Personal Academic Community Coaches

Personal Academic Community Coaches

Meet your Peer Coach

Read about the peer coaches who work in UW Bothell’s Coaching Program. They are here to help you succeed! Find one you connect with, schedule a time to chat, and work together to achieve goals throughout your college career and beyond!

How to schedule a meeting

E-mail your peer coach and they’ll send you a personal link to book with them!  Choose the date and time that work best for you.


Allison Chang - she/herAllison Chang

  • Email: peercoach2@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended major: Media & Communication Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: HER Campus
  • Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

I liked their smaller class sizes and diverse population.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love meeting new students and making their lives easier!


Andrzej Dawiec - he/himAndrzej Dawiec

  • Email: peercoach4@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Clubs/Orgs: Car Club, Aviation Club, Husky Gaming Club
  • Hometown: Redmond, WA

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

I chose UW Bothell because of the tight-knit community which empowered me to explore many of my interests as well as having smaller class sizes which allowed me to have a more personal connection with my peers and professors alike.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because of the amazing connections I get to make. I also love helping other people just as my own peer coach helped me transition into the UW Bothell environment.


​Lina Dith - she/herLina Dith.jpg

  • Email: peercoach5@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended major: Biology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-Med Club, Bothell Women in Science and Engineering (BWiSE) Club, Womxn in STEM Network
  • Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

I chose UW Bothell because it was the perfect school for me to transition into, both because of the smaller community and the opportunities to explore all my interests. In addition, I knew I would be able to make genuine connections with my professors and peers in the inclusive environment UW Bothell offers.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because it opens the doors for me to develop relationships with my team members and coachees that revolve around fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.


Humail Fatima - she/herHumail Fatima

  • Email: peercoach6@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended major: Math or Community Psychology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Muslim Student Association, Math Society, and BWiSE
  • Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

UW Bothell was the perfect option for me because it was so close to home and I heard a lot of good things about it being a tight-knit community with a warm and welcoming environment.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I really love being able to have a conversation with someone and connect with them on a deeper level.


Jasmine Figueroa - she/herJasmine Figueroa

  • Email: peercoach11@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Culture, Literature, and the Arts
  • Clubs/Orgs: HER Campus, Low Income Student Network
  • Hometown: Bothell, WA
  • Transferred from: Cascadia College

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of the kind and accepting community. There are always friends to be made, things to learn, and fun to have!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I get to help build up our incoming students through my experiences, support, and guidance.


Helen Fita - she/herHelen Fita

  • Email: peercoach14@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Double Major: Biology and Environmental Studies
  • Minor: Educational Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: Biology Club, Running Club, UWB Speech and Debate Team, Undergraduate Research, Womxn in STEM network
  • Hometown: Mill Creek, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

UWB was close to home and I wouldn’t need to spend additional money on housing/dorms.I also enjoy the small campus and class sizes allowing me to create deep, meaningful, and long-lasting friendships and connections.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

As a peer coach I absolutely love being able to work with such a dynamic team and group of students with diverse backgrounds and many areas of interests!There’s never a dull moment. It fills me with gratitude and joy knowing that my coachees are able to make the most out of their UW experience because of my support as a peer coach.


Mabel GibbonsMabel Gibbons - she/her

  • Email: peercoach15@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Educational Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
  • Hometown: Lake Forest Park, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because it was close and I loved the small class sizes.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy getting to meet new people and talk with them about what they are passionate about.


Sierra Goss - she/herSiera Goss

  • Email: peercoach17@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: BWiSE and UW WiSE
  • Hometown: Granite Falls, WA
  • Transferred From: The Art Institute of Seattle and Everett Community College

Why did you choose UWB?

I liked how close it was to my home and the amount of inclusion, love, and support on campus.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being able to meet new people and make them feel welcomed. It’s also been great making new friends.


Justin Guilarte -he/himJustin Guilarte

  • Email: peercoach19@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Tau Sigma, First-Gen Student Network
  • Hometown: Satellite Beach, FL
  • Transferred From: Florida State College of Jacksonville, Seattle Central College

Why did you choose UWB?

