Our programming takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, particularly the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

(For more information: WWU Tribal Relations)

Thank you to the organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort including (alphabetically) Children of the Setting Sun Productions, Eastern Washington University, Friends of the San Juans, Galiano Conservancy Association, Geneva Elementary School, Northwest Indian College, Opportunity Council, University of Puget Sound, WWU Center for Community Learning, WWU Salish Sea Institute, WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental.

 

Many additional organizations have provided meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Thank you all.

©2019 Community Engagement Fellows

 2019-2020 FELLOWS 

We are a diverse community of educators in northwestern Washington who contribute to our campuses and communities in multiple ways--through teaching, research, leading community organizations, working through local government, and volunteering. We are also friends, neighbors, parents, and more.

 

We are life-long learners seeking to improve our campus-community collaborations through shared dialogue, cooperation, and reflection.

 

We know we need each other, and the support of the broader community, to do our best work.

I enjoy helping people learn about how we are all dancing and engaging with so many interwoven human and other systems, and how we can collaborate and communicate meaningfully to arrive at solutions and a better understanding when challenges arise within those very complex/complicated systems.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me connect and engage more intentionally with the amazing people, communities and activities available in the local area as a new transplant seeking roots by this amazing Salish Sea.

 

Jennifer  Allen 

jallen@whatcom.edu

Whatcom Community College; SGI-USA

​I enjoy helping people learn about choosing books they'll love to read.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me practice thinking more creatively in order to expand my perception of what is possible. 

Alexa Andrews 

alexa.andrews@wcls.org

Whatcom County Library System- North Fork Community Library

​I enjoy helping people learn about health equity, social determinants of health, how societal/cultural factors affect health outcomes.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me get better at integrating what I learn and hear at community meetings into my work. 

Megan Argetsinger

megan@northsoundach.org

North Sound ACH

​I enjoy helping people learn about educational opportunities.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me to broaden my network and learn more about myself and the community around me.  

Suzanne Baker

SuzanneE.Baker@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about cross-border connections, settler colonialism, and possibilities beyond borders.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn from and with others, and deepen my work and reflective practice.

Natalie Baloy

natalie.baloy@wwu.edu

WWU Transboundary Initiatives

​I enjoy helping people learn about time and place (especially through literature and language). 

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me get connected with others and learn about ways we, WWU, can connect with the larger community.

Rebecca Beardsall

rebecca.beardsall@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about ways that place, racial history and present, histories of resistance, political thought, politics of knowledge, queer politics, anti-racist feminisms, freedom dreams, community organizing, community health, plants.

I’m hoping that participating in CE fellows will help me ask better questions as a community member/teacher/learner; connect locally with people and projects for social change, racial and economic justice, queer liberation, and solidarity with indigenous sovereignty; and critically engage the racial/settler history and present of this place in the classroom and in community work.

Lisa Beard

lisa.beard@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy learning alongside people about the way different groups of people interact with systems and what we could do to shift this and why it is or is not important to do so.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will find ways to contribute to my community in more effective and meaningful ways.

Jessica Bee

jessica_bee@oppco.org

Opportunity Council, Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District

​I enjoy helping people learn about what drives and motivates them as well as the impact that they have on others in their places of influence. 

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me make connections with people in Bellingham who are different than me and learn what particular passions they have for our community. 

Jessie Bloss

jessiebloss18@gmail.com

International China Concern 

​I enjoy helping people learn about travel, sports, & volunteering 

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me meet, connect with, & learn from many of the brilliant minds & kind souls of Bellingham. There are so many cool opportunities & such goodness happening in our community, I'd like to have my finger on the pulse of that energy & get more involved both personally & professionally. 

Heather Brown

heather.brown@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

​I enjoy helping people learn about technology, education, streamlining, efficiency, process improvement and problem solving. And anything else that we are excited about.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me think creatively about how to best bring about positive change in my current and future roles.

Cara Bryant

cara.bryant@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

​I enjoy helping people learn about what to read next.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me grow my listening, connecting and facilitation skills.  

Katrina Carabba

katrina.carabba@wcls.org

Whatcom County Library System

​I enjoy helping people learn about our community and how they can participate and engage.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me be more present in my engagement with others and thoughtful about working on leading our community forward

Catherine Chambers

cchambers@whatcom.edu

Whatcom Community College

​I enjoy helping people learn about social movements and alternatives to political violence.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me expand my professional and political networks.

Daniel Chard

danielschard@gmail.com

Western Washington University Department of History; Whatcom Democratic Socialists of America

​I enjoy helping people learn about student issues/experiences such as housing, civic engagement, mental health and community and how we can make improvements towards these experiences as a community. 

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me develop a deeper understand how Bellingham functions as a city and as a community through the many fellows I meet along the way. 

Michelle Christensen

chris80@wwu.edu

Western Washington University & Bellingham Parks and Recreation 

​I enjoy helping people learn about educational pathways, mental health, poetry and writing

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to be a more inclusive, skilled educator; build connections across sectors; learn about place and how to teach my children about place; learn about the design clinic model and practical applications of the community of practice method 

Kate Di Nitto

kdinitto@whatcom.edu

Area Health Education Center for Western Washington at Whatcom Community College

​I enjoy helping people learn about how the Y continues to strengthen our Whatcom County Community.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to better connect the Y to other organizations in our community so that we can all work together by providing much needed programs and services for ALL no matter what their financial situation.

