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
  • Kimberly Rolfe

    Kimberly Rolfe

    Director of Business Engagement

    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:
    • Provides administrative and clerical support to the center
    • Oversees the JPMC documentation
    • Assists with implementation of all programs and maintains program records
    • Oversees student employees and time sheets
    • Supervises the SEC office assistants
    • Coordinates 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. She enjoys the collaborative environment of the Student Engagement Center and is passionate about helping students learn to utilize the many resources it offers them on campus. Outside of work, Molly enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and listening to music. 

    Specialties: 
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    • Advertising 
  • 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, participates on the College's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council, 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:
    • Encourages both personal and professional development in student life
    • Believes learning happens in formative ways outside the classroom
    • Challenges students to get off campus to meet people very different from themselves
    • Celebrates 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

  • Amanda Li

    Student Employment Intern

  • 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

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    Henry, a sophomore from Lake Oswego, OR, helps the SEC with data projects such as the Whitman Internship Database.

  • Juan Pablo Liendo Molina

    Executive Office Assistant

  • Katy Laliotis

    Katy Laliotis

    Head Photographer

    Katy, a sophomore from San Diego, CA, captures the people and programs of the SEC. You can see her portfolio here

  • Kara Karaba

    Executive Office Assistant

Community Service Leadership

These students coordinate service programs on campus.

  • AJ Ames

    Adopt-A-Grandparent Program Leader

    AJ is a junior anthropology major from California.

  • Ashley Weibel

    Bilingual United Program Leader

  • Bryn Hines

    Whitman Teaches the Movement Program Leader

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    Bryn is a senior anthropology major from Spokane, Washington.

  • Celena Marsters

    Seniors Making Meals Program Leader

  • Isaac Miller

    Events & Reflection Program Leader

    Isaac is a senior politics major from Seattle, Washington.

  • Isabel Smoyer

    Spring Break Service Trips Coordinator

    Isabel is a senior history major from MIll Valley, California.

  • Jessica Boyers

    Buddy Program Leader (Spring 2019)

  • Leah Shaffner

    Buddy Program Leader (Fall 2018)

    Leah is a senior psychology major from Colorado.

  • Lyndsey Smith

    Mentor Program Leader

    Lyndsey is a senior economics major from Arlington, Massachusetts.

  • Maddy Gold

    Whitman Teaches the Movement Program Leader

    Reid 219

    Maddy is a senior theater major from California.

  • Mika Nobles

    Spring Break Service Trips Coordinator

    Mika is a senior english major from Walla Walla, Washington.

  • Phyllis Pawa

    Classroom Connections Program Leader

    Phyllis is a sophomore undeclared major from Newton Center, Massachusetts.

  • Teddy Larkin

    Mentor Program Leader

    Teddy is a senior geology major from Mercer Island, Washington.

  • Yuki Zhang

    Storytime Project Leader

    Yuki is a sophomore undeclared major from Zhengzhou, China.

  • Zidane Galant-LaPorte

    SCORE Program Leader

    Zidane is a sophomore undeclared major from Redmond, Oregon.