Meet the SEC

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Professional Staff
Abby Juhaz - Community Service Coordinator | Fernando Medina Corey - Technology & Marketing Fellow
Gayle Townsend - Assistant Director of Career Development | Kim Rolfe - Director of Business Engagement
Marisol Becerra - Administrative Assistant | Noah Leavitt - Associate Dean for Student Engagement
Susan Prudente - Outreach Coordinator | Victoria Wolff - Internship Coordinator

Student Office Assistants
Annie Boyenneh | Jackie Bonilla | Lauren Platman | Serena Runyan | Susanna Bowers | Tabor Martinsen

Community Service Interns
Elissa Picozzi - Green Park Bilingual | Forrest Arnold - Service Events and Reflection | George Felton - Service Trips
Jeremy Nolan - Buddy Program | Katie Steen SCORE Program | Leslie Rodriquez - Mentor Program
Mackenzie Palmer - Storytime Project | Mariah Matthews - Adopt-a-Grandparent | Nate Higby - College Coaches
Rachel Palfini - Service Trips | Rina Wulfing - Mentor Program | Sophie Schouboe - Whitman Teaches the Movement

Abby Juhasz

Community Service Coordinator

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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.

 

Annie Boyenneh

Executive Office AssistantAnnie_Boyenneh
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Annie is a junior, majoring in Politics and Gender Studies at Whitman. Her interests and experience in technology, web development, leadership training, event planning and organization drove her to work in the Student Engagement Center. She hopes to utilize her experience and skills to support the student body at Whitman by listing open internships, job opportunities, and other resources to further strengthen their career goals. Annie is excited to work with student in supporting, building, and fostering their personal and professional growth.

 

Elissa PicozziElissa

Green Park Bilingual Program Community Service Intern
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Elissa Picozzi is a junior physics-mathematics major from Mercer Island, WA. This year she is the intern for the Green Park Bilingual Program. She has been with the program since freshman year and is excited to have this opportunity. Volunteering with the bilingual program has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her time at Whitman and she has enjoyed seeing how her fellow volunteers and she have used the language skills they’ve acquired in classes to impacts the lives of others. When she isn’t working with the program, she is playing ultimate, curled up with a fantasy book, or baking cookies.

 

Fernando Medina Corey '14

Technology & Marketing Fellow
Fernando graduated Whitman in 2014 with a degree in Politics and Philosophy. His divergent interests in entrepreneurship and technology are what drove him to work in the Student Engagement Center. Fernando hopes to continue to support the website as well as maintaining and acquiring digital resources for students and SEC staff. He loves to help students work on projects or think about their futures so feel free to swing by his office and say hello!

 

Forrest ArnoldForrest

Events & Reflection Community Service Intern
Forrest Arnold is a sophomore at Whitman, potentially majoring in Rhetoric or Politics-Environmental Studies. As the Events and Reflections intern, it's his job to help organize the campus wide service events such as Make a Difference Day, Spring Service Day, and the Service Saturdays in between. He also works with my fellow interns to develop reflection events for each of the weekly service programs, which provide volunteers an opportunity to reflect on the impact they have made in the community and what they have learned from their service. He strives to foster the spirit of service on campus and create a more cohesive community of volunteers at Whitman. Outside of his internship he is highly involved in the Campus Climate Challenge, plays the French horn in the Wind Ensemble, and enjoys bouldering and hiking.

 

Gayle Townsend '80 (Parent '14)Gayle Townsend

Assistant Director of Career Development
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Gayle brings to the SEC 25 years of experience in Career Counseling, Advising, Personal Counseling, and Teaching. She enjoys helping students find out how to combine the activities that they find exciting with their career interests. She focuses on helping individuals explore their strengths, skills, values, and life experiences toward developing a path toward a career but also a path to life long learning. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Oregon and has worked at Lane Community College in Eugene,OR as a counselor and instructor for the last 14 years. She is looking forward to meeting you and is excited to be here.

