Advisory Board

IAS Advisory Board members act as strategic advisors to the Dean. They are advocates for diversity, inclusion, and equity, both in higher education and in other community and industrial sectors. They help foster increased public awareness of the value of the School of IAS - its students, staff, and faculty - to the sustainable development and well-being of the region and they are role models for IAS students.


Cultivating opportunities for scholarship, experience, and connection to lift students in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell.


Vicki ChristophersenVicki Christophersen (’92, Liberal Studies) has provided effective and comprehensive representation at the state legislative, executive and agency levels for a diverse client base since 1998. Her professional reputation and track record as an advocate and valued colleague have enabled Vicki to work effectively with both sides of the aisle to achieve results for her clients. She has a distinguished record of success in the years she has been working in Olympia.

Christophersen began her professional career as a middle school Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Denny Middle School in Seattle. She became a lobbyist after teaching for 4 years and then started her own company, Christophersen, Inc. Her clients include the Association of Washington Spirits and Wine Distributors, Life Center Northwest Organ Donor Network, Northwest Kidney Centers, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Pediatrix Medical Group, OneEnergy Renewables, Stand for Children, Washington Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington CannaBusiness Association, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, and Washington State University. She is the 2005 recipient of the UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award.

Photo of Amy JanasAmy Janas is Marketing Manager at R. H. Brown Co, which specializes in automated material handling solutions. Janas has been a professional marketer for more than 20 years with companies such as PopCap Games, Her Interactive, and Nintendo of America. Janas is also an active community volunteer who has served as PTSA president of Queen Anne Elementary and co-founded Save Ballard’s Community Centers and Friends of Webster Park.

As a proud IAS graduate and champion of interdisciplinary education, Janas hopes other IAS alumni will reconnect and invest in student learning. Says Janas of IAS, “It’s quite a legacy, and it’s very strong. I proudly throw that ‘B’ at the end of UW.”

Ernest KandiligeErnest Kandilige is a Senior Continuous Improvement Manager at King County Executive office- Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. In this role, he coaches leaders on continuous Improvement methodology. One of Kandilige’s primary roles is to develop senior leaders in applying Lean Principles, behaviors and developing organizational plans for leading systems and culture change. He supports a Lean community of practice activities including teaching and mentoring others in various levels of leadership.

“I am honored to serve on the IAS Advisory Board. UW Bothell invested in me and I am glad to have the opportunity to give back to a community that supported my dreams and aspirations. My IAS education had an important influence and subsequent selection of my profession,” says Kandilige. Kandilige hopes to work collaboratively with the Dean to explore ways to increase awareness of IAS programs, share practical work experiences with IAS students to help connect their education with external opportunities, and solicit support from community leaders to advance student learning experiences at UW Bothell.

Leslie J. OlsonLeslie J. Olson (Chair of the Advisory Board) is managing partner at Olson & Olson, PLLC where she has practiced for 16 years, forming financial plans after divorce, restructuring families, and guiding new life trajectories for her clients. A graduate with honors of UW law school, she served as judicial clerk to the Honorable William Baker of Division One of the Washington Court of Appeals. She is an active member of Seattle Art Museum Supporters and a long-standing advocate for students’ access to effective, meaningful education. 

“I am a big believer in the innate talent, integrity, grit, and drive of the UW Bothell student body. These students are the key to a vibrant professional community and I am honored to work with the IAS Advisory Board to help build a pathway for them to achieve their goals.” 

Lisa Thornhill RichmanLisa Thornhill Richman is the Outreach and Philanthropic Director at Market Optical, a company that actively supports fair trade and labor practices via the high-end eyewear it sells. As part of her position with Market Optical, Richman is able to funnel a percentage of profits to various groups and organizations that she finds make critical interventions in the community by challenging issues of violence, ageism, sexuality, race/ethnicity and environmental protection. A few of these organizations include: New Beginnings, the Pike Place Market Foundation, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and Puget Sound Keepers Alliance.  Richman also volunteers with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters as Vice President of Fundraising (2014-2016) and now as a current board member. Richman joined the IAS Advisory Board to support initiatives that craft interdisciplinary approaches to education by offering courses and opportunities that allow for students to put knowledge into critical practice that will in turn create real change. 

Carol Anderson ShawCarol Anderson Shaw works as an Executive Consultant, collaborating on strategy and communications with a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. Shaw is also an adjunct instructor in the UW Bothell School of Business, and is active with the Washington Women’s Foundation, WA State Parks Foundation, and Dartmouth alumni organizations. Shaw, who earned an MFA from IAS’s Creative Writing & Poetics program, says: “It is both an honor and a delight to serve on the IAS Advisory Board. IAS is breaking new territory with its interdisciplinary, multi-genre, creative and scholarly approach. The students at UW Bothell bring international and cultural diversity, and many are first-generation college students. This is an inspirational environment for new thinking and a crucial time to focus on the future of higher education.”

Tadashi ShigaTadashi Shiga (University of Washington Bothell ’96) is a third generation Seattleite with a family legacy in development, commercial real estate, and fostering community. With a career spanning over three decades, Shiga is a trusted advisor to developers, third-party brokers, architects, contractors and other industry experts. A passion for sustainability led him to establish two companies: Evergreen Certified—a leading developer consultancy and certifying agency for sustainable construction practices—and Ekovate, which specializes in carbon reducing technologies for developers and builders. In 2019, Shiga accepted an appointment to serve as Executive Director for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s Land Division, to expand the firm’s new development portfolio and introduce boutique product lines to promote affordability.

Shiga was inducted into the University of Washington Bothell “Hall of Alumni” Excellence in 2019 and is an appointee to the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Advisory Board. His company Evergreen Certified has been honored with the Master Business Association Green Hammer “Private Advocate” and “Pioneer Award” in 2013 and 2018, respectively. He is also the creator of 28k, a podcast and interview platform highlighting inspiring builders and architects from around the Emerald City.


Victoria Sprang
Associate Director for Advancement
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences