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.

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Upcoming Mentor Chats

Join Dr. Jennifer Atkinson and BIS 499 students for a dialogue with IAS alums Gretchen Johnson and Daniel Lee! Learn about their careers in sustainable agriculture and UX research design.

Mentor Chat: Gretchen Johnson & Daniel Lee
Tues, July 31 | 6:00-7:00 pm | UW1-121

Photo of Gretchen JohnsonGretchen Johnson (’11, Global Studies) is the Volunteer Coordinator at 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living where she recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers in sustainable agriculture practices. She first connected with 21 Acres as a student through a community-based learning and research course and has been hooked ever since. Johnson is passionate about farming, growing food, and anything involving nutrition.

Photo of Daniel LeeDaniel Lee (’17, Community Psychology) is Senior User Experience Researcher at Expedia Group where he works with a mobile app team testing new prototypes. This fall, he begins a master’s program in Human-Centered Design and Engineering at UW Seattle.  Lee began his career in computer systems while in the U.S. Air Force, and at one time, managed over 500 network servers across his base.  After serving, Lee spent nine years managing a usability lab at Microsoft, which cemented his passion for user research and design. 

Alumni Mentors

Learn about our mentors below! Many are open to connecting - email for an introduction. Please note: Alumni are listed by year of participation; employers and titles may not be current.


Matt Albertson, '06, '04
Major Gifts Officer

Kylani Arrington, '13
Mental Health Counseling Intern

Baba Badru, '08
Environmental Planner
King County

Sarah Castoriano, '05
Program Manager

Jason Hampton, '14
Community Outreach Specialist
Sound Transit

Devi Sandhu, '16, '12
Talent Manager
UW Bothell

Faith Simonelli, '10, '08
Prevention Program Manager
Cocoon House

Andrew Wahl, '96
Journalism & Media Communication Chair
Everett Community College

Brandon Washington, '15
Membership Engagement
Dale Turner Family YMCA

Evan Westenberger, '09
Social & Digital Engagement Manager

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative


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

Brittaney Bunjong, '16
Community Manager
The Cloud Room

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

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

Jasleena Grewal, '13
Psychiatric Nursing Student
Seattle University

Aaron Huston, '13
Farmstand Local Foods

Melisa Le, '16
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Ashley Magdall, '15
Web Support Specialist
UW Bothell

Liam McGivern, '09
Civil Rights Analyst
City of Seattle

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

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

Heidi Schauble, '13, '15
Employment Consultant

Gracelynn Shibayama, '15
Member Relations Coordinator
KNKX 88.5

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

Drew Stone, '14
Mindfulmedia Artist

Jamie Strusz, '11


Ray Corona, '13
Corporate Recruiter

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

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

Jason Hampton, '14
Transportation Program Manager
Bellevue Downtown Association

Mina Hooshangi, '11
Project Manager
The Boeing Company

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

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

Jamie Strusz, '11

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

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

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Sales Representative


Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager

Andrea Blanken, '02
Director of New Business Development

Zaheeda Edwards, '95
Project Manager
CDK Global

Deborah Oaks, '08
Habitat Program Coordinator
Sound Salmon Solutions

Hillary U, '10
Communications Specialist
Alaska Airlines

Andrew Wahl, '96
Journalism & Media Communication Chair
Everett Community College

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