 

George FeltonGeorge Felton

Service Trips Community Service Intern
George is a senior Classics and Philosophy double major. He has been involved with the SEC even before Convocation of his first year, when he participated on a SCORE. He's remained involved in Whitman service trips as a SCORE leader and then as last years Summer Community Service Intern, as well as participating and leading Spring Break Service Trips. George is excited to carry his experience and passion forward into planning this year’s Spring Break Service Trips, and hopes to make these trips engaging, rewarding, and fun.

 

Jackie BonillaJackie_Bonilla

Executive Office Assistant
Jackie will be joining the Student Engagement Center this Fall 2014. She is a junior Sociology major from Los Angeles, CA. Jackie has a background in community organizing, Whitman Institute for Summer Enrichment Program (WISE), Power & Privilege Symposium, State of the State research, club presidency, and the Humanity in Action Fellowship. She would be more than happy to be a resource for students interested in any of these things or whatever else you may need help with.

 

Jeremy NolanJeremy_Nolan

Buddy Program Community Service Intern
Jeremy Nolan is a junior biology and Spanish double-major from Vista, California. In addition to his work as the buddy program intern, Jeremy is the RA of Whitman's Spanish interest house "La Casa Hispana", an Outdoor Program leader, and an avid photographer, musician, and cyclist. Jeremy loves helping others and giving back to the community, and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy after his time at Whitman.

 

Katie SteenKatie_Steen

SCORE Program Community Service Intern
Katie Steen worked in the Student Engagement Center as the Events & Reflection intern for the 2013-2014 academic year and now works as the Summer Community Service intern. She is a Gender Studies major and brings a passion for service, active citizenship and social justice into everything she does. Katie is committed to being an enthusiastic and compassionate member of the amazing Student Engagement Center staff!

 

Kim Rolfe

Director of Business Engagement
Kim 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.

 

Lauren PlatmanLauren

Executive Office Intern
Lauren is a senior Environmental Studies-Sociology major from Portland, Oregon. She has worked as the SEC Executive Office Assistant since spring 2013, and enjoys helping and being a resource for the larger Whitman community. Her works includes advertising and planning events, researching job opportunities for her fellow whitties, and being a resource to students, staff, and faculty. Outside of the office, Lauren is Co- Membership Chairwoman of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Co-President of Challah for Hunger, and tasting room pourer for Palencia Winery. She hopes to pursue her interests in sustainable community development, conservation, and policy after Whitman.

 

Leslie RodriguezLeslie_Rodriquez

Mentor Program Community Service Intern
Leslie Rodriguez is a current Senior Politics major from Houston, Texas. This year she is excited to be one of the Mentor Program Interns in the Community Service Office. For the past three years, she has mentored at Greenpark Elementary, and says it has always been a highlight of her Whitman experience. She loves having the opportunity to spend time with her mentee and see her grow week by week. Apart from her involvement in the Mentor Program, on campus she is an active member of both Club Latino and First Generation/Working Class. After graduation, she hopes to apply to Teach for America and potentially return to her high school, to teach U.S History or Government.

 

Mackenzie PalmerMackenzie_Palmer

Storytime Project Community Service Intern
Mackenzie Palmer is a sophomore from Seattle. She is considering a psychology major, and is planning to attend medical school after her time at Whitman. As this year’s Story Time Project intern, she is excited to support Whitman students in their work to engage with the community, encourage early literacy, and get kids excited about reading. In addition to working with the Story Time Project, she is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Action for Animals club on campus. She also enjoys volunteering at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, participating in intramural sports, playing piano, running, and reading. She is thrilled to be a part of the Community Service Intern team this year and help lead the community service effort on campus!

 

Mariah MatthewsMariah_Matthews

Adopt a Grandparent Community Service Intern
Mariah is currently a senior biology and art major. She loves spending time at Odd Fellows with all of the residents and staff with whom she has formed remarkable friendships and is very excited to represent the Adopt-A-Grandparent program as a Community Service Intern this year. Outside of her work with AAG, Mariah enjoys playing volleyball, rock climbing, teaching Sunday school, tutoring and babysitting. She looks forward to a career in teaching and working with children. She hopes to inspire more Whitman students to get involved in the community.

 

Marisol BecerraMarisol

Administrative Assistant
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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.

