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 is on leave for the academic year and will return in Fall 2017.
Abby Seethoff '16
Technology & Marketing Fellow
Abby graduated from Whitman with a degree in English and Spanish. She enjoys communications because it occupies the nexus between precision of language and visual acuity. When she's not working, she writes letters, reads literature, and plays and coaches volleyball.
Gayle Townsend '80 (Parent '14)
Assistant Director of Career Development
Gayle brings 25 years of career counseling, advising, personal counseling, and teaching to her work. She values lifelong learning and helping students tie their strengths, skills, values, and life experiences into a career path. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Oregon and worked at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR as a counselor and instructor for more than a decade.
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 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.
Associate Dean for Student Engagement
Noah's background in law, education, public policy, community organizing, and research contribute to his role at Whitman. He loves helping students find ways to tackle challenges in the world around them. In addition to his work in the SEC, he also serves as Whitman's pre-law advisor and is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department. Noah and his wife, Dr. Helen Kim, have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia. His book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews, which he co-authored with Dr. Kim, was published in July 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.
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.
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.
Interim Community Service CoordinatorReid 219
Melanie graduated from Whitman with a degree in anthropology and has since been serving as the Resident Director of North Hall and Tamarac House. She is passionate about student life and learning both in and out of the classroom. Melanie's other interests include singing, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Student Office Assistants
Executive Office AssistantReid 219M: 1:00-4:00; TU: 4:00-5:30; W: 1:00-3:00; TH: 4:00-5:30; F: 1:00-3:00
Peggy is an Economics and Philosophy double major who's lived in many locations. She is motivated by guilt and her conscience and enjoys reading books and watching movies in her free time.
Community Service Interns
Mentor ProgramReid 219Mondays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aaron, a junior from Berkeley, CA, hopes that his involvement in the Mentor Program increases its impact in the Walla Walla community. His hobbies include bocce ball, piano, hiking, and burying treasure.
Spring Break Service TripsReid 219Mondays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Alicia, a junior psychology major from Seattle, WA, is inspired by her own experiences with service trips to bring that opportunity to others. In her free time she consumes as many avocados as possible.
Paige is a senior Sociology major from Spokane, Washington, motivated by helping others feel good about themselves. She likes to eat baked food, play board games, and pretend to be athletic on tennis courts.
Green Park BilingualReid 219W: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; TH: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM; F: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Hailing from Corvallis, OR, Gareth is a sophomore environmental studies-biology major with a passion for exploration and preservation of the natural world. He enjoys playing soccer, participating in triathlons, hiking and camping.
Mentor ProgramReid 219Mondays from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Katrina, a senior from Bainbridge Island, WA, hopes to make a positive impact on the Whitman and Walla Walla communities. She likes to run, hike, swim, travel, and hang out with friends.
Storytime ProjectReid 224Mondays 8 - 10 AM and Wednesdays 3 - 4 PM or by appointment
Kevin, a senior biology major with minors in psychology and chemistry, plans to complete an elementary Master's in teaching after graduation. Educational inequality stemming from socioeconomic status fascinates him, and he enjoys reading, hiking, and camping.
Buddy ProgramReid 219Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Originally from Conifer, CO, Leah enjoys working with people with disabilities and hopes it becomes her career. At Whitman she studies psychology and will graduate in May 2019.
Spring Break Service TripsReid 219Mondays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A senior environmental studies-politics major from Enumclaw, WA, Lindsay cites her own service trip participation as a spark for her passion for social justice. She hopes to make this kind of transformative experience available to her peers.
Events & ReflectionReid 219Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Fridays from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
A sophomore from Farmington, New Mexico, considering majoring in Biology, Liza loves community service because it pushes her to understand people better. In her free time she plays tennis and goes on long walks.
Whitman Teaches the Movement
Maddy, a sophomore Theater major from Santa Monica, California, enjoys acting, working with children, writing, going outdoors and talking to people. She is motivated by helping and positively affecting others' lives.
Classroom ConnectionsReid 219M: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; W: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM; F: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Niki, a sophomore from Woodside, California, believes that a good education empowers people to solve any problem. Especially at the high school level, teaching changes lives, which is why Classroom Connections is important to Niki and why education is his passion and religion. He plays basketball, skis, and reads in his free time.