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.

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.”


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