Nate Higby

Nate_Higby

College Coaches Community Service Intern
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Nate is a senior Sociology Major who is excited to be the College Coaches Intern this year. His interest in education inequality, experimental learning, and community outreach inspired him to join the College Coaches program. Nate hopes to expand the program to reach a wider variety of students and to continue to provide meaningful experiences for the volunteers. In addition to his internship, he is also the most senior senator in Associated Students of Whitman College and on the board of directors for WEB.

 

Noah Leavitt

Associate Dean for Student Engagement
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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.

Rachel PalfiniRachel_Palfini

Spring Break Service Trips Community Service Intern
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Rachel is a senior and pursuing a degree in Asian Studies. She is one of the Community Service Office’s Spring Break Service Trips Interns for the 2014-2015 academic year. She has extensive experience working for non-profit organizations both international and domestic and hopes this experience will help plan fun and educational service trips. She is excited to work more with the rest of the Community Service Intern team as well as the Student Engagement Center staff to inspire other students to participate in community service activities.

 

Rina WulfingRina_Wulfing

Mentor Program Community Service Intern
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Rina Wulfing is senior Politics major and French minor from Ravensdale, Washington. She works in the Community Service Office as a Mentor Program Intern, in the Office of Admissions as the International Admission Intern, in the Office of Annual Giving as a Phonathon Caller, and in Walla Walla at Bacon & Eggs. Her interests include community involvement, leadership, youth outreach, and policy.

 

Serena RunyanSerena

Project Office Assistant
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Serena will graduate this year with a History major and Chinese minor. She started working for the SEC this summer, and is now a peer tutor at the Learning Commons and works on smaller research projects for the office. She is excited to help develop and provide career-related resources for Whitman students, especially fellow seniors who are getting ready to graduate. She is also a senator on ASWC, the Feature editor of the Pioneer and a tutor with America Reads America Counts, and is interested in journalism and education. When she's not working, Serena enjoys playing the piano, singing in choir and writing.

 

Sophie SchouboeSophie

Whitman Teaches the Movement Community Service Intern
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Sophie is a senior psychology major and biology minor. She is excited to be a part of Whitman Teaches the Movement for a fourth year. Her passion for social equality, community outreach, and leadership inspired her to volunteer with the program during her first year at Whitman and have driven her to become more deeply involved over the past three years. She has enjoyed watching WTTM develop and hopes that it will be even more successful that in previous years now that it is integrated with the Community Service Office. Outside of WTTM, Sophie is a lifeguard and enjoys swimming, baking, volunteering at the Humane Society, and playing music.

 

Susan Prudente

Outreach Coordinator
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Susan is 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. 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.

 

Susanna BowersSusanna_Bowers

Executive Office Assistant
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Susanna Bowers has been working as an Executive Intern at the SEC since Fall 2012, and loves her role as an ambassador for the office to the rest of campus and the community. Her work has ranged from advertising and planning SEC events, to researching career opportunities, to critiquing student work, and she really enjoys helping the office transform and grow to best fit the needs of her classmates. Susanna will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Economics and minors in Psychology and Rhetoric Studies.

 

Tabor MartinsenTabor

Business Engagement Intern
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Tabor is a senior Anthropology major. His interest in business engagement and helping students find work opportunities has manifested in Tabor becoming Koru's Campus Coordinator at Whitman. This exposure to helping students learn more about employ-ability opportunities serves Tabor everyday in his role as the intern for the Business Engagement Director. Tabor is able to contribute his experience and passion for helping students be successful after graduation while working on SEC projects alongside Kim Rolfe.

 

Victoria Wolff

Internship Coordinator
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A native of Berlin, Germany, Victoria joined the Student Engagement Center in July 2014. She brings a background in literature, history, education and teaching to her role as the SEC’s new Internship Coordinator. After receiving her B.A. of Arts in English and history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Victoria worked at Whitman as the German Language Assistant (2010-11). She then returned to Berlin to complete her M.Ed. also in English and history. She is passionate about teaching, learning, and advising students on their academic and professional paths and is glad to be part of the SEC team.