First-Generation Faculty and Staff

Did you know that some of Western’s professors, instructors and staff were first-generation college students? Below you can find faculty and staff on campus who support first-generation students and our mission.

First Gen Faculty and Staff

Katherine standing next to a big white dog

Katherine Anderson

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – English
Carissa standing outside in front of Old Main wearing a black top and white and black scarf

Carissa Bane

Career Counselor – Career Services Center
She/Her
Regina wearing a purple top under a gray jacket. Standing outside next to the Rock Ring sculpture.

Regina Barber

College of Science & Engineering – Physics & Astronomy
Maddie wearing a blue top outside in front of Wilson Library

Maddie Bishop

Academic/Career Advisor
She/Her/Hers
Rich on stage wearing a blue suite and tie jumping up and doing a side kick

Rich Brown

College of Fine and Performing Arts - Theatre & Dance, Chair
He/Him
Heather wearing a royal blue top under a black jacket sitting in the rose garden in front of peach colored rose bushes

Heather Christianson

Administrative Services Manager – Finance and Marketing, College of Business and Economics
Robert wearing a green tshirt under a gray jacket and standing next to a red car

Robert Clark

Manager – ATUS Video Services
Jennifer standing outside on a sunny day smiling for the camera

Jennifer Cook

Club Activities Manager – Associated Students
Dawna sitting on a rock overlooking a valley wearing a blue coat, hat and red backpack

Dawna Drum

College of Business and Economics – Accounting
She/Her
Melissa wearing a orange hat and a pink and purple and white stripped shirt standing outside in front of containers of colorful tulips

Melissa Fike

Program Coordinator - Western Success Scholars
She/Her
Lee Anne wearing a black top and standing in front of a gray backdrop

Lee Anne Frahn

Undergraduate Advisor, Program Coordinator - Music Department
She/Her
Bridget standing outside in front of a brick building wearing a cream top under a blue sweater

Bridget Galati

Executive Director of Compass 2 Campus (C2C)
She/Her
Nick standing outside in a forest wearing a blue patagonia jacket

Nick Galati

College of Science and Engineering – Biology
Ramadha wearing a tank top and pink hat standing above a blue mountain lake

Ramadha Piyadi Gamage

College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics
She/Her
Steven wearing a black sweatshirt and standing infront of a wall of books

Steven Garfinkle

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – History
Mary standing in a lovely garden of hydrangeas wearing a purple top

Mary Hall

Advisor and Outreach Specialist – Computer Science Department, College of Science & Engineering
A close up of Terri wearing a green print top

Teri Hall

Student Success Specialist – College of Business and Economics
Debi wearing a gray top standing outside on a sunny day in Red Square

Deborah Hanuscin

Woodring College of Education – Elementary Education / College of Science & Engineering – Science, Math & Technology
Nini Wearing a black top and standing outside infront of a tan wall

Nini Hayes

College of the Environment – Environmental Education Program
They/Them
Sara standing outside near greenery wearing a black tank top and tortiseshell glasses

Sara Helms

Manager – Department of Linguistics
Richard sitting at an outdoor cafe wearing a gray long sleeve shirt

Richard Henderson

Assistant Director for Residence Life
Ira wearing a maroon stripped long sleeve shirt and sitting at their desk infront of a computer

Ira Hyman

Woodring College of Education – Health and Community Studies
John wearing a purple long sleeve shirt sitting in front of book shelves

John Korsmo

Woodring College of Education – Human Services & Rehabilitation
Ellen sitting in a forest of ferns and moss

Ellen Kuhlmann

Space Analyst – Space Administration and Management, President/Provost’s Office
Ryan sitting at an outside cafe wearing a blue button up shirt

Ryan Larsen

Executive Director - Institute for Global Engagement
Close up of Jen wearing a black shirt with white polka dots

Jen Leita

Advising Coordinator - Health & Human Development, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Scott sitting on the steps of Edens Hall next to a black and white dog

Scott Linneman

Director of University Honors College
Robert wearing a gray shirt standing outside with body of water in the background

Robert Mitchell

College of Science and Engineering - Geology
He/Him
Manuel standing in front of a gray backdrop wearing a black button up shirt

Manuel Montano

College of the Environment – Environmental Sciences
Lourdes wearing a yellow-gold top and posing in front of a gray backdrop

Lourdes Najera

Fairhaven College – American Cultural Studies/Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Studies
She/Her/Ella
Hannah standing infront of a green bush wearing a plaid shirt

Hannah Nevitt

Study Abroad Advisor – Education Abroad
Carolyn standing infront of a tapestry wall wearing tan pants and a black tshirt

Carolyn Nielsen

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Journalism
Brady on a boat on a body of water.

Brady Olson

College of Science and Engineering – Biology
Melissa wearing a royal blue button up shirt standing outside in front of a rock wall

Melissa Osborne

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Sociology
Mindy wearing a dark blazer over an orange top in front of a dark blue backdrop

Mindy Pelton

Director, Career Services Center
She/Her
David leaning against a tree with a body of water and sandy shoreline behind him.

David PurnelL

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Communication Studies
He/Him
Chris wearing a blue suit jacket and purple button up shirt, standing outside of Miller Hall

Chris Roselli

Director of Community Relations
Debra sitting on a log next to water holding a white and black dog

Debra Salazar

College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Political Science
Bryce wearing a blue sweater and standing outside with Old Main lawn and Wilson Library in the background

Bryce Sasaki

Senior Academic/Career Advisor
He/Him/His
Debby sitting in front of Old Main wearing a blue sweater and a turquoise neck scarf

Debby Short

Fiscal Analyst – Office of the Vice President, Enrollment & Student Services
Froylan wearing a gray sweater jacket and standing outside in a lush green garden

Froylan Sifuentes

College of the Environment – Institute for Energy Studies
Michael wearing a blue button up shirt over a white t shirt, in front of a cream colored wall.

Michael Sledge

Executive Director for Student Life
Kate wearing a pink top and sitting next to a white dog.

Kate Stevenson

Program Manager - Honors College
Karen wearing a dark black sweater posing in front of a bright blue curtain backdrop

Karen Stout

Director of the Institute for Leadership / College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Communication Studies
Angela wearing waders and a red shirt with blue cap in the middle of a stream.

Angela Strecker

College of the Environment – Institute for Watershed Studies
Andrea wearing a blue hooded jacket and a backpack standing infront of a waterfall

Andrea Swanson

Administrative Services Manager – Psychology Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Maria wearing a purple top, sitting on a log near a body of water. There is a tan dog watching her from behind.

Maria Timmons-Flores

Woodring College of Education – ELL/Bilingual Education
Jane sitting at a table next to a window.

Jane Wong

College of Humanities & Social Sciences – English