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Operations | Academic Services | Graduate Programs | External Relations

Operations (UW1-390)

Phone: 425-352-5350 | Email:

Bill Humphreys, Administrator
Oversees the administrative and financial activities of IAS. Leads administrative efforts around faculty HR processes such as promotion & tenure, appointment/reappointment, and recruitment.
Phone: 425-352-3638 | Email:

Bill's Bio

Bill Humphreys has supported the School of IAS since March of 2012 as the School’s Administrator. Before coming to UW Bothell, Bill spent nearly 17 years in the not-for-profit sector, primarily in human services. He has worked as a program manager, director of social and basic needs services, and vice president of operations and programs development. Bill holds a Master of Divinity from Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, a B.A. in American History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has completed 80 hours of continuing education in non-profit administration at the University of Notre Dame.

Carmen Staab, Budget and Fiscal Analyst
Monitors spending on all IAS budgets, performs budget reconciliations, and processes invoices.  Handles travel funding requests.  Maintains an accounting of startup/research, CAWG, and PIP funds available to faculty.
Phone: 425-352-3279 | Email:

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Marianne Haugen, Reimbursement Specialist
Processes reimbursements for IAS faculty (both travel and non-travel) and honoraria payments.
Phone: 425-352-3147

Marianne's Bio

Marianne has been with IAS as a Reimbursement Specialist since May 2016.  Prior to that, she worked in Procurement Services for 4 years at the Seattle campus.  Marianne graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Simone Willynck, Office Assistant III
Provides support for a variety of IAS functions, including the management of faculty searches, onboarding, and development initiatives; records management; inventory and office management.  Supervises the student workers who welcome visitors to the IAS Office, schedules undergraduate advising appointments, and gives out add codes.
Phone: 425-352-5350 Email:

Simone's Bio

Simone Willynck has been with IAS and UW Bothell since fall of 2014 as the Office Assistant 3. Prior to this position, Simone worked at Windermere Real Estate for five years, first as a receptionist then later promoted to an Office Administrator. Simone graduated from the UW (Go Dawgs!), Seattle campus, in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Diversity. While at the UW, Simone was heavily involved in the Dream Project (MATCH at UW Bothell) as a mentor and volunteer, assisting underserved high school students in the Seattle area attain higher education.

Academic Services (UW1-390)

Phone: 425-352-5350 | Email:

Rachel Foote, Assistant Director-Academic Services
Supervises the undergraduate advising office and can answer questions regarding student-related issues and policies.  Coordinates the undergraduate admissions process and chairs the Admissions Committee.   Creates the yearly time schedule in coordination with the IAS Director and faculty.
Phone: 425-352-3280 Email:


Jung Lee, Academic Program Coordinator
Supports undergraduate admissions, time schedule construction, and 499 assessment processes.  Serves as the IAS Curriculum Coordinator and currently  coordinates the annual DC Seminar on Human Rights.
Phone: 425-352-5271  

Jung's Bio

Jung joined IAS Undergraduate office in 2014 and supports undergraduate admission, time schedule construction, and IAS undergraduate exit course BIS 499 assessment processes. She serves as the IAS Curriculum Coordinator and currently coordinates the annual DC seminar on Human Rights. She earned MA in Policy Studies from IAS Graduate School and completed the International Development and Management Certificate from Evans Schools of Public Affairs in 2013. She graduated with BA in Special Education in Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea.

Previously, she was a research intern for Seattle Human Rights Commission and researched the local human rights and civil rights cases. Also, she worked as an administrative assistant at an international relief organization in California. She also worked as an assistant teacher for special students at various elementary schools for five years.

Jessica Trenkamp, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
IAS Undergraduate Academic Advisors meet individually with students pursuing IAS majors and minors to develop educational plans as well as support students’ intellectual and personal development.  They provide information on School and UW policies, procedures and requirements to current students, staff and faculty members.  
Phone: 425-352-5350

Jessica's Bio

Jessica Trenkamp has been a part of the School of IAS team since 2009. As an alumni of both IAS undergraduate (SEB ‘06) and graduate programs (MAPS ‘09), she is a product of and cheerleader for interdisciplinary learning! Prior to her role as an Academic Advisor, she worked in a variety of roles in health and human services including youth counselor for at-risk teens and a nursing assistant in the intensive care unit. Jessica is passionate about advocating for the rights of marginalized populations and has volunteered with organizations that fight for tenant, youth and patient rights. She is happy to have found a role in the School of IAS and is honored to share in the experience of students realizing their goals.

