Peer 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.


Najma Abdille - She/Her
Najma Abdille

  • Email: peercoach1@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Clubs/Orgs: Black Student Union (BSU) and Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

I chose UWB because of the sense of community and diversity on campus.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy talking to students and helping them with their needs. I’m usually more introverted so this is an opportunity for me to get out of my bubble. UWB strives for diversity and inclusivity so I would love to show that part of campus to our new students.


Thomas Ampalloor - He/Him
Thomas Ampalloor

  • Email: peercoach2@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and Indian Student Association (ISA)
  • Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

UWB has a small community which lets you interact with like-minded students and connect with your professors. UWB also provides resources to be able to unlock your full potential and feel comfortable doing it. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because it gives me the chance to provide tips and resources to students who are transitioning into UWB. I’m able to connect with the students and make their transition easier.


Sai Bathina - He/Him
Sai Bathina

  • Email: peercoach3@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended Major: Business Administration: Leadership and Strategic Innovation
  • Clubs/Orgs: Blockchain Society
  • Hometown:  Kirkland, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB for its smaller, yet diverse community of people who share a driven and motivating passion for what they do on campus.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because of the opportunity to meet new people. This position has allowed me to become transformative in my position as a leader. I’m also thrilled to create an inclusive and welcoming environment here at UWB!


Leah Curtis - She/They
Leah Curtis

  • Email: peercoach4@uw.edu
  • Transferred from: Everett Community College
  • Major: Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Clubs/Orgs: Tau Sigma Honor Society
  • Hometown: Everett, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

I wanted be in a smaller community where I can contribute and benefit more. An added bonus, I love the color purple!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

 I enjoy getting to know other people, learning about their experience, and helping out however I am able to.


Andrzej Dawiec - He/Him
Andrzej Dawiec

  • Email: peercoach4@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Car Club, Aviation Club
  • Hometown:  Redmond, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I specifically chose UW Bothell because of the tight-knit community we have here which empowers me in pursuing my interests and facilitates greater connections 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 vast, meaningful connections I get to make with an amazing diverse group of students! I also enjoy being involved on campus through such an amazing program.


Marieme Diagne - She/Her
Marieme Diagne

  • Email: peercoach8@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • MajorLaw, Economics and Public Policy
  • Clubs/Orgs: Debate Club
  • Hometown: Senegal, Dakar

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because I wanted to be involved in a community where I am acknowledged and included. I wanted to make close connections with my teachers and peers.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

It pushes me to step out of my comfort zone. It has helped me meet a lot of wonderful people. It’s also helped me feel like I belong here at UWB.


Lina Dith - She/Her
Lina Dith

  • Email: peercoach5@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major Biology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-Med Club, Bothell Women in Science and Engineering (BWiSE) Club, Biology Club
  • Hometown: Lynnwood, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

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 diverse environment UWB offers.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

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


Melissa Edgar - She/Her
Melissa Edgar

  • Email: peercoach9@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorBusiness Marketing
  • Hometown: Redmond, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because I wanted to stay close to home and have opportunities to get involved with a tight-knit community. I like having small class sizes because I get to personally know everyone and I am able to make connections with my professors!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because I get to connect with both incoming and current students to make UWB a positive and welcoming place for everyone!


Riley Esteban - She/Her
Riley Esteban

  • Email: peercoach10@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended MajorMathematics and Business Administration
  • Clubs/Orgs: Filipino American Student Association (FASA)
  • Hometown: Kent, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

I chose UWB because of the diverse community and the small class sizes. I also felt like it was far enough from home where I could have more independence, but close enough where I could drive back whenever I missed my family.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

I enjoy meeting new people and being someone they can say “hi” to on campus.


Humail Fatima - She/Her
Humail Fatima

  • Email: peercoach6@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Intended MajorCommunity Psychology with a minor in Math
  • Clubs/Orgs: Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Hometown: Bothell, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of its close-knit community and smaller class sizes. I knew I would be more comfortable at UWB and get to know more people on a smaller campus!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I really enjoy talking to students, learning about their experiences, and being there for them. I also love having conversations about various topics and helping students with resources they need.


Chelsey Ficke - She/Her
Chelsey Ficke

  • Email: peercoach11@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • MajorGlobal Studies and Law, Economics, and Public Policy
  • Clubs/Orgs: HerCampus
  • Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of its focus on education, its smaller class sizes, and its tight-knit, diverse community.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy my ability to cheer others on while being a person students can approach and feel encouraged by.


Aliah Galanga - She/Her
Aliah Galanga

  • Email: peercoach12@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorLaw, Economics, and Public Policy
  • Clubs/Orgs: Filipino American Student Association (FASA)
  • Hometown:  Lake Stevens, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UW Bothell because of the tight-knit community that created such a warm and welcoming environment when transitioning into college. Attending UW Bothell has helped me develop a close relationship with my professors and peers.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love meeting new people while also helping them in any way I can, especially when it comes to transitioning into college. I also enjoy learning about people’s backgrounds and experiences.


Mabel Gibbons - She/Her
Mabel Gibbons

  • Email: peercoach15@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Lake Forest Park, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

I chose UWB because I loved the small campus and close community feel.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

I enjoy getting to meet new people.


Fuqan Kassa - He/Him
Fuqan Kassa

  • Email: peercoach25@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering with a minor in Math
  • Clubs/Orgs: C Muslim Student Association (MSA), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

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

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.


