ASK Night is an opportunity for students and alumni to chat about career fields, classes, graduate school, internships, volunteer activities, study abroad, and other experiences during and beyond Puget Sound.
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
Students, don't miss this chance to hear what others have done with their Puget Sound education, seek advice, and practice networking with a Logger-friendly crowd.
60+ Logger alums are registered for ASK Night 2020!
Students: Scan the list of alumni...
Which majors, job titles, organizations, and Puget Sound activities catch your interest?
What commonalities do you see between yourself and each alum?
What would you like to know about their path or experience?
Have you met any of these alums before? Take this chance to say hello and share an update!
*These alumni weighed in on the topic of Authenticity at Work. Click through to read their thoughts.
Majors: Psychology; Music Performance
Current: Information Security Administrator for University of Puget Sound Technology Services
Previous: Technology Support Analyst, Crisis Counselor (volunteer), Behavior Technician (ABA Therapy), School Counselor (intern)
@UPS: Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Asian Pacific American Student Union
Grad Degree: MBS from University of Washington
Current: Consulting Director at Alvarez & Marsal
Previous: Management Consulting in U.S. (2015-2019); Public health research in Africa / Asia (2008-2013)
@UPS: Tennis, Alpha Kappa Psi
Major: Special Interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Policy
Grad Degree: PhD in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy at University of California, Irvine
Current: Operations Planner (Environmental Planner) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Previous: Facilitator for The Leadership Challenge (2017-present); Tacoma Smelter Plume Project Planner for Dept. of Ecology (2012-2014); Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist for Dept. of Ecology (2006-2012)
@UPS: Honors Program, Student Environmental Education Coordinators, Water Polo Club
Read more about Hannah's current role in her Take a Logger to Work bio.
Current: Research Scientist at University of Washington
Previous: Antibiotic researcher; Molecular Pathology; Undergrad Research; EMT
@UPS: Greek Life, Slater Natural Science Museum
Read more about Nate's career path in the Logger-to-Logger alumni profile on CESblogs.
Majors: Politics & Government (Comparative); Japanese Language & Culture
Grad Degree: Master of Arts in Student Development Administration at
Current: Student Affairs/Higher Education for Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Previous: "My previous work included four years at DigiPen Institute of Technology in their Admissions Office as well as the Student Life & International Student Advisor. In this capacity, I worked in a variety of roles, including International Student Services, Student Life, Student Conduct, and Health and Wellness. During my graduate program, I served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I am currently a Scholar Success Advisor for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, in which I serve student mentors across the State. Within my higher education experience, I have primarily worked with STEM and Healthcare students."
@UPS: President of Community for Hispanic Awareness (CHispA), Student Diversity Center - Student Staff Member, Member of various SDC organizations, Interfaith representative for the Student Diversity Center
Member of Model UN
Majors: Religious Studies; Chinese
Current: Youth & Family Ministry for Peace Lutheran Church
Previous: Vision & Call Fellowship (service year experience) at Peace Community Center
@UPS: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Queer Alliance, Religious Exploration, Queer Interfaith, Asian/Pacific Islander Collective, AIC Protest Organizer, Board of Trustees Student Representative on the Academic & Student Affairs committee, Residence Life, CICE employee, transgender housing founder
Jean Baumgartel '76
Major: Occupational Therapy (BS)
Current: Occupational therapy, Hand Therapy for Outpatient Rehab, Hospital, and Home Health (Semi-retired)
Previous/summary: "Occupational therapist for my entire career, 38 years. 31 of those years was at Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic, treating patients with neurological and orthopedic problems. Prior to that, I treated mainly geriatric patients in hospitals, home health and nursing homes. Have also volunteered for short periods in other countries and in Chile for 2 years in the Peace Corps."
*Norman Bellamy '76
Current: Owner of Bellamy Medical Ergonomic Products LLC
Previous: "Following graduation, the internship I held while at Puget Sound became my first degree-related employment, working for a hometown bank. From there I moved into real estate, then spent a dozen years working in the medical equipment field until starting my own business in 1993. I've owned and operated my current company for the last 27 years."
@UPS: "I worked my way through college. If not in class or studying, I was working."
Majors: Biology; Business Administration—Finance
Grad Degree: Oenology program at U.C. Davis
Current: Data Architect at Concentric Innovations LLC
Previous: Business Owner; Database & Data System Professional (Database Developer, Application Developer, System Architecture, Data Architecture); Real Estate Development and Rental Property Ownership; Winery Ownership; Angel Investor
@UPS: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Summer Chemistry Research Study, Winter hiking and adventure programs
*Marc Blackburn '85
Grad Degree: PhD in American Military and Diplomatic History at Temple University
Current: Supervisory Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park
Previous/summary: "I have been working for the National Park Service for the last 24 years in various parks in the pacific northwest. I've worked my way up from a line ranger to a supervisor in the most iconic park in state of Washington.
