Student Ambassadors

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Kunbi Ajiboye

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Ipetumodu, Nigeria
  • Prior Education:
    • MEd, Health Education, Texas State University
    • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University
  • Hobbies/Interests: Fitness, running 5 Ks for a cause, hiking, kayaking, reading, gardening, cooking with friends, and playing with my puppy Arya
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  I chose Seattle University’s EDLR program due to the commitment to the development of leaders that serve and engage diverse communities with a conscious emphasis on social justice.  Also, the cohort model fosters deep introspection of personal ideas, experiences, and biases that are challenged by students, faculty, and community members. By critically engaging with the learning process and cohort, I can examine and build on personal leadership strengths and expand how to utilize various leadership theories as tools for transformative change. 
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Rick Engstrom

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Prior Education:
    • MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • BA, Philosophy and Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, reading, coffee, large bodies of water, and the great outdoors
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program: The EDLR presented a great opportunity to take my career and education to the next level. I spent 11 years working as a higher education student affairs professional prior to enrolling and was ready for doctoral work in educational leadership. The focus on social justice, interdisciplinary approach to education, experienced faculty, and SU's appreciation for interfaith dialogue made the program especially attractive. Many doctoral programs are online or low-residency, so I appreciated the cohort and collaborative design on this program.  
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Dane Fukumoto

Adult, Post-Secondary, and Higher Education Concentration

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Mililani, HI
  • Prior Education:
    • MS, Technical Communication, University of Washington;
    • BA, Journalism, Seattle University
  • Hobbies/Interests: competitive tennis player, running, cooking, day trips in the Pacific Northwest
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  I made a career change three years ago, which called on me to serve leaders in my organization as a process improvement coach and educator. I chose the EDLR program because I needed to have a good foundation in adult education and leadership. I also knew the program and the people involved will help me be successful in my current role and pave a solid, new career path.
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O. David Jackson

Adult, Post-Secondary, and Higher Education Concentration

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown:  Houston, TX
  • Prior Education:
    • MBA, Seattle University
    • BA, Howard University
  • Hobbies/Interest:  Travel, Gym/Tennis, Reading, Theatre
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  I chose SU’s EDLR program based on the commitment to applied action research which is grounded within the context social justice and Jesuit tradition of service and stewardship.
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Kristina Neill

Principal Concentration

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Kent, WA
  • Prior Education:
    • MIT, Seattle University
    • BA, Mathematics and Physics, Seattle University 
    • AA, Green River Community College
  • Hobbies/Interests: Family (married in 2016, new mom in January 2017!), teaching, skiing, running, hiking, crafts, and reading
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  I believe deeply in Seattle University's commitment to social justice and educating the whole person.  When considering advancing my career and education further, there was no doubt that Seattle University was the right place to continue forward. 
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Francesca Nisco

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Prior Education:
    • MIM, Master International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
    • BA, Seattle University
  • Hobbies/Interests: International Travel, Nature and the Outdoors, Music and the Arts, Lifelong Learning
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program: The social justice DNA of Seattle University and the opportunity to learn and live with a global citizen point of view.
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Myung L Park

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Renton, WA
  • Prior Education: MBA, City University of Seattle
  • Hobbies/Interest: Travel, hiking, women leadership, youth leadership, community services 
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program: Seattle University’s practice-based EDLR curriculum and co-activities help future leaders to become scholarly practitioner for transformative change.
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Fred Rundle

Superintendent Concentration

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown:  
    • Originally from Denver, CO
    • Currently lives in Issaquah, WA
  • Prior Education:
    • Superintendent Credential- Seattle University
    • MA, Administrative Leadership and Policy and Principal Credential, University of Colorado Denver
    • Teaching Credential, Redlands University
    • BA, History, University of Puget Sound
  • Hobbies/Interests: 
    • K-12 Education- Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
    • Balancing self, family, profession, and student life
    • Learning
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  One of the cornerstones of the Seattle U EDLR program is the cohort experience.  In each of my post-baccalaureate experiences I have sought out programs that emphasize individual growth through participation with other colleagues experiencing the program.  At Seattle U, more than any other university, I have benefited from the diversity-race, ethnicity, gender, religious, profession, international- of the collective group because of the emphasis placed on inclusivity and opportunity.  
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Janie Sacco II

Adult, Post-Secondary, and Higher Education Concentration

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Kent, WA
  • Prior Education:
    • MEd, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
    • BA, History, Seattle University
    • BA, Humanities for Teaching, Seattle University
  • Hobbies/Interests: I am an avid comic book reader and cos-player. I also like to travel and have visited five continents.
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program:  I chose Seattle University's doctoral program because of its commitment to action research and the cohort model. I value the importance of bringing research into the community and working in collaboration with community organizations. The thematic dissertation process has been essential to my growth and development as a researcher. Through this process, students build relationships and knowledge over a longer period of time, creating a valuable learning environment. 
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James Walker

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown:
    • Grew up in Cincinnati, OH
    • Born in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Prior Education:
    • Post-MBA Certificate, International Business, Seattle University
    • MBA, University of Washington
    • MA, Intercultural Studies, Wheaton Graduate School
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering, LeTourneau University
    • AS, Aviation Technology, LeTourneau University
  • Hobbies/Interests: Flying and flight instructing, camping and boating, cycling - long distance, and Biblical studies and teaching adults.
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program: I had an opportunity to study at Seattle U, Albers School of Business, and was impressed by the academic quality and the ethical emphasis in the program. The Jesuit emphasis on excellence and service to humankind appeals to me and so it was natural to consider the EDLR program at SU. The EDLR program gave me the flexibility I needed to design a curriculum suited to organizational leadership in my context.
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Sheila Walton

EDLR Student Ambassador

  • Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • Prior Education:
    • MEd, Student Development Administration, Seattle University
    • BA, Anthropology with a Specialization in Museology, Central Washington University
    • Some College, Bellevue College, Edmonds Community College
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, yarn and fabric arts, movies, dining out, and going to almost anyplace that has the word "fair" or "craft" in the title.
    Interests: Lectures education, and learning about almost anything.
  • Why Seattle U’s EDLR Program: Although I am a graduate of the University it has been twenty years since I said goodbye and crossed the graduation stage. When researching programs I found Seattle U had the right components for my learning needs. Classes were going to be online and in person. They were developed for a busy working professional and their curriculum was fresh and thoughtful. I also appreciated the University and College of Education missions of educating the whole person for the betterment of the world using social justice oriented curriculum. The campus is beautiful with many learning nooks. Lemieux Library is an amazing resource for inquiry and study. And, student life practices inclusive outreach for all graduate students looking to connect with program or graduate level peers. It's been a great decision!