Professional Staff

  • Abby Juhasz

    Community Service Coordinator

    Abby joined the Student Engagement Center in 2012. She is passionate about service, education, and student life. She earned a B.A. in Education from Wittenberg University and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California Riverside. Abby enjoys connecting students with meaningful service experiences that allow them to address community needs, explore interests, learn outside of the classroom, and serve as active citizens. 

  • Abby Seethoff '16

    Technology & Marketing Fellow

    Abby enjoys how communications operates at the nexus between precision of language and visual acuity. When she's not working, Abby writes letters, reads literature, plays badminton, and coaches volleyball. She graduated from Whitman in 2016 with a degree in English and Spanish.


    • SEC website mastery
    • Social media vision and experimentation
    • Poster design and feedback
    • Tech trouble shooting
    • LinkedIn lingo and advice
    • Online job board questions
  • 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
  • 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 opportunity to combine her practical experience in business and her passion for assisting future generations with entry into that world.

  • Marisol Becerra

    Administrative Assistant

    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.

  • Noah Leavitt

    Research Associate and Director of the Student Engagement Center

    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.


    • 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

    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 supporting children and education. Susan oversees school-based initiatives that offer Whitman students practical, valuable experience working with students in our local schools. Also, working as an emergency substitute teacher for Walla Walla Public Schools has informed her work at the College, where she also serves as the Advisor for Students for Education Reform (SFER) and the Program Manager for America Reads/America Counts.

  • Victoria Wolff

    Assistant Director for Internship Programs

    A native of Berlin, Germany, Victoria joined the Student Engagement Center in July 2014 with a background in literature, history, education and teaching. 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. 

Student Office Assistants

Community Service Leadership

These students coordinate service programs on campus.

  • Alicia Yan

    Spring Break Service Trips, 2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellow

    Alicia, a senior psychology major from Seattle, WA, has been committed to making a positive impact in the world since the moment she arrived on campus: she's organized spring break service trips, led SCOREs, been the RA of the Co-Op, and served as co-president of Challah for Hunger. Classes in clinical psychology and her internship working with kids from poor and marginalized families in South Africa have fueled her desire to pursue a career in mental health work and be able to provide therapy for those who typically cannot access it. In her free time she consumes as many avocados as possible.

  • Claire Pepple

    Story Time

  • Grace Dunbar

    Whitman Teaches the Movement

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  • Jamie Willard

    Mentor Program

  • Jeffrey Gustaveson

    Events & Reflection

  • Kate Whittingham

    Spring Break Service Trips

  • Kimberly Taylor

    Whitman Teaches the Movement

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  • Laurinda Nyarko

    Mentor Program

  • Liza Briody-Pavlik

    The Buddy Program

    A junior chemistry major from Farmington, New Mexico, Liza loves community service because it pushes her to understand people better. In her free time she plays tennis and goes on long walks.

  • Olivia Knox

    Classroom Connections

  • Rachel Leiter


  • Signe Lindquist

    Green Park Bilingual