Prior to my career with the National Park Service, I taught for several years at a couple of community colleges. I have continued to dabble in history, publishing several books and book reviews, and now hosting a podcast dealing with American military history."
Brett Bonner '98
Major: Politics and Government
Current: Real estate, Self-employed
Previous: "Worked in restaurants. Life guarding. Corporate training for real estate. Financing."
*Cyrus Brown '03
Grad Degree: MAT at Puget Sound
Current: Fire Fighter at Seattle Fire Department
Previous/summary: "Was a math teacher for 10 years. Then switched careers to become a professional firefighter in Seattle. I currently work on Ladder 1 at Station 10 and am a hazmat technician."
@UPS: Rowing (Varsity all 4 years), Outdoor programs, Mathematics Minor
Majors: International Affairs; French
Grad Degree: JD from University of Washington School of Law
Current: Lawyer at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC
@UPS: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Panhellenic, Mortar Board, Study abroad (Dijon), Politics & Government Minor
Major: Politics and Government
Grad Degree: Organizational Systems Renewal degree for Organizational Leadership, Design and Renewal at Seattle University
Current: Outdoor Programs, Experiential Learning and Leadership Development at
University of Puget Sound
Previous/summary: "Prior to directing the outdoor program and orientation programs at Puget Sound, I instructed leadership in the outdoors/environmental education, led ecotourism trips in Alaska, taught swimming in Bush Alaskan villages, instructed challenge courses and worked in a community mental health.
I have worked with with Outward Bound, the YMCA, the Washington County Environmental Education program, Alaska Wildland Adventures, and independent high schools and colleges.
An internship with my local senator in college taught me how to talk on the phone and write op-eds. Through outdoor retail and restaurant work, I paid the bills and I learned how to work with others and how to treat people."
@UPS: The Outhaus, Orientation Leader with the Passages program, Cross Country and Alpine Ski Teams, Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Current: Product Marketer for Providence Health & Services
Summary: "I help drive adoption of digital tools, prior to this I was a product manager, investment banking analyst and mortgage funder."
@UPS: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Major: International Relations, Economics Emphasis with Japanese Language
Current: Sales Excellence Director at Microsoft Corporation
Previous/summary: "I've had a really fun career, first teaching in Japan as an Assistant English Teacher with the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program, then working for Mitsubishi Corporation in Seattle representing Japanese manufacturers of aircraft interior components.
I transitioned to Microsoft Corporation where I've held a variety of roles in sales and operations. Currently, I oversee a global team that supports our customers, partners, and sellers for our SMC (Small Medium Corporate) Digital Sales Organization."
@UPS: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Student Government, Wind Ensemble, Japan Study Program (at Waseda University, Tokyo), Music Minor
Current: Senior Manager, Customer Experience for West Monroe Partners
Previous: "...Consulting with Hitachi Consulting, as Americas Education Manager for Onyx Software, and corporate roles for Washington Mutual (now Chase Bank)."
Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Grad Degree: Master of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology & Genetics: Emphasis of Study in Genetic Counseling from University of Minnesota
Current: Pediatric Genetic Counselor at MultiCare—Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Previous: "Medical Interventions class in high school introduced me to the profession of genetic counseling when my teacher had a genetic counselor friend speak to the class.
At Puget Sound, several pivotal experiences helped me find genetic counseling as a good fit for my interests and abilities: research in Joel Elliott's and Mark Martin's labs using molecular biology techniques to identify microbial genera (provided biology techniques, research experience); Madrid Summers study abroad program (molecular/microbiology research abroad, communication & language skills); and facilitating learning as a chemistry department course assistant, CWLT chemistry subject tutor, and choreographing/teaching dance in RDG (teaching/education, communication skills)."
@UPS: Repertory Dance Group, Bluesion Dance Crew (Downbeat Dance), Center for Writing Learning and Teaching, Madrid Summers Study Abroad Program, Chemistry Course Assistant, Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society, Mortar Board, Senior Honor Society, Spanish Minor
Read more about Cheyenne's current role in her Take a Logger to Work bio.
