Alumni Notes

Therese Williams, MEd, '13 Senior Program Director at Summer Search, is one of the recipients of the BIPOC ED Coalition’s inaugural Sabbatical Leadership Awards program. A multicultural, cross-sector collaborative of 200+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color nonprofit leaders working in solidarity to promote wellness and restore resources in our communities, the BIPOC ED Coalition is dedicating $1.37 million to support 32 BIPOC leaders with sabbatical and respite opportunities. Read her story here.

Dana Stiner, EdD ‘18, was named the 2023 Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year.

Congratulations to COE alumni on their recent (22-23) P-12 Leadership Appointments: Emily Veling (MIT), Principal, Nautilus K-8, Federal Way; Jimnie Lorca (MIT), Principal, Bryn Mawr Elementary, Renton School District; and Carlito Umali (MIT), Assistant Principal, Talley High School, Renton School District.

Harriet Cannon graduated from Seattle University's then Master of Counseling and Addiction Counseling program in 1986. During the 1990's she served as an adjunct faculty. After a thirty year career as a psychotherapist and consultant (Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and an Addictions Counselor), Harriet closed her practice to finish writing her novel. Her debut novel, 'Exiled South’, is about a woman's emotional journey to reconcile family wounds emanating from the Civil War.  The novel covers a timely twenty-first century of family identity and belonging.

Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit, '92, a graduate of the College of Education's Educational Leadership and Superintendent programs, was a guest on KUOW to discuss his reactions to the state's failure to again fund teacher pay increases. Listen to the story.

The board of trustees of Shoreline Community College unanimously chose Cheryl Roberts, ’79, ’89 EdD, as the college’s new president. She will begin her new role in August 2014, after concluding her current position as president of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. A graduate of Seattle University, Roberts was also assistant director of SU’s career development center. Roberts looks forward to reconnecting with the educational community in the greater Seattle area. 
Robin Wehl Martin, ’95 MEd (SDA), began a career teaching and working with young children after obtaining her master’s degree at Seattle University. But winning the Oddfellows Whoopie Pie Bake Off two years in a row launched her career in an unexpected direction, and she founded the popular Capitol Hill cookie shop, Hello Robin. Wehl Martin has won numerous awards for her cookies and has been featured in Seattle Magazine’s “Top Cookies in Seattle.”

Robert Flores, ’01 MEd (SDA), has been promoted to assistant dean for student affairs at California State University (CSU), Fullerton-Irvine Campus, the largest branch campus in the CSU system. Among other responsibilities, Flores will counsel students with personal and academic concerns, coordinate orientation and retention programs, advise student groups, administer scholarship programs and develop alumni and community support for the university.

Bob Trumpy, ’07 EdD, recently received early tenure and a promotion to associate professor at Central Washington University. Trumpy is a licensed pilot, backpacker, mountain climber and R&B musician.

Eric Guico, ’09 MEd (SDA), is the director of college programs at East Bay College Fund in Oakland, an educational nonprofit that supports resilient students with a $16,000 scholarship, a personal mentor, professional and life skills coaching, and college guidance. Guico is also helping to relaunch the Seattle University Bay Area alumni chapter. 

It was a great end to 2013 for Megan Morrison, ’09 MIT, language arts and drama teacher at Sylvester Middle School in the Highline School District. In December, she signed a contract for a series of young adult novels with Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic Press.  In November, she was named the Macaroni Kid South Puget Sound Teacher of the Month. Morrison was nominated for the honor by one of her students who wrote: “Ms. Morrison is easily one of the best overall teachers that I have ever had in my life. She is extremely trustworthy and you feel like you can tell her anything. She has control of the class and everyone loves her.” 

After three years as a residence director at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Andrew McGeehan, ’11 MA (SDA), will begin a new position this fall as a residence director with Semester at Sea. In his new role, McGeehan will sail to Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. 

Courtney Stringer, ’12 MEd (SDA), works as a development officer in the office of capital and planned giving at the University of Puget Sound. Dedicated to growing opportunities for young professionals in the region, Stringer recently joined the board of directors of Associated Fundraising Professionals (AFP) South Sound, where she serves as the chair of the Young Professionals Committee. In addition, Stringer has started her own business called 253 Lacrosse, offering overnight and day lacrosse camps to female players in Washington state.

Kelly Alvarado, ’13 MA (SDA), was appointed founding manager of the First Year Experience Program at Gonzaga University. “Seattle University ignited my passion for Jesuit higher education,” explained Alvarado. In March, she was asked to join the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program national board. The board works to support undergraduate students from historically disenfranchised identities to explore a career in student affairs. 

Miranda Sulley, ’13 MEd (SDA), recently started at Google as a recruiting coordinator on the College Tech team, where she is happy to continue her work with college students in a new and exciting way. Sulley was also recently appointed to the board of directors for San Bruno Mountain Watch, an environmental conservation nonprofit in the Bay Area.

Lindsey Pierce, ’13 MEd (SDA), received the NASFA (Association of International Educators) Outstanding Community Volunteer Award for her contributions to the annual conference program. She recently accepted a position as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Seattle University.

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