Anni Khanal - She/Her
Anni Khanal

  • Email: peercoach13@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • MajorApplied Computing and Business Administration
  • Clubs/Orgs: Women in Business
  • Hometown: Redmond, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of the tight-knit community and the small class sizes. I love how small our campus is and how easy it is to make connections with my peers.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because I get to meet students and help them with the transition to college.


Franchesca Lazaro - She/Her
Franchesca Lazaro

  • Email: peercoach14@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • MajorApplied Computing with a minor in Business Administration
  • Clubs/Orgs: UW German
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Why did you choose UWB? 

I chose UWB because of its tight-knit community and the small teacher-student ratio. UWB is also close to home, so commuting interferes less with my school work and personal life.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

I like getting to know the experiences of other students and like-minded, unique individuals! Being a peer coach is an excellent opportunity to learn from many people while making new friends.


Nathan Lim - He/Him
Nathan Lim

  • Email: peercoach16@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended Major: Business Administration;  Management information systems  (MIS) concentration
  • Hometown: Puyallup, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

UWB was the “chosen one” for me because of how close the community is, along with how diverse it gets. It's a place full of opportunities and fun.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Having one-on-one conversations and being able to experience different backgrounds. Since everyone is very unique as an individual, I enjoy the interesting talks and guiding each husky to their goals.


Christine Lusterio - She/HerChristine Lusterio

  • Email: peercoach17@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorBusiness Administration: Accounting
  • Clubs/Orgs: Women in Business
  • Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB, because of the wonderful community (students, faculty, and staff). It’s been a huge benefit being in smaller class sizes, because not only is it easier to communicate with my professors, but it’s also easier to talk to my peers! UWB also has an exceptionally empowering club that I’m a part of called Women in Business.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love knowing that I’m one of the first faces our new students will get to see. Being the “face” of UWB is an honor, and I find so much joy knowing I’ll be able to assist other students in their journeys.


Harsh Malik- He/Him
Harsh Malik

  • Email: peercoach18@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Hometown:  Bothell, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UW Bothell because of the close-knit community that provided a warm and welcoming environment for me as a first-year student. Its technology and engineering program is also well-known.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Meeting new students and learning from their experiences is one of my favorite aspects of becoming a peer coach. As a peer coach, my goal is to make students' journeys at UWB enjoyable and memorable.


Alex Martinez - He/Him
Alex Martinez

  • Email: peercoach29@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorGlobal Studies and Education
  • Clubs/Orgs: Husky Gaming Club and Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Hometown: Rialto, California

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because of the close community that it offers. I enjoy the 1-1 relationships I am able to have with faculty and classmates! UWBis 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, but I also get to meet and work with incoming 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!


Bastien Orbigo - He/Him
Bastien Orbigo

  • Email: peercoach32@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorComputer Science and Software Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Hometown: Mill Creek, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

The tight-knit, smaller campus of UWB was what greatly appealed to me. Being able to connect with the professors and peers was really important to me, and has allowed me to get to know so many people and grow as an individual. Beyond that, UWB is close to home and offers many large-campus resources while maintaining a smaller size.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I most enjoy getting to know a wide variety of people, their backgrounds and experiences while getting to help them reach their goals.


Kevin Pham - He/Him
Kevin Pham

  • Email: peercoach21@uw.edu
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Intended Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Clubs/Orgs:  IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Physics and Astronomy Club
  • Hometown:  Kent, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because it allowed me to be close to home, pursue a wide range of majors, and I could do all this while learning and living in a welcoming and tight-knit community. UWB’s unique environment has allowed me to create meaningful connections with both my peers and my professors alike.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

As a peer coach I enjoy getting the opportunity to contribute to the same welcoming environment that greeted me on my first visit to UWB.


Max Rimando - He/Him
Max Rimando

  • Email: peercoach35@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • MajorBiochemistry
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-PA club
  • Hometown:  Lynnwood, Washington

Why did you choose UWB? 

I like the focus everyone has on career and meeting people in similar studies to myself. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I like helping people learn about resources they have on campus. I want to help other people get ahead of the game since I usually felt behind in my first year.


Ajay Sandhu - He/Him
Ajay Sandhu

  • Email: peercoach22@uw.edu
  • Year: Junior
  • MajorBiology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-med Club
  • Hometown: Escondido, California

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because I wanted a tight-knit community through small classes and meeting with professors more often. I also chose UWB because of its biology program and research opportunities. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

My favorite part of being a peer coach is helping other students succeed in college. I want students to enjoy their time at UWB.


Rida Soeung - She/Her
Rida Soeung

  • Email: peercoach23@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • MajorBiology
  • Hometown: Snohomish, Washington

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because I liked the smaller campus and close proximity to home. It’s nice being able to connect more with my classmates and professors because of the class sizes. I also appreciate the diverse and accepting community we have here. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being able to interact with other students and helping others navigate their first-year experience here at UWB, as I remember how my own peer coach had helped me so much when I was a first-year student myself.


Maria Trujillo-Alvarado -She/HerMaria Trujillo-Alvarado

  • Email: peercoach37@uw.edu
  • Year: Senior
  • MajorCommunity Psychology
  • Clubs/Orgs: Pre-Med Club, Bio Club
  • Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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 also offers new cultures and experiences to learn from.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

My favorite thing about being a peer coach is helping the incoming students get connected to the campus and reach their goals.