Major: "American Border Studies" through the Special Interdisciplinary Major (Latino/a Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Politics and Government)
Current: Community Organizer OneAmerica
Previous/summary: "Throughout my college career, I always thought that I wanted to be a immigration attorney. I was so dedicated to defending my immigrant community, I took every opportunity to gain legal experience. During the summers in between undergrad, I worked as a legal assistant at private firms. I learned so much about the legal profession and had amazing lawyers invest time in my growth through those experiences.
My first job out of college was a full-time paralegal job at a small private firm. I was there for about a year and realized that I might not want to pursue law school anymore. I was caught in a moral dilemma—I wanted to transform the inequitable immigration system, and working within it was not changing much of the harm and pain my community was facing.
I was reminded of all of the grassroots organizing I was doing outside of the Northwest Immigration Detention Center and wanted to try advocacy and non-profit work. I am still unsure of what my next move is that will help me get to more clarity, but I've learned a lot along the way."
@UPS: ASUPS President (2017-2018), CWLT Writing Advisor (2016-2018), President of Latinx Unidos (2015-2017), President and Founder of Advocates for Detained Voices (ADV) (2014-2017), Student Diversity Coordinator at CICE (2015), Core Leader Advocates for Institutional Change - The 2015 Walk Out
Major: Business Administration
Current: Human Resources at Infoblox
Previous/summary: "I joined Russell Investments as an HR Intern during my Junior year of college, and was hired full-time as an HR Representative after graduation. I had my eye on the recruiting team and so volunteered to help them whenever I could. I was able to transfer over as their Coordinator and eventually promoted to Recruiter, which was my ultimate goal. After 11 wonderful years there I decided to take a job closer to home and joined Infoblox as a Senior Recruiter.
What has helped me the most in my career is asking for and saying 'Yes' to opportunities to help others or try something new, even if they seem small at the time, those experiences can shift your career in interesting directions. At the very least you may learn what you don't want to do but the real goal is to figure out what you do want to do and where your passion lies."
@UPS: Mail Services Student Staff Member; theater productions
Grad Degree: Master of Science in Civil Engineering in Hydrology and Hydrodynamics from University of Washington
Current: PhD Student and Lecturer at University of Washington
Previous/summary: Water Quality Specialist AmeriCorps Intern at Pierce Conservation District, Undergraduate research, Instructor at Edgeworks Climbing
@UPS: Biophysics research, Orientation, Puget Sound Outdoors, Lighthouse, SAE, Puget Sound Cycling Club, Ultimate, Matelich cohort, EPDM and Math minors
Major: Business Leadership
Current: Financial Advisor, Vice President, Financial Planning Specialish for Morgan Stanley
Previous/summary: "I started as an Investment Assistant at a local bank right after graduating from Puget Sound. I worked my way up to a junior advisor, prior to being recruited by Morgan Stanley. Once at Morgan Stanley, I successfully completed their rigorous advisor program, and was at the top of my class. I am now a Financial Advisor, Vice President, and Financial Planning Specialist, with my practice here in Tacoma."
@UPS: Alpha Kappa Psi, Business Leadership, magna cum laude, worked in Financial Services, Women's Studies and Environmental Studies Minors
Major: Computer Science/Business
Current: VP, Software Development for Vistex
Previous/summary: "Twelve years B2B software development management at Vistex. Prior experience includes work in smart card/biometric systems, unified messaging and small business software solutions.
Career Services supported me from researching internship opportunities to landing one my junior year where I not only had an opportunity to try out my chosen IT profession but also establish a departmental intern program recruiting others from University of Puget Sound."
@UPS: Honors Program, Computer Science Tutor
Major: Political Science
Current: Broadcast Journalism in Washington, DC (Retired)
Grad Degree: MA in History at George Mason University
Previous/summary: "I am retired from a long career in broadcast journalism, and now write history curriculum among other pursuits.
I spent the bulk of my career as an on-camera television journalist covering politics in Washington, DC. This included coverage of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and every presidential campaign from 1984-2008. In addition to being assigned to various political beats, I was also fortunate to cover the space program, many newsworthy international events, as well as science and technology."
@UPS: Columnist with The Trail, Student Senate, Student Court
Maureen Goodman '00
Major: English Literature
Grad Degree: JD from University of Washington School of Law
Current: Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Previous/summary: "I have been a deputy prosecuting attorney since 2003."
