Community Service Coordinator
Abby enjoys helping students create meaningful connections through community engagement experiences that provide students opportunities to address community needs, explore interests, learn outside of the classroom, and serve as active citizens. Abby oversees the service trips program and the service initiatives that partner with our local non-profits. In addition to her work in the SEC, Abby serves as the adviser to the Community Service House on campus, volunteers with several non-profit organizations, and serves as the Co-Vice President of the Sharptstein Elementary School PTA. Abby enjoys spending time with her family (Mark, Lexa, and Samuel), hiking, camping, traveling, and reading. Abby earned a BA in Education and an MA in Educational Psychology.
- Helping students make community connections through service
- Mentoring students and helping them develop leadership and professional skills
- Fostering and supporting relationships with our local community partners
Gayle Townsend '80 (Parent '14)
Assistant Director of Career Development
Gayle brings over 25 years of career counseling experience to the students of Whitman College. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Since joining the Student Engagement Center in the fall of 2014, Gayle has been committed to and passionate about helping students explore their strengths, values, skills, and experiences to develop a plan for their life after Whitman. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and experiencing new adventures.
- Alumni and student career counseling
- Facilitating career-focused workshops
- Resume and cover letter revision
- Career assessments
- Graduate school information
- Developing mentoring opportunities between students and alumni
Kendra Winchester '18
Civic Engagement FellowReid 219
Kendra will graduate in December of 2018 with a degree in Rhetoric Studies. She is a native of eastern Washington and is passionate about various communities throughout the valley. While at Whitman, Kendra worked at Walla Walla High School as an AVID tutor, participated in Whitman Teaches The Movement, and was a part of the Varsity Women's Basketball team for two years. Kendra will use her relationships and skills to amplify community partnerships that one can engage in at the SEC. Outside of work, Kendra enjoys power lifting, spending time with friends and family, and cooking Pintrest worthy meals.
- Connecting Whitman students, faculty, staff, and alumni to community organizations for mutual learning
- Mentoring students through these community partnerships
- Providing support and resources for anyone aspiring to participate in community service
Director of Career Development
Kimberly has 20 years of experience working in a diverse range of environments in the for-profit sector. Her goal is to build partnerships with the business community that ultimately connect Whitman students to career opportunities. She is excited by the occasion to combine her practical experience in business and her passion for assisting future generations with entry into that world.
- Coaching students and young alumni in their first professional steps
- Developing collaborative relationships with internal and external partners to drive student learning
- Creating new ways to help students understand and access professional experiences
- Building programs to connect students, alumni and parents in networking and mentoring relationships
- Career advising in consulting, finance, marketing & business operations
Marisol grew up in the Walla Walla Valley as a migrant worker, later moving to Portland, Or. to pursue a career. She has a degree in Apparel Design and Business. Currently she owns a business called Memories @ Martinez Farm. Since joining the office in February of 2012, she has found she especially enjoys being the first point of contact for students and connecting them to the right SEC staff person. Marisol also oversees efforts to centralize on-campus employment for work-study students.
- Providing administrative and clerical support to the center
- Overseeing the JPMC documentation, student employees, and time sheets
- Assisting with implementation of all programs and maintains program records
- Supervising the SEC office assistants
- Coordinating all travel for staff, students and alumni who are connected to SEC programs and initiatives
Molly Unsworth '18
Technology & Marketing Fellow
Molly graduated from Whitman in 2018 with a degree in biology, resulting from a childhood love of all living things - from centipedes to sharks. At Whitman, she served as a Sexual Violence Prevention Intern for 3 years, and is passionate about consent education and bystander intervention. As part of the Student Engagement Center for the next year, Molly hopes to increase the accessibility and understanding of the many resources provided by reimaging marketing and social media initiatives. She enjoys the collaborative environment of the SEC and is excited to continue helping students use the programs offered as a tool for their own personal and career development. Outside of work, Molly loves experimenting with new recipes (with varying degrees of success) and volunteering in the community.
- Troubleshooting and navigating Handshake
- Developing advertising campaigns for SEC programs
- Social media experimentation
Director of the Student Engagement Center and Sociology Department Research Associate
Noah loves helping students move in directions that are meaningful and energizing to them. In addition to his work leading the SEC, he also serves as one of Whitman's pre-law advisors and is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department. Noah and his wife, Dr. Helen Kim, have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia. Their book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews, was published in July 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.