UW Bothell is a beautiful school with smaller class sizes!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Being able to assist students and provide a positive environment for UW Bothell are some of the many reasons why I enjoy being a peer coach.


Vivian Hoang - she/herVivian Hoang

  • Email: peercoach9@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Business Marketing
  • Clubs/Orgs: Students of Color NSN
  • Hometown: Renton, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

UW Bothell was the only school I wanted to attend and applied to. I love the small class sizes and the close-knit community that it has. The class sizes have allowed me to easily talk to my professors, make friends, and form study groups. I think UWB is so unique as it is always growing and evolving to fit students’ needs and interests.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I get a chance to connect with other students who have different interests and all come from diverse backgrounds.


Isabella Humphries - she/herIsabella Humphries

  • Email: peercoach20@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Double Major: Biology and Health Studies
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Double Major: Business Marketing
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-Med Club, Biology Club, Womxn in Stem Network
  • Hometown: Everett, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because I wanted to be surrounded by people who had a strong sense of community. UWB has smaller class sizes and I wanted to be able to make connections with my instructors and fellow classmates.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy getting to know new students as well as learning new leadership techniques to help incoming students. I love being able to introduce new students to our community! :)


Maliya Jackson - she/herMaliya Jackson

  • Email: peercoach24@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Double Major: Educational Studies and Community Psychology
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Double Major: Business Marketing
  • Clubs/Orgs: Low-Income Student Network
  • Hometown: Everett, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB for the community it has to offer, as well as the small classes.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy most about being a peer coach is being able to provide the best help for new students.


Furqan Kassa - he/himFurqan Kassa

  • Email: peercoach25@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Intended major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Peer Coaching, Students of Color New Student Network
  • Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • Transferred from: Edmonds Community College

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because the class sizes are pretty small and allow students to have an easier time interacting with the professor. These interactions have helped shape my passion. It’s also very inclusive and has a sense of community which I appreciate very much.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

My favorite part about being a peer coach is having the opportunity to explore the various backgrounds of new people I meet. Meeting new people has taught me valuable lessons in how to overcome the challenges I have yet to face in the future.


Kira Lemke - she/herKira Lemke

  • Email: peercoach16@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Biology
  • Clubs/Orgs: National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), CRU
  • Hometown: Bothell, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB to get hands-on research experience as an undergraduate student.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love getting to connect with other students and helping them find their home on campus.


Samantha Mafune - she/herSamantha Mafune

  • Email: peercoach27@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Community Psychology
  • Double minor: Diversity Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: LGBTQIA+ New Student Network
  • Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • Transferred From: Edmonds Community College (now Edmonds College)

Why did you choose UWB?

I decided to go with UWB because it offers an undergraduate major that really aligns with my future aspirations and goals. On top of that, I admire the fact that UWB is smaller in comparison to UW Seattle. A smaller campus allows me to connect and receive more support from peers and instructors.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy most about being a PC is connecting and meeting with students! I really enjoy being able to share on-campus resources that can be utilized in all different types of situations. I truly believe an important part of the college experience is using the resources your campus has to offer. 


 

Alex Martinez - he/himAlex Martinez

  • Email: peercoach29@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Double major: Global Studies and Educational Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: Husky Gaming Club, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Students of Color New Student Network
  • Hometown: Rialto, CA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because it was the perfect size for me! I really wanted that close relationship between my professors and classmates. It’s a very safe and welcoming community that I’m glad to be a part of!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy most as a Peer Coach is not only am I more involved with campus, I also get to meet and work with upcoming students! I enjoy being able to see all the various perspectives new students bring to the university. Getting to support students is one of my favorite aspects of being a Peer Coach!


Charene Moeller - she/herCharene Moeller

  • Email: peercoach30@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Double major: Society, Ethics &Human Behavior; Media & Communication Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: Law Society
  • Hometown: Everett, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of its diversity and its resources.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Helping new students accomplish their goals and helping new students get the most out of what UWB has to offer is what I enjoy the most about being a peer coach.


