College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Nonprofit Leadership

MNPL Student Profiles

    Cassandra Aguilar
    Cassandra is currently a Case Manager at Sea Mar Community Health Centers.  Before joining Sea Mar, Cassandra was a Research Assistant at Eastern Washington University.  Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Spanish from Eastern Washington University. She makes a point to learn as much as she can from other leaders she comes across in her workplace and in the MNPL program. Cassandra would like to see more education and diversity in the world, and believes in the importance of cultural competency. 
    Christopher Brown
    Chris is the Director of Education & Technology at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Before joining the Boys & Girls Club, he has spent eight years guiding backcountry leadership trips for youth through the YMCA, coordinated outdoor recreation programs outside of Chicago, as well as co-founded and directed a nonprofit called Be Active Outdoors. Chris received a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Beloit College. Through leadership guidance and the MNPL program, Chris hopes to lead an organization that challenges many of the negative trends that are impacting youth and cultures around the world. Chris loves the outdoors, is driven by authentic leadership and has a passion to build healthier communities through youth enrichment. 
    Bridget Dolan
    Bridget Dolan is Student Information System Manager at the Epiphany School.  Previously she worked as Summer Day Camp Coordinator/Before and After School Teacher/PE Specialist at Newport Children's School. She was Development and Communications Intern at Youth Care, and has volunteered with Camp Goodtimes West and Newport Youth Soccer Club.  Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Gannon University. Bridget’s vision includes a world where all youth -- no matter what country, continent, race, economic group, or gender -- have the opportunity to be who they want to be, how they want to be them, and be loved and supported for it.
    Elizabeth Calhoun 
    Elizabeth works as the Theater Operations Manager at the Pacific Science Center. Before joining the Pacific Science Center, Elizabeth worked as a Theater Manger for The Hollywood Theatre and as an Account Manger for Activity  Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Theatre Arts from Montana State University. Elizabeth wants to ensure that she maintains integrity and commitment to her staff and work.  She would like to see a world where everyone is nicer to each other.  
    Mercedes Elizalde 
    Mercedes is Case Manager at the Low Income Housing Institute.  Previously, she was Director of Childcare programs at Garfield Community Center, Supported Employment Case Manager with Easter Seals WA, and Program Coordinator of Afterschool Programs at Greenlead Elementary School with Bay Area Community Resources. She is a Commissioner with the Seattle Women's Commission, Chair of the Political Strategies Committee with the Children Campaign Fund and Council Member with Safe Parking/Road to Housing Outreach Council. Mercedes received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dominican University of California.  She wants her leadership to inspire others, and to create change that leads to greater equity among all communities, eradicate poverty and support sustainable growth that does not destroy or natural lands.
    Austin Fowler
    Austin feels privileged to work for Food Lifeline as an Agency Relations Representative. Before joining Food Lifeline, Austin worked at the Arc of King County as a Direct Support Professional.  Austin received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from North Park University.  Eventually, Austin hopes to become an Executive Director of an international poverty relief organization.  Austin would like to see a world where every person has a fair opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency and is willing to do his or her part to make this happen.
    Kristina (Tena) Gizinski
    Tena is currently a Resident Manager at Friends of Youth. Previously, she has worked as a Program Director and as a Hennepin County Contracted Caseworker at the Boston Health Care Systems in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Family Services Caseworker with Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington.  Tena received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Montana. Her professional goal is to be an effective advocate with and for people with developmental disabilities. Tena would like to see a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
    Kimi Hardesty 
    Kimi is a Registered Nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Previously, she served as RN the Childrens Medical Center, Parish Episcopal School and Presbyterian Hospital in Texas.  Kimi received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women’s University. 
    Leilani Lewis 
    Leilani Lewis is currently the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Northwest African American Museum. Previously, Leilani was a Web Master at Jacob Lawrence Foundation and a Teaching Assistant at the Gage Art Academy. Leilani has volunteered with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Rivet Magazine, Shunpike Arts Leadership Lab and the Columbia City Gallery Exhibition Planning Committee.  Leilani earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Seattle University. Leilani hopes to become an agent of innovation within organizations, and a mentor to others in her field and in her community. Shewants to see a world that believes in the strength of young people and demonstrates this by investing in educational opportunities for youth.  


