Vaughn Sherman

Vaughn Sherman was raised and schooled in Seattle, Washington. After a tour of duty with the Navy, he attended  and graduated from the University of Washington, working in Alaska for the Fish and Wildlife Service during school vacations.

The Alaska experience led Vaughn into the career of a fisheries biologist. That was cut short when he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency.  After twenty-two years hu CIA career aended when his wife became ill and he was needed at home to care for her and their children.

Vaughn then became active as a trainer and facilitator for the governance of non-profit agencies and community colleges.  He has helped many such organizations with governance matters, including presentations and retreat leadership in all corners of the country.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of Edmonds Community College, as president of Washington State’s Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC), and as president of the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

He has been interested in writing since taking creative writing classes at the University of Washington.  ACCT has published two of his books on board governance.  In 2011 he and his wife founded Patos Island Press LLC, a botique publisher that began with the March 2012 release of Walking the Board Walk, a handbook on governance for nonprofit directors and CEO’s.  Another of his books, Memoir of a Master Maruber will be published by Patos Island Press in the fall of 2012.  A novel based on his CIA experience will be published by Camel Press in the summer of 2012.  

 A certified mediator, Vaughn is a volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties in Washington State.

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