Youth Programs at Western

Instructors, Staff & Faculty

AJ BarseAJ
AJ Barse is a part of Western’s ATUS Department as an Information Technology Specialist in application support. He is a two-time graduate of Western's Woodring College of Education for his bachelor’s degree cum laude with honors in elementary education, and for his master’s degree in adult education during which he was published in the field of digital learning.  Prior to his career with Western, he was the communication director for the Lummi Nation, including editor-in-chief of the Squol Quol newspaper. His combined experience lends him over 15 years of knowledge and expertise in the fields of digital arts including print, audio & video production, graphic design and PR. He freelances his media and photography skills throughout the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys adventuring across all time and relative dimensions in space. 

Amy Marchegiani
Amy Marchegiani holds a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from Washington State University and a master’s degree of education from Western Washington University. Marchegiani has 25 years of experience as a fine artist and 18 years as a graphic designer and illustrator. She currently teaches art, science, social studies and life skills classes at Home Port Learning Center, art classes at Bellingham Art and art education classes at Western Washington University.





Amy Schlesener
Amy Schlesener holds an Associate’s Degree in computer science and recently received a bachelor’s of computer science with a mathematics minor from Western Washington University.  An advocate for youth pursuing science and technology fields, Schlesener is a web app security developer for Logos Bible Software in Bellingham and is a very active member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Women in Computing and Western’s Student Robotics Club.





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Andrea Frost andrea
Andrea Frost holds a B.A. in German language and a concentration in mathematics from Western Washington University. A passionate advocate of youth and education, Frost has a wide spectrum of volunteer experience with youth organizations.

She is currently an office assistant for Kids’ Council Northwest and finishing a post-graduate degree in computer science from Western.





Anu Singh-Cundy
Dr. Anu Singh-Cundy holds a doctorate in plant biology from Cornell University.  Her research investigates how plant cells "talk" to each other and how their genes work.








Austin Schlichting
Austin Schlichting holds a B.A. in music composition and violin/viola performance from Washington State University and a Masters in Music from Ithaca College.  An inspirational and enthusiastic advocate of music, Schlichting has vast experience teaching, playing and composing.

He is a member of the Society of Composers and American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, and is currently a violin and viola teacher at Mojo Music while working on his Master in Teaching at Western Washington University.




Barbara Blackie
Barbara Blackie holds a Master of Education from Lesley University and a Master of Science from Oregon State University.  She teaches botany and other life sciences for Peninsula College in Port Angeles and natural history of the Pacific Northwest for Huxley on the Peninsulas.  In addition, she was Program Director at the Olympic Park Institute (now Nature Bridge), an acclaimed environmental education center on the Olympic Peninsula and has worked at several national parks and wildlife refuges in Washington and Alaska.

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Brenna López de UzcáteguiBrenna. Lopez
Brenna López de Uzcátegui holds a B.A. in Spanish, minor in teaching English as a second language, and a Masters of Education in continuing college education from Western Washington University.  An adjunct faculty with Western and language instructor and owner of Expanding Idiomas, López de Uzcátegui has vast experience teaching both children and adults.






Betsy Raymond
Elizabeth Raymond is a graduate from Whitman College and has a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Oregon.  She has presented at the College of Sciences and Technology's Wizards @ Western youth lecture series and is a professor in Western’s chemistry department.  Her research group investigates molecules at liquid surfaces using lasers.  

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Bryan Schmidt
Bryan Schmidt received a B.A. in education and a M.A. in science education from Western Washington University. An accomplished and well-liked teacher in Ferndale School District since 2003, he currently teaches science and math at Horizon Middle School.







Chuck SchelleChuck
Chuck Schelleholds a B.S. in chemistry with a minor in computer science and a teaching certificate from Western Washington University, as well as a M.S. in material science and engineering from UC Santa Barbara.  A former teacher of physics, chemistry, robotics, forensic science and general science at Windward High School in Ferndale, WA, Schelle currently teaches general chemistry courses at Western.






David PatrickDavid P
Dr. David Patrick teaches analytical and materials chemistry and is a research member of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center for the College of Science and Technology at Western Washington University. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of California at Davis and his doctoral degree from the University of Utah. Patrick was a NSF postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University and visiting fellow at Oxford University. The recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, he is a member of the American Chemical Society and American Physical Society.