Erica Spencer, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
The IAS Undergraduate Academic Advisors meet individually with students pursuing IAS majors and minors to develop educational plans as well as support students’ intellectual and personal development.  They provide information on School and UW policies, procedures and requirements to current students, staff and faculty members.  
Phone: 425-352-5350

Erica's Bio

Erica Spencer is one of the undergraduate academic advisors in the School of IAS. She serves IAS as an advisor for all IAS majors, as well as a liaison for First Year and Premajor Programs. Prior to her role in IAS, she served as an academic advisor at several other institutions including North Seattle College and Seattle University. She received a BA in Linguistics/Psychology at University of Connecticut and an MEd in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. She is passionate about helping students understand all of the pieces of the puzzle that make their educational experience and influence their calling in life.

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Emily Batlan, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
IAS Undergraduate Academic Advisors meet individually with students pursuing IAS majors and minors to develop educational plans as well as support students’ intellectual and personal development.  They provide information on School and UW policies, procedures and requirements to current students, staff and faculty members.  
Phone: 425-352-5350

Emily's Bio

Emily Batlan joined the School of IAS in 2016 after serving for 13 years as Senior Academic Counselor with UW Seattle’s Evening Degree Undergraduate Bachelor Completion Program. Prior to UW, Emily worked in various roles within Admissions at Cornish College of the Arts. In addition to her professional experience in higher education, Emily possesses an eclectic background in performance ranging from theatre, physical comedy, performance art, movement improvisation and experience in both large and small scale cultural events production. Emily’s original solo performance work has been seen at On The Boards, Bumbershoot, and many more intimate venues in Seattle.

Emily holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Speech Communication from Willamette University and an M.A. in Education from Antioch University Seattle. Her inquiry project Transformational Learning as Explored Through the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education was accepted by the Feldenkrais Science Research Network.

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Maisha Manson,
Graduate Staff Assistant
Provides general support for undergraduate advising and academic services, including drop-in advising for undergraduate students, scheduling appointments, orientation and recruitment events.
Phone: 425-352-5350

Maisha's Bio

Maisha joins the team as a Graduate Staff Assistant for Undergraduate Advising, and is a first-year graduate student in the IAS Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program. A writer and artist originally from San Diego, they completed a BA in Deaf Education at University of California, Northridge. Their capstone research project analyzed intersecting systems of oppression—regarding ability, race, class, gender and sexual identity—in relation to Deaf education and practices of allyship and advocacy.

Maisha brings considerable experience to their role in undergraduate advising. Previously they worked with Public Allies and Youth Community Service in East Palo Alto to develop service learning curriculum and leadership development trainings, and as a peer mentor and workshop facilitator at the Price Center at California State University, Northridge.

Graduate Programs (UW2-134)

Phone: 425-352-3406 | Email:

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Miriam Bartha, Director
Supervises the IAS Graduate Programs and External Relations.  For Graduate Programs, oversees operational plans and stewards program assessment, development, and implementation.  For IAS more generally, provides strategic leadership for the development of external relations, staff, and organizational plans.
Phone: 425-352-5427 | Email:

Miriam's Bio

Miriam oversees the development, management, and assessment of IAS graduate programs and co-directs the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship; she also oversees the IAS External Relations team, which includes Communications, Events, and Alumni Relations. She is an IAS affiliate faculty member and serves on the IAS Diversity Committee.

Miriam comes to these roles through positions in higher education, non-profit arts administration, and grantsmanship, all of which highlighted the value of cross-sectoral collaboration for transformative learning, strategic alliances, and organizational development. She worked as Associate Director of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities from 2004-2013, and has been a member of the Assessing the Practice of Public Scholarship (APPS) working group of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

Miriam holds a Ph.D in English from Rutgers University, and has taught a spectrum of graduate and undergraduate courses across interdisciplinary humanities fields: Miriam's Faculty Webpage.

Kate Osmond, Assistant Director
Advises current and prospective graduate students on policies and procedures and provides guidance in academic planning and progress.  Manages the admissions processes, supports curricular development for IAS graduate programs, and supervises the Graduate Staff Assistants.
Phone: 425-352-3406 | Email:

Kate's Bio

Kate comes to UW Bothell with a background in enrollment management, student advising, study abroad leadership and administration, and teaching. Kate holds a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College.

