• Marisol Becerra

    Marisol Becerra

    Programs and Budget Coordinator | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    She/Her/Hers

    Hello, as the Programs and Budget Coordinator of the Career and Community Engagement Center, I enjoy talking to students, parents, and visitors. I am the first point of contact. I provide administrative assistance and clerical support to the center, handle reimbursements and accounts payable; and, I supervise office student workers, and oversee all student payroll for the Center. My work also includes assistance with the implementation of all programs and events alongside the Center budget management and Internship Endowments. My expertise outside of the Center is in the realm of entrepreneurship. I grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and joined Whitman College in 2012. I love to get involved in the community as much as possible. One fun fact about me is that I love Amusement Parks, especially roller coasters, the higher and faster, the better!

  • Nikki Brueggeman

    Nikki Brueggeman

    Assistant Director for Career Readiness and Employer Engagement | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    She/Her/Hers

    My role in the Career and Community Engagement Center focuses on supporting students as they prepare for life after Whitman by bringing recruiters to campus, organizing information sessions & workshops, and, my favorite part, connecting with students and empowering them in the process of identifying future opportunities. Whether it is fine tuning a resume or discussing how to enter a career, I am always excited to support students’ goals and dreams. Before Whitman, I worked in the nonprofit, international relations, and education sectors. One of my favorite parts of my work has been the focus on community relations, building spaces of conversation and thought. A couple fun facts about me? Walla Walla is my hometown and I am a proud WSU Coug alumna!

  • Jacqueline Erwin

    Jacqueline Erwin

    Career Development Specialist | Career Coach

    Hunter Conservatory 305

    She/Her/Hers

    As a Career Development Specialist, my work is to help students dream and scheme about life after Whitman (even— especially!— if you have no idea where to start!). I am passionate about helping people articulate and connect with their unique purpose and passion. I love to hear what gets people out of bed in the morning! While my childhood dream was to become a dolphin trainer, I've spent the last twelve years working in education, both in and out of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary classrooms. Talk to me about oysters, fiction, and my German shorthaired pointer, Zuzu (but only if you're not in a hurry!).

  • Christian Gachet ’22

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    Reid Campus Center 231

    He/Him/His

    Hello, my name is Christian Gachet; I am an Ecuadorian migrant who arrived in the United States four years ago. I graduated from Whitman College in May of 2022 with a major in sociology. As a sociologist, I see the role of the Community Engagement Coordinator as an opportunity to weave collaborative networks between the vibrant community organizations of the Walla Walla Valley and the amazing Whitman College students. My work within the Community Engagement department involves connecting students with community organizations to carry out projects, facilitating meetings with students, and providing advice if necessary. During my stay at Whitman College, I worked on the Walla Walla Coronavirus Stories Project and the Listener’s Queremos Escucharte; both projects focused on oral history. Outside of my role at Whitman College, I enjoy taking long walks, literature, and coffee.

  • Dr. Jessica Hernandez

    Dr. Jessica Hernandez

    Director for Fellowships and Grants | Career Coach

    She/Her/Hers

    I joined the Whitman community in January 2022 as the Director of Fellowships and Grants. Alongside Jenny Stratton, I help Whitman students (past and present) pursue fellowships, scholarships, and grants. We help students think critically about their lives, develop an awareness about their contributions to their local (or even global) community, cultivate self-reflection, and explore adventurous opportunities with both intentionality and curiosity. As my brilliant predecessor, Keith Raether, says: “Curiosity is the way in and the way through.” I am a biologist by training and delved in to the realms of animal behavior, microbial ecology, endocrinology, and evolutionary ecology during my time as an undergraduate at Pomona College, Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech, and post-doctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University. I earned funding to fully support my education, training, and research endeavors through programs such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Foundation and the National Science Foundation (REU, GRFP, PRFB). As a first-generation college student and usually the only Latina in STEM courses throughout my education, I highly value mentorship. To this end, I have prioritized both building a community of mentors around me throughout my career and building mentoring programs for others, including a peer mentoring program at Virginia Tech and a cross-educational peer mentoring program at Vanderbilt University that connects high school students with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers. When I am not thinking about grant writing through the lens of storytelling and building mentoring opportunities, I enjoy knitting—everywhere from couches to mountain peaks.

