Staff

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Joey Butindaro

MSW

Career Advisor

Phone: (206) 220-8473

Building/Room: PAVL 110B

Undergraduate alma mater: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Graduate alma mater: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Favorite place in the city: Storyville Coffee - I love their salted chocolate chip cookie!
Hobbies and interests: Writing and reading, poetry to be exact. Hiking, Running Surfing, Weightlifting, Music, and FOOD!
First internship or job: My first job was as a Janitor for a middle school
Best piece of career advice I received: This was said to me by a mentor as I was stuck between going to Law School or moving to Seattle, "When deciding between two or more options, choose the one that give you the most Life." Guess we know the answer to that one.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: Listening not to be simply heard, or understood, but to be fully present. I believe the art of listening is dying in an age where people so eagerly need to be heard.
My social justice area of focus: I have a heart for those in the criminal justice system and the often unseen marginalization that occurs for those individuals. With that said, I believe that education is the start of a solution for many of our society's issues and challenges.
My pronouns: He, Him, His
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Kristin Hovaguimian

M.Ed.

Career Advisor

Phone: 206-220-8473

Undergraduate alma mater: Seattle Pacific University
Graduate alma mater: Azusa Pacific University
Favorite place in the city: Discovery Park
Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, enjoying local parks, and reading
First internship or job: Elementary teacher (first grade)
Best piece of career advice I received: Find the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: By finding ways to practice care for and service to others
My social justice area of focus: Community service
My pronouns: She, her, hers
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Joelle Pretty

M.A.

Interim Executive Director

Phone: 206.296.6088

Undergraduate alma mater: Luther College, Decorah, IA
Graduate alma mater: Seattle University – about to be a double alum!
Favorite place in the city: Jefferson Park. On a clear day you can see Puget Sound, Mount Rainier AND Mount Baker.
Hobbies and interests: Reading Reading Reading, Minnesota Vikings football, attending musical theater and live stand-up comedy
First internship or job: My first non-babysitting job was as a chiropractic assistant. I administered treatments like ultrasound, muscle stim, and the traction bed.
Best piece of career advice I received: Networking is key! Every position I’ve had since graduate school has something to do with knowing folks at the institution. I once attended a training and asked the whole group if anyone was hiring for jobs in California. That’s where I met my future boss.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: In addition to working at a mission-driven institution, I am on the Board of The Friends of The Seattle Public Library. I love books, so this was a good community service fit for me to help make sure the wider Seattle community has more access to the resources The Library can provide.
My social justice area of focus: Getting folks with dominant identities on board to work against oppression. I have a lot of work to do to undo the decades of socialization I’ve experienced. I want to uncover my hidden biases and work to make sure I don’t do further harm to others and myself, while I work toward equity and justice. I want to bring as many people as I can with me.
My pronouns: She/her/hers or they/them/theirs
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Michael Laveson

M.A., M.B.A.

Associate Director of Career Education

Phone: 206.296.6085

Undergraduate alma mater: Boston College
Graduate alma mater: Saint Louis University; Seattle University
Favorite place in the city: Burke Gilman Trail
Hobbies and interests: Hiking, Cycling, Reading, & Music
First internship or job: Editor’s Assistant
Best piece of career advice I received: Lead by serving others.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: By following the advice of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. in his prayer Falling in Love: “Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”
My social justice area of focus: Equitable access to education and careers.
My pronouns: He, him, and his.
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Carol Lwali

M.B.A

Associate Director of External Relations

Phone: 206.296.6177

Undergraduate alma mater: Drury University
Graduate alma mater: Webster University
Favorite place in the city: Is it sunlit? ✔ And does it have a beach or view of a large body of water? ✔
Hobbies and interests: Travel, reading, event curation and volunteering
First internship or job: Food Service: Cafeteria/catering/banquet attendant
Best piece of career advice I received: I’ve two that ring true to me - As you navigate through the rest of your life, surround yourself with people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life. And the other is that there will be failures, road blocks and detours in our careers, but do not be discouraged. Instead, be persistent and resilient.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: I try to live by this quote – “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela
My social justice area of focus: Human Rights – particularly when it concerns immigrants, refugees, asylees and international persons. These communities are extremely vulnerable and frequently marginalized and excluded from realizing their human rights.
My pronouns: She, her, hers or they, them, theirs
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Leezel Ramos

M.Ed.

Assistant Director

Phone: 206.296.6082

Undergraduate alma mater: California State University, Fullerton
Graduate alma mater: Seattle University
Favorite place in the city: International District/Chinatown
Hobbies and interests: Dancing, food, and currently obsessed with the TV show Jane the Virgin
First internship or job: I was a barista at a hospital coffee shop
Best piece of career advice I received: "Your degree makes you qualified, but it's your experience that will set you apart from others. Start exploring, experiencing, and engaging now." And, "it's OK to have a hobby."
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: Mentoring and community organizing
My social justice area of focus: Civic engagement, leadership development
My pronouns: She, her, hers

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Christian Russell

B.A.

Office Manager

Phone: 206.296.6080

Undergraduate alma mater: Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Favorite place in the city:  Madison Park Beach; swimming with endless views of Rainier and the Cascades
Hobbies and interests: Hiking, National Parks, exploring around the city, and everything Georgia. Usually found eating and drinking coffee.
First internship or job: Legislative Aide, Georgia House of Representatives
Best piece of career advice I received: Networking, networking, networking! I met my first boss by walking into their office and asked for an informational coffee meeting. I was hired two days later. 
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: : Reminding myself of what kind of citizen I want to be. My favorite book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times, reminds me my efforts can do more-for others and ourselves-than we may ever imagine, we don’t have to wait for the perfect situation to take action, change happens little by little - step by step, we should savor the journey of engagement-even if our ultimate goal is unknown, and the impact of our individual and collective effectives will often ripple outward in ways we can’t predict.
My social justice area of focus: Equitable access to resilient and sustainable communities, civic engagement, and social enterprise.
My pronouns: He, him, and his.