Staff

Biographies

Lauresa BabkoLauresa Babko has been the Events Coordinator for the School of IAS since spring of 2015. Prior to this position, Lauresa worked as a Conference Coordinator for Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. While a Conference Coordinator Lauresa arranged and managed conference logistics including meeting venues, on-campus housing, dining, catering, registration, and technology. Lauresa also led the recruitment, interview, hiring, and training process of office assistants for her department. Lauresa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington.


Miriam BarthaMiriam Bartha oversees the development, management, and assessment of IAS graduate programs and the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship; she also oversees the IAS External Relations team, which includes Communications, Events, and Alumni Relations. 

Miriam comes to these roles through positions in higher education, non-profit arts administration, and grantsmanship, all of which highlighted the value of cross-sectoral collaboration for transformative learning, strategic alliances, and organizational development. She worked as Associate Director of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities from 2004-2013, and has been a member of the Assessing the Practice of Public Scholarship (APPS) working group of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

Miriam holds a Ph.D in English from Rutgers University, and has taught a spectrum of graduate and undergraduate courses across interdisciplinary humanities fields: Miriam's Faculty Webpage.


Sakara BuyagawanSakara Buyagawan joined IAS as the Program Assistant for Academic Services in 2018. She comes to us with a passion for communication, organization, and student success, honed in more than seven years’ combined experience in customer service and operations support (at Coach, Inc), and academic registrar and advising support (at Digipen Institute of Technology).  She is a graduate of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, with a degree in American and Ethnic Studies who embraces the school’s mission around diversity and inclusivity.


Rachel FooteRachel Foote joined IAS in 2005 as an academic advisor and became Assistant Director of Academic Services in 2011.  The best part of that role for her is working with passionate and dedicated faculty and staff. Rachel completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota in English and History. She decided to pursue advising as a career as a result of her undergraduate peer advising experiences. Prior to IAS, she worked as an advisor in University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and Seattle Community College’s Women’s Programs and Work First Services.  She also has a background as a stage manager for theater, which explains a lot. 


Drew GamboaDrew Gamboa will be serving the advising team as a Graduate Staff intern. He is currently enrolled to learn at the University of Washington Bothell through its Cultural Studies program; he hopes experiences at UWB will supplement drives towards developing into an educator at community colleges. Drew discovered joy in supporting students' experiences in learning during a term of service with Seattle Education Access. In this experience, the opportunity was given to him to support student navigation by helping reduce barriers, such as: higher education funding and financial aid, navigating campus resources and supplemental academic support, entrance exam preparation, college success skills, food insecurity, transportation, unemployment, and mental health. Drew has also had the opportunity to work at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, supporting processes in human resources and in the development of the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture. You may catch him outside waiting for a bus, jogging, or reading a book or inside on weekends as an assistant to a bar, tending appetites, thirsts, and the stockings of beer, liquor, and wines.


Jennifer KeeneJennifer Keene earned her degree in Physics from Western Washington University.  She then built lasers, lived on research ships as a sonar operator, and worked in a marine lab and a drinking water lab.  In 2010, she joined UW’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO).  As a research engineer in ocean climate research, she developed her skills into a Project Manager role, and found her true calling.  She is skilled in finance, operations, and personnel management, and earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in early 2019.  Jennifer founded a Diversity & Inclusion Committee with JISAO, serves on the Community Advisory Board for Cascade Public Media, and was formerly Chair of the Bothell Arts Commission.  She is delighted to bring this unique combination of skills and experiences to serve as the Administrator for IAS Operations.


Jung Lee joined IAS Undergraduate office in 2014 and supports undergraduate admission, time schedule construction, and IAS undergraduate exit course BIS 499 assessment processes. She serves as the IAS Curriculum Coordinator and currently coordinates the annual DC seminar on Human Rights. She earned MA in Policy Studies from IAS Graduate School and completed the International Development and Management Certificate from Evans Schools of Public Affairs in 2013. She graduated with BA in Special Education in Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea.