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Meshell Sturgis,
Graduate Staff Assistant
Assists the IAS Graduate Office with program promotion, student recruitment, and administrative support. She works with current and prospective students in all three IAS graduate programs, and is available to answer questions concerning applications, registration, and any of the other details of life in graduate school.
Phone: 425-352-3898 | Email:

Meshell's Bio

Meshell was born and raised in the Puget Sound area and currently lives in Bothell, WA. She loves being present in the moment, learning and growing, and leaning into the discomfort that comes with change. She enjoys running, yoga, reading, playing Catan, anything related to creative expression, and watching childhood Disney movies on VHS. You can find her in nature, on a road trip, or spending time with the loves of her life. She is a sister of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Research Interests: Mixed race identities, organization, and representation; the era of the cyborg/ cyberpunk theory, and cyberspace identities; feminist theory; spirituality and the body; Gaia and collective consciousness; Literary Theory surrounding but not limited to comics, children's literature, and the sci-fi genre; philosophical approaches to religion, culture, and being; Media Studies; Conspiracy Theory culture; American Studies. Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood. Capstone Advisor: Naomi Bragin.

Academic Background: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Creative Writing.

External Relations (UW2-134)

Phone: 425-352-3415 | Email:

Andrew Shinn, Communications and Events Manager
Leads communications strategy and management for IAS. Oversees web development, story development and placement, production of newsletters and promotional materials, and social media for IAS, and evaluates the effectiveness of communications, outreach, and marketing efforts.
Phone: 425-352-3415 | Email:

Andrew's Bio

Andrew Shinn comes to IAS as an experienced outreach professional with extensive experience in digital communications platforms and strategy, and a deep appreciation for interdisciplinarity in multiple settings. Andrew graduated from Temple University with a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies, and received an MA and PhC candidacy in the University of Washington Department of Political Science, where he focused on postcommunist political development in Russia and China and taught undergraduate classes. His academic administrative experience includes: Outreach Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts (Temple University); Advancement Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (University of Washington); Outreach Manager for the Master of Communication in Digital Media program (University of Washington); and Outreach Coordinator for the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (University of Washington).

Lisa Olason, Alumni and Community Relations Manager
Manages alumni programming and community engagement for the School of IAS.  Her role involves cultivating relationships with IAS constituents which support and strengthen the School of IAS and UW Bothell.
Phone: 425-352-3136 | Email:

Lisa's Bio

Lisa Olason has supported the School of IAS since 2008 and currently serves as the Alumni and Community Relations Manager. Prior to this role, she managed career development and community-based learning and research activities for graduate programs within IAS. Before UW Bothell, Lisa spent 16 years in the nonprofit sector, including eight years in the field of global health. She has worked as a project manager, volunteer coordinator, cross-cultural trainer, event planner, fundraiser, and psychotherapist and has served diverse populations, including adolescents, elders, persons living with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors, and international women and children. Lisa holds a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.

Lauresa Smith, Events Coordinator
Executes IAS academic, school, and public events; documents and tracks event activities; advises on event planning and development;  and supports IAS communications, publicity, and outreach.
Phone: 425-352-3553 | Email:

Lauresa's Bio

Lauresa Smith has been the Events Coordinator for the School of IAS since spring of 2015. Prior to this position, Lauresa worked as a Conference Coordinator for Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. While a Conference Coordinator Lauresa arranged and managed conference logistics including meeting venues, on-campus housing, dining, catering, registration, and technology. Lauresa also led the recruitment, interview, hiring, and training process of office assistants for her department. Lauresa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington.

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Victoria Sprang, Associate Director of Advancement, Advancement and External Relations
Leads the School of IAS efforts to foster deep, coordinated involvement in fundraising and programming to cultivate and nurture positive external relationships that create funding opportunities for the school.
Phone: 425-352-3716 | Email:

Victoria's Bio

Victoria Sprang brings over 15 years’ experience of developing impactful donor, alumni, and community relations. She has a deep comprehension and appreciation of the importance of creating and strengthening recognition and engagement with multi-generational, multicultural, multigender, and multiracial affinity groups. She is adept in establishing and sustaining opportunities that cultivate a community of ambassadors. Additionally, Victoria devoted a substantial part of her career to building professional development programs and other vehicles for alumni to reconnect and participate in lifelong learning. Victoria spent most of her time honing her fundraising knowledge at the UW campus in Seattle. She took a break and ventured briefly into the tech industry boom in the late 90s with stints at Boeing and Microsoft, but soon found her way back to the UW and the Advancement community. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Washington University and a certificate in Technical Writing from the University of Washington.