Meet Our Team!

Here are some of the people who make experiential learning possible here at Puget Sound:

Renée Houston

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship

Professor, Communication Studies


Dr. Renee Houston, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship and a Professor of Communication Studies. She leads the team of staff and faculty to institutionalize meaningful, focused experiential learning in both curricular and co-curricular activities. Her research and pedagogy engages the examination of organizing to address inequities centered on issues of gender, social class and race in order to promote social change and allow for diverse perspectives and voices to be heard.


Alana Hentges

Director of Career Services, Career and Employment Services (CES)


Alana's first experiential learning opportunity came in high school as a swim instructor. While using the notion of "magical talking fish" with five-year-olds to illustrate rhythmic breathing, she learned the value of adapting communication style to meet the needs of a specific audience. Today, as Director of Career Services she leads a team of creative individuals who help students explore options to identify and successfully compete for career-related opportunities on campus and beyond.


Landon Wade

Director, Academic Advising


Landon enjoys working with students to combine their academic interests with experiences outside the traditional classroom setting, increasing their learning and enjoyment of both. Helping students make connections across their lives makes the job fun.



Program Manager, Experiential Learning


Nicole Kendrick, M.Ed. is the program manager and instructor for the Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience at Puget Sound. She received her B.A. in literature and cultural studies and her M.Ed. with an emphasis in student development theory from the University of Oklahoma. She has had over a decade of experience working to support and develop the strengths of students. She is interested in continually discovering the best ways to cultivate lifelong learners who are nimble and able to successfully navigate a changing world.




Elize Hellam

ePortfolio Program Manager, Experiential Learning


Elize Hellam is an educator with over a decade of experience focused on engaging students’ creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking.  In her role as the ePortfolio Program Manager, she integrates her background in student-centered pedagogy with her understanding of educational technology to develop rich, reflective experiences.  She seeks to empower others to articulate their unique narratives in dynamic ways.




Iana Mae Abinales

Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning


Iana Mae Abinales serves as Experiential Learning's Program Coordinator. She earned her B.A in Business Administration at Pacific Lutheran University and has experience working in various educational settings. Iana Mae believes that education is a gateway to new opportunities and enjoys helping students explore different avenues of learning through her role at Experiential Learning.