ASAC Staff

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Kate Elias, PhD

Associate Dean for Student Academic Support

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I am from Seattle originally and completed my undergraduate degree (with no major or grades!) at The Evergreen State College. My educational and professional journey took me to the New Jersey-New York area and to Oregon for a number of years before coming back to my hometown. I live in Capitol Hill and love to explore new restaurants and try to eat lots of ice cream with my partner, daughter, and cat, Mr. Tubbs. I love my work. I accompany students on their journey of change, seeing and acknowledging them accomplish their personal, professional, and academic goals.

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Laura Hauck-Vixie, MEd

Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

Seattle U has become a second home to me. I was born in North Dakota and moved to Washington State in third grade, graduating from Auburn High School and then enrolling at Seattle U as a freshman to study Spanish and Sociology and later to complete a Master of Education in Student Development Administration. I was the first in my family to attend college and the highlight of my undergraduate experience was studying abroad in Puebla Mexico with the Latin American Studies Program. This sparked my love of travel, photography, and nature. In my spare time, I love to be with family, friends and my cat Pogo, eat great food, and/or plan my next travel adventure.

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John Nettles, MA

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: he/them

About Me

Hello, I am a first generation Appalachian student from Orange County, Virginia. I majored in Social Work at James Madison University and got my Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco. I love plants, hiking, and eating delicious food. 

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Nadia Selim, MA

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I grew up all over the United States and abroad and attended nearly every type of school out there – public, private, religious, secular, and international! While it was not part of my initial plan, I was fascinated with my history classes in college and made it my major. As I spent many summers in and part of my family is from the SWANA (Southwest Asian & North Africa) region, I also wanted to do more of a deep-dive – thus my minor. 

I started my professional career in an international NGO but decided to pivot to education and went to graduate school. Afterwards, I traveled to Morocco to teach at a public university through the Fulbright Program. I then spent eight years working in schools - teaching social studies, advising, and running trips and programs. I enjoy working with students and am excited to work with College of Arts & Sciences and Pre-Education students!

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Amy O'Brien, MEd


Professional Formation Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. I love the rain, reading historical fiction, and baking. I graduated from University of Washington with a BA in History and then came to Seattle U specifically for the Student Development Administration program. Over the years, I have worked in a wide range of student service areas and with many departments, but my favorite work has been career focused. I am excited to work with students, academic departments and other offices on campus to help implement and promote events, services and resources that will build students' professional formation skills. I look forward to helping you find internships, brainstorming mentoring opportunities, and encouraging you to take proactive steps to becoming the person you envision after graduation.

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Dido Tzortzi

Academic Advisor


Pronouns: she/her hers

About Me

I am an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, currently serving as an advisor for the African and African American Studies, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology, Military Science, and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies programs.

I assist students with learning about their academic options and with learning how to navigate challenges. I have previously served as a Title IX and Special Investigations Officer; I also have experience working as a college advisor helping high school students with the college application process.

I was born and raised in Athens, Greece and came to the US as an international student where I attended undergrad at the University of Chicago. Because of my experiences navigating higher ed as an international student, I am passionate about guiding students who are less familiar with “the hidden curriculum” of higher ed.

In my free time I garden, sing, and pamper my dog.

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Samantha Vale

Administrative Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I moved to Seattle from Eugene, Oregon, to attend Cornish College of the Arts, and graduated with my BFA in Theatre. I was a student worker while in college and enjoyed the higher education environment. I started working at Cornish in the Admissions department after graduating, and have been working in higher ed ever since! The academia atmosphere makes me feel supported to continue developing myself both personally and professionally, and allows me to continue pursuing my passion for the performing arts. I’m always up for chatting about musical theater (huge points if you love Sondheim), and trying just about any new restaurant. I can’t wait to meet all the students who come through our office!

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Yazaret Villafana

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

Growing up in the small town of Sunnyside, WA, I knew I wanted to explore new cities. I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where I earned a B.A. in Education and Spanish. I loved this city so much, I decided to enroll in a masters program here at Seattle U! As an academic advisor I can help students navigate their way through college and support them on their academic endeavors.

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Advising Center

Casey 110

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M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm