ASAC Staff

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Tonja Brown, MA

Internship and Mentorship Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me
I grew up in Spokane, WA, and I was the first in my family to go to college. After a rocky first year at a small school in Oregon, I transferred to the University of Washington, where I completed a Bachelor of Psychology. A few years later, I’d completed a Master of Arts in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and headed to Santa Clara University in California. A few years later I returned to Seattle U, where I spent seven years working as an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences. During this time I welcomed a son, a daughter, and a dog into my family, and I started working part-time to try and find some balance in my life. In the summer of 2018, I transitioned to my current role, where I am building internship, mentoring, and professional formation initiatives in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

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Kate Elias, PhD

Assistant 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

Lead Senior Academic Advisor

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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Johnica Hopkins, MA

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I grew up in Spokane, and went on to study psychology as an undergraduate and later earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching. As a student, I identified as “first gen” and was very involved in the Ethnic Student Center. After school, I moved to South Korea where I taught English for nine years. I moved back to Seattle in 2017, and although I miss Korean food every day, I’m glad to be back in the Pacific Northwest and working with students from all different backgrounds at SU. Come talk to me about your favorite scary movies, true crime, and new places to eat!

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Sarah McKinley

Administrative Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

About Me
Hello! I’m here to help you. I love making systems easier for students – I can support you in filling out forms, scheduling appointments, informal advising, and other odds and ends. As a queer, first generation college grad, I’m passionate about advocating for students and dismantling systems of oppression in institutions. When I’m not here, I’m writing and performing comedy, going for sunshine walks, and making scale models in Altoids boxes.

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John Nettles, MA

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: he/him/his

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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Lauren Van Fossen, MA

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I grew up in California, where I majored in Psychobiology at UCLA. However, I really enjoy living in Seattle! I earned my Master of Arts in Student Development Administration at SU. In my free time, I love to play with my dog, Hunter, drink coffee, spend time with my family, and try new ice cream shops! As an academic advisor and the pre-education advisor, I enjoy working with students on academic planning and student success.

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Sabrina Wise

Academic Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

About Me

I am an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences and a graduate student in the Student Development Administration program at Seattle University. I grew up in Minnesota, Colorado, and California, then earned my BA in English at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. As a first-generation college student who went on to work in college access and communications, I care deeply about being a resource for students and empowering them to reach their goals. Outside of work, I can be found writing stories, playing music, exploring the outdoors with friends, or building cardboard mazes for our cat Oliver.

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