Tracy Diehl

tdiehl@whatcomymca.org

Whatcom Family YMCA

​I enjoy helping people learn about snails.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to discover spaces I didn't even know about.

Sarah Dorfler

dorfles@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

​I enjoy helping people learn about our ethical obligations to other people and the environment. 

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to find ways to include community members in the philosophy classroom, such as in the role of volunteer speakers. 

Kirsten Egerstrom

KEgerstrom@whatcom.edu

Whatcom Community College 

​I enjoy helping people learn about nursing.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to make connections and develop creative ideas about ways that local nurses can "give back" to our communities.

Christine Espina

espinac@wwu.edu

Western Washington University 

​I enjoy helping people learn about making their next best decision

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to meet people in and understand the Bellingham community and area.

Mia Fioravanti

mfioravanti@whws.org

Whatcom Hills Waldorf School

​I enjoy helping people learn about being Green! Energy efficiency, recycling, composting, sustainable options and telling people about all of the resources available to achieve this around NW Washington.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to increase my network of people and resources as well as improve my outreach and teaching abilities to a wider audience of people outside of "the choir".

Kristin Forck

kris.forck@cngc.com

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

​I enjoy helping people learn about Bellingham history and prehistory through natural and built environments.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to meet new people with diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences.

Katie Franks

kfranks@cob.org

City of Bellingham

​I enjoy helping people learn about access to education,  authenticity, and dismantling colonial structures and expectations as they relate to the institution of higher education and professionalism. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn how to connect with the professional community in Whatcom County, and to expand my perspectives and approaches to problem solving or program creation in my professional role. 

Carmen Green

cgreen@whatcom.edu

Whatcom Community College

​I enjoy helping people learn about the ways in which collaboration builds dynamic community programs.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me develop and create exploratory habits in our community.

Laurel Hammond

laurel.hammond@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

​I enjoy helping people learn about personal and professional development, and community engagement.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me expand my knowledge of community viewpoints, and resources.

Alycia Hawkins

hawkaly@gmail.com

Lydia Place Board of Directors, Skookum Kids Foster Parent + Advocate/Volunteer

I enjoy helping people learn about who they are and who they want to be. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me decide on a project or work that will give me joy for a long time. 

Nini Hayes

nini.hayes@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about safety and public service. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me see issues from different perspectives.

Bill Hewett

bchewett@cob.org

Bellingham Fire/Whatcom County Fire District 8

I enjoy helping people learn about the community and what makes it special; learning about themselves in that communi

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn about my community, particularly how seniors can interact with younger community to benefit the city which we share.

Mark Holzband

holzband@comcast.net

Volunteer, Bellingham High Schools; volunteer, Whatcom Museum

I enjoy helping people learn about the many ways we can connect with each other to build a stronger community.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me identify ways to make lasting connections with others who value the importance of community and place-making.

Rebecca Judd

rejudd@cob.org

Bellingham Public Library

I enjoy helping people learn about adults with disabilities - particularly, their incredible persistence and capability to succeed despite profound structural obstacles and cultural bias. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn about the regional history and culture, and how to better steward of my adopted home.

Eric Kardas

ejkardas@gmail.com

Kulshan Supported Employment

I enjoy helping people learn about anything, but most of all topics I have a passion for such as sciences, technical instrumentation and techniques, snow sports and personal growth.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me learn about gain information about our community.

Sarina Kiesser

sarina.kiesser@wwu.edu

WWU and PSIA-AASI

I enjoy helping people learn about how to find and use information. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me understand my community's perspectives on the world more clearly.

Abby Koehler

koehlea2@wwu.edu

Western Washington University Libraries

I enjoy helping people learn about almost anything they are interested in, being a librarian and all, but especially exploring identity, trying to understand others, and their next great read!

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me build relationships and deepen my understanding of how to be a better world citizen.

Angelina Kuchar

angelina.kuchar@wcls.org

Whatcom County Library System

I enjoy helping people learn about resources available to them throughout the community.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me develop a greater understanding of issues facing our community and identify resources and connections to help alleviate the issues.

Krista Mantello

mitchek@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about self care and the importance of being gentle with yourself. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me gain new perspectives and learn more about the opportunities in Whatcom County. 

April McCabe

aprilm@lydiaplace.org

Lydia Place

I enjoy helping people learn about their local waterways and how they can help protect them from pollution.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me .to better engage our diverse community

Kirsten McDade

kirstenm@re-sources.org

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

I enjoy helping people learn about food and housing resources.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me make new connections around the community and expand my knowledge of other resources and opportunities.

Rebecca McLean

Rebecca.McLean@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about human-environment relationships, learning (and co-learning) about the interrelation of environmental and social topics across time and space. I enjoy shared learning the most, where mutual discovery and investigation takes place.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me gain confidence as a Bellingham community member. To me, this confidence means feeling comfortable reaching out to other fellows or community members in the future for advice or fresh perspectives, and knowing that there are a bunch of people out there with a variety of skill-sets who will not only support my cool idea when I "put myself out there" but could offer new and innovative ways to answer a question, tackle a problem, or complete a project. Simply knowing that there are other people out there who desire to make these connections makes me feel more confident and grounded in my community.

