MARIETTA— The Washington State Community College (WSCC) Foundation honored Marietta Police Chief Katherine “Katie” Warden and Dr. Bradley Ullman as the 2023 WSCC Distinguished Alumni during its reception Thursday evening. This distinction is presented annually to graduates who exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that represent the mission and goals of the college.
“As an institution, we are proud to honor the remarkable careers of Katie and Dr. Ullman,” said WSCC Foundation Director Megan Marion. “Their accomplishments will serve to motivate and inspire future Washington State graduates.”
Warden has proudly served the community as a Marietta City Police Officer for more than 20 years. She graduated from Washington State Magna Cum Laude and was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Criminal Justice Club. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in 2001. She immediately launched into her career with Marietta PD as a patrol officer. In 2015 she was promoted as the city’s first female sergeant and by 2022 was Marietta’s first female Chief of Police. In recognition of the high regard she’s held in by her fellow officers, they selected her for the Officer of the Year earlier this year.
Throughout her career, Warden has specialized in sex abuse crimes, served as a field training officer, and created the department’s Field Training Program for new officers. In her current role as Police Chief, she has developed an officer health & wellness program and created a therapy dog program that is used by the School Resource Officer in the Marietta School District.
She is an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12 and assists in Shop with a Cop. She is also involved in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and the annual Children’s Pool Party.
Chief Warden is currently pursuing her master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership through the University of San Diego. She anticipates to graduate in 2024. She is supported by her husband, Marc Warden, who is a firefighter, and their teenage sons, Drew and Owen.
Dr. Bradley Ullman, a 2011 graduate of Washington State Community College, comes from a family of WSCC graduates. His parents, as well as both of his sisters, graduated with associate degrees.
During his time on campus, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was one of two graduation speakers for his class. He then went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from the University of Akron followed by his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2017. He completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville and currently works as a member of the Cardiac Anesthesia team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Dr. Ullman’s areas of interest include trauma and cardiac care. When not working at the president’s hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and his 10-month-old son Bennett.