@UPS: Women's Studies Minor
Major: International Political Economy
Grad Degree: MPH for Aging, Policy and Public Health (in progress, will graduate Spring 2021) University of Massachusetts Amherst
Current: Public Health - Older Adult Falls Prevention Specialist for Washington State Department of Health
Previous/summary: "I began my career working in development and alumni relations in higher education, then returned to school to complete an AS in Physical Therapy. I worked in clinical settings as a Physical Therapist Assistant for five years while also volunteering with healthy aging initiatives in my community. I joined the Washington State Department of Health in spring of 2017 and currently manage the older adult falls prevention program at the agency. I am also pursuing a Masters in Public Health with a focus on aging, online, with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I'm a member of the Gerontological Society of America, and am passionate about improving the lives of older adults through public health innovations."
@UPS: Diversity Theme Year Coordinator, Link Phonathon Caller and Manager, UPS Stage Musicals Club Leadership, VOX Voices of Planned Parenthood Club Leadership, Intern at Tacoma Events Commission, Work study at Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Theatre Intern, Comparative Sociology minor
Grad Degree: University of Denver Publishing Institute
Current: Freelance Writer and Author
Previous/summary: "Before I set out on my own as a freelancer, I worked as an editor and account manager for book publishers. My first job out of college was as a marketing manager for a small publisher. I also worked in advertising, marketing, and PR for an agency, which gave me a great foundation for business practices.
I've been laid off of work twice in my career, and each time it's been because of a downturn in the economy or the business I worked for. Both times I was able to find another position within a month or two, and both times it turned out to be an even better job! Know that even in the difficult times in your career you are learning and growing, and there's ALWAYS something good on the horizon that you cannot see.
After several years working in publishing, I decided to work for myself so that I could pursue my own creative interests. It's very difficult to balance client work and personal projects, and I don't believe I could have been successful without several years in the workforce to build my skills and network."
@UPS: "Career and Employment Services is a GREAT resource for information, building skills, and getting practical tools to be successful. I worked there as a student, and it was so helpful! I also wrote for the newspaper and literary magazine and held two internships."
Major: Theatre Arts
Grad Degree: MA for Student Development Administration at Seattle University; Ph.D for Leadership in Higher Education at Capella University (in progress)
Current: Dean of Student Affairs at Cornish College of the Arts
Previous/summary: Various roles at colleges and universities, including: Associate Dean of Student Life at Cornish College; Online Teaching Assistant at Capella University; Adjunct Faculty at DeVry University; Career Specialist at Seattle Central Community College; Orientation Programs Intern at Western Carolina University; Greek Life Assistant, Perspectives Leader Coordinator, Transfer Events Coordinator at Puget Sound.
"I have also continued my artistic practice and found a career that allows me to continue to be engaged in the arts regularly. My artistic practice feeds my creativity in my professional practice."
@UPS: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Speech & Debate, Sigma Alpha Iota, Dorian Singers, ASUPS/Honor Court, Orientation Leader, Politics & Government Minor
Grad Degree: Miami Ad School for Copy Writing (Incomplete)
Current: Senior Creative Writer, Advertising at Copacino Fujikado
Previous: Creative Copywriter at Carmichael Lynch, Colle+McVoy, Fallon
@UPS: BGLAD, Theatre Minor
More: Read Caroline's bio from the PR & Marketing Career Conversation.
Current: Designer/Writer at Tacoma News Tribune
@UPS: Debate, English Minor
*Jordyn Jones '13
Majors: Art History; U.S. Government
Grad Degree: JD from Seattle University School of Law
Current: Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General's Office
Previous: Law Clerk for Washington State Attorney General's Office, Torts division;
Legal Intern with Washington State Senate Committee Services
@UPS: Mail Services Student Staff Member; theater productions
*Briana Kelly '09
Major: English—Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
Grad Degree: MAT-ELA from Puget Sound
Current: Teacher at Clover Park High School
Previous: REI Call Center; LESA 911 Dispatcher and Call Operator; Courtyard by Marriott Front Desk Attendant; STAR Center Kids Urban Adventures Lead; Teaching— ASB Advisor, Leadership and AVID teacher
@UPS: Kappa Alpha Theta—GHC, B-GLAD (GSA)—President, RA, LINK Caller, Passages Leader, Business Minor
*Roxanne Kenison '84
Major: English Literature
Grad Degree: MS in Instructional Design at Capella University
Current: Content Strategy / Conversational UX writing at Microsoft
Previous: "I collaborate across professional disciplines at Microsoft to build software experiences that respond to a user's intent in a way that feels natural, human, and empathetic. It starts with listening. Along the customer journey, I take a principled approach that's mindful of voice and tone, resulting in user experiences that are rooted in the human experience.