Roxanne Medina

roxanne.x.medina@gmail.com

York Community Farm and Garden; WWU Geography/GIS student

I enjoy helping people learn about the Housing First approach and its application within our community akes place.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me connect the dots between WWU resources and local non-profits to develop collaborative projects that advances health equity within our community.

Peter Miterko

pmiterko@gmail.com

Northwest Youth Services 

I enjoy helping people learn about forming connections that foster equitable and inclusive community.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me enlarge my network in the community, refine my communication skills, and expand my experiences of learning alongside others.

Ruth Musonda

ruth.musonda@wwu.edu

Salish Sea Institute and Border Policy Research Institute (WWU)

I enjoy helping people learn about the natural world and the many ways to experience and understand it.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me bridge my community and practice shared learning.

Sarah Parker

parker50@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about why the U.S. is so unequal and what people have done to challenge such inequalities. 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me to learn more about this place--its histories, its peoples, and its institutions.

Peter Pihos

pihosp@wwu.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Western Washington University; member, United Faculty of Western Washington

I enjoy helping people learn about what a wonderful place Whatcom County is!

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me to learn more about career and service opportunities so I can pass info along to students

Nicole Piscopo

nicole.piscopo@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about environmental policy, logistics, writing, and non-profit management.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me to build a greater understanding of the scope and diversity of the communities throughout Whatcom County.

Liz Purdy

liz@bellinghamseafeast.com

Bellingham SeaFeast

I enjoy helping people learn about how to channel what makes them passionate, fired up or excited into something positive in return for someone else and the world. Everyone has passions, but we all don't know how to turn those passions into something tangible. I love learning alongside people what makes them feel alive, valued, and important. On the weekends, I enjoy helping people learn about how to flip furniture and give it new life.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me slow down, ask good questions (to myself and others) and gain a widened perspective of shared similarities and possible collaborations with other industries outside of my own.

Ali Raetz

raetza@wwu.edu

Western Washington University; Meridian School District

I enjoy helping people learn about library resources that help them connect, learn, grow, become better informed, and to connect them with their next great reading experience.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me connect with people who are interested in this thing called community - to find ways to make the world a better place for all of us.

Lizz Roberts

lizz.roberts@wcls.org

Whatcom County Library System, South Whatcom Branch Manager

I enjoy helping people learn about growing healthy, equitable communities!.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me build connections and relationships with partners to better serve Whatcom County communities..

Aly Robinson

arobinso@whatcomcounty.us

Whatcom County Health Department

I enjoy helping people learn about math and statistics.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me be a better educator.

Roxane Ronca

roxane.ronca@wwu.edu

SMATE (WWU), Math Department (WWU)

I enjoy helping people learn about accessible outdoor experiences and ways to connect with nature nearby

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me solve problems that our organization has grappled with internally by learning from other CE Fellows' varying perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds 

Licia Sahagun

licia@wildwhatcom.org

Wild Whatcom

I enjoy helping people learn about how to love and connect better.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me be wiser and more efficient in my work.

Wa'Lynn Sheridan

mbcoalition@wfcn.org

Whatcom Family & Community Network and Mt. Baker Community Coalition

I enjoy helping people learn about how to use local wool from sheep and other animals to make things, including yarn! And how to use yarn to knit!

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me broaden my understanding of place-based learning, STEAM principles, and environmental ecology and stewardship as it relates to my fiber arts curriculum! I am also hoping to make connections with people and be able to articulate my vision! 

Carrie Sinclair

carrielsinclair@gmail.com

Seattle University, Bellingham Public Schools

I enjoy helping people learn about information literacy.

 

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me better support the information needs of people living in Whatcom County.

Emily Spracklin

spracke@wwu.edu

Western Washington University Libraries

I enjoy helping people learn about how their strengths and passions ignite their purpose into a tangible path.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me reach community members who may benefit from support programs to access education and training.

D. Monique Stefens

mstefens@whatcom.edu

Whatcom Community College

I enjoy helping people learn about creative learning strategies

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me become acquainted with engaged community members and opportunities for involvement

Cara Story

cara.story@wwu.edu

Western Washington University

I enjoy helping people learn about what interests them.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me gain different insight and perspectives!

 Rita Thames

ritat@lydiaplace.org

Lydia Place

I enjoy helping people learn about opportunities, news, and events of benefit to our community.

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me in my efforts to build community and bring people from divergent backgrounds and beliefs together.

Matthew Thuney

mdthuney@gmail.com

South Fork Valley Community Association, KAVZ-LP FM 102.5

I enjoy helping people learn about how to get around without driving by themselves in a car

I'm hoping that participating in CE Fellows will help me convert more people into multi modal travelers (walk, bike, bus, train, carpool).

Jillian Trinkaus

jillian.trinkaus@wwu.edu

Western Washington University Office of Sustainable Transportation