Staff

Biographies


Jason AngelesJason Angeles joined IAS with six years of experience in higher education in housing, identity-based resources, and new student orientation. In their most recent role as a Residential Education Director at Washington State University, they oversaw and developed the Honor's and Gender Inclusive residence halls; expanding the communities' connections to campus offices and resources while also widening students' access to both residence halls. As a professional, they have established skills in supervision, training and development, student conduct, and advocacy. Jason's goal for students is to help them develop a sense of ownership over their academic careers and help them get connected with resources that fulfill them as both aspiring scholars and complex people. They earned B.A.s in both Music and Women's studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master's Degree in College Student Personnel Administration and a Certificate in Social Justice Education from the University of Central Missouri. Jason is a Las Vegas native with family roots in the PNW who loves playing video games, eating good food, and bullet journaling.


Wisam BerryWisam Berry believes access to a great college education is a right for all, and he avidly works to remove barriers to education for first generation and other marginalized groups. Wisam’s goal is to ensure that students have the support for an equitable experience with education. Wisam is originally from Dearborn, Michigan (hometown of Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company). He attended the University of Michigan for a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Women Studies and Social Work. He attained his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida. He has worked most recently in Residential Life overseeing a Fraternity and Sorority Community and other Residence Halls at both South Florida and the University of Washington Seattle. Wisam enjoys watching movies, cooking & baking, playing ball with his corgi Luna, and going on leisure hikes with his wife.


Sakara BuyagawanSakara Buyagawan joined IAS as the Program Assistant for Academic Services in 2018. She comes to us with a passion for communication, organization, and student success, honed in more than seven years’ combined experience in customer service and operations support (at Coach, Inc), and academic registrar and advising support (at Digipen Institute of Technology).  She is a graduate of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, with a degree in American and Ethnic Studies who embraces the school’s mission around diversity and inclusivity.


Rachel FooteRachel Foote joined IAS in 2005 as an academic advisor and became Assistant Director of Academic Services in 2011.  The best part of that role for her is working with passionate and dedicated faculty and staff. Rachel completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota in English and History. She decided to pursue advising as a career as a result of her undergraduate peer advising experiences. Prior to IAS, she worked as an advisor in University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and Seattle Community College’s Women’s Programs and Work First Services.  She also has a background as a stage manager for theater, which explains a lot. 


Crystal GalvánCrystal Galván brings five years of experience in supporting students from minoritized, low socio-economic, and first-generation backgrounds in higher education. She earned a dual degree from Washington State University; B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a minor in Spanish and a B.A. in Sociology. Crystal earned her master’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS). In her most recent role as a Coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at Purdue University Northwest, she led the preparation of McNair Scholars for graduate education (i.e. summer research internship, graduate portfolio seminars, and scholarly workshops) and managed day-to-day operations. Crystal was born and raised in Omak, Washington, and is proud of her migrant/farmworker background. In her free time, Crystal likes to go out dancing, listen to Bad Bunny & El Alfa, play with her cat Tomás, and spend time with her family!


Kelly Stockman McKeeFor over 30 years, Kelly Stockman McKee, MPA, a UW alum, has led development and growth of social sector organizations in Washington that promote justice and strengthen our communities, including YouthCare, MENTOR Washington, Friends of the Children Seattle, Washington State Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Puget Sound Educational Service District – Head Start. Throughout her career, Kelly has engaged in collaborative, interdisciplinary practice to develop effective and equitable strategies, programs, systems, and policies. She has served in many volunteer leadership roles to build coalitions and engage in advocacy. Kelly enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, two grown daughters, three teen stepsons, and her dog. 


Eva NavarijoEva Navarijo comes to IAS with 12 years direct experience advising first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented university students in academic, study abroad, and residence hall settings. She also brings significant experience with grant-funded program management and assessment. As the former director of the First Scholars program at Washington State University she has overseen programming, counseling, and advising for first-generation college students; led a living learning community for first-generation college students; and co-founded First-Generation Abroad, to increase access to study abroad and global leadership learning opportunities. She also trains faculty and staff on best practices for engaging and serving first-generation students.

As an undergraduate at Washington State University, Eva participated in TRIO Student Support Services and was selected to join the McNair Achievement Program. She graduated with an Honors BA in English, focused on Multicultural Literature and Pedagogy. She completed graduate studies at Saint Louis University in the American Studies program.


Monique TaylorMonique Taylor brings five years of experience supporting the goals of students from diverse communities and socio-economic backgrounds. Her background includes professional experience in both non-profit and higher education settings. She is skilled in coaching, leadership, program management, assessment, and marketing. In her most recent role as Program Manager for the Service Board, she spearheaded the adoption of a virtual programming model and oversaw three experiential education programs for young people from marginalized communities in King County. After completing a graduate internship with IAS, she excitedly returned to the team as a full-time advisor. She loves the UWB community and is an advocate for interdisciplinary and experiential learning. As an advisor, Monique’s main priority is student success, and she approaches her practice by proactively meeting students where they are to provide support that suits their unique needs and learning styles. Monique earned a B.A.in Advertising from the University of San Francisco and is completing her M.Ed in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. She is a Seattle native and Beyoncé enthusiast who enjoys checking out new restaurants, going to the movies, playing with her dog, and, of course, listening to Beyoncé.


Nhi TranNhi Tran joined IAS as an Academic Advisor. Her hope is to create an atmosphere that encourages intellectual and creative growth, celebrates cultural diversity, and inspires academic success so that students have opportunities to develop intercultural, interpersonal, and leadership skills that prepare them to have a positive impact at UW Bothell and beyond. Prior to joining the IAS team, Nhi worked as a Residential Education Director at Washington State University for four years where her responsibilities included supervision, crisis response, academic interventions, student conduct, and community development of residence halls. Nhi also brings extensive experience in programming, assessment, instruction, and curriculum design. She obtained a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Communication Studies in Human Relations from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nhi is an avid Pokémon Go player, Escape Room enthusiast, has two Corgis named Oliver and Ellie, and is powered by Boba Tea!