Mentor Chats

Mentor Chats are designed to assist students with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories.  Through hosted conversations, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors.

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Upcoming Mentor Chats

Dialogue with IAS alumni about their career pathways! IAS students are invited to join these conversations, hosted in BIS 499 courses.

Tues, Oct 16 | 5:45-6:45 p.m. | UW1-121
Dr. Jennifer Atkinson welcomes Markus Smith and Kelsey Bolinger

Photo of Markus SmithMarkus Smith is a Human Resources (HR) Recruiter for SNBL USA, a local biotechnology firm. While a student at UW Bothell, Markus worked as an assistant career advisor in Career Services and communications assistant in the Office of Advancement and External Relations.  Markus also chartered the campus’s first Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) student chapter, later becoming its president.

Markus’ career in HR was sparked by his own experiences with job searches and networking.  Realizing he could build a career in HR, Markus pursued a one-year, paid internship with Seattle City Light in workforce development.  Since graduating in 2017 with a degree in Media & Communication Studies, he conducted  additional internships and worked as a recruiting coordinator for Tableau Software before joining SNBL.

Photo of Kelsey BolingerKelsey Bolinger graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Media & Communication Studies and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior. She is a marketing manager at Center for International Career Development.

Alumni Mentors

Learn about our mentors below! Many are open to connecting - email for an introduction. Please note: Alumni are listed by year of participation; employers and titles may not be current.


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

Matt Albertson, '06, '04
Major Gifts Officer

Kylani Arrington, '13
Mental Health Counseling Intern

Baba Badru, '08
Environmental Planner
King County

Sarah Castoriano, '05
Program Manager

Jason Hampton, '14
Community Outreach Specialist
Sound Transit

Gretchen Johnson, '11
Volunteer Coordinator
21 Acres

Daniel Lee, '17
Senior User Experience Researcher

Devi Sandhu, '16, '12
Talent Manager
UW Bothell

Faith Simonelli, '10, '08
Prevention Program Manager
Cocoon House

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

Brandon Washington, '15
Membership Engagement
Dale Turner Family YMCA

Evan Westenberger, '09
Social & Digital Engagement Manager

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative


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

Brittaney Bunjong, '16
Community Manager
The Cloud Room

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

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

Jasleena Grewal, '13
Psychiatric Nursing Student
Seattle University

Aaron Huston, '13
Farmstand Local Foods

Melisa Le, '16
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Ashley Magdall, '15
Web Support Specialist
UW Bothell

Liam McGivern, '09
Civil Rights Analyst
City of Seattle

Drue Nyenhuis, '12
Correspondence Manager
Seattle Mayor's Office

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

Heidi Schauble, '13, '15
Employment Consultant

Gracelynn Shibayama, '15
Member Relations Coordinator
KNKX 88.5

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

Drew Stone, '14
Mindfulmedia Artist

Jamie Strusz, '11


Ray Corona, '13
Corporate Recruiter

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

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

Jason Hampton, '14
Transportation Program Manager
Bellevue Downtown Association

Mina Hooshangi, '11
Project Manager
The Boeing Company

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

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

Jamie Strusz, '11

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

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

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Sales Representative


Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager

Andrea Blanken, '02
Director of New Business Development

Zaheeda Edwards, '95
Project Manager
CDK Global

Deborah Oaks, '08
Habitat Program Coordinator
Sound Salmon Solutions

Hillary U, '10
Communications Specialist
Alaska Airlines

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

Alumni Stories

Learn what's possible with an IAS degree!  Visit Alumni Stories to read about more graduates.

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