- Asking open-ended questions
- Being curious about how people are the same and how they are different
- Helping students figure out ways to bring their ideas for a more just and sustainable world to fruition
- Creating and nurturing relationships with our amazing community partners
- Finding common ground
- Volunteering on several local non-profit boards and task forces
School Programs Coordinator
Susan, a Walla Walla native, finds her greatest purpose in her role as mom to three children. Her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington confirmed her desire to dedicate her life's work to holistically supporting children as well as access and equity in public education. Susan oversees school-based initiatives that offer Whitman students practical, valuable experience working with students in our local schools ranging from serving as weekly mentors to bilingual tutors. Working as an emergency substitute teacher for Walla Walla Public Schools has informed her work at the College, where she also serves as the Program Manager for America Reads/America Counts.
- Encouraging both personal and professional development in student life
- Believing learning happens in formative ways outside the classroom
- Challenging students to get off campus to meet people very different from themselves
- Celebrating the best each one of us can bring to each day
Assistant Director for Internship Programs
Victoria, a native of Berlin, Germany, is passionate about teaching, learning, and advising students on their academic and professional paths. She enjoys creating meaningful, educational internship and fellowship opportunities and connecting students to local community partners. Victoria joined the Student Engagement Center in July 2014 with a background in education, teaching, literature, and history. After receiving her B.A. in English and history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, she 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. Victoria oversees the Whitman Internship Grant program as well as the Community Fellow Program, an initiative that connects community partners from local non-profits and Whitman students to address some of the area's social, economic, and cultural challenges.
- Providing career and internship advising for students covering the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors
- Helping students reflect on their co-curricular experiences (internships, research opportunities, fellowships) and build a cohesive narrative
- Fostering collaborative relationships with community partners, faculty, staff, and alumni to support student learning and open up internship opportunities
- Developing programs that provide professional, personal, and leadership opportunities for students
- Collaborating with student groups, departments, and faculty to provide pre- and post-internship workshops
Student Office Assistants
Internship Programs and Media CoordinatorReid 219
Chaney is a senior Environment Studies-Geology major from Winters, CA - in high school she used to raise lambs! On campus, she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the budget manager for the Glean Team. She loves attending Whitman and living in Walla Walla because she appreciates small, tight-knit communities. As the Internship Programs and Media Coordinator this year, Chaney is excited to work with Victoria and other SEC staff to connect Whitman students to valuable internship and career development opportunities in Walla Walla, across the country, and around the world!
Executive Office AssistantReid 219
Grant, a senior from Hermiston, WA, is an enthusiastic learner and a quiet comic. He enjoys connecting people and ideas.
Special Projects Assistant
Henry, a junior English major, potential chemistry minor, from Lake Oswego, OR, helps the SEC with data projects such as the Whitman Internship Database. Besides assisting with a wide variety of special projects in the SEC, he is also able to eat an apple in three bites (sometimes...). This year he is most excited to help out on new and exciting projects around the office.
Katy is a sophomore physics and astronomy double major from San Diego, CA and is the head photographer/videographer for the SEC; you can view her online portfolio here. On campus, she is also a member of Alpha Phi and sings in the a capella group, Sirens of Swank. This year, she is most excited to see the cool service events the new program leaders come up with.
Executive Office AssistantReid 219
Kara is a computer science/economics double major with a knack for French. She is a young lady who is passionate about programming, women empowerment, African leadership, and yoga. She believes in crazy ideas - the crazier the better. She believes in innovation and she believes in laughter. In short, she believes in the "unconventional".
Student Employment InternReid 219
Executive Office AssistantReid 219
Community Service Leadership
These students coordinate service programs on campus.
Adopt-A-Grandparent Program LeaderReid 219
AJ is a junior anthropology major from San Francisco, California. This past summer she worked as a camp counselor and is excited to return to Whitman, where she also works in the bookstore and is the VP of Programming for her sorority, Delta Gamma. As a program leader this year, she is excited to connect with people and help them better understand what community service is. In particular, AJ is excited to connect students with residents, allowing them to form relationships that result in mutually rewarding experiences outside of the norm of their regular schedules.
Bilingual United Program LeaderReid 219
Ashley is a senior psychology major, Spanish minor from Longmont, Colorado who has just returned to campus after studying abroad in Granada, Spain in Spring 2018. At Whitman, she is also a tutor through the Academic Resource Center and participates in chorale. As a program leader this year, she is excited to meet and support a variety of people who share her passions - Spanish and education!
Whitman Teaches the Movement Program LeaderReid 219
Bryn is a senior anthropology major from Spokane, Washington. At school, she works in a kindergarten classroom and is a member of Delta Gamma. Bryn is also involved in the Buddy Program and America Reads America Counts, As a program leader, she loves playing an active role in the local community and believes that education is one of the most powerful tools in advancing civil rights.
