Meet the Board of Trustees

Trustee Unti

Kirby Unti, Board Chair

Appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees in December, 2009.

Career Profile

Bishop Unti is retired after serving the Northwest Washington Synod of Evangelical Church of America from 2013 to 2019. Prior to being named Bishop in 2013, he served as the Pastor at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in the Renton Highlands for 33 years. Bishop Unti continues to reside in the Renton community.

Education Profile

Received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication from the University of Washington and his Master's Degree in Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.

Community Involvement

Renton Rotary – Past President Communities In Schools – Advisory Renton Magazine – Columnist Emergency Feeding Program – Host ARISE Men’s Shelter – Host Compass Center Veterans Housing Renton – Community Advocate Renton Citizen of The Year 2007 

Why are you a Renton Technical College Trustee?

I believe RTC is a key to the economic engine of the Pacific Northwest in being able to provide a skilled work force. It amazes me that there is a place like RTC than can transform a person’s life by moving them from a minimum wage to a living wage in short order. The world has come to our doorstep and the gathering place is RTC.


Trustee Enteman

Debra Entenman

Appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees in July, 2015.

Career Profile

Debra has more than three decades of community engagement and advocacy work. She served in the office of Congressman Adam Smith, U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years, and as District Director from 2015-18. In 2018 Debra was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives for the 47th Legislative District. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the College and Workforce Development Committee and Vice Chair of the Black Members Caucus.

Education Profile

Received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University.

Community Involvement

Debra has served as a board member for Neighborhood House since June, 2014, and is a member of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

Why are you a Renton Technical College Trustee?

As a former non-traditional student, I understand the challenges of working and raising a family while attending school. I believe that Renton Technical College is a 21st century leader in higher education. RTC accepts students that span the educational spectrum, and work with them to fulfill their dreams of attaining higher education. At RTC, helping a student to reach their goals is important. I look forward to being part of making that happen.


Trustee Norouzi

Jessica Norouzi

Appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees in July 2022.

Career Profile

Jessica is an experienced higher education administrator who serves as Assistant Dean for Advancement at the University of Washington College of Education. She also worked at Seattle Central College, most recently as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, and worked with Year Up, a workforce development agency working to ensure equitable access to education and economic opportunity.

Education Profile

Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Washington

Bachelor’s Degree, University of Washington

Community Involvement

Board Member, Northwest Education Access

Steering Committee Member, Womxn of Color in Education

Board member, Broadway Business Improvement Area

Why are you a Renton Technical College Trustee?

RTC is focused on career readiness and access while meeting the unique needs of each individual student. The college has deep roots in the community and values the diverse talents, skills, and experiences all its stakeholders bring - from students to employers to community partners. 


Trustee Takamura

Frieda Takamura

Appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees in November, 2015.

Career Profile

My career focused on the public education system, first as a junior high school and high school teacher, and then as the Human/Civil Rights Program Coordinator at the Washington Education Association.

Education Profile

Frieda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College and a Master's in Education from the University of Washington.

Community Involvement

Frieda is involved with various community-based organizations, including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Puget Sounds Advocates for Retired Americans, and the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, among others. She is a former commissioner on the Washington State Commission of Asian Pacific American Affairs, where she served as the Education Chair. Frieda is currently serving on the Washington Education Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.

Why are you a Renton Technical College Trustee?

Renton Technical College is a vital community resource that provides an alternative for those seeking further education and/or training, and whose needs are not necessarily met by a traditional four-year college. As the demography of South King County changes, so must our education institutions. They must continue to evolve to meet students' need as they strive to reach full potential. I believe I can contribute to helping RTC continue to do that.