If that sounds like a great career fit for a liberal arts graduate, you're right: it is. I spent a number of years writing in many roles, including journalism, PR, and technical writing. As "how-to" content came to be increasingly visual, I developed skills in producing media, but then ultimately transitioned to my current role, where I'm more involved with creating software experiences than writing about them.
There are a couple of trends that signal to me there's never been a better time for humanities-minded people to be involved in high-tech: 1) The infusion of artificial intelligence into software design brings new considerations of ethics to the table. 2) It's important for companies to not only deliver their products and services, but also to tell the stories that elucidate a company's Why.
Trends like these make me excited for the future of being a writer in the high-tech industry."
@UPS: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Spurs, Crosscurrents Review, Language house program (German), London semester, Religion Minor
Grad Degree: JD from Seattle University School of Law
Current: Assistant City Attorney for City of Seattle
Previous: Private Practice, Complex tort litigation and administrative Law; Office of Administrative Hearings, Administrative Law Judge
@UPS: Black Student Union, Diversity Committee, ASUPS, Trustee Committee—Student Rep., Prelude and Passages—student leader, Public Administration Minor
Current: Campus Sales & Service Manager for Seattle Center/City of Seattle
Previous: "Prior to joining the commercial events team at Seattle Center, I worked in the non-profit arts sector, primarily doing sponsorship and fundraising work for large-scale public festivals including Bumbershoot, the Family 4th at Lake Union and the Northwest Folklife Festival.
My experience at Puget Sound as an ASUPS Student Programmer gave me the event bug, and at several turns my connections to alumni opened new doors within that sector. For three summers during my undergrad experience, I interned for the Cultural Programs Division of the City of Kent Parks Department. At the conclusion of that internship, I gained experience in fundraising and development through an entry-level position at the Northwest Chamber Orchestra; a fellow alumna provided a connection from across the country to a development assistant role at Northwest Folklife.
Over the course of 7 years at Folklife, in addition to development and fundraising, I added sponsorship and festival operations to my resume and took on the role of Associate Director of Development. I eventually joined One Reel (producers of Bumbershoot and then-producers of the Family 4th at Lake Union) as Sponsorship Manager, until getting hired by the City of Seattle as an event coordinator & sales/booking representative at Seattle Center. I currently manage the commercial events unit at Seattle Center."
@UPS: ASUPS Student Programmer (Cultural Events), Repertory Dance Group, Business Major (marketing & management emphasis), Occasional theater productions (musicals, Senior-directed plays)
Grad Degree: MAT Secondary ELA from University of Puget Sound
Current: Teacher Librarian at Tacoma Public Schools
Previous: Retail Sales Lead, Substitute Teacher, 6th Grade Humanities Teacher
@UPS: Hui o Hawai’i, Mixed Race Generation, Student Diversity Center Governing Council, ResNet Technician, Dining Services Worker, BGLAD (GSA), Student of Color Leadership Institute, Math minor
Majors: Business Administration; Psychology
Current: Financial Advisor at Conestoga Wealth Partners
Previous/summary: "I began my financial services career in 1987 with Dean Witter. Dean Witter merged and became Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley I was a Financial Advisor as well as a new advisor training manager. In 2008 I left Morgan Stanley for UBS Financial Services. I spent 7 years at UBS before making the decision to leave the large brokerage firm environment and become an independent advisor, joining Conestoga Wealth Partners in 2015. Conestoga is an independent firm currently affiliated with Commonwealth Financial as our broker dealer."
@UPS: "Most of my activities outside of class revolved around working. I needed to pay my way through college so I didn't have as many campus activities as I would have liked. Having had to do that, I do have a great appreciation for my UPS education."
Majors: English; Writing
Current: Director of Public Affairs at TrueBlue, Inc.
Previous/summary: "Although I've worked at TrueBlue in public affairs for nearly 20 years, my route to this position has been circuitous. My job depends most on my ability to use holistic and strategic thinking and effective communication for a variety of audiences. While academic work was important, it was complemented by working at The Trail and Tamanawas, and multiple internships—both at the college and elsewhere—that focused on communication.
Even my retail jobs provided important skills for talking with people, customer service, and keeping my cool in tense situations. I owned my own consulting business, where I did everything from graphic design to market analysis to writing for the first Web-based businesses and search engines. I volunteered as an advocate for environmental and anti-domestic violence issues and served on the boards of non-profits.
All of that informs the work I do, now: developing strategic relationships, messaging, community building, grassroots advocacy, and public policy."
