Alumni Mentors

Through our Mentor Chats program, students meet with IAS alumni who share their career pathways and experiences. Below we feature some stories about recent contributors to the program, followed by a comprehensive list. You can click on their names to learn more about them.

If you are interested in connecting with any of our alumni mentors, email for an introduction.  (Please note: Alumni career details may not be current.)

Featured mentors

Javier CarrasqueroJavier Carrasquero, GST '17
Lean Practitioner,
The Boeing Company


Kat SweetKat Sweet, SEB '11
Owner & Coach,

Candice PlendlCandice Plendl, ESC/ESS '18


Jaime FajardoJaime Fajardo, SEB '12
Program Supervisor,
Snohomish County 
Youth Enrichment Services

Past mentors

2021  |  2020 2019 2018  |  2017 2016  | 2015


Kylani Arrington, CP ’13 | Mental Health Counselor, Lightheart Psychological Associates

Sarah Castoriano, GST ’05 | Senior Business Manager, Microsoft

Joren Clowers, AES, LEPP ‘17, MAPS ’18 | Government Relations Liaison, Columbia Street Partners

Kyle Ehlers, LEPP ’17 | Law student, American University

Jonathon Friedman, CLA ’09 | School Counselor, Seattle Academy

Lindsey Grimm, CP, SEB ’15 | Behavior Technician, Autism Learning Partners

Shibuki Hanai, GST ’14, MAPS ’18 | Risk Manager, City of Hillsboro

Heidi Hannah, GST ’15 | Program Operations Specialist, UW School of Pharmacy

Brandon Iwasaki, ESC ’11 | Business Systems Analyst, City of Portland

Shelby Lubchuck, MCS ’17 | Legislative Assistant, WA State Senate

Ila Plank, GWSS ’20 | Registration Coordinator, Seattle Children’s

Darryl Nevels, ESC ’12 | Epidemiologist, Renaissance Therapy Group

Jamie Strusz, CLA ’11 | Senior Implementation Engineer, GitHub

Stephanie Thomas, GST, SEB ’11 | Marketing Operations Manager, Accenture Interactive

Hailey Vileta, MCS ’19 | Marketing Coordinator, Marus & Millichap

Anne Washington, MTV ’18 | Data Analyst 4, Calligo

Brandon Washington, MCS ’15 | Manager of Philanthropy and Annual Giving, UW Bothell


Kelsey Bolinger, MCS, SEB '16 | Marketing Manager, Center for International Career Development

Salvador Salazar Cano, SEB ’18 | Central Washington Representative, Office of Governor Inslee

Stephanie Chavez, GST '14 | Executive Business Administrator, Microsoft 

Martin Corpus, MCS '17 | Freelance multi-discipline creative media and art specialist

Jaime Fajardo, SEB '12 | Program Supervisor, Snohomish Co. Youth Enrichment Services

Mina Hooshangi, CP '11 | Finance Management, The Boeing Company

Daniel Lee, CP '17 | User Researcher, ResMed

Candice Plendl, ESC ’18 Associate, Enviroissues

Aisha Qadri, GST, SEB '15 | Business consultant, MSW graduate student

Gracelynn Shibayama, MCS '15 | Events Assistant, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Brandon Washington, MCS '15 | Manager of Philanthropy & Annual Giving, UW Bothell


Erik Ashlie-Vinke, SEB '09 | Sr. Manager of Business & Economic Advocacy, Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Javier Carrasquero, GST '17 | Lean Practitioner, The Boeing Company

Nick Chen, EST '16 | Restoration Technician & Ecologist, Adopt A Stream Foundation

Jaime Fajardo, SEB '12 | Program Supervisor, Snohomish Co. Youth Enrichment Services

Daniel Lee, CP '17 | Senior User Experience Researcher, Expedia

Candice Plendl, ESC '18 | Project Coordinator, Enviroissues

Salvador Salazar Cano, SEB '18 | Civic Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator, Latino Community Fund

Markus Smith, MCS '17 | Associate Recruiter, Seattle Children's

Leah Shin, IMD '19 | Product Marketing Research Manager, Microsoft

Drew Stone, MCS, SEB '14 | VR Coordinator, Sakura-Con

Kat Sweet, SEB '11 | Owner & Coach, Sweetlines

Siobhan Wharton, STS '12 | Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Allergan


Mojan Ahmadi, LEPP '13, MAPS '15 | Advisor of Career and Alumni Development, DigiPen Institute of Technology

Matt Albertson, SEB '04, MAPS '06 | Major Gifts Officer, KUOW

Kylani Arrington, CP '13 | Mental Health Counseling Intern, Sound

Baba Badru, STE '08 | Environmental Planner, King County

Kelsey Bolinger, MCS, SEB '16 | Marketing Manager, Center for International Career Development

Sarah Castoriano, GST '05 | Program Manager, Microsoft

Jason Hampton, LEPP '14 | Community Outreach Specialist, Sound Transit

Gretchen Johnson, GST '11 | Volunteer Coordinator, 21 Acres

Daniel Lee, CP '17 | Senior User Experience Researcher, Expedia

Devi Sandhu, SEB '12, M.Ed. '16 | Talent Manager, UW Bothell

Markus Smith, MCS '17 | Human Resources Recruiter, SNBL USA

Faith Simonelli, AMS '08, MACS '10 | Prevention Program Manager, Cocoon House

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

Brandon Washington, MCS '15 | Membership Engagement, Dale Turner Family YMCA

Evan Westenberger, SEB '09 | Social & Digital Engagement Manager, Microsoft

Siobhan Wharton, STS '12 | Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Allergan


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

Brittaney Bunjong, MCS '16 | Community Manager, The Cloud Room

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

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

Jasleena Grewal, ESC '13 | Psychiatric Nursing Student, Seattle University

Aaron Huston, EST, GST '13 | Co-owner, Farmstand Local Foods

Melisa Le, MCS '16 | Sales & Marketing Coordinator, ISEC

Ashley Magdall, GST, MCS, SEB '15 | Web Support Specialist, UW Bothell

Liam McGivern, GST '09 | Civil Rights Analyst, City of Seattle

Drue Nyenhuis, GST, SEB '12 | Correspondence Manager, Seattle Mayor's Office

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

Heidi Schauble, SEB '13, MAPS '15 | Employment Consultant, AtWork!

Gracelynn Shibayama, MCS '15 | Member Relations Coordinator, KNKX 88.5

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

Drew Stone, MCS, SEB '14 | Mindfulmedia Artist Freelance

Jamie Strusz, CLA '11 | Engineer, GitHub


Ray Corona, SEB '13 | Corporate Recruiter, LandCare

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

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

Jason Hampton, LEPP '14 | Transportation Program Manager, Bellevue Downtown Association

Mina Hooshangi, CP '11 | Project Manager, The Boeing Company

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

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

Jamie Strusz, CLA '11 | Engineer, GitHub

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

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

Siobhan Wharton, STS '12 | Sales Representative, Aseptico


Emily Anderson, SEB '09 | Senior Compliance Program Manager, Microsoft

Andrea Blanken, CLA '02 | Director of New Business Development, ArtsFund

Zaheeda Edwards, LS '95 | Project Manager, CDK Global

Deborah Oaks, STE '08 | Habitat Program Coordinator, Sound Salmon Solutions

Hillary U, CLA '10 | Communications Specialist, Alaska Airlines

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

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