Previously, she was a research intern for Seattle Human Rights Commission and researched the local human rights and civil rights cases. Also, she worked as an administrative assistant at an international relief organization in California. She also worked as an assistant teacher for special students at various elementary schools for five years.


Eva NavarijoEva Navarijo comes to IAS with 12 years direct experience advising first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented university students in academic, study abroad, and residence hall settings. She also brings significant experience with grant-funded program management and assessment. As the former director of the First Scholars program at Washington State University she has overseen programming, counseling, and advising for first-generation college students; led a living learning community for first-generation college students; and co-founded First-Generation Abroad, to increase access to study abroad and global leadership learning opportunities. She also trains faculty and staff on best practices for engaging and serving first-generation students.

As an undergraduate at Washington State University, Eva participated in TRIO Student Support Services and was selected to join the McNair Achievement Program. She graduated with an Honors BA in English, focused on Multicultural Literature and Pedagogy. She completed graduate studies at Saint Louis University in the American Studies program.


Lisa Olason has supported the School of IAS since 2008 and currently serves as the Alumni and Community Relations Manager. Prieviously, she managed career development and community-based learning and research activities for graduate programs within IAS. Before UW Bothell, Lisa spent 16 years in the nonprofit sector, including eight years in international relief and development. She has worked as a project manager, volunteer coordinator, event planner, fundraiser, and psychotherapist and has served diverse populations, including adolescents, elders, persons living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, and global women and children. Lisa holds a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.


Andrew Shinn comes to IAS as an experienced outreach professional with extensive experience in digital communications platforms and strategy, and a deep appreciation for interdisciplinarity in multiple settings. Andrew graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies, and received an M.A. and Ph.C. candidacy in the University of Washington Department of Political Science, where he focused on postcommunist political development in Russia and China and taught undergraduate classes. His academic administrative experience includes: Outreach Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts (Temple University); Advancement Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (University of Washington); Outreach Manager for the Master of Communication in Digital Media program (University of Washington); and Outreach Coordinator for the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (University of Washington).


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Victoria Sprang brings over 15 years’ experience of developing impactful donor, alumni, and community relations. She has a deep comprehension and appreciation of the importance of creating and strengthening recognition and engagement with multi-generational, multicultural, multigender, and multiracial affinity groups. She is adept in establishing and sustaining opportunities that cultivate a community of ambassadors. Additionally, Victoria devoted a substantial part of her career to building professional development programs and other vehicles for alumni to reconnect and participate in lifelong learning. Victoria spent most of her time honing her fundraising knowledge at the UW campus in Seattle. She took a break and ventured briefly into the tech industry boom in the late 90s with stints at Boeing and Microsoft, but soon found her way back to the UW and the Advancement community. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Washington University and a certificate in Technical Writing from the University of Washington.


Nhi TranNhi Tran joined IAS as an Academic Advisor. Her hope is to create an atmosphere that encourages intellectual and creative growth, celebrates cultural diversity, and inspires academic success so that students have opportunities to develop intercultural, interpersonal, and leadership skills that prepare them to have a positive impact at UW Bothell and beyond. Prior to joining the IAS team, Nhi worked as a Residential Education Director at Washington State University for four years where her responsibilities included supervision, crisis response, academic interventions, student conduct, and community development of residence halls. Nhi also brings extensive experience in programming, assessment, instruction, and curriculum design. She obtained a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Communication Studies in Human Relations from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nhi is an avid Pokémon Go player, Escape Room enthusiast, has two Corgis named Oliver and Ellie, and is powered by Boba Tea!


Jessica Trenkamp has been a part of the School of IAS team since 2009. As an alumni of both IAS undergraduate (SEB ‘06) and graduate programs (MAPS ‘09), she is a product of and cheerleader for interdisciplinary learning! Prior to her role as an Academic Advisor, she worked in a variety of roles in health and human services including youth counselor for at-risk teens and a nursing assistant in the intensive care unit. Jessica is passionate about advocating for the rights of marginalized populations and has volunteered with organizations that fight for tenant, youth and patient rights. She is happy to have found a role in the School of IAS and is honored to share in the experience of students realizing their goals.