Seniors Making Meals Program LeaderReid 219
Celena is a sophomore chemistry major from Boise, Idaho, who once ate an entire pumpkin pie by herself in a single day! At Whitman, she serves as a Social Chair and Greek Allies Representative for her sorority, Alpha Phi, and also participates in the Mentor Program. As a program leader this year, she is perpetually excited about the opportunity this program gives her (and all of the participants) to share a love of cooking. She has found it incredibly fulfilling to ease people's fear and anxiety around the kitchen and make it a less daunting day-to-day experience. She loves the flexibility of the program (only in its second year!) and plans to take full advantage of it in her own organizational and developmental efforts this year.
Events & Reflection Program LeaderReid 219
Isaac is a senior politics major, chemistry minor from Seattle, Washington who loves to bake banana bread. At Whitman, he is also involved with the SCORE program and is an English Language Fellow. As a program leader this year, Isaac is excited to use the triangle of service to inform his decisions.
Spring Break Service Trips CoordinatorReid 219
Isabel is a senior history major from Mill Valley, California who loves to bake. At Whitman, she is also participates in the Story Time Project, Zumba, and is involved in the dance department. As a program leader, she is excited to facilitate the opportunity for other students to go on service trips and engage with the greater Walla Walla community. In addition to participating in the trips, Isabel is also looking forward to learning more about all the factors that go into organizing and planning the variety of trips that happen each spring.
Buddy Program Leader (Fall 2018)Reid 219
Leah is a senior psychology major, biology minor, from Conifer, Colorado. A fun fact about her is that she played the Apple Seller in Annie in fourth grade! At Whitman she is does psychology research, participates in the Special Olympics and Outdoor Programs, and is a member of the Glean Team. As a program leader this year, she is most excited for the connections between students, staff, and community members that are fostered through the Buddy Program.
Mentor Program LeaderReid 219
Lyndsey is a senior economics major, psychology minor from Arlington, Massachusetts who loves Arrested Development and cheese puffs. At Whitman, she also works at the library, plays IM Ultimate Frisbee, and participates in the Buddy Program. As a program leader this year, she is excited to learn more about the duties of the intervention specialists she works closely with as part of the Mentor Program.
Whitman Teaches the Movement Program LeaderReid 219
Maddy is a senior theater major, Spanish minor from Emeryville, California. A fun fact about her is that one time an entire flock of birds pooped on her! At Whitman, she is also a DJ for KWCW Radio, an IES Abroad Ambassador, a member of Alpha Phi, and participates in the drama club. This will be her third year working with Whitman Teaches the Movement and she is so excited to continue her work with the program. She is incredibly grateful for the guidance she as recieved as well as the skills she has gained in leadership and organization. Maddy deeply believes in the program - and everything it stands for - as a way to create positive change on our campus and in our community. She is so thankful to be associated with people making such positive change in Walla Walla as a community service program leader, and feels inspired to learn all she can from this position and her fellow interns as she moves into her final year at Whitman.
Spring Break Service Trips CoordinatorReid 219
Mika is a senior English major from Austin, Texas who loves praying mantises. At Whitman, she also spends a lot of time working off-campus at organizations around Walla Walla. As a program leader this year, she is excited to be in charge of such an impactful and meaningful activity.
Classroom Connections Program LeaderReid 219
Phyllis is an intended philosophy major, sociology minor, sophomore from Newton Center, Massachusetts. In high school she spent half of her senior year living on a bus and traveling throughout Southern Africa. At Whitman, she volunteers with Bilingual United in addition to Classroom Connections, and is also involved with the Hillel-Shalom organization. In Walla Walla, she works with the Girls Council and Community Accountability Board. As the Classroom Connections program leader this year, she is excited to get students involved supporting local students in schools, as well as strengthening the partnership with Willow Public School, which is just joining the program this fall.
Mentor Program LeaderReid 219
Teddy is a senior geology major, art minor from Mercer Island, Washington who enjoys running, biking, and swimming. At Whitman, he is a captain on the varsity swim team and also a co-president of the cycling club. As a program leader this year, he is very excited to work in an office with such motivated and selfless people, as well as be in a position (with his partner Lyndsey) to run the Mentor Program the way he would like to see it be led.
Storytime Project LeaderReid 219
Yuki is a sophomore computer science major from Zhengzhou, China. At Whitman, she currently lives in the Community Service Interest House to stay further involved with volunteering in the community. As a program leader this year, she is excited to help other students at Whitman explore their community service interests.