    Loran Lichty
    Loran Lichty is currently an Associate Pastor at New Life Church in Renton, WA. Previous to serving at New Life Church Loran worked as a speaker & brand manager for INJOY/Maximum Impact.  He also worked as a Supervisor of Customer Service for Alaska Airlines.  Loran serves as the chair of the King County human services levy oversight board influencing funding for homeless programs in King County.  He also co-founded the Renton Community Supper serving a hot meal to over 90 people 7 nights a week.  Loran holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing from Seattle Pacific University. Recently, Loran founded , an educational platform challenging people to donate and serve homeless programs, and produced the film, "Time To Listen".  Loran wants to make a significant impact in the lives of homeless people in our community.
    Marilyn Lopez
    Marilyn is currently a Provider Services Program Assistant at Child Care Resources. Previously, she worked as a Youth Development Specialist at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, an Enrollment Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as the Cultural Arts Director at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston.  Marilyn also has extensive volunteer experience and has served on the Boys & Girls Club Rotary and has been a Grassroots Advocacy Intern at the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  Marilyn received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin.  Marilyn is constantly seeking professional development opportunities that will inform her anti-racist, anti-bias lens. She has a passion for fostering meaningful relationships and is driven by community engagement work that takes an equity-based approach to understand and improve circumstances for disadvantaged populations.  
    Gabriel Manriquez
    Gabriel is a Housing Resource Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Prior to this, Gabriel worked as an ILS WIA Case Manager for Access Inc. and a Kinship Case manager for the YMCA of San Diego.  Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  
    Scott McConnell
    Scott is currently WorkSource System Navigator for TRAC Associateswhere he provides referrals and information to assist job seekers, helping them get back to work with the goal of self-sufficiency, and partners with government grant funded programs, local colleges and other community agencies to help reduce barriers to employment.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Washington State University. His career spans the areas of professional services, sales, technology and workforce development. For the last two years he has participated in summer mission work in schools and villages of Guatemala. He also enjoys volunteer work through his church. Scott sees his work as inspiring and motivating others to achieve sustainable employment through lifelong education, access to healthcare and housing in a supportive and thriving community.
    Alex Okerman
    Alex is an International Development Coordinator and Resource Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Before joining the YMCA of Great Seattle, Alex worked at YouthCare as a YouthBuild Transitions Coordinator.  He has volunteered as a Mediator with both the Whatcom and King County Dispute Resolution Centers.  Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Diversity and Cultural Studies from Western Washington University.  Looking ahead, Alex is excited to develop his skills in a variety of areas including, marketing, relationship building, fundraising and leadership.  Alex believes in a world where everyone can contribute to the improvement of the environment and the human condition. 
    Tessa Srebro
    Tessa (Tess) Srebro currently interns with Claxon Marketing. The MNPL program’s marketing course showed her that she could use her interest in words and love of writing to help nonprofits. When she graduates and relocates to San Francisco, she plans to use these skills in a marketing staff or consultant role for one of the Bay Area’s amazing nonprofits. Previously she was the Operations Manager with Basel Action Network and a Project Manager with Deluxe Entertainment Group. Tess received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. She wants to see a shift in people’s attitudes about nonprofits to allow organizations to attract more talent and run more efficiently. Ultimately, she hopes her efforts will contribute clean, healthy and sustainable planet for future generations.
    Melissa Stuart
    Melissa is the Development Coordinator at Treehouse. Previously, she worked with Girl Scouts of Western Washington as a Volunteer Services Manager.  She served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova from 2009-2011, and worked with the U.S. Public Service Academy as Special Assistant to the Director. Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from Washington State University. Melissa believes in authenticity and thinks life is too short and resources are too few to lead in any director other than that which is authentic. 
    Jacinta Tegman
    Jacinta is the President of World Concern. Prior to becoming the President, Jacinta had two other roles at World Concern, including several years as Senior Director of International Operations, and Director of Donor Relations.  Jacinta earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Northwestern University.  Her goal is to be a transformational leader who makes a difference not just in her own organization but also through how she leads.  Jacinta wants to see a world that is transformed from poverty to the abundance of life. 
    David Van Hofwegen
    David is a Resettlement Manager at World Relief.  Before taking on this role, he worked at World Relief in two other capacities: as a Caseworker and an In Kind Donations Coordinator.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University. David is interested in building opportunities for connections and relationships between all kinds of people.  He would like the United States to be more welcoming and hospitable to refugees and immigrants.