Mentor Chats

Mentor Chats are designed to assist students with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories.  Through hosted conversations, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors.

lineup of some past mentors

Upcoming Mentor Chats

Dialogue with IAS alumni about their career pathways! IAS students are invited to join these conversations, hosted in BIS 499 courses.

Photo of Andrew WahlAndrew Wahl
Wed, May 2 | 8:45-9:45 am | UW1-060
Dr. Kristin Gustafson welcomes Andrew Wahl, a writer, editor, designer, editorial cartoonist, and head of the journalism program at Everett Community College...Read bio and register

Photo of Matt AlbertsonMatt Albertson
Wed, May 2 | 3:30-4:30 pm | UW2-211
Dr. Kristin Gustafson welcomes Matt Albertson, philanthropy professional and Major Gifts Officer for KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio...Read bio and register

Photo of Jason HamptonJason Hampton
Thurs, May 10 | 2:15-3:15 pm | UW1-261
Dr. Raissa DeSmet welcomes Jason Hampton, Community Outreach Specialist for Sound Transit's East Link Extension, South Bellevue Station, and East Main Station...Read bio and register

Photo of Faith SimonelliFaith Simonelli
Tues, May 22 | 8:45-9:45 am | UW1-261
Dr. Yolanda Padilla welcomes Faith Simonelli, Prevention Program Manager for Cocoon House, who oversees intervention and support programs for teens facing homelessness...Read bio and register 

Questions? Contact IAS alumni manager Lisa Olason at

Alumni Mentors

Learn about our mentors below!  Many are open to connecting - email for an introduction.

Please note: Alumni are listed by year of particpation; employers and titles may not be current.


Kylani Arrington, '13
Mental Health Counseling Intern

Evan Westenberger, '09
Social & Digital Engagement Manager

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative



Baba Badru, '08
Environmental Investigator
Public Health - Seattle & King County

Liam McGivern, '09
Civil Rights Analyst
City of Seattle

Brittaney Bunjong, '16
Community Manager
The Cloud Room

Drue Nyenhuis, '12
Correspondence Manager
Seattle Mayor's Office

Richard Buzard, '15
Master's in Geology Candidate
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Shawn Peterson, '14
Gen 7 Program Coordinator
Na'ah Illahee Fund

Maximilian Dixon, '11
Earthquake Program Manager
Washington State Military Department

Heidi Schauble, '13, '15
Employment Consultant

Jasleena Grewal, '13
Psychiatric Nursing Student
Seattle University

Gracelynn Shibayama, '15
Member Relations Coordinator
KNKX 88.5

Aaron Huston, '13
Farmstand Local Foods

Samantha St. John, '07
Executive Director
Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Melisa Le, '16
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Drew Stone, '14
Mindfulmedia Artist

Ashley Magdall, '15
Web Support Specialist
UW Bothell

Jamie Strusz, '11


Ray Corona, '13
Corporate Recruiter

Matt Libby, '11
787 Flightline Operations Chief of Staff
The Boeing Company

Lauren Fay, '07
Housing Placement Manager
Downtown Emergency Services Center

Jamie Strusz, '11

Taylor Frazier, '15
Consumer Affairs Coordinator
Washington State Bar Association

Stephanie Thomas, '11
Learning and Analytics Manager
United Way Snohomish County

Jason Hampton, '14
Transportation Program Manager
Bellevue Downtown Association

Alice Tsoodle, '13
Education Manager
Friends of North Creek Forest

Mina Hooshangi, '11
Project Manager
The Boeing Company

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Sales Representative

Kristie Johnson, '07
Public Records Officer
King Co. Prosecuting Attorney's Office



Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager

Deborah Oaks, '08
Habitat Program Coordinator
Sound Salmon Solutions

Andrea Blanken, '02
Director of New Business Development

Hillary U, '10
Communications Specialist
Alaska Airlines

Zaheeda Edwards, '95
Project Manager
CDK Global

Andrew Wahl, '96
Chair of Journalism Department
Everett Community College

Alumni Stories

Learn what's possible with an IAS degree!  Visit Alumni Stories to read about more graduates.

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