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Skagit Valley College names Kathleen Petrzelka executive director of SVC Foundation

Feb 21, 2024


Mount Vernon, WA — Skagit Valley College recently named Kathleen Petrzelka as the executive director of SVC Foundation. She began her role on January 2.

“Kathleen’s brings a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of the intricacies of philanthropy,” said Anne Clark, vice president of college advancement. “Kathleen embodies the spirit and mission of Skagit Valley College, and we are honored to have her join us in this vital leadership role.”

Before starting her current position, Petrzelka served as the director of philanthropy for the SVC Foundation. Prior to joining SVC in 2022, she held the role of marketing and outreach coordinator at the Mount Vernon Downtown Association.

Outside of work, Petrzelka actively participates in various community organizations, including the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation and the Conway Youth Soccer Association Boards.

“I am inspired by our donors and their philanthropic support for Skagit Valley College,” said Petrzelka. “Our wonderful community helps create better outcomes and transform lives for SVC students and their families. I am committed to advancing the mission of the foundation to create greater opportunities for all.”

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Petrzelka’s roots in the Northwest run deep. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Since 2011, she has called the Skagit Valley home.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Petrzelka and her husband are proud parents to three boys who attend Mount Vernon High School and Conway School. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, live music, and cherishing moments with her family and friends.

“I am honored to be able to serve my community and grateful to the many people that have made the SVC Foundation what it is today,” said Petrzelka. “In 2026, Skagit Valley College celebrates its centennial, I am thrilled to be part of such a milestone and to support our students and college through scholarship, program, and equipment support for generations.”

For more information, email Kathleen Petrzelka at [email protected]

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