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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

Fred Capestany

Director of College Support

B.A. Psychology, Whitman College

M.A. in Education, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2148

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Roy Fisher

Mental Health Therapist

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 Middle School Support

B.A. History, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2145

Rainier Scholars Staff

Derek Rogers

Director of High School Support

B.S. Business Administration, California Lutheran University

Email

206-407-2146

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

Erika Chen

Event and Volunteer Manager

B.A. Economics, University of Miami

M.P.A. and Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of Washington

Email

206-838-6678

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

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

Academic Counselor

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

Kaylen Hendrick

Development Associate

B.S. Environmental Studies, Florida State University

M.S. Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College

Email

206-838-6649

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Brandon Hoang

Dean of Students/Program Assistant

B.A. Communications, University of Washington

Email

206-838-6673

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Simmy Kumar

Program Manager, Middle School Support & High School Support

B.A. International Relations and Economics, Franklin University

Email

206-407-2149

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

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 Services Coordinator

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

Kimberly Petersen

Career Programs Manager

B.S. Social Sciences, California Polytechnic State University

M.A. Counseling, Seattle University

Email

206-838-6675

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kathryn Pienta

Social Worker/Family Services Coordinator

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

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Colin Roberts

Database and Systems Administrator

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

Email

206-838-6672

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

L. Diana Robinson

Office Manager/College Support Program Assistant

Seattle Central Community College (Foundations of Banking Certificate), PCDI Online Learning (Accounting & Bookkeeping Certificate)

Email

206-407-2147

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Liz Sadler

Learning Support Coordinator

B.A. Mathematics, Hamilton College

B.A. Classical Languages, Hamilton College

Masters in Teaching, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2118

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Jessica Schreiber

Development Associate

B.A. Sociology, Whitman College

(Out on leave 8/2018-1/2019)

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

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kasey Walker

Academic Counselor

A.A., Bellevue College

B.A. Sociology, University of Washington

Email

206-310-5088

Meet our initiatives leads

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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