  • Abby Juhasz

    Abby Juhasz

    Director for Community Engagement | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 232

    She/Her/Hers

    As the Director for Community Engagement, I build strong, sustainable relationships with community partners to create opportunities for students to come alongside members of the Walla Walla community to support projects and initiatives identified by them as positively contributing to the community and their organizations’ purposes. Additionally, I oversee the Community Fellow program and mentor and advise students who serve as Community Engagement Leaders. It is my intention that community engagement experiences are mutually beneficial for the Whitman and Walla Walla communities. Through these opportunities, students learn about the Walla Walla Valley and themselves, participate as members of the community, and reflect on who they are, while, at the same time, they contribute to our partners’ capacity to meet the needs of the community. I joined the Career and Community Engagement Center in 2012 and find this work to be a great blend of my experiences that stem from two decades of work in community engagement and education. I have a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in Educational Psychology, yet my most significant learning, and the experiences I draw upon most, come from relationships and community engagement experiences. When I was a college student I had the opportunity to serve in a role similar to the community engagement leader positions in the Center. As the Director for Community Engagement, I hope to offer this current generation of students similarly important opportunities to learn and engage in community. Milenko Matanovič, a Slovenian-born artist and community activator, said, “When it comes to community, together we always know more.” Many students have shared with me over the years that by engaging in the Walla Walla community they meet people and have experiences that help their college experience feel more connected. There are lots of forms of knowledge, or ways of knowing, and by learning and engaging in the community, students can add depth to their knowledge that can be powerful and transformative. I invite you to reach out to me to discuss and explore community engagement opportunities.

  • Noah Leavitt

    Noah Leavitt

    Director of the Career and Community Engagement Center | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    He/Him/His

    I am in my 16th year at Whitman, which includes six years as a faculty member (Sociology and General Studies) and a decade in the Career and Community Engagement Center. I also served as one of the college's pre-law advisers. Every day I come to work and am fortunate to fill my hours helping students who want to make a positive difference in our complex messy world pursue those aspirations. I can’t imagine a greater source of professional satisfaction than that. As a liberal arts graduate (Philosophy major) I have been able to create and enjoy a journey that has allowed me to make contributions in numerous realms including community organizing, program management, policy advocacy, lawyering, and teaching. Perhaps my most influential job was as a VISTA volunteer in the small coal town of Harlan, Kentucky the year after college, an experience which I think about nearly every day, three decades later. My wife, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Professor Helen Kim, and I have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia, who enjoy their own student lives in our excellent local public school system and who keep us on our toes 24/7!

  • Shelly Rasmussen

    Shelly Rasmussen

    Community Consulting Specialist | Career Coach

    Hunter Conservatory 308

    She/Her/Hers

    Hello! I joined the Career and Community Engagement Center staff in 2019 after a 15 year career in Nonprofit Management. It is that experience which has guided me as I direct the Whitman Student Consulting Corps. The WSCC works with nonprofits in the Walla Walla Valley to provide administrative consulting free of charge. I am enthused by the students’ sincere commitment to understanding the nonprofit sector in our area and also training to be effective facilitators and consultants. It is this enthusiasm that is one of the highlights of my work at Whitman. My career began in Higher Education Administration and has made its way through a variety of positions including teaching, grant writing, business administration, and nonprofit arts consulting. All of these experiences have helped affirm the desire to connect with my community, wherever that may be. Since relocating to Walla Walla from northeast Ohio, I have enjoyed the connections I am making with the residents of this unique and diverse community, and am thrilled to be making those connections alongside Whitman students. Please contact me to learn more about the work of the WSCC or nonprofit efforts in our area.

  • Kimberly Rolfe

    Kimberly Rolfe

    Director for Career Development | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    She/Her/Hers

    Hello. As the Director for Career Development, I oversee projects and resources to help students explore, prepare for and pursue the breadth and depth of professional realms available to them after Whitman. I joined the Career and Community Engagement Center in the summer of 2013 after spending 20-ish years in a variety of sales, marketing, and management roles in the apparel industry. Having the opportunity to utilize what I learned over the course of my career as we create a holistic and relevant set of programs and tools to support student career readiness has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I love being a part of the Whitman and Walla Walla communities, which are so interconnected and mutually beneficial. Whether I’m serving on the board of a local non-profit, learning at one of the many community events hosted by our three local colleges, or running into friends and colleagues on trails and ski slopes in the Blues, I am continually struck by the numerous ways that Whitman and its students make a significant impact on our region. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about how we support student learning at Whitman.

