Staff Contact Info

Professional Staff

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Bernie Liang

Master of Arts, Student Development Administration, Seattle University
Bachelor of Science, Business Logistics, Penn State University

Director, Center for Student Involvement

Phone: 206-296-6038

Building/Room: STCN 360A

I was born and raised in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, college-educated at Penn State, and got my master's degree at Seattle University where I've now worked for over 10 years.  With a background in residence life/student leadership and rooted in principles of inclusion and equity, I am proud to work with our team to provide a wide variety of options for students.  Whether you're just beginning your leadership journey or see us as another stop along the way, I hope that you will take advantage of everything SU has to offer. 

When I'm not working, I'm spending time with family: my husband Ryan, our son Eli, and our little dog Sybil.

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Michelle Harper Kowalczyk

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Associate Director, Leadership & Government
SGSU and GSC Advisor
Leadership Programs: Leadership Application, iLead, Red Night Out

Phone: (206) 296-2847

Building/Room: STCN 360B

I want to share that I never saw myself as a “leader” until I went to college and a mentor saw the potential in me. I want to help students to see the leadership potential that exists inside every one of them. As students, you all have the capacity to create change where they are—and thus all have the capacity to be a leader.

I also love mountains, hiking, rock climbing, trying new foods, and peanut butter.

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Angel Asuncion-Reed

Assistant Director, Clubs and Leadership
Club recognition, support, and guidance

Phone: (206) 296-6046

Building/Room: STCN 350C

Born in the Manila, Philippines and raised near the 105 & 710 freeways in Los Angeles. Educated in California with degrees in History, Media Studies, and Women’s Studies. She has been working in the field of higher education close to 15 years; nine of those at Seattle University in the Division of Student Development.  When she interviewed her eight-year-old son recently and asked him if your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Mateo answered Momma will be Super Cooker. Angel would like to be known for feeding family, friends, colleagues, and students and always asking them what is it that makes you hungry.

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De'Andre Jones

Master of Education, Student Development Administration, Seattle University
Bachelor of Science, Family & Consumer Science Education, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Assistant Director, Events & Traditions
Advisor to SEAC, Dance Marathon, Redzone
Tradition Events: Homecoming, Redhawk Madness, Christmas Tree Lighting

Phone: (206) 296-6238

Building/Room: STCN 350A

A native Texan, my personal experiences as a first-generation, bi-racial student, from a low-socioeconomic household ignited my passion for supporting students holistically and returning to Seattle University as a full-time staff. For as long as I can remember, I always loved being involved in clubs, organizations that would both enhance my leadership but also challenge me to view things from a different perspective. I believe there is something special about coming together as a community and feeling a part of something much bigger than myself. My high school instilled in me the value of campus pride and tradition and I hope to support students at Seattle University understand how they shape and inform the Redhawk experience. Throughout my breadth of experience within higher education & student affairs, I have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and fostering community and I am thrilled to serve as a resource to you this year!

In my free time, I love to cook, watch Netflix, catch up with friends, and explore all the PNW has to offer with my fiance.

Graduate Staff

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Afton Lopez

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Minors in Spanish Language and Business Administration, Seattle University

Graduate Coordinator, Leadership and Government
Leadership Programs: Leadership Application, iLead, Red Night Out

Phone: (206) 296-6044

Building/Room: STCN 360

My passion for working with students comes from of working as a Resident Assistant where I loved being able to work with students in a way where they are encouraged to explore and interact with each other, and themselves in wonderful new ways. For this reason, I am so excited to be working in the CSI office, specifically in empowering the leader in every student! Though I am originally from Denver, Colorado, I have found a home here in Seattle over the last six years and when I'm not in the office, you can catch me kayaking, crafting, and karaoke-ing!

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Daniel Walker

Bachelor of Arts, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC San Diego-Marshall College

Graduate Coordinator, Events and Traditions
SEAC and Redzone Advisor

Phone: (206) 296-2630

Building/Room: STCN 350

Hi my name is Daniel/Danny (ask me why I go by both!) and I’ve spent most of my life in Southern California (SoCal) and I’m honored and looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with y’all here in Seattle! I am currently a graduate student in the Student Development Administration (SDA) program! I spent most of my undergrad experience taking up opportunities to support others and learn about the ways in which I bring my identities into the spaces I occupy! I love telling puns and do love a good heart to heart conversation! Some of the identities I’d like to share are that I am a First-Generation college student/graduate, with a mixed ethnic background, and that I am the eldest child in my family. If you don’t see me the office I’m probably off taking photos with/of folks or playing a good game or two! I’m excited to see you all here on campus and look forward to helping you grow!

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Phillip Bailey

Bachelor of Arts, Law and Public Policy, Minor in Education with a focus in Special Education, University of Washington

Graduate Coordinator, Events and Traditions
Dance Marathon Advisor
Club Support

Phone: (206) 296-5436

Building/Room: STCN 350

I grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. This is my first year at Seattle University. I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Education’s School Counseling Program. My passion is education, community development and financial education. I am all about learning, meeting new people and team building. You can do anything you set your mind to and I’m here to support in the best way I can.

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Viv Cai

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Oregon State University

Graduate Coordinator, Leadership and Government
SGSU Advisor

Phone: (206) 296-2633

Building/Room: STCN 360

Being a queer, trans, and Gen 1.5 immigrant from China, I had a hard time finding my voice and a community I truly belonged in. There was always this part of me that longed for something more. It was with education and the help from my amazing mentors that I found my voice and gained tremendous personal growth. I now strive to create inclusive communities and provide spaces for all those students who never thought there was a place for them.

There is always someone rooting for you!

Student Involvement Ambassadors (SIAs)

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Kelly Vosper

Graduation year: 2021
Major: English Literature

Senior Student Involvement Ambassador (SSIA)

Phone: (206) 296-6465

Building/Room: STCN 350

I’m from sunny California and when I’m home I love spending time at the coast or visiting new cities. This year I am a junior at SU, pursuing my English major.  I love exploring outdoors in Washington, reading, and baking in my free time. 

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Chung-Jen Chen

Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Accounting
Clubs: Internal Auditing Club, Anime Appreciation Club, Seattle Chinese Meetup (this one is a non-school organization)

Student Involvement Ambassador (SIA)

Phone: (206) 296-6465

Building/Room: STCN 350

I was born in Taiwan and moved to Tacoma since the age of 10. I transferred to Seattle University from Tacoma Community College as a Criminal Justice major, and decide to change to Accounting Major after my first year here. This is my second year here at SIA, and I really fall in love with what we do here, and am grateful for the interaction with all the staffs and the student leaders. I also know lot of good places to eat in the international district, so feel free to come and ask me.

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Maria Esquivel

Graduation Year: 2023
Major: Criminology: Forensic Psychology
Clubs: MeChA

Student Involvement Ambassador (SIA)

Phone: (206) 296-6465

Building/Room: STCN 350

Born and raised in the one and only Southern California, specifically the L.A. area! I am a first-generation, first-year undergrad student and a first-year Student Involvement Ambassador (SIA)! I enjoy going on hikes, exploring new food places, and watching extensive amounts of shows and movies! Stepping into an entirely new place, I am excited to meet and get to know everyone in the SU community. Help me to help you find a place where you belong. Always willing to lend a hand, so if you need anything, please feel free to stop by! 

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Samantha Mutoni

Graduation year: 2021
Major: Civil Engineering

Student Involvement Assistant (SIA)

Phone: (206) 296-6465

Building/Room: STCN 350

Heyyy! This is my first year as a SIA in the involvement office and I love it already. I love my tv shows and hanging out with my friends, eating and singing in my free time.