Meet Our Program Assistants!

Program Assistants work closely with faculty, students, staff and community partners to coordinate experiential learning opportunities, develop reflection activities and assignments, and support Puget Sound courses.

Elena Fulton  

Lead Program Assistant

Hello! I am a Senior this year studying molecular biology and religion. Growing up in Denver Colorado helped shape my love of the outdoors, and whenever I'm home I look forward to skiing, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family. Here at Puget Sound I serve as a Peer Mentor in the Office of Accessibility and Accommodation, work in a genetics research lab, rock climb, and spend time exploring the cozy coffee shops around Tacoma. 


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Other emphases: Religious Studies

McKenna Zarrell

Hello! I’m a junior from Los Angeles, California. I am majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Neuroscience, and planning to pursue medical school. Here at Puget Sound I serve as Student Support in Technology Services, participate in the school's Pre-Health Club, volunteer at a local hospital, and am always only the look out for new books and good coffee. 


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Other emphases: Neuroscience

Allyson Niitani

Hi! I am a junior at the University of Puget Sound from Honolulu, Hawaii. I am currently majoring in International Political Economy and hope to pursue a law degree after graduating. I play on the women's golf team here at the University of Puget Sound and also participate in the school's Model United Nations Club and the Hawaii Club. 


Major: International Political Economy

Other emphases: Political Science

Anna Graf


This will be senior year at Puget Sound studying Biology and minoring in Chemistry. My passion for anything food drives my research questions and I am hoping to continue pursuing my passions in my career after college. Outside of class, I co-run LiveWell club and lead weekend trips for Puget Sound Outdoors. I was originally drawn to the Pacific Northwest for similar mountain vibes to my home in Park City, UT, so in my free time you'll find me hiking, skiing, or reading in my hammock.


Major: Biology

Other emphases: Chemistry

Nate Jacobi


Nate is a Junior studying international relations in the Politics and Government department at UPS. He first discovered Experiential Learning by participating in a Reacting to the Past game in which he assumed the role of a Roman politician and defended the moral integrity of Rome in the Senate. This experience convinced him that role playing simulations were not only fun, but an engaging framework for learning history. During his free time Nate watches Warriors basketball, listens to podcasts and teaches high school aged students at a nearby Jewish synagogue.   


Major: Politics and Government

Other emphases: International Relations

Jessa Miller


Hello! My name is Jessa and I am a junior from just outside of Salem, Oregon. I am majoring in Politics and Government with minors in Spanish and Environmental Policy and Decision Making. I am also involved with Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Order of Omega, and greek life. Outside of my life at Puget Sound I am passionate about traveling, getting outside into nature, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends. 


Major: Politics and Government

Other emphases: Spanish, Environmental Policy

Tanvi Asur


Hi, I'm Tanvi and I'm from Cupertino, CA, home of the iPhone!  As a sophomore at UPS, I'm majoring in Business Administration and International Political Econ as a part of the Business Leadership Program. I'm also a podcast enthusiast, and am always down for a thriller, mystery‚Äč, or horror movie.


Majors: Business Administration and International Political Economy

Ilana Dutton


Hi! My name is Ilana and I am a junior from Chicago, Illinois. I am studying Comparative Politics and International Political Economy with a minor in Spanish. On campus, I am involved with the Orientation program, various honors societies, and greek life. When I'm not in class or running from meeting to meeting, you can find me biking the 5-mile loop at Point Defiance or eating ice cream at Ice Cream Social!


Major: Comparative Politics and International Political Economy

Other emphases: Spanish

Ellen Hann


Hi! I am a senior at Puget Sound, studying Molecular Biology and Education. I am from Moraga, California, and I followed my sister, a UPS alum, up to Tacoma. I love running, reading, cooking, and spending time in the beautiful mountains of Washington. I am passionate about justice in education, and I spend my time working with people with disabilities, volunteering in local schools, and supporting prison inmates who are pursuing college degrees.


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Other emphases: Education

Sarah Czarnecki


Hi! I'm a junior here at Puget Sound I'm a double major in French and German. I'm originally from New York but I've lived various places on both the East and West coasts. On campus I am involved in PSO and Greek life as well as with the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound as a study hall volunteer. When I'm not in class or buried in the library, I can be found going on runs around the North End, cooking dinner with some friends, or out on a hike! 


Majors: French and German


Past Program Assistants:

Talena Graham



Kyle Chong

Kyle Chong

Mark Gilbert

Carsen Nies

Kaley Pomeroy