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Our staff

Our exceptional teachers and staff partner with our scholars and their families through college graduation and beyond.

Meet our leadership team

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Sarah Smith

Executive Director

B.A. History, University of Virginia

M.A. in Education, Stanford University

Email

206-407-2143 

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Monica R. Parker, Esq.

Associate Executive Director

B.A. English and American Literature, cum laude, Harvard College

J.D., Harvard Law School

Email

206-838-6677

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Mary Bristow

Director of Development

B.A. Child and Family Studies, Washington State University

Email

206-407-2115

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Roy Fisher

Mental Health Clinician and Counselor

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Lutheran University

Email

206-838-6648

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Sumiko Huff

Academic Director

B.A. Art, Willamette University

Masters in Teaching, Seattle University

Principal Certification, City University

Ed.D. Candidate Education, University of Washington

Email

206-407-2118

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kaila Davis Nsimbi

Director of Leadership and Career Development

B.A. History, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2145

Rainier Scholars Staff

Derek Rogers

Director of College Counseling

B.S. Business Administration, California Lutheran University

Email

206-407-2146

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Liz Sadler

Director of Academic Counseling

B.A. Mathematics, Hamilton College

B.A. Classical Languages, Hamilton College

Masters in Teaching, Seattle University

Email

509-995-0187

Meet our staff

Rainier Scholars Staff

Aisha Cathcart

Academic Counselor

B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences, Washington State University

Email

206-838-6647

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Dominique Daba

Director of Placement

B.A. Literatures and Cultures in English, Brown University

Email

206-407-2114

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Sara Daniel

Academic Counselor

B.A. Educational Studies, Colgate University

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Chrissie Drape

Finance Manager

B.S. Accounting, Seattle Pacific University

Email

206-407-2117

Rainier Scholars Staff Andrew Drinkwater

Andrew Drinkwater

Academic Counselor

B.A. Psychology, Amherst College

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Andrew Drinkwater

Milena Flores

Associate Director of Academic Counseling

B.A. Political Science, Stanford University

Email

206-407-2141

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Bethany Furubayashi

Director of Corporate Engagement

B.A. Mathematics and Computer Science, Indiana University

Email

206-407-2181

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Saedah Ham

Development and Marketing Associate

B.S. Public Relations, Syracuse University

Email

206-838-6649

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Asha Hanstad

Academic Counselor

B.A. Sociology, Occidental College

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Brandon Hoang

Dean of Students and Program Assistant

B.A. Communications, University of Washington

Email

206-838-6673

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Alison Krupnick

Marketing and Communications Director

B.A. International Relations, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Email

206-838-6674

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Drego Little

Learning Support Specialist and Literature/Writing Teacher

B.A. Law, Society and Justice, University of Washington

M.Ed. Literacy, University of Washington

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Marilyn Lopez

Associate Director of College Counseling and Career Development Manager, Middle School and High School

B.A. History, The University of Texas at Austin

Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University

Email

206-838-6639

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

May-Lannie Lozano

Academic Counselor

B.A. Sociology, Whitman College

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Giovanni Milan

Career Development Manager, College

B.A. Human Services, Western Washington University

Email

206-407-2116

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Rosida Mohamathno

Recruitment Manager

B.A. Communications, University of Washington

Email

206-407-2144

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kathryn Pienta

Clinical Social Worker and Therapist

B.A. Psychology, Wheaton College

Masters in Social Work, Simmons College

Email

206-303-9588

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

EJ Piñera

Academic Counselor

B.A. Psychology, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2111

Erika Quan

Event and Volunteer Manager

B.A. Marketing and Information Systems, University of Washington

Email

206-838-6678

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Colin Roberts

Database and Systems Administrator

B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Email

206-407-2142

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Jessica Schreiber

Development Manager

B.A. Sociology, Whitman College

Email

206-838-6679

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Ashley Sirls

Associate Director of Leadership Development

B.A. Secondary Education (English & African American Studies), Arizona State University

M.Ed. Literacy, University of Washington

Email

206-407-2147

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

J’Kela Smith

Academic Counselor

B.S. Psychology/Studio Arts, Union College

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Yael Tellez-Rodriguez

Academic Counselor

B.A. Psychology and Humanities, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kelabe Tewolde

Academic Counselor

B.A. Political Science, Colgate University

Email

206-407-2111

Meet our initiatives leads

Nashra Rahman

Growth

Email

David Sarju

Community Engagement Strategy

Email

Mina Velamoor

Career Pathways

Email

Meet our faculty

Sean Baughn, History/Research
B.A. History and Philosophy, University of Washington
M.I.T. Education, Western Washington University

Dr. Heather Clark, Invictus
B.A. Evergreen College
Ph.D. Social Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington

Roy Fisher, Conclave
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Lutheran University

Sam Fout, Mathematics
B.S. Discrete Math, University of Washington
M.Ed Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University

Tyler Hartanov, History
B.S. History, Montana State University
M.Ed Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University

Jon Howland, Mathematics
B.A. Politics, Government and International Relations, University of Puget Sound
M.S. Education, City College of New York

Alexandra Ibarra, History
B.A. History, Humboldt State University
M.Ed. Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, University of Washington
M.A. Secondary Education, Loyola Marymount University

Drego Little, Literature/Writing
B.A. Law, Society and Justice, University of Washington
M.Ed. Literacy, University of Washington

Marilyn Lopez, Invictus
B.A. History, The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University

Jason Medeiros, Science
B.S. Biology, Yale University
M.S. Soil Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Kathryn Pienta, Conclave
B.A. Psychology, Wheaton College
Masters in Social Work, Simmons College

Alyssa Reyes, Science
B.S. Biology, University of Washington
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Liz Sadler, Mathematics
B.A. Mathematics, Hamilton College
B.A. Classical Languages, Hamilton College

Ashley Sirls, Literature/Writing
B.A. Secondary Education (English & African American Studies), University of Arizona
M.Ed. Literacy, University of Washington

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