College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Council


  • Livia Mahaffie - MSAL (Co-President)


    ChrisTiana ObeySumner - MNPL (Co-President)


    Nina Garkavi - MPA (Marketing Chair)

    Nina Garkavi is a third year student in the Master of Public Administration program and wants to focus on nonprofit management.  She got her BS from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in NYC in Marketing and worked at a full service, direct - response advertising agency in NYC. She is extremely passionate about and involved in the nonprofit sector in young adult cancer & cancer survivorship locally and in different states around the northwest. 

    Cynthia Baiz - MFA (Communications Chair)

    Cynthia is a second year student in the Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership. She received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in small business at Arizona State University. Currently she is the Administrative Director at Washington Lawyers for the Arts. After graduation, Cynthia is looking forward to getting more involved in resource development for local art organizations. 

    Phil Mann - MSAL 

    As a self-prescribed sports freak, I find myself in the MSAL '17 program. I moved to Seattle in the summer of 2013 after working in West Palm Beach, FL with ESPN Radio in Marketing/Advertising. Currently I am working with three organizations: 1) The Seattle Mariners Game-Day Retail Staff, 2) Husky Authentic Retail Staff (UW sporting events), and 3) UW Husky Customer Service Team. I enjoy bowling (ask me about my league) and really love to talk baseball and hockey. Go BLACKHAWKS and CUBS/MARINERS! Looking forward to the next two years as a REDHAWK!


    Laura Hauck-Vixie, M.Ed. (Academic Advisor)

    Laura Hauck-Vixie began her academic career as an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University, majoring in Spanish and Sociology. Laura began her advising career in the SU Albers School of Business and Economics graduate programs and currently serves as an advisor to the following Arts and Sciences populations: transfer, graduate, readmit, post-baccalaureate, reciprocal exchange, Running Start, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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