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Deborah CurrierDeb Currier
Dr. Deborah Currier holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene.  She currently serves as director of the Theatre for Youth Program and teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, children's theatre, secondary theatre techniques and creativity across the curriculum.  She has extensive experience with children's theater, serving as the artistic director for the Mad Duckling Children's Theatre in Eugene and was tour actor/director with the Missoula Children's Theatre International Touring Project.  Currently, she directs the Multicultural Outreach Touring Project (MOTley Crew) and serves as a board member for the Allied Arts Education Project, where she has developed theater residencies for Whatcom County schools for the past two years.  Currier also serves as regional chair for the KC/ACTF Dramaturgy Competition and Critic's Institute, and was recently awarded the Eugene O'Neill Critic's Institute award nomination from the Kennedy Center.  Her past directing credits for Western include The Suppliant Women, The Illusion, The Taffetas, G.I. Jukebox and Kind Ness, which was invited as a participating production to KC/ACTF in February 2003.

Deborah Donovan
Deborah Donovan is a professor in Western Washington University's biology department. She holds a doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia and has teaching interests in the areas of invertebrate physiology, marine biology and science education. You can learn more about Dr. Donovan online at her website.






Denise Kilkenny-Tittle
Denise Kilkenny-Tittle holds a B.S. in elementary-middle school education and a M.S. in natural resources: environmental education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a B.S. in forest recreation resource management and B.S. in sociology from Oregon State University-Corvallis.  A former Wisconsin Groundwater Guardian Coordinator; Park Ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho, Colorado, and Oregon; and a Project Learning Tree Facilitator in eastern Idaho, Kilkenny-Tittle currently teaches 3rd grade at Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton and serves as the Education Committee Chair for Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale.



Don PringleDon Pringle
Don Pringle holds a Master of Education in science education from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in physics education from Brigham Young University.  A former director of the Science Nature Astronomy Radiation and Flight (SNARF) camp in Idaho and counselor with the prestigious Washington Aerospace Scholars summer residency program at the Museum of Flight, Pringle teaches physics and inquiry science at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Washington.





Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson holds a B.S. in biology and Teaching Certifications from Washington State University and Oregon State University. A fun and creative middle school science teacher for over 30 years, he currently teaches at Shukshan Middle School in Bellingham, WA. Robinson is passionate about the outdoors, with emphasis in the marine environment.

Dina Buric
Dina Buric is a mathematics instructor at Western Washington University. A passionate mathematician, Buric loves working out math problems when she can create a corresponding visual or tangible example. Her research interest is the visualization of mathematical concepts.

Elsi Vassdal
Elsi Vassdal Ellis teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, materials and finishing, and book arts at WWU. She has a B.S. in visual communication, M.Ed. in industrial technology education, and a Ph.D. in educational communication from the University of Washington with emphases in visual psychology and statistics.  She has been making books for over 35 years and has been teaching at Western for 36 years. Her work is housed in many collections, including SFMOMA, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Yale University.        

Erin Hansen
Erin Hansen is completing a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts with a printmaking concentration. Hansen has experience working with youth as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She learned drafting and architecture principles and methods by designing and building doll houses with her father. An enthusiastic artist, she is currently assistant director of the Art Gallery B at Western Washington University.

Gaye Green
Gaye Green is chair of the Department of Art at Western, a former elementary teacher and art specialist, and an illustrator/author of children’s books.  She holds a doctoral degree in art education, a life credential in elementary education, and a master’s degree in school management.  Her first publication, Cowpies in the Night Sky, is part of the HAHA (Hilarious Art Historical Anthology.)

George Juszynski
George Juszynski holds a B.S. in physiological psychology from Illinois State University and B.S. in environmental studies from Western Washington University. An avid citizen scientist, Juszynski is currently a M.S. candidate in geography and urban planning at Western. He enjoys teaching science, building windmills and using technology to explore the earth.





Helle AndersonHelle
Helle Andersen holds a M.S. in ecology and genetics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.  With a passion for education and outreach, Andersen is a former adjunct faculty for the University of Washington, and instructor for Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles and various other educational organizations. She currently teaches for Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsula.

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Janet Finlay
Dr. Janet Finlay is the director of Western Washington University's
behavioral neuroscience program. She is also an associate professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ psychology department.  You can learn more about Dr. Finlay’s research lab online at her website.






Jared Ogle
Jared Ogle received a B.A. in general science education and K-12 Teaching Credential with a science endorsement from Western Washington University. A former Western Kids Camp teacher and mountaineering instructor, Ogle currently teaches 4th Grade at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Burien, WA.

Jennifer Weeks
Jennifer Weeks grew up in Montreal, Canada where she received a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University as a student of Theodore Baskin.  As the recipient of two Canada Arts Council grants she was able to pursue a Graduate Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music with the renowned oboist John Mack.  Additional training included l’Orchestre des Jeunes du Quebec, the Domaine Forget where she worked under Elaine Douvas, and the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra.  Jennifer served as principal oboe for the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty of Queen’s University in Ontario before moving to the west coast.  As a freelance musician she has performed with many orchestral and chamber music groups throughout North America including the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, Quebec’s Les Violons du Roi, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Seattle Symphony.   Inspired by the natural beauty of the area and curious about life outside of music, Jennifer went back to school and received a degree in environmental science in 2005.  She worked for the Samish Indian Nation’s Department of Natural Resources for 4 years before finding her way back to music.  Currently the oboe instructor at Western Washington University’s Department of Music, she loves playing chamber music with local musicians, is an instructor at the Peterson Conservatory of Music and Art in Mount Vernon, WA, and maintains a small private studio in Bellingham, WA.