@UPS: The Trail, Tamanawas, Mortarboard, Events & Lectures, Internship at Arches, Security Dispatcher, LGBTQ Union, Preludes and Passages Guide, Multi-disciplinary Minor. "I spent hours in the basement of the music building, practicing piano, even though I was not in the music program."
Grad Degree: PhD in Biochemistry from University of Colorado Boulder; Certificate in Science Communication from US Santa Cruz
Current: Science Writer for University of Washington's news office
Previous: "After I graduated from Puget Sound, I got my Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder. I studied a bacterium, Salmonella, and how it makes people sick. More specifically, I used microscopes to take videos of Salmonella infections taking place in single cells. While I was completing my degree, I realized I loved using these videos to talk to people about bacteria, our immune systems and human health in general. I wondered if maybe science communication would be a good career path for me. So after my doctoral degree, I went back to school (again…) to UC Santa Cruz to acquire a science communication certificate. During the program, I did a few science communication internships, including editing audio for a podcast and writing online news stories for Nature. Then after doing all sorts of communications projects for a national lab, I was hired into my current role at the University of Washington."
@UPS: Pep band, Concert Band, University Chorale, French conversation hour, Chemistry TA, Center for Writing, Learning, & Teaching student staff member
Majors: Computer Information Systems; History of Religion
Grad Degree: JD from Seattle University School of Law
Current: Mentor, Consultant (self-employed)
Previous/summary: "Worked 34 years in software development, mostly at Boeing, Sagem SA, and Amazon. Currently consulting startups and others in need of tech-market gap analysis; mentoring undergrad students and folks early in their tech careers."
@UPS: Music Minor, Coaching Minor
Read more about Tom's involvement with mentorship on campus.
Major: Natural Science
Current: Associate Scientist at Silverback Therapeutics
Previous: Animal Technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (3 years); Imaging Specialist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (3 years)
@UPS: SAACS, Biology Storeroom, Summer Research
Majors: Business Leadership; Economics
Current: Consultant at The Spur Group
@UPS: ASUPS, SAE, ResLife, COMBS
Majors: Mathematics; Economics
Grad Degree: MS in Applied Statistics at Colorado State University
Current: Data Science Manager at The Boeing Company
Previous/summary: "I started at Boeing as an intern in IT Cost Management where I learned business project management skills working with enterprise IT projects. I held my first full job working with 787 Program Estimating wherein I worked to apply cost estimates to engineering changes and partnered with supplier management and financial planning. After I entered an applied mathematics position, I worked with supplier management teams to provide data-analytics support for business challenges. During this time I went back to school to earn my masters, then took a data-science position in aviation services. While in that role, I entered and completed an accelerated leadership development program that provided crucial networking and leadership skills which allowed me to obtain my current role as a data science and analytics manager. This now has me managing a team of data scientists with a focus on project execution and functional development."
@UPS: Sigma Chi, Mortar Board, Honors Program, Crew, Rugby
Major: Classical Studies
Current: Program Management Consulting at Unify Consulting
Previous: 2 years Google, Operations Management; 5 years Amazon Video, Program Management; 1.5 years Sunspear Games, Generalized Consulting; 1 year Starbucks, Project Management Consulting
@UPS: RA/RCC; Intramural Sports (many); Theatre; UPStageM; RDG; Down Beat Blues
Grad Degree: Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University
Current: Nonprofit Management at Samena Swim & Rec Club
Previous/summary: "Spent 18 years at Group Health Foundation in fundraising (annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, events) and foundation operations, including managing gift processing and the database, finance, legal and compliance. Part of the transition team when Kaiser bought GHC and the Foundation was spun off, unwinding GHF from GHC, then setting up the new organization.
Prior experience includes annual giving, events and grants/scholarships, grant-writing in higher ed, healthcare and the arts. Have held board and other volunteer leadership positions. Currently Deputy Director at Samena, a membership-based nonprofit fitness club, where I oversee finance, HR, facilities, membership and general admin."
@UPS: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Theatre, Trail production staff, TA in communications classes, Music Minor
*Rose Pytte '19
Major: African American Studies
Current: Substitute Paraeducator, College Organizing Fellow at Tacoma Public Schools, Resource Generation
@UPS: "During college I was involved with student organizing through the clubs Advocates for Detained Voices and Resource Generation, and I worked for sustainability services for all four years. My classes in African American Studies, and especially my senior research seminar, were also really important to my time at Puget Sound. Being involved off-campus through an internship with Tacoma Community House and with political organizations like La Resistencia and Resource Generation was one of the most impactful aspects of my time at college. As someone who chose to stay in Tacoma, those relationships have continued to grow and sustained me as I've made the transition out of school."