SCORE Program LeaderReid 219
Zidane is a sophomore sociology major, Spanish/history minor from Redmond, Oregon. A fun fact about her is that she was born in Sunnyside, South Africa! She loves running with her mom, doing yoga in the sun, and cooking with her housemates. At Whitman, she also works as a tour guide in the Admissions Office. As a program leader this year she is excited to expand and improve pre-orientation experiences and community engagement for first-years.
2018-19 Community Fellows
The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative funds a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at a prominent Walla Walla Valley organization to address some of the area's social, economic, and cultural challenges. Meet the 2018-19 Fellows below:
Program and Website Development Fellow at the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
Hello! My name is Brendan, I'm from San Francisco, my favorite city in the world. Apart from working with the Chamber, I am a contestant for the Mx Whitman fundraiser, a graphic content contributor for queer clothing line The Spectrum Apparel, and a member of the acapella group Schwa. In my free time, I enjoy scouring GoodWill and wearing wigs. My great grandfather was the sheriff of a small town in Kentucky, and died in a duel on the courthouse steps. As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited at the possibility to give back to and learn more about the local business community which has served me so graciously throughout my time at Whitman. My project is currently in a research phase to assess what has been done by other shop local websites, and to brainstorm what we can improve on.
YWCA Community Fellow at YWCA Walla Walla
Daphne is a French & Biology major with a Global Studies Concentration and Chemistry minor from Pasco, WA but grew up in northern California. Good times!! When she's not cooking up a storm in her small kitchen at her Whitman home, she is cooking up a storm in other people's kitchens! She loves to cook for others. She also enjoys going to concerts, playing with dogs she finds on her block + her dog when she's home, listening to podcasts (check out radiolab!!), chillin' at the public library, and most importantly, dancing when people aren't watching, and also when they ARE watching- she doesn't care! She's a club leader for FGWC, a mentor for the mentor program, a grandchild in Adopt-a-Grandparent, and a volunteer at the VA. She is also currently accepting applications for people to teach her how to take better care of plants !! Let her know! And she has been to 4 Coldplay concerts!!
As a Community Fellow this year, she is currently reaching out to different universities across the country to examine student groups that sit on the board of directors to their community's respective YWCA. The goal for the year is to create a group of students from all three of the institutions of higher eduction in the valley that would sit on the board to the YWCA WW and report to the board in order to provide student perspective for the board memebers. Daphne is most excited about working with a team of all women this year! All of whom are incredibly empowering, passionate, and inspiring!
Community Art Space Fellow at ArtWalla
My name is Ellen Ingwerson and I am a Fine Art and Film & Media Studies double major. I grew up outside Boston and currently live in St. Louis. I love opportunities to be creative, going on trail runs with my dog, sharing and listening to music with friends, and adding more salt to every meal. I spent the past summer on my abroad taking painting classes in southern France! As a Community Fellow this year, I am most excited about growing into a better networker, organizer, and writer, as well as being a creative partner in the non-profit community. Currently I am in the beginning stages; conceiving, researching, and facilitating the beginning steps of creating a non-profits art facility.
Food Focus Events Coordinator at Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
My name is Erina and I am a Race & Ethnic Studies and Chemistry double major, I grew up about half my life in Japan and half my life in the US. I am also half Chinese but also grew up with a Mexican stepfather. Culture, race, ethnicity, language, etc- all those things were always a part of my upbringing. So was wanting to be a pediatrician, playing piano, tennis, and attending church! At Whitman, I take pre-med courses and currently trying to figure out how Race and Ethnic studies and all its intersectional approaches in challenging dominant logics fit into medicine....hahaha. My faith is important to me and have been a part of Whitman Christian fellowship for the past 4 years. Otherwise I love spending time with friends, cooking, baking, singing especially in the shower, writing, & laughing. I climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan when I was 10 years old - chocolate got me through it. The view from the top was unforgettable!
As a Community Fellow this year, I am most excited to foster a sense of community within elementary schools over a meal, and to provide families with activities and information regarding local foods and health services. I am also looking forward to helping provide resources for families that might be experiencing food insecurities. Currently I am working on planning and implementing food focus events, an event with a meal and an activity fair that emphasizes healthy eating, locally sourced foods, resources for food insecurity and local health services.