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Jessica Olsen
Jessica Olsen is completing a B.A. in Fine Arts with a mixed media concentration and minor in movement studies. A former instructor of metal sculpture art and teaching assistant for the College of Art at Green River Community College in Green River, Washington, Olsen has vast experience and great enthusiasm in working with youth camps and organizations.

Jim Burgess
Jim Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in general studies and a teaching credential with a biology endorsement from Western Washington University. With vast experience in the field of youth services, Burgess is currently a substitute teacher for Bellingham and Skagit Valley School Districts.






Jude Apple
Jude Apple has a doctoral degree in marine ecology and is a marine microbial ecologist and marine science educator at the Shannon Point Marine Center. He is currently studying water quality, eutrophication and climate change in the waters of the Salish Sea.

Kamarie Chapman KamarieC.
Kamarie Chapman is an exuberant faculty for the Department of Theatre and Dance with Western’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, where she teaches Theatre History, Advanced Playwriting, and toured with a student outreach group, MOTley Crew, during the 2012 season. Chapman has vast background in acting, teaching and directing theatre and outreach to diverse populations. An award-winning playwright, she is a member of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, The Dramatists Guild, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and Artists Trust. Chapman holds Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University and Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.



Kate Nichols
Kate Nichols holds a B.A. in media communication and masters in whole systems design from Antioch University in Seattle.  An active volunteer with Allied Arts, the Mount Baker Theatre, and the Red Cross,
Nichols produces a radio program, “Women’s Voices” and completed mentor training at Reel Grrls. 

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Katie FlemingKatie Fleming
Katie Fleming holds a Master of Education in natural science/science education from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in television and film production from Indiana University. A devoted environmental educator, Fleming was the educational coordinator for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities in Bellingham.  She is currently the Community Engagement Director at FRIENDS of the San Juans, an environmental organization in Friday Harbor, and teaches for Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment.




kevineKevin Eyer
Kevin Eyer holds a bachelor’s degree in education for general science, a teaching certificate in elementary education and endorsement in biology from Western Washington University. Eyer is an independent grant researcher and has taught elementary level English in Korea.






Korenna Rawlskorennar
Korenna Rawls holds a B.A. in Spanish from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA and Linguistics and Master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture from Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. Rawls currently teaches Spanish at St. Paul's Academy in Bellingham, WA and loves to integrate her creative hobbies into her vast experiences in teaching and tutoring Spanish.





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Kristen FrenchKristen French
Dr. Kristen B. French is the director of the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity at Western Washington University. A charismatic and dynamic assistant professor in the elementary education department and recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, French received her doctoral degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst under the mentorship of Dr. Sonia Nieto, a leader in the field of multicultural education.

French earned her undergraduate degree from Western with bachelor's degrees in anthropology and elementary education. Her interests include multicultural teacher education, decolonizing theory, indigenous education and critical performative pedagogy.




Lisa McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy is the Senior Instructor of Flute at Western Washington University.  She has also been a faculty member at the Maritime Conservatory of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Delta Institute of the Arts in Ladner, B.C. Lisa is principal of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and performs with two chamber ensembles, Zephyr Winds and Impromptu. Her flute and bassoon duo, Impromptu (with bassoonist Pat Nelson), won the 2004 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition and was invited to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Nashville. The duo was also asked to present a recital at the International Double Reed Conference in Indiana in 2006.  Lisa maintains a private studio and adjudicates throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, including multiple state solo contests and the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition. 

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Linda Crittenden
Linda Crittenden has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 20 years.  She was the lead instructor for the former Veterinary Assistant Program for 18 years, and continues teaching with the 2-year AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program at Bellingham Technical College where she is also the Program Technician. 

Crittenden continues to work as a relief technician in veterinary clinics in Bellingham. A former professional actress and recipient of the Puget Sound Energy Teacher Award, Crittenden has 23 years of teaching experience with both youth and adults.




Lisa ShulmanLisa S
Lisa Shulman holds an associate’s degree in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in technology education from Western Washington University. A protégé of Western Youth Programs veteran engineering instructor James Sullivan, she teaches science mathematics technology (Sci-Ma-Tech), computer apps, robotics, computer drafting and game design at Finn Hill Junior High in the Lake Washington School District.