Henry Nguyen - he/himHenry Nguyen

  • Email: peercoach31@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Double major: Media & Communication Studies; Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Minor: Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: School of IAS employee, LGBTQIA+ New Student Network
  • Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

Diversity and inclusivity are the reasons why I’m  extremely proud to call UWB my home. For me, UWB feels like a family where you are welcome and included, and your success and presence always matter.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

With my interest in Student Affairs, I really enjoy cultivating the students’ development and the contribution that we create for our community at UWB.


Bastien Orbigo - he/himBastien Orbigo

  • Email: peercoach32@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Filipino American Student Association (FASA) and First-Gen New Student Network
  • Hometown: Mill Creek, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

Between being close to home and the idea of a smaller campus having the resources of a big campus, UWB surprisingly became the perfect fit for me. I found myself learning better when getting more close-up engagement with the material, which with UWB's small class sizes, was something I could do. Additionally the close-knit community, much like a family, led me to choose UW Bothell.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Getting to know people, while sharing knowledge and getting to be a helping hand in such a stressful and intimidating environment.


Dessirée Ortaç - she/herDessiree Ortac

  • Email: peercoach33@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Intended major: Biology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Co-President of HER Campus, Pre-Med Club Member
  • Hometown: La Romana, Dominican Republic

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose to attend UWB for a few reasons. The first one being that my family lives in Bothell, and  wanted to stay close to home. When I visited campus, I fell in love with how small it was. I loved the idea of attending a college where I could build strong and meaningful connections with both my professors and peers. I grew up in a very diverse community, so I was also very excited that UWB is made up of diverse students and staff.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I really enjoy this job because it gives me the opportunity to get to know my peers on an emotional level, and has allowed me to build really strong connections with them. I love learning about what inspires people, what they struggle with and what their life goals are.


Dennis Pham - he/himDennis Pham

  • Email: peercoach34@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Clubs/Orgs: International Students
  • Hometown: Redmond, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because it is one of the best places to get an education in-state. The professors are the best and the community is very kind. UWB is the greatest step I could take in advancing my career and I am sure the same is true for many others.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I get to talk to new students and have fun!


Max Rimando - he/himMax Rimando

  • Email: peercoach35@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Clubs/Orgs: Students with Dependants Network
  • Hometown: Lynnwood, WA
  • Transferred from: Western Washington University

Why did you choose UWB?

I wanted more diversity and to be close to home.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I like meeting tons of new people and helping them navigate college.


Robert Szolosi - he/himRobert Szolosi

  • Email: peercoach36@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Media & Communications
  • Clubs/Orgs: UWave Radio, Husky Herald, First-Gen Network
  • Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of its small class sizes and a really unique community-first environment .

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I have a passion for connecting with people and helping others anyway I can.


Maria Trujillo-Alvarado - she/herMaria Trujillo-Alvarado

  • Email: peercoach37@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Intended major: Community Psychology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Biology Club, Psychology Club, Pre-med club, The Chemistry Club, First-Fen Network
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose to attend UWB due to its small class sizes and the diversity. The small class size allows me to facilitate meaningful connections with my peers and professors. The diverse campus offers new cultures and experiences to learn from.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy working with new people and helping them accomplish their goals.


Emily Tuy - she/herEmily Tuy

  • Email: peercoach38@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Double major: Health Studies and Community Psychology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Co-President of Health Studies Student Association (HSSA), President of UWB Active Minds, Research Assistant, First-Gen Network
  • Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

It was a spontaneous choice, but the ability to closely connect with professors and other students has been a rewarding experience for personal learning and growth.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I genuinely love working with people and seeing others grow, find their passions, and become the best version of themselves. So, being a peer coach has allowed me to be a part of their amazing journey, and for that I’m super grateful and awe-inspired myself.


Monica Vorn - she/herMonica Vorn

  • Email: peercoach39@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Double major: Health Studies and Biology
  • Clubs/Orgs: ASUWB- Student Advisory Council (ASAC), Biology Club, Pre-Health Society, HSSA, Students with Low-Income Network
  • Hometown: Everett, WA

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UW Bothell because of its tight-knit community. It has helped me develop a close relationship with my professors and peers. The campus is very inclusive and has been an exciting place for me to discover my passions!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

My favorite part is meeting new people and learning about their backgrounds. I get the chance to hear about their experiences and share my own!