Grad Degree: MA, PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University; PostDoc in Clinical Psychology at UC-Davis
Current: Clinical Psychologist at Rainier Behavioral Health; Adjunct Professor at Middlebury University in Monterey, CA
@UPS: Track and Music/Trumpet first year. Psychology club, Research Assistant, RESNET
Major: English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture)
Grad Degree: MA in Children's Literature at Roehampton University, London
Current: Director of Corporate Marketing at OneSpin Solutions
Previous/summary: After obtaining my BA from Puget Sound, I taught elementary school (3rd and 5th grade) for three years before going back to school myself. I moved abroad to pursue my MA in children’s literature, more out of interest in the subject than for career advancement. Upon completing my course of postgraduate study, I wanted to try something new. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, the tech industry was always on my radar, so I began looking into options that would allow me to leverage my skills as a writer and strong communicator, as well as to be creative. Marketing turned out to be a perfect fit.
I started at IPextreme, a semiconductor intellectual property startup, as a marketing communications manager and was subsequently promoted to director of marketing. In my fourth year with the company, I moved to Gig Harbor, WA and transitioned to being a fully remote employee, which I cannot say enough positive things about. Telecommuting is not for everyone, but it suits me extremely well and has allowed me to achieve a unique work/life balance that I could not otherwise enjoy.
Following IPextreme’s acquisition by Silvaco in June of 2016, I consulted for several semiconductor IP startup companies before accepting my current position with OneSpin Solutions, a semiconductor electronic design automation company and verification tool provider, in January of 2017. OneSpin is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and I continue to work full-time, fully remotely. As director of corporate marketing, I travel roughly 10 to 25% of the time to plan and manage the 40+ events that we do each year. I work closely with the other four members of OneSpin’s marketing team on all major campaigns, and the balance of my time is spent on creative projects such as videos, newsletters, and other collateral.
In parallel to my work at OneSpin, I serve as vice chair of exhibits and publicity for the Design Automation Conference, our industry’s most significant conference and trade show. I formerly chaired the Worldwide Women in Electronic Design committee for the same conference.
In my spare time, I serve as Puget Sound Regional Alumni Clubs and have loved the opportunities that my volunteer position has afforded me to maintain close ties to my alma mater.
@UPS: Semester abroad at Lancaster University in England, Varsity Crew, UPS Writers’ Guild, Kids Can Do!, French Minor
Major: German/International Affairs
Grad Degree: Educational Administration at Western Washington University
Current: Teacher of English Language Learners at Tacoma Public Schools
Previous: International Sales Management
@UPS: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Student Staff Member at Security Department, Econ/P&G Minor
*Barbara Sellers '82 (UNABLE TO ATTEND)
Major: English—Writing (Journalism)
Current: Military newspaper journalist & editor (Retired)
Previous/summary: "After I retired as an award-winning civil service Army newspaper reporter, photojournalist and editor, I wrote a book, Get Tough or Die: Why I Forgave My Parents for My Abusive Childhood. The hard copy is available in Barnes & Nobles and on Amazon, where the audio version will also be released in December."
@UPS: When I was a full-time student at UPS, I was also a single parent with two sons to raise, and I worked three part-time jobs so I could make college, house and car payments. Still, I graduated on the Dean's List.
Major: Asian Studies
Current: Project Manager at Ubio Labs
Previous/summary: "After graduating from Puget Sound, I eventually settled in Seattle and worked a couple temp jobs for Nintendo of America. In 2002 I was hired as an intern with Wizards of the Coast in the Publishing Department. I'd been interested in publishing for a while, and already knew a lot about the industry, which resulted in me sticking around for almost 17 years, first as a Brand Manager, then later as a Project Manager. I left due to a re-org and am now a Project Manager with Ubio Labs, a mobile phone accessory manufacturer in Bellevue."
@UPS: Chemistry Department Dishwasher, Storeroom clerk, and Lab Assistant; Anime Club Co-president; Summer Research Grant recipient; President's Scholarship recipient; Religion Minor
Major: Politics and Government
Grad Degree: JD from Puget Sound School of Law
Current: Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office
Previous/summary: "I have been an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington since September 1996. My primary areas of practice are healthcare law, litigation, and advice on legislation, interpretation of federal and state laws, contracts, and tribal issues."
Current: Realtor at Keller Williams
Current: Program Manager at National Parks Conservation Association
Previous/summary: "I have conservation experience working for national organizations like Sierra Club, NPCA, and the Audubon Society. My focus is primarily on public lands advocacy issues, including wilderness preservation, national park protection, and wildlife recovery efforts."