Mark Miller Mark Miller
Mark Miller, information technology manager and adjunct faculty, teaches film and video production for Western Washington University's Fairhaven College. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in video production and a Master of Education in adult education from Western Washington University.







McNeel Jantzen
Dr. McNeel Jantzen is the director of Western Washington University's Language and Neural Systems Laboratory. She is also an assistant professor in the behavioral neuroscience program and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences psychology department. For more on Dr. Jantzen’s research lab please visit her website.

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Michael Mana
Dr. Michael Mana is an associate professor in Western Washington University's behavioral neuroscience program and vice chair of its psychology department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.







Mira Lutz
Mira Lutz holds a B.S. in marine biology and teaching certification from Western Washington University. Owner and operator of One Ocean Education, staff biologist for Salish Sea Environmental Services, kayak guide and naturalist for Anacortes Kayak Tours, and former science specialist for Anacortes School District, Lutz is well respected for her vast and diverse experience in the field.  She is passionate about marine science and loves teaching for all ages.


Pablo Airth
Pablo Airth received his bachelor's degree from Western Washington University.  Airth studied design at Ricks College and has a background as an in-house designer, designer and art director. He created style guides for major motion pictures - Nacho Libre, The Bee Movie, Shrek, etc. – and worked on branding and environments for the Super Bowl.  Airth currently operates his own studio, Be Peculiar, focusing on brand identities, packaging and other collateral and teaches for Western.  He also enjoys illustrating and creating his own self-authored projects.




Pat Nelson
Originally from Rhode Island, bassoonist Pat Nelson has made a home in the Pacific Northwest and performs with Skagit Opera, Starry Nights Chamber Ensemble, Impromptu, and Zephyr Winds.  In 2001, she became the bassoonist with the Westwood Wind Quintet and appears with them on the Crystal Records label in their latest release of the complete quintets of Anton Reicha.  She has been a guest artist and instructor at Musicfest in Wales, the Utah State Music Camp, Summer Sounds in Washington, the Wright State University Double Reed Day and at California State at Long Beach. 

She is a founding member of the Sapphire Wind trio that is based in Ohio and is currently working on a cd of contemporary works for flute, clarinet and bassoon. Pat received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina, a Masters of Music from Northwestern University and post-graduate studies at the University of Arizona.  Her teachers include John Pederson, Robert Barris, and William Dietz. 

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Rosanna Porter
Rosanna Porter is a former elementary and secondary teacher, author of social studies textbooks for Rand McNally, and author of two illustrated children’s books series.  Her website features her publications, teacher’s activities, and news about her books.  Porter’s latest publication features a book that is part of the Princess Naughty series.   





Shawn Arellano
Dr. Shawn Arellano is a marine scientist at Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center. Arellano’s research specialties focus on biological mechanisms, deep-sea biology and invertebrate-microbial interactions.

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Shelley JeffersonShelley
Shelley Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre with an emphasis in directing and a Bachelor of Arts in general science from Western Washington University. She has numerous directing, and acting credits with the Bellingham Theatre Guild, Northwest Indian College, and Claire VG Thomas Theatre in Lynden. Jefferson teaches kindergarten at Carl Cozier Elementary School in Bellingham.





Suzanne BlaisSuzanne
Suzanne Blais holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts and communications and Master of Fine Arts in directing. With an extensive background in the media industry for over 20 years, Blais is the owner and Executive Producer at Black Dog Productions and Executive Director of the Center for New Media. She teaches for Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University. She has worked regionally, nationally and internationally and is passionately committed to developing local and regional media and to helping students and community members learn new ways to tell their own stories.



Sylvia Yang
Sylvia Yang has a doctoral degree in biology and is a coastal marine ecologist and instructor at the Shannon Point Marine Center. She studies sea grass habitats in the Pacific Northwest.

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Tami Barry
Tami Barry teaches for Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas. She has a master’s degree in environmental ethics and a doctoral degree in environmental science. She has led several community science programs including CSI: Port Angeles and Environmental CSI.

Tanya McAtee Tanya
Tanya McAtee holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a teaching certificate from Western Washington University. With a vast background working with youth organizations, McAtee is endorsed in K-8 education and has a strong focus in the arts and sciences, as well as P-12 music.






Thomas Evans
Thomas Evans has a doctoral degree in taphonomy (how fossils form), and has been studying fossil life for over a decade. He taught sedimentology and stratigraphy at Western for the year of 2013-2014 and has taught human and comparative vertebrate anatomy the past 15 years.

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Whitney Morrison
Whitney Morrison holds B.A. from Western Washington University and Master’s in Teaching and teaching certification from City University. An enthusiastic environmental educator, Morrison has taught in the Bellingham School District since 2007.

Page Updated 07.28.2015