Alumni Awards

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences honors the achievements and contributions of its alumni through the Hall of Alumni Excellence.  Recipients join the IAS Circle of Recognition, a collective of alumni, students, faculty, and partners who have notable impact on our campus, region, and world.

The Hall of Alumni Excellence recognizes alumni at varying stages of career who are established or emerging leaders in their fields, policy changing public servants, and devoted and inspiring mentors. They are extraordinary alumni who embody IAS’ mission, values, and goals and demonstrate equity and inclusion in their work and lives.

2019 Recipients

Hall of Alumni Excellence

Photo of Megan DunnMegan Dunn (’13, M.A. in Policy Studies) has a 20-year work and volunteer background of successful environmental protections, improving lives for working families, and local policy change. She is the Healthy People and Communities Program Director with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, where she leads efforts to help protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals. Dunn spent the last two years leading the successful campaign to establish city council districts for Everett. The Everett Districts Now campaign was a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition dedicated to addressing disparities in representation and giving communities greater participation in the democratic process. She is also a candidate for Snohomish County Council, seeking to represent Everett, Mukilteo and Tulalip.

Photo of Talena Lachelle QueenTalena Lachelle Queen (’14, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics) is the founder and president of Her Best Self, a nonprofit organization that fosters leadership qualities in young women. She is a certified and licensed elementary school teacher specializing in Middle Level Humanities in both New Jersey and Washington states. Queen is the first Poet Laureate of Paterson, New Jersey. She specializes in poetry that infuses music and addresses social justice issues that impact the Black community-- her family. Queen received the 2018 New Jersey Clean Communities Council “Education Award” for starting a “Little Free Libraries” book-sharing program in public parks. Queen graduated from Rosa Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts High School and holds a B.A. in Broadcasting from Montclair State University, a Teaching Certification and MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from University of Washington Bothell, and Executive Certification in Transformational Nonprofit Management from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza Business School.

Photo of James T. ReedJames T. Reed (’95, Liberal Studies) has provided leadership and innovation during his 30-plus years in the banking industry. He serves as Executive Vice President for Banner Bank leading the West Region Commercial and Specialty Banking. He is responsible for commercial banking in Western Washington and Western Oregon as well as Treasury Management, SBA Lending, Syndicated Lending, and Trade Finance. Reed has served UW Bothell as a former representative to the UW Foundation Board and member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board. Deeply invested in student development, he is a regular speaker in the IAS course, “Career Exploration,” where he discusses workplace etiquette. Thanks to Reed, Banner Bank is the event sponsor for the “Etiquette Dinner,” an opportunity for students to practice personal skills and dining etiquette while networking with employers. He is dedicated to education, having worked as a Junior Achievement teacher for several middle schools, teaching students about economics and politics, as well as helping UW Bothell students obtain internships at Banner Bank. Reed is a graduate of the University of Washington Bothell, Pacific Coast Banking School, Northwest Intermediate Banking School, and Northwest Intermediate Commercial Lending School.

Photo of Tadashi ShigaTadashi Shiga (‘96, Liberal Studies) has worked in real estate development for over 30 years and is the owner of Evergreen Certified, the Pacific Northwest’s premier sustainable building consultancy. Evergreen Certified has a client base of 250 builders and provides verifier and rater services for programs, such as Energy Star, Passive House (PHIUS), Net Zero Energy, HERS, and National Green Building Standard. Shiga was the first PHIUS rater in Washington and was involved with the state’s first DOE Builder’s Challenge home in 2010. In 2018, Shiga received the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ Built Green Pioneer Award for his integral role in developing and maintaining environmentally sound design, construction, and development practices in Washington’s cities and communities.