Meet our Team!
We work hard to assist and guide our students towards developing and reaching their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Looking forward to connecting with you!
Paulina Abustan, Ph.D. (gender fluid, any pronoun)
Educational background: WSU Ph.D. Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education, American Studies cognate; CSUN Master of Public Administration; UCSB B.A. Feminist Studies and B.A. Political Science
Favorite aspect of academic success coaching: As a first generation college student, I had many questions about navigating higher education. Mentors guided me in learning how to successfully achieve my undergraduate, graduate, and professional career goals. Drawing from both my student, professor, community activist, and education leader experiences, I enjoy building long lasting relationships of trust with my students and assisting them in acheiving their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Fun facts about me: I love my access labradoodle puppy, Meelo. My favorite animated shows are Avatar the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Dragon Prince, Steven Universe, and Kipo. I enjoy nature walks, roller skating, and playing Pokemon and Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch.
David Payne (he, him, his)
Educational background: UWB B.A. Media and Communications, Business minor
Favorite aspect of academic success coaching: Being a UWB alumni, I have experience in this specific academic environment so I feel like I can better guide students in navigating their academic journey. I plan on assisting as many UWB students as I possibly can. I understand how difficult and confusing college can be. I want to try to make it a little easier.
Fun facts about me: I have a deep passion for photography and videography. When I am not at the university assisting students, I am photographing concerts. I love to watch football too, GO HAWKS!!! I also watch a lot of cartoons and anime. If you have any show recommendations or just want to chat about them, feel free to contact me.
Amani Elaameir, ASC Design Intern (she, her, hers)
Educational Background: AA in Arts and Sciences and a current senior majoring in Interactive Media Design with a minor in Creative Writing.
Fun facts about me: I'm a huge Marvel and DC fan and love medieval literature, high fantasy, and Greek/Norse mythology. I'm also pretty big on Anime and Cartoons; Hunter x Hunter, Mob Psycho 100, Adventure Time, and Regular Show being among my favorites. I also love reading and creating comics; as it's the perfect way to combine my love for writing, illustration, and character design!
Want to learn more?
Hours: Monday through Friday 9am-5pm
Call: (425) 352-3786
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