Allen Thompson – Director of Academic and Career Advising
I have devoted my entire professional career to helping students achieve their educational goals, ultimately leading to great career success. I have held leadership roles at private, public, and proprietary institutions in areas of undergraduate and graduate enrollment management as well as academic affairs. I am proud of the work I’ve done in international education, especially the opportunities to travel to many countries in Latin America, Asia, Kazakhstan, and Puerto Rico. I have a BA from University of Colorado, a Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPA) Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Education and Human Resource Studies, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. My Research area focuses on Academic Advising and African American Male College Students and I want to expand this work here at Evergreen.
As a Los Angeles, California native, it is very welcoming to see rain again! The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is also pleasing to my soul. I am what many may call a gym buff and I am also very spiritual so my relationship with God and prayer keep me centered. Travel, especially international travel, is another passion of mine.
I am very excited about the changes taking place at Evergreen and the ability to take an active role in these endeavors. My first goal for Evergreen, is to elevate the academic and career advising experience for all Greeners and to enhance their satisfaction with our services, while they are working toward graduation from the College and moving into a career. Secondly, it is beyond a professional charge of mine, a calling if you will, to see that students from marginalized populations feel a sense of pride with regard to their education at Evergreen.
Luis Apolaya Torres – Academic and Career Advisor
Many years after growing up in Lima, Peru and spending my adolescence in Los Angeles, California, I fell in love with the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest, and now call it my home. Professionally, I have worked in the field of education since graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems in 2017. Over the last two years, I have served as a fifth grade teacher at a bilingual elementary school in Shelton, and a math teacher at an IB high school in Indianapolis. The greatest joy in working in this field comes from witnessing students’ progress in developing their agency, and as Evergreen is all about giving students the opportunity to carve their own academic and career paths, I am excited to help you match your unique questions and interests to coursework and job opportunities. When I’m not advising students, I enjoy relaxing with my partner, reading books in English and Spanish, and walking my cat in the woods.
Edwin Bliss – Career Advisor
I have worked in the field of career and life development for most of my adult life. Later in my life, I decided to return to school and look at these issues from an academic and professional counseling perspective. I see my work as helping students and alumni decide not only what their life work might be, but how to develop strategies to move in the direction of their career dreams.
James Jackson – Education Reentry Navigator of Reentry Scholars Student Support Program
I am a Formerly Incarcerated College Graduate. I was 36 years old when I was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison. I had little education, skills, no trade and little hope. It was in a prison education program where I found out I was a very capable student. It was there that the seeds of hope and Higher Education were planted. Today I work to support other formerly incarcerated students to make the transition from prison to Evergreens campus community.
Seel Jang – Program Assistant of International Programs
I am originally from South Korea. I have lived and worked in Southern California for twelve years until moving to the Pacific Northwest. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and later my Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at California State University, Los Angeles. I’m a wife, mom, and an international educator. I enjoy helping students planning for studying abroad experiences and international students attending Evergreen. In my free time, I like reading and chasing my two young children around. Please feel free to stop by and say “hello!” My door is always open. I’d love to hear from you and know you better.
Tim Malroy – Career Advisor
I have worked in higher education, providing services to a variety of student populations, for the last 20 years. Previous to my work in higher education I was a social worker for Child Protective Services and employment specialist for Employment Security Department. My experience in student affairs includes educational planning, career advising, adjunct faculty in psychology and film, and 5 years as a conduct officer. I have also coached college basketball for the last 20 years. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Psychology and hope to expand my work with students into the classroom and beyond. I am honored and proud to be part of the Career and Academic Advising team at Evergreen. My fire for empowering students to find their educational and career pathway is constantly stoked by my colleagues in Career and Academic Advising.
Kathy McGee – Program Coordinator
I joined the Academic & Career Advising team in 2008 and have worked in higher education for many years. I like working with students and helping them to connect with the resources they need to succeed. I enjoy coordinating our special events, like the graduate school and internship fairs. And I particularly enjoy coordinating our Peer Advising team. I truly learn something new while working with these exceptional Greeners everyday. I love all creatures great and small, and enjoy getting my hands dirty in the garden. My motto is love, laugh and learn.
Tyrone Newton – Academic Advisor
Greetings everyone! As an Academic Advisor, I get the chance to work with students from many different backgrounds and levels. Prior to joining the Advising team, I worked in the Veterans Affairs office (before it grew and became the Veterans Resource Center), initially as a Veterans Affairs Peer Advisor and then as the Veterans Benefits Advisor. So I am pretty knowledgeable in aiding student veterans in their academic journey. I was a student veteran myself after proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force for just shy of 26 years. I also work with student athletes as they traverse the roadways through academia. During my time as a student, here and at other locations, I was able to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology with the Community College of the Air Force, and from The Evergreen State College, both a Bachelor of Arts (history emphasis/2012) and Master of Public Administration (Public & Nonprofit Administration/2016). I look forward to helping you navigate Evergreen, establishing goals, and succeeding as a student.
Mel Pascal – Academic and Career Advisor
ɬaxayam, Melissa Pascal nayka nim! Hello my name is Melissa Pascal and I am a member of the Santiam Kalapuya Band of the Kalapuyas of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde as well as Welsh, Irish and French Canadian. I obtain an AA at Northwest Indian College before transferring to Evergreen. I received my BA with an emphasis in native governance and government & native federal law. As an Academic Advisor I truly believe that Evergreen’s interdisciplinary pedagogy and inclusiveness compliments a student’s life on campus and off. The most enjoyable part of working at Evergreen is meeting the Students and hearing their stories, dreams and seeing it all come true at graduation.
Brynn Smith – Assistant Director for International Programs and Services
Hello! I enjoy helping both international and US students figure out how to maximize their experiences abroad – not only to benefit their own personal growth and development, but to positively impact their communities. With Evergreen’s focus on “interdisciplinary learning across significant difference,” I consider it a perfect place to explore the many benefits of a global education. I completed my bachelor’s degrees at Eastern Washington University (I also studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador) with majors in Finance and International Affairs. Given the significant impact from my own intercultural experiences, I decided to pay it forward and pursue a career in international education, which started by earning an M.A. in International Education from SIT (School for International Training) Graduate Institute in 2016. Prior to arriving at Evergreen, I worked in the field for almost five years supporting study abroad and international students. As a born and bred Washingtonian, I am thrilled to serve one of my home state’s public institutions, and the local and global student body. When I’m not wearing my global educator hat, I enjoy being outside, exercising, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my little dog. Stop by or send me an email to discuss your international education goals!