The Office of Connected Learning Team

The Office of Connected Learning includes: Community-Engaged Learning and Research, Global Initiatives, the Collaboratory, Research & Creative Projects for Undergraduates, Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards and the Environmental Education & Research Center at St. Edward State Park.

Find high-impact and experiential learning opportunities curated for UW Bothell students by scheduling an advising appointment with the Office of Connected Learning

Carolyn Brennan

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Responsible for supporting research administration and connected learning for the UW Bothell campus.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Phone: (425) 352-5355

Natalia Dyba

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My role is to connect students, faculty and staff to global opportunities, both in-person and virtually. I also oversee how the Office of Connected Learning measures the impact of our efforts.
Director, Global Engagement and Connected Learning Assessment

Jesi Egan

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In my role, I connect students across all schools with meaningful opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to solving real-world challenges. I also work with faculty and staff to develop and promote new opportunities, address barriers to participation, and support effective mentoring practices. 
Director, Research and Creative Projects for Undergraduates

Ludmilla Kortchak

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In my role, I provide support for all opportunities made available by the Office of Connected Learning. This includes advising and assistance with your merit scholarship application and extending general support to meet your needs. 
Phone: (425) 352-3144

Chaise Jung

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As the Community-Engaged Research Program Manager, I am dedicated to enhancing the hands-on learning experiences of both students and faculty by linking them with real-world research opportunities. My role involves guiding students through community-engaged research projects and assisting faculty in integrating these experiences into their courses. I am focused on developing learning opportunities that are not only enriching but also have a significant impact on our community. By connecting academic study with practical research, I strive to create a collaborative space where students can thrive and make meaningful contributions.
Community-Engaged Research Program Manager

Dana Washington

In my role, I support faculty and students through the logistics of getting connected to community organizations on and off campus so they may accomplish deeper learning goals by bridging community engagement with academic learning. 
Community-Engaged Learning Program Manager

Jesus Govela

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In my role I manage all operations, services, and ongoing projects in the Collaboratory space while fostering a welcoming, equitable, and connected community.
Collaboratory Space Manager

Sarah Verlinde-Azofeifa

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In my role, I support the Offices of Sponsored Research and Connected Learning with marketing, communications, and administrative tasks.
Phone: (425) 352-3795

Amanda Sendele

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In my role I support the Offices of Sponsored Research and Connected Learning with administrative work.
Program Coordinator
Phone: (425) 352-3528

Kelsey Bolinger

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In my role, I support the Offices of Sponsored Research and Connected Learning with marketing and communications.
Program Coordinator

Student Staff

Special thanks to the student staff that help us with advising and running programs

  • Drake Monfregola, Collaboratory
  • Samantha Brown, Collaboratory
  • Giuliano Bussadori, Collaboratory
  • Oksana Moraleja, Collaboratory
  • Andrew Link, Collaboratory
  • Amy Lin (Pin-Yu Lin), Connected Learning, Student Assistant and Website Editor
  • Jennie Ha, Global Initiatives, Peer Study Abroad Advisor
  • Grace Leppert, Global Initiatives, Peer Study Abroad Advisor
  • Itzetl Vixtha Teoba, Digital Scholars Student Assistant
  • Chelsey Ficke, Connected Learning Assistant & Global Scholars
  • Hazel Kaushik, Community-Engaged Learning & Research
  • Sabrina Oliveira, Community-Engaged Learning & Research


Office location
Truly House
18140 110th Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011
47.759598, -122.193003

We also do some advising at the Student Success Center.

Mailing Address
Connected Learning – UW Bothell
Box #358569
17927 113th AVE NE
Bothell, WA 98011

Most staff work a hybrid work schedule, the best way to contact them is through email. Contact the Connected Learning team with general questions by emailing