@UPS: Debate, KUPS
Majors: Business; U.S. Politics & Government
Current: Director of Career Development at Northwestern Mutual
Previous/summary: "I started out in retail management with Target and then moved in to HR and recruiting. In my current role I do full cycle recruiting for our internship program as well as full time financial advisors. I also do development with new employees and community outreach and relationship building."
@UPS: Alpha Phi, Ice Hockey, Horseback Riding
Grad Degree: MEd in Adult Education from University of Colorado
Current: Owner at Commercial Real Estate Investor
Previous/summary: "20 years in all facets of commercial real estate ~ started 4 companies, responsible for teams of 2,000+ and portfolios of $5B+. Semi-retired and auditing a class at Puget Sound.
The majority of my investors and opportunities came from active engagement on non-profit boards and in professional organizations ~ what you need to know is learned on the journey, but if you want to go far, go together. Service above self."
Majors: International Political Economy; Computer Science/Business
Grad Degree: MBA in Financial Engineering and Modeling from Thunderbird School of Global Management; Masters of Science in Business Analytics from New York University Stern School of Business
Current: Head of Data Science at PACCAR Inc
Previous/summary: "As many who graduated into the Great Recession, I have had a multifaceted career. Over the past 12 years, I’ve worked in politics, purchasing, higher education, consulting, credit and information technology. However, in each position, there were three common themes: continually learning, automating drudgery & extracting actionable insights from data."
@UPS: Sigma Chi, Phi Mu Alpha, Pep Band
*Jeff Walker '09
Current: Firefighter at West Pierce Fire and Rescue
@UPS: Men's Basketball, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Math minor
Majors: Computer Science; Mathematics
Current: Software Engineering at Karat Inc.
Previous/summary: "* LendingShack: a peer-to-peer sharing site of little success, but much fun, built senior year at Puget Sound.
* Amazon: software engineering at it's most challenging on Warehouse Deals, a reverse logistics team.
* Google: software engineering again on a large customer facing, cloud product.
* Karat: software engineering and management to build a better interview experience."
@UPS: Honors Program, Association for Computing Machinery, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Business Leadership
Current: Investment Management at PitchBook Data
Previous/summary: "This is my first role at a service provider, but the service is being provided to the industry where I have over 20 years of experience.
I got my Chartered Financial Analyst designation right out of Puget Sound, then went on to my MBA, and then finally earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation. I have worked for a bank's investment department, a public utility's private equity portfolio, a financial planner, a public pension, an investment consultant, and a community foundation before accepting my current role at PitchBook Data in January 2020."
@UPS: Residence Hall Association, the opera, BLP, Honors Program.
Majors: Physics; History
Grad Degree: Education from University of Washington
Current: Science/Computer Science Teacher at Peninsula School District
Previous/summary: "My first job out of college was as a Telescope Operator at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. Thereafter I worked for shorter bits as a Committee Clerk for the Energy & Utilities in the Washing State Legislature, Litigation Support Analyst for law firms, owned my own Database Consulting Company (Blue Shift Consulting LLC) doing data analysis and writing Campaign Management Software for Democrats for 15 years. For the last dozen years or so I've been a high school science/computer science teacher."
@UPS: Swim Team, Math Minor
Dawn Yoshimura-Smith '83
Major: Occupational Therapy
Current: Fieldwork Coordinator at University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy
Previous/summary: "Work history includes 35+ years in adult physical disabilities. Areas of practice range from acute medical, inpatient/outpatient rehab, hand therapy and home health."
Majors: Mathematics; BLP
Grad Degree: MBA and MSE in Business and Mechanical Engineering from MIT
Current: Sr. Manager Supply Chain Delivery & Performance at Boeing
Previous/summary: "I worked in a variety of roles at Boeing, in finance and supply chain, including an early career-rotation program and management roles in commercial airplanes on the 787 program. I've worked in supply chain, negotiating major contracts; and in estimating and operation roles, solving for supplier issues fed into the factory environment. I left Boeing to go back to grad school where I worked and did my research as a fellow at ABB Robotics, working on robot testing and reliability—splitting my time between Sweden and China. Now I've returned to Boeing, working as a Sr. Manager to drive the supply chain's overall performance. During my career I've been involved in a variety of leadership and community activities—including ones at Puget Sound and with Pi Beta Phi."
@UPS: Pi Beta Phi, Panhellenic, Kids Can Do, Resident Assistant, BLP, Honors Program
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