Outreach & Education Fellow at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
My Dad is in the Navy so I moved around the country as a child, including San Diego and Charleston. Now, I call the Seattle area my home and I live with my two siblings, three cats, and two turtles. We are hoping to add a dog soon! As a child, I participated in almost every sport but competitive Taekwondo and dance were my favorites! Rumor has it, I still dance around my house to this day. When I lived on the Naval Weapon Station in South Carolina, the base "owned" a pet alligator in a large enclosure. It was the biggest, fattest alligator you will ever see. His name was Charlie and he spent most of his days sunning himself and gorging on roadkill.
As a Community Fellow this year, I am so excited to advocate for reproductive health care and help empower people in the Walla Walla community. Currently, I'm working on several projects! Lately, I have been helping with voter registration by tabling and organizing canvassers. Additionally, I help facilitate sex education at both Whitman and the high school program at Walla Walla Community College. I hope to start teaching at the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center soon and become more involved with volunteer organization.
Assisstant Study Coordinator at Walla Walla Community Council
Georgia Lyon is from Los Altos, CA in the San Fransisco Bay Area. She is the treasurer for Whitman College's Renaissance Faire club. When Georgia is not doing school work, she can often be found cooking, listening to classic rock, drawing in her sketchbook, and trying to make people laugh at her terrible puns and actually getting them to laugh at her silly and candid remarks. Here are three fun facts about her: 1.) She is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do 2.) A Children's book company published a How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl, a book she wrote and illustrated when I was 16-years-old. 3.) She was a legislative intern for United States Senator Maria Cantwell this last summer.
As a Community Fellow, she is excited to explore the topic of affordable housing at the community level and learn more about this issue from a variety of expert speakers. Georgia is currently working on conducting interviews with people knowledgable in weatherization, modular housing, and tax levies
Recreation & Events Fellow at the City of College Place
I'm from the Portland, Oregon area and I like road biking, cooking without recipes, and being involved with Kappa Alpha Theta on campus. I'm left-handed! As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited to learn about small city government! Currently I'm working on researching best practices and sustainability for recreation and events.
Community Resilience Fellow at the Walla Walla Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers
I love dogs, chocolate, and kombucha. I am currently an RA and I work at Sharpstein with America Reads/America Counts. In my free time I like to nap, read, and spend times with friends. I lived in Berlin, Germany for the last two years of high school.
As a Community Fellow this year, most importantly, I am excited to get to know students and interact with them on a regular basis. I am excited to be applying my academic work in psychology in the research that I will be helping with. Currently, I work at the after school programs at Edison, Green Park, and Sharpstein. I will also be helping to conduct research about resilience of the students who participate in the after school programs.
Community Health Partnership Fellow at The Health Center Walla Walla
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, then moved with my parents overseas with the Department of State. I have always enjoyed sports, travel and discovering new places. I'm weirdly into geographic trivia. As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited about engaging with both schools and health care providers in the Walla Walla community, and learning more about their inner workings and . I will be examining and evaluating potential partners to establish a more sustainable and productive mode of service for The Health Center.
Research Fellow at Walla Walla County Corrections
I grew up moving often. I've lived in Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington. I went to high school in Seattle. I enjoy creative writing, as well as reading short stories. Extracurriculars-- I was on the Ethics Bowl team for my first two years. Now, I'm interested in theater and socially engaged art as a space for mediation and empathetic discourse. I'm very excited to read Ottessa Moshfegh's "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" over Thanksgiving Break-- is that a fun fact? I can't make a clover with my tongue.
As a Community Fellow this year, I am researching the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the degree in which Walla Walla County Corrections complies with this law. This means, studying the caselaw, conducting interviews with correctional officers, and studying the architecture of the facility. By the end of the year, I will provide an analysis to WWCC that includes a set of recommendations for PREA compliance in a local facility. I am looking forward to learning about how civil rights are understood in corrections, and the ethics which presuppose, or follow, the legal rhetoric.
Economic Impact Research Fellow at the Port of Walla Walla
I was born and raised in Texas and have spent all my life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Outside of tennis all of my hobbies are related to music - I'm in all possible singing groups on campus, I just picked up the bass guitar, and I've also played violin for a while. Also when I can, I'm a big fan of traveling anywhere! A fun fact about myself is that I'm the only one in my family that's not a doctor!
As a Community Fellow this year, I'm currently figuring out the methodology that I will use in order to accumulate data from businesses that the Port of Walla Walla has worked with. I plan to then use this data for an economic impact analysis. I'm excited to meet people and to create and strengthen professional relationships within the Walla Walla Community and beyond! I'm also eager to apply theoretical knowledge from school into the work I'll be doing.