IAS Advisory Board members act as a strategic advisors to the Dean. They are advocates for diversity, inclusion, and equity, both in higher education and in other community and industrial sectors. They help foster increased public awareness of the value of the School of IAS - its students, staff, and faculty - to the sustainable development and well-being of the region and they are role models for IAS students.
Michelle K. Gehlsen has served as the appointed judge for the City of Bothell since 2010, overseeing a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. As the ‘face of the court’ to many, Gehlsen is committed to fostering an environment of positive community engagement and participatory citizenship, particularly with youth who are often unfamiliar with the legal system or encounter it only as a ‘negative’ experience.
Gehlsen counts the creation of Bothell Youth Court (BYC) as one of her proudest achievements in this regard. Unlike traditional adult courts, BYC focuses primarily on restorative justice. The emphasis is on education and prevention, with a focus on making amends and contributing back to the community. “Any successful youth court requires a true collaborative partnership with the community, and Bothell has been extremely fortunate to form just such a partnership with the UW Bothell community and IAS Professor Camille Walsh,” says Gehlsen. Gehlsen also works with local schools and community organizations to encourage Bothell youth to pursue careers in the legal community, and to do so as part of a larger commitment to public service. In serving on the IAS Advisory Board, Gehlsen hopes to help others create innovative programs that strengthen both the community and the UW educational experience.
EJ Juárez is the Executive Director of Amplify, a multi-state organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and electing people of color, women, and GLBTQI individuals to public office, with a focus on building a more reflective democracy. Juárez also serves on the Board of Seattle Education Access, and on the WA State Commission on Judicial Conduct by gubernatorial appointment.
Juárez sees serving on the IAS Advisory Board as an incredible opportunity to support groundbreaking work at UW Bothell. “The intersectional approach and systems orientation of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences is creating community accountable leaders ready to take on the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow,” says Juárez.
Ernest Kandilige (co-chair of the Advisory Board) is a training manager at Terex Corporation with a focus on employee Learning and Development. One of Kandilige’s primary roles is to educate employees on the Terex Operating System, which is designed to develop critical skills to support work groups in a continuous improvement environment. Learner groups range from new hires learning basic manufacturing skills, to frontline leadership development to support tactical programs and Senior Leadership Coaching for organizational efficiency.
“I am honored to serve on the IAS Advisory Board. UW Bothell invested in me and I am glad to have the opportunity to give back to a community that supported my dreams and aspirations. My IAS education had an important influence and subsequent selection of my profession,” says Kandilige. Kandilige hopes to work collaboratively with the Dean to explore ways to increase awareness of IAS programs, share practical work experiences with IAS students to help connect their education with external opportunities, and solicit support from community leaders to advance student learning experiences at UW Bothell.
Lisa Thornhill Richman is the Outreach and Philanthropic Director at Market Optical, a company that actively supports fair trade and labor practices via the high-end eyewear it sells. As part of her position with Market Optical, Richman is able to funnel a percentage of profits to various groups and organizations that she finds make critical interventions in the community by challenging issues of violence, ageism, sexuality, race/ethnicity and environmental protection. A few of these organizations include: New Beginnings, the Pike Place Market Foundation, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and Puget Sound Keepers Alliance. Richman also volunteers with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters as Vice President of Fundraising (2014-2016) and now as a current board member. Richman joined the IAS Advisory Board to support initiatives that craft interdisciplinary approaches to education by offering courses and opportunities that allow for students to put knowledge into critical practice that will in turn create real change.
Carol Anderson Shaw works as an Executive Consultant, collaborating on strategy and communications with a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. Shaw is also an adjunct instructor in the UW Bothell School of Business, and is active with the Washington Women’s Foundation, WA State Parks Foundation, and Dartmouth alumni organizations. Shaw, who earned an MFA from IAS’s Creative Writing & Poetics program, says: “It is both an honor and a delight to serve on the IAS Advisory Board. IAS is breaking new territory with its interdisciplinary, multi-genre, creative and scholarly approach. The students at UW Bothell bring international and cultural diversity, and many are first-generation college students. This is an inspirational environment for new thinking and a crucial time to focus on the future of higher education.”
Lindsey Warnick (co-chair of the Advisory Board) joined Amazon in October 2011, where she built relationships with MBA programs nationally and developed programs to enhance the Amazon recruiting pipelines for top-performing MBA candidates. In February 2013, Lindsey transitioned into the Marketplace business as a Talent Program Manager, where she implemented programs to accelerate onboarding of new employees and enhance career development pathways for employees. In January 2015, Lindsey became an Account Executive where she provided lifecycle account management for third-party sellers based in the US who wished to expand their business globally. Prior to Amazon, Lindsey worked for Admissions at the University of Washington Bothell from 2005 to 2011, where she was the Associate Director of Admissions from 2010 to 2011. Lindsey graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a Major in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior. On the personal side, Lindsey is happily married and is the proud step-mother of three boys. She enjoys fitness activities and spending time with friends, family and her two dogs.