  • Nadine Stecklein

    Nadine Stecklein

    Assistant Director for Internship Programs | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    She/Her/Ella

  • Jenny Stratton

    Jenny Stratton

    Administrative Assistant for Fellowships and Grants

    Hunter Conservatory 403

    She/Her/Hers

    I came to the Career and Community Engagement Center in a round-about way, joining the Fellowships and Grants team in late 2018 after volunteering for a few years in the Whitman College Herbarium.  I now assist Jess Hernandez, Director for Fellowships and Grants, and together we provide support to students who wish to apply for nationally and globally competitive fellowships and scholarships.  In addition, I serve on the planning and organizing committee for the annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference.  I do a variety of behind-the-scenes work in the CCEC, including managing logistics for our coaching program, troubleshooting Handshake issues, and proofreading proposals and applications.  My husband John (a faculty member in Computer Science) and I have lived in Walla Walla since 2016.  I continue to pull from my background in plant biology and am grateful for the skills I developed in scientific writing and database administration, which carry over daily to my work in the Center.  I still spend part of my time in the herbarium, and outside of Whitman I enjoy acquiring way too many houseplants, books, cute stuffed animals, and skeins of yarn!  I'd love to hear from you if you need a document proofread, are having trouble with your Handshake account, or are simply in need a new aloe plant for your room - don't hesitate to reach out or stop by!

  • Lindsay Szramek

    Lindsay Szramek

    Career Development Specialist | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 219

    She/Her/Hers

    Hello, in 2021 I was brought into the Career and Community Engagement Center as a point person for students looking to go into STEM careers.  My background is in the Geosciences, where I have taught at a number of institutions of higher learning, including Whitman.  I have always enjoyed the interaction with students and helping them think about what comes after college.  I am excited to develop programs and work with students, both STEM and non-STEM, to help make the transition to life after Whitman easier.  A bit about me is that while I grew up in Oregon I left for college and spent 20+ years outside the PNW in Maine, Alaska, Texas, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  My dogs and I are excited to be back so they can get more treats and visits from their grandparents.  When not at work or obeying three bossy dogs, I like to spend time outside, collect rocks, collect fabric, and sew things.  So if you are curious about what you could do in STEM or just want to talk about rocks feel free to contact me!

  • Madi Welch ’22

    Madi Welch ’22

    Marketing and Communications Fellow

    Hunter Conservatory 203

    She/They

    Hello! I started my time as the Marketing and Communications Fellow just after graduation from Whitman in 2022 with a BA in Psychology and Hispanic Studies (and a minor in Art!). As the Marketing and Communications Fellow, I oversee student event/programming marketing, community partner communication, and increase the visibility of the CCEC across social media and on campus. The CCEC works to support student’s professional development and engagement with the surrounding Walla Walla community. My role within the CCEC is to promote awareness of our resources to support students in their involvement on- and off-campus as well as going forth into the world after college. During my time as a Whitman student, I held a few different jobs. I worked with America Reads America Counts, the Hispanic Studies Department, the Whitman Wire, and the Office of Communications. Outside of my role in the CCEC I enjoy cooking, baking, art, and throwing a good dinner party!

  • Victoria Wolff '12

    Victoria Wolff '12

    Associate Director for Career Coaching and Education | Career Coach

    Reid Campus Center 233

    She/Her/Hers

    I have been working in higher education for close to 15 years, always with a focus on student learning. My background is in education and teaching and I am passionate about coaching students and advising them on their academic and professional paths. I enjoy creating meaningful, educational experiences for students both in-and-outside of the classroom. In the Career and Community Engagement Center, I oversee all aspects of Career Education from one-on-one appointments with students, to leading workshops for student groups, and presenting in the classroom. As part of my role, I also manage the Student Career Advisor program which provides peer-to-peer career education. A little bit about myself: I grew up in Berlin, Germany, and also went to college there. I received a B.A. in English, History and Education from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as a M.Ed. with a focus on English and History. Fun Fact: During the 2010-11 academic year I came to Whitman to teach in the German department and lived in Das Deutsche Haus.