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

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, Academic Counseling and Support Services

B.A. History, Seattle University

Email

206-407-2145

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Susie Wu

Director of Leadership Development

B.A. English, Stanford University

M.Ed in Education, Stanford University

Email

206-407-2142

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

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 Marilyn Albizo

Bethany Furubayashi

Development Officer – Corporate Giving and Major Gifts

B.A. Mathematics and Computer Science, Indiana University

Email

206-407-2181

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Maurice Jones

Academic Counselor

B.A. History, Western Washington University

Email

206-407-2111

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Simmy Kumar

Program Assistant, ACSS & LD

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

206-235-0409

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Marilyn Lopez

Academic Counselor

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

Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University

Email

832-692-4293

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Karen Merz

Career Program Manager

B.A. Kinesiology, University of Washington

Teaching Certification

Email

206-407-2116

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Giovanni Milan

Academic Counselor

B.A. Human Services, Western Washington University

Email

206-407-2141

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Rosida Mohamathno

AEP Dean of Students and Recruitment/Program Assistant

B.A. Communications, University of Washington

Email

206-838-6673

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

Colin Roberts

Database 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

Derek Rogers

Director of College Counseling

B.S. Business Administration, California Lutheran University

Email

206-407-2146

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Liz Sadler

Interim Academic Director

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

Email

206-838-6678

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Julie Stephens

Program Assistant for Recruitment

B.A. Sociology and Education, Boston College

M.A. Criminology, University of South Florida

Email

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Viché Thomas

Academic Counselor

B.A. Sociology, University of Washington

Email

206-602-8984

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Kasey Walker

Academic Counselor

A.A., Bellevue College

B.A. Sociology, University of Washington

Email

206-310-5088

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

JT Williams

Director of Recruitment & Enrollment

B.A. Community, Environment and Planning, University of Washington

M.Ed., University of Washington

Email

206-407-2144

Rainier Scholars Staff Marilyn Albizo

Thomas Wilson

Internship and Networking Manager, College Support

B.A. Communication,  Washington State University

M.Ed., Seattle University

Email

206-838-6675

Meet our faculty

Sean Baughn, History/Research
B.A. History and Philosophy, University of Washington

M.I.T. Education, Western Washington University

Jackie Billups, Mathematics
B.S. Economics, Seattle Pacific University

Dr. Heather Clark, Invictus
B.A. Evergreen College

Ph.D. Social Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington

Danica Hendrickson, Science
B.S. Science, Seattle University

M.Ed, Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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 (2016)

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

Alexa Matlack, NCSP, Conclave
B.S. Psychology, University of Florida

Ed.S. School Psychology, University of Washington

Doctoral student in School Psychology, University of Washington

Jason Medeiros, Science
B.S. Biology, Yale University

M.S. Soil Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley

M.S. Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Lindsey Mutschler, Literature/Writing and History
B.A. Secondary Education (Art), Western Washington University

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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