Alumni Mentors

Through our Mentor Chats program, groups of IAS students meet with IAS alumni who share their career pathways and experiences. Below we feature some stories about recent contributors to the program, followed by a comprehensive list. You can click on their names to learn more about them.

If you are interested in connecting with any of our alumni mentors, email for an introduction.  (Please note: Stories were written at the time of the Mentor Chat, so career details may not be current.)

Featured mentors

Javier CarrasqueroJavier Carrasquero, GST '17
Lean Practitioner,
The Boeing Company


Kat SweetKat Sweet, SEB '11
Owner & Coach,

Candice PlendlCandice Plendl, ESC/ESS '18


Jaime FajardoJaime Fajardo, SEB '12
Program Supervisor,
Snohomish County 
Youth Enrichment Services

Past mentors

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

Matt Albertson, SEB '04, MAPS '06 | Major Gifts Officer, KUOW

Emily Anderson, SEB '09 | Senior Compliance Program Manager, Microsoft

Kylani Arrington, CP '13 | Mental Health Counseling Intern, Sound

Erik Ashlie-Vinke, SEB '09 | Sr. Manager of Business & Economic Advocacy, Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Baba Badru, STE '08 | Environmental Planner, King County

Andrea Blanken, CLA '02 | Director of New Business Development, ArtsFund

Kelsey Bolinger, MCS, SEB '16 | Marketing Manager, Center for International Career Development

Brittaney Bunjong, MCS '16 | Community Manager, The Cloud Room

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

Sarah Castoriano, GST '05 | Program Manager, Microsoft

Stephanie Chavez, GST '14 | Executive Business Administrator, Microsoft 

Nick Chen, EST '16 | Restoration Technician & Ecologist, Adopt A Stream Foundation

Ray Corona, SEB '13 | Corporate Recruiter, LandCare

Martin Corpus, MCS '17 | Freelance multi-discipline creative media and art specialist

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

Zaheeda Edwards, LS '95 | Project Manager, CDK Global

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

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

Jasleena Grewal, ESC '13 | Psychiatric Nursing Student, Seattle University

Jason Hampton, LEPP '14 | Community Outreach Specialist, Sound Transit

Mina Hooshangi, CP '11 | Finance Management, The Boeing Company

Aaron Huston, EST, GST '13 | Co-owner, Farmstand Local Foods

Gretchen Johnson, GST '11 | Volunteer Coordinator, 21 Acres

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

Melisa Le, MCS '16 | Sales & Marketing Coordinator, ISEC

Daniel Lee, CP '17 | Senior User Experience Researcher, Expedia

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

Ashley Magdall, GST, MCS, SEB '15 | Web Support Specialist, UW Bothell

Liam McGivern, GST '09 | Civil Rights Analyst, City of Seattle

Drue Nyenhuis, GST, SEB '12 | Correspondence Manager, Seattle Mayor's Office

Deborah Oaks, STE '08 | Habitat Program Coordinator, Sound Salmon Solutions

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

Aisha Qadri, GST, SEB '15 | Business consultant, MSW graduate student

Salvador Salazar Cano, SEB '18 | Civic Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator, Latino Community Fund

Devi Sandhu, SEB '12, M.Ed. '16 | Talent Manager, UW Bothell

Heidi Schauble, SEB '13, MAPS '15 | Employment Consultant, AtWork!

Gracelynn Shibayama, MCS '15 | Events Assistant, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Leah Shin, IMD '19 | Product Marketing Research Manager, Microsoft

Faith Simonelli, AMS '08, MACS '10 | Prevention Program Manager, Cocoon House

Markus Smith, MCS '17 | Human Resources Recruiter, SNBL USA

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

Drew Stone, MCS, SEB '14 | VR Coordinator, Sakura-Con

Jamie Strusz, CLA '11 | Engineer, GitHub

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

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

Hillary U, CLA '10 | Communications Specialist, Alaska Airlines

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

Brandon Washington, MCS '15 | Membership Engagement, Dale Turner Family YMCA

Evan Westenberger, SEB '09 | Social & Digital Engagement Manager, Microsoft

Siobhan Wharton, STS '12 | Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Allergan

Alumni Stories

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

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