Meet the SEC
Marisol started working at Whitman in February 2012. She also owns a fruit stand business in Milton Freewater, OR. She loves working in the Student Engagement Center, and helping connect students with the resources they need.
Susan Buchanan, Director of Career Development has been at Whitman since August, 2000. With a Master's degree in Counseling and a BA in History, she is a whiz at helping students and alumni analyze their interests, values and skills to develop career goals. She can help craft a skill based resume and teach creative job search and grad school application strategies.
Abby joined the Student Engagement Center as the Community Service Coordinator in 2012. She is passionate about service, education, and student life. Abby earned a B.A. in Education from Wittenberg University, and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California Riverside. Abby is excited to work with students to connect them with meaningful service experiences that give them opportunities to address community needs, explore interests, learn through experiences outside of the classroom, and serve as active citizens.
Noah brings a background in law, education, public policy, community organizing, and research to his role at Whitman. He loves helping students find ways to solve problems and tackle challenges they see in the world around them. In addition to his role in the SEC he also serves as Whitman's pre-law advisor and is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department. Noah and his wife, Dr. Helen Kim, have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia.
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A Walla Walla native who is dedicated to the quality of education for all children in our community. Her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington afforded her a Public Relations internship at Children's Hospital which raised funds for the Uncompensated Patient Care Fund and confirmed her desire to be present where her passion and the community's needs intersect. Significant time spent in Development and Relational Marketing at World Vision, a faith-based international relief and development organization, expanded her global view of the most vulnerable children around the world, as well as the complexities of the non-profit sector. Currently, as Outreach Coordinator, Susan is engaged with the oversight of school-based initiatives offering Whitman students practical, valuable experience working with students in our local schools.
Kim Rolfe brings to the SEC 20 years of work in corporate America working in a diverse range of environments in the for-profit sector. Her goal is to build partnerships with the business community and connect Whitman students to career opportunities through those partnerships. She is excited by the occasion to combine her practical experience in business and a passion for assisting future generations with entry into that world.
Kyle graduated Whitman in 2012 with a degree in philosophy. He promptly put his liberal arts education to work in the SEC, overhauling the website and implementing a new job board software while updating office-wide strategies to become agile and tech-savvy. Kyle's interests are all over the map, with experience in business management, international development, and (of course) technology. He loves to help students work on projects or think about their future - feel free to swing by his office!