as the Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Prior to joining CBC, Bennie was the Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion for Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. She has also served as a COVID-19 CBO Lead for COFA Alliance National Network based in Keizer, Oregon. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion as a foundational principle that provides opportunities for all members of the campus to grow and engage in safe, brave and thought-provoking dialogues that is critical in shaping an equity-centered and inclusive campus community. 

Elizabeth Burtner joined CBC in 2022 as the Assistant Vice President of Communications and External Affairs. Prior to joining CBC, she worked for STCU supporting their new market entry in the Tri-City area. While at STCU, Elizabeth led the community outreach and financial education team across three distinct markets. Her prior roles spanned innovation, strategy, and communication across a variety of industries.  

Elizabeth earned an Associates of Arts from CBC and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from WSU Tri-Cities. She currently serves as the Board Chair for Communities in Schools, is a member of the Mid-Columbia PRSA, and is actively engaged in our local chambers. 

As a graduate of CBC and then WSU locally, Elizabeth is passionate about the value that CBC brings to our community. Supporting education and contributing to the pathways of success for our local students is a value that Elizabeth shares with CBC. 

Ronda Rodgers joined the CBC team in June 2021 as the Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees. She graduated from Washington State University Tri-Cities with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration on Innovation and Change.

For the past 15 years, Ronda served in administrative roles supporting executive leaders in the legal field, first in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Vancouver and most recently in Benton County District Court.

Ronda is a CBC graduate who began taking evening courses while working full-time before transferring to WSU Tri-Cities. She values the opportunities a local community college education provides citizens, enabling students to further their educational and career goals while continuing to work and thrive in their local community.   




Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus