College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Nonprofit Leadership

MNPL Student Profiles

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    Cassandra Aguilar
    Cassandra is currently a Case Manager at Sea Mar Community Health Centers.  Before joining Sea Mar, Cassandra was a Research Assistant at Eastern Washington University.  Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Spanish from Eastern Washington University. She makes a point to learn as much as she can from other leaders she comes across in her workplace and in the MNPL program. Cassandra would like to see more education and diversity in the world, and believes in the importance of cultural competency. 
     
    Christopher Brown
    Chris is the Director of Education & Technology at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Before joining the Boys & Girls Club, he has spent eight years guiding backcountry leadership trips for youth through the YMCA, coordinated outdoor recreation programs outside of Chicago, as well as co-founded and directed a nonprofit called Be Active Outdoors. Chris received a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Beloit College. Through leadership guidance and the MNPL program, Chris hopes to lead an organization that challenges many of the negative trends that are impacting youth and cultures around the world. Chris loves the outdoors, is driven by authentic leadership and has a passion to build healthier communities through youth enrichment. 
     
    Elizabeth Calhoun 
    Elizabeth works as the Theater Operations Manager at the Pacific Science Center. Before joining the Pacific Science Center, Elizabeth worked as a Theater Manger for The Hollywood Theatre and as an Account Manger for Activity Connection.com.  Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Theatre Arts from Montana State University. Elizabeth wants to ensure that she maintains integrity and commitment to her staff and work.  She would like to see a world where everyone is nicer to each other.  
     
    Mercedes Elizalde 
    Mercedes is Case Manager at the Low Income Housing Institute.  Previously, she was Director of Childcare programs at Garfield Community Center, Supported Employment Case Manager with Easter Seals WA, and Program Coordinator of Afterschool Programs at Greenlead Elementary School with Bay Area Community Resources. She is a Commissioner with the Seattle Women's Commission, Chair of the Political Strategies Committee with the Children Campaign Fund and Council Member with Safe Parking/Road to Housing Outreach Council. Mercedes received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dominican University of California.  She wants her leadership to inspire others, and to create change that leads to greater equity among all communities, eradicate poverty and support sustainable growth that does not destroy or natural lands.
      
     Kristina (Tena) Gizinski
    Tena is currently a Resident Manager at Friends of Youth. Previously, she has worked as a Program Director and as a Hennepin County Contracted Caseworker at the Boston Health Care Systems in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Family Services Caseworker with Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington.  Tena received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Montana. Her professional goal is to be an effective advocate with and for people with developmental disabilities. Tena would like to see a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
     
    Kimi Hardesty 
    Kimi is a Registered Nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Previously, she served as RN the Childrens Medical Center, Parish Episcopal School and Presbyterian Hospital in Texas.  Kimi received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women’s University. 
     
    Marilyn Lopez
    Marilyn is currently a Provider Services Program Assistant at Child Care Resources. Previously, she worked as a Youth Development Specialist at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, an Enrollment Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as the Cultural Arts Director at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston.  Marilyn also has extensive volunteer experience and has served on the Boys & Girls Club Rotary and has been a Grassroots Advocacy Intern at the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  Marilyn received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin.  Marilyn is constantly seeking professional development opportunities that will inform her anti-racist, anti-bias lens. She has a passion for fostering meaningful relationships and is driven by community engagement work that takes an equity-based approach to understand and improve circumstances for disadvantaged populations.  
     
    Gabriel Manriquez
    Gabriel is a Housing Resource Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Prior to this, Gabriel worked as an ILS WIA Case Manager for Access Inc. and a Kinship Case manager for the YMCA of San Diego.  Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  
      
     Alex Okerman
    Alex is an International Development Coordinator and Resource Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Before joining the YMCA of Great Seattle, Alex worked at YouthCare as a YouthBuild Transitions Coordinator.  He has volunteered as a Mediator with both the Whatcom and King County Dispute Resolution Centers.  Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Diversity and Cultural Studies from Western Washington University.  Looking ahead, Alex is excited to develop his skills in a variety of areas including, marketing, relationship building, fundraising and leadership.  Alex believes in a world where everyone can contribute to the improvement of the environment and the human condition. 
     
    Melissa Stuart
    Melissa is the Development Coordinator at Treehouse. Previously, she worked with Girl Scouts of Western Washington as a Volunteer Services Manager.  She served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova from 2009-2011, and worked with the U.S. Public Service Academy as Special Assistant to the Director. Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from Washington State University. Melissa believes in authenticity and thinks life is too short and resources are too few to lead in any director other than that which is authentic. 
     
    Jacinta Tegman
    Jacinta is the President of World Concern. Prior to becoming the President, Jacinta had two other roles at World Concern, including several years as Senior Director of International Operations, and Director of Donor Relations.  Jacinta earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Northwestern University.  Her goal is to be a transformational leader who makes a difference not just in her own organization but also through how she leads.  Jacinta wants to see a world that is transformed from poverty to the abundance of life. 
     
    David Van Hofwegen
    David is a Resettlement Manager at World Relief.  Before taking on this role, he worked at World Relief in two other capacities: as a Caseworker and an In Kind Donations Coordinator.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University. David is interested in building opportunities for connections and relationships between all kinds of people.  He would like the United States to be more welcoming and hospitable to refugees and immigrants.