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 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.

  • 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

    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 Prudente

    Outreach 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

    Internship Coordinator

    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. 

  • Melanie Medina

    Interim Community Service Coordinator

    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

  • Faith Nyakundi

    Employment Intern

    Reid 219
    Mondays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Peggy Li

    Executive Office Assistant

    Reid 219
    M: 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.

  • Marta Picoto

    Executive Office Assistant

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  • Grant Traynor

    Executive Office Assistant

    Reid 219
    M: 1:00-3:00; Tu: 3:30-5:30; Th: 12:00-3:00; F: 2:30-5:30

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

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Community Service Interns

  • Aaron Leiberman

    Mentor Program

    Reid 219
    Mondays 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.

  • Alicia Yan

    Spring Break Service Trips

    Reid 219
    Mondays 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.

  • Cherokee Washington

    Whitman Teaches the Movement

  • Paige Organick

    Adopt-A-Grandparent

    Reid 219
    Tuesdays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

    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.

  • Gareth Jones

    Green Park Bilingual

    Reid 219
    W: 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.

  • Katrina Kerrigan

    Mentor Program

    Reid 219
    Mondays 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.

  • Kevin Miller

    Storytime Project

    Reid 224
    Mondays 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.

  • Leah Shaffner

    Buddy Program

    Reid 219
    Mondays 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.

  • Lindsay Ross

    Spring Break Service Trips

    Reid 219
    Mondays 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.

  • Liza Briody-Pavlik

    Events & Reflection

    Reid 219
    Tuesdays 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.

  • Maddy Gold

    Whitman Teaches the Movement

    Reid 224
    TU: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM; F: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    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.

  • Niki Lonberg

    Classroom Connections

    Reid 219
    M: 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.