Professional Staff

  • Abby Juhasz

    Abby Juhasz

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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)

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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

    Kendra Winchester '18

    Civic Engagement Fellow

    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.

    Specialties: 
    • 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
  • Kimberly Rolfe

    Kimberly Rolfe

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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 Becerra

    Marisol Becerra

    Administrative Assistant

    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.  

    Specialties:
    • 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

    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. 

    Specialties: 
    • Troubleshooting and navigating Handshake
    • Developing advertising campaigns for SEC programs
    • Social media experimentation 
  • Noah Leavitt

    Noah Leavitt

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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

  • Susan Prudente

    Susan Prudente

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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

  • Victoria Wolff

    Victoria Wolff

    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.

    Specialties:
    • 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

  • Grant Traynor

    Grant Traynor

    Executive Office Assistant

    Grant, a senior from Hermiston, WA, is an enthusiastic learner and a quiet comic. He enjoys connecting people and ideas. 

  • Henry Adams

    Special Project Intern

    Reid 219

    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 bits (sometimes...). This year he is most excited to help out on new and exciting projects around the office.

  • Katy Laliotis

    Katy Laliotis

    Head Photographer

    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. 

  • Kara Karaba

    Kara Karaba

    Executive Office Assistant

    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". 

  • Lukas Koester

    Lukas Koester

    Student Employment Intern

  • Tasi Jones

    Tasi Jones

    Executive Office Assistant

Community Service Leadership

These students coordinate service programs on campus.

  • AJ Ames

    AJ Ames

    Adopt-A-Grandparent Program Leader

    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. 

  • Ashley Weibel

    Ashley Weibel

    Bilingual United Program Leader

    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!

  • Bryn Hines

    Bryn Hines

    Whitman Teaches the Movement Program Leader

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    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. 

  • Celena Marsters

    Celena Marsters

    Seniors Making Meals Program Leader

    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.

  • Isaac Miller

    Isaac Miller

    Events & Reflection Program Leader

    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. 

  • Isabel Smoyer

    Isabel Smoyer

    Spring Break Service Trips Coordinator

    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. 

  • Leah Shaffner

    Leah Shaffner

    Buddy Program Leader (Fall 2018)

    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.

  • Lyndsey Smith

    Lyndsey Smith

    Mentor Program Leader

    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. 

  • Maddy Gold

    Maddy Gold

    Whitman Teaches the Movement Program Leader

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    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.

  • Mika Nobles

    Mika Nobles

    Spring Break Service Trips Coordinator

    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. 

  • Phyllis Pawa

    Phyllis Pawa

    Classroom Connections Program Leader

    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. 

  • Teddy Larkin

    Teddy Larkin

    Mentor Program Leader

    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.

  • Yuki Zhang

    Storytime Project Leader

    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. 

  • Zidane Galant-LaPorte

    Zidane Galant-LaPorte

    SCORE Program Leader

    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.