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The nimble core staff of the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension provides comprehensive client-centered project development, management, and implementation. Faculty from across the WSU system provide the relevant expertise for each project, ensuring that Metro Center remains flexible to address a broad range of needs.

Center Staff

Brad Gaolach HeadshotBrad Gaolach, Ph.D.
Center Director
Phone: 425-405-1734
Martha Aitken HeadshotMartha Aitken
Assistant Director
Maggie Anderson Fasy small profile picture
Maggie Anderson Fasy
Special Projects Coordinator
Jose Garcia HeadshotJosé L. García-Pabón Ph.D.
Associate Professor
patricia townsend headshotPatricia Townsend
Assistant Professor & Urban Natural Resource Specialist
Julie Lusby HeadshotJulie Lusby
Fiscal Manager



Mark BeattieMark Beattie Ph.D.
Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor: School of Hospitality Business Management NPSE
Julie Padowski Ph.D. HeadshotJulie Padowski Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rebecca SeroRebecca Sero, Ph.D.
Evaluation Specialist
Kim ZentzKim Zentz, MEM, P.E.
Director, Urban Innovation – WSU, Office of Research & Chief Executive Officer – Urbanova



Headshot of Kevan Moffett Dr. Kevan B. Moffett Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Christina Sanders headshotChristina Sanders (MPA)
Director, Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS)
Phone: 509-335-4811
Doug SteinbargerDoug Steinbarger, MS
County Director, WSU Clark County Extension