Regional Captains coordinate volunteer opportunities for Alumni Council Admission Committee volunteers across the country. Already an ACAC volunteer? Expect to hear more from your Regional Captain about volunteer opportunities in your area, and feel free to reach out to them with questions you have.
Anya Hartshorn '02
A Tacoma native, Anya attended Puget Sound until her graduation in 2002 with a degree in English Literature. She graduated from Stadium High school which is a five minute drive from Puget Sound’s campus. She has a history with Puget Sound that started when she was a senior in high school. She took a couple courses and was exposed to the small classes and approachable professors. While at Puget Sound, Anya played the flute in the wind ensemble, participated in Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, and tutored at Remann Hall juvenile detention center.
Anya also studied abroad in Milan her junior year. She said that the experience helped her examine life goals, define her priorities and take her out of her comfort zone. Along with this moment in her life, Puget Sound helped her to articulate her viewpoints and how to be assertive. Anya is now an at-home wife and mother to four boys in Issaquah, Washington.
Christy Thomas '00
Christy Thomas graduated from Puget Sound in 2000 where she studied Politics and Government and completed the Honors Program. She attended Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, close to where she currently resides in Portland. While at Puget Sound, Christy was involved with Light House, Mortar Board, and Kids Can Do! She noted that David Sousa and Bill Haltom were her favorite professors and she especially enjoyed an STS class on the atomic bomb. After Puget Sound, she received a master’s degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania.
Christy is now the Associate Director of Development for corporate and foundation relations for Oregon Health and Science University Foundation. She explained that she “finds corporate and foundation partners who are interested in collaborating on medical research and patient care opportunities.” She credits Puget Sound for providing her with key skills in advocacy, writing, and building long-term strategic relationships.
In reflecting on her time at the college, Christy noted: “Puget Sound is a special place. I experienced an amazing education, but the people of Puget Sound are what I treasure. Most of my closest friendships began on campus and I will never forget the amazing staff and faculty who invested in me.”
Isabelle Dupont '10
In 2010, Isabelle Dupont graduated from Puget Sound with a degree in Business Leadership and a minor in math. She attended Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland before moving to Tacoma, and now lives in San Francisco where she works for Facebook. She is a Technical Sourcer and works with the Hardware Design team.
Before leaving Puget Sound, Isabelle participated in the Campus Visit Program, Repertory Dance Group, Passages, Center for Writing and Learning and Teaching as a Writing Advisor, Intramural Sports, and she also participated in the studied abroad program, traveling to Madagascar. When asked what advice she would give Loggers, she enthusiastically answered “My biggest piece of advice is to study abroad!” This educational and worldly visit was best experience of her four years at Puget Sound. She was excited and found it refreshing that the once in a life time adventure of studying abroad didn’t end when she came back to the Puget Sound classrooms. “The best part is that the experience didn’t end when I came back. My experiences in Madagascar shaped my contributions to future classes at Puget Sound and allowed me to connect with other Loggers who also studied abroad in a new way. Studying abroad was the most valuable piece of my liberal arts education and I highly encourage it.”
Isabelle still hangs out with other Loggers who also live in San Francisco and she likes to play volleyball, skiing, running, hiking, biking and exploring her new city.
Katerina DeHart '08
Katerina DeHart graduated from Puget Sound in 2008 with a degree economics and an emphasis in Asian studies. She came to Tacoma from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She received a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of Southern California in 2013. She is still on the west coast teaching math at Santana High School in Santee, California.
She chose Puget Sound because she was interested in a small school in the Northwest saying that she "was impressed by the quality of the academics and the rigor that Puget Sound's education offered." She added, "I ultimately chose Puget Sound because of the people I met." Katerina joined Kappa Alpha Theta, participated in Pac Rim, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and many other programs during her time at Puget Sound. For future Loggers Katerina would like to say "Be open minded and try something new, both in academics and extracurricular activities! It's a great way to meet new people, discover hidden talents, and expand your horizons."
Brandon Morita '06
Brandon Morita graduated from University of Puget Sound in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration, which he is utilizing as a Financial Advisor for Northwestern Mutual. Brandon came to Puget Sound from Hilo, HI where he attended Hilo High School. After graduation, he moved back to Hawaii where he works for the investment firm Northwestern Mutual in Honolulu, HI, but is still involved with Puget Sound’s alumni network. While attending Puget Sound, he joined the Hawaiian community by being a part of Hui O Hawaii, the Hawaiian club on campus for residents of the state or those who are interested in the unique culture. He also immersed himself in Business and Leadership by joining the business fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, setting up his own internship with the financial planning firm Waddell and Reed, and participating in rotary organizations.
Brandon credits Puget Sound for helping him build character and keep long lasting friendships. When hearing how Brandon chose Puget Sound, it is not surprising that he is still involved with the university. He explained that Puget Sound was his last visit on his college tour and he knew that he had found his new home. “All it took was 10 minutes and I knew it was where I wanted to be.”
Mikayla Curtis '05
Mikayla Curtis graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2005 with a degree in International Relations (Politics and Government) and a minor in Spanish (Latin Studies). She moved to Tacoma from Edwards, Colorado after attending Vail Christian High School. While at Puget Sound, Mikayla participated in a number of activities, such as Habitat for Humanity, Yard Projects, Student Directed Theatre, Latin One Acts, Intramural Sports, and Rugby.
After graduation, she furthered her education by receiving an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding. Mikayla is currently the Resource Development Coordinator at the Eagle River Youth Coalition in the Vail Valley, an organization that works on the community level to learn about the behaviors and needs of youth. Her position in youth development helps to provide feedback to other youth-serving organizations in order to coordinate and support programs and services that create a healthier and safer community. When asked if she plans to pursue her education in Politics and Government, Mikayla replied: “My goal in getting a Masters in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, following my education at Puget Sound was to eventually go into community policy development. However, I have found my niche in youth development at the moment and will continue in this path for a while, but use my interest and skills in international relations to persuade and encourage the curriculum taught to youth that we work with.”
Along with being employed by a nonprofit, Mikayla is halfway through earning a certificate in Sustainable Leadership. She chose to pursue this venue not only because she loves the outdoors and environment, but is interested in learning how to create sustainable behaviors in her community. Mikayla says, “I wanted to learn more about how [sustainable behaviors] applies to my work and how I’m leading sustainable changes in my field.” She will finish her certificate program in December 2014 and already has plans to implement the course material into her job. Mikayla is still part of Habitat for Humanity, she works with Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club, she is an AYSO youth soccer coach, and many other organizations. When speaking to current and future Loggers, Mikayla advises that students use the academic opportunities, such as lectures and job fairs, to their advantage as often as possible. “I would say you can always make time for studying but some of the best information I received while at Puget Sound came from those out of class opportunities...find a balance between classes and exploring everything else that the school and geographic area offer is an important part of being a college student.”
Christina Phillips '12
Christina Phillips is a recent graduate, receiving a degree of History and Japanese, minoring in Asian Studies Designation in 2012. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, she attended Baylor School prior to Puget Sound. As a college student, Christina was an International Student Mentor Program Coordinator and a member of the Reparatory Dance Group. She moved back to Tennessee after graduation and was an English as a Second Language Teacher for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She is currently teaching Mexican and Japanese first graders English in Tupelo, MS. She believes that if she did not attend Puget Sound, she would not be as efficient with her writing, communicating, and presenting.
She would like to say to future Loggers: “I know you've probably heard this a million times from parents, grandparents, teachers and the like, but it's true...College is an amazing experience that you cannot pass up. Puget Sound, at least for me, was more than I had ever expected that ‘amazing experience’ to be.”