Meet the Academic and Student Services

Aaron Jorgensen

Aaron Jorgensen

Director of Student Affairs

Role at Northeastern:
Aaron is the main point of contact for all student issues outside of the classroom, assisting students from all programs and colleges. This includes overseeing affinity groups, the student leader cohort, and the NU Fund Me proposal program as well as providing frontline support to students in crisis and those managing complex and multifaceted issues impacting their academic careers.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Aaron’s formal education started with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Babson College and a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Boston College. His learning continued in the field of student affairs at a variety of colleges and universities prior to Northeastern with a focus on student conduct, residential life, working with students with disabilities, and striving for equity and social justice in higher education.

Personal Background:
Aaron grew up in Southern California and spent a formative decade in Boston before settling in Seattle.

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Angela MacDougall

Angela MacDougall

Student Affairs Specialist

Role at Northeastern:
Angela is the main point of contact for student affairs programming and issues outside of the classroom. This includes overseeing student interest groups, the student leader cohort, and the NU Fund Me proposal program. She also provides frontline support to students in crisis and those managing complex and multifaceted issues impacting their academic careers.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University and a Master of Science in Global Studies from Northeastern. Previously, she worked in D.C. and abroad for NGOs facilitating international exchange and citizen diplomacy. Since 2015, Angela has worked in higher education to support international students. She had previously advised F-1 students at Seattle Central College and University of Washington.

Personal Background:
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2014, Angela spent most of her life in the D.C. area, Michigan, and abroad in Russia and Georgia. She has a life-long love of languages, cats, and plants.

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Stephanie Curtiss

Stephanie Curtiss

Assistant Director Student Recruitment and Enrollment

Role at Northeastern:
At Northeastern University–Seattle, Stephanie is the Assistant Director Student Recruitment and Enrollment. This means responding to potential student inquiries, organizing recruitment efforts, staffing outreach events, and guiding candidates into the right degree program for them. She loves working with potential students and helping them achieve the first step towards their dream careers.

Educational/ Professional Background:
At Seattle Pacific University, Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She then worked in admissions and student services at the University of Washington Medical School, both in the Physician Assistant Program (MEDEX) and the Medical Scientist Training Program, for almost 6 years.

Personal Background:
Stephanie moved to Seattle for college but is originally from Agoura Hills in Southern California.

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Patrick Chidsey

Patrick Chidsey

Associate Director, Career Services & Experiential Learning

Role at Northeastern:
Patrick supports Northeastern students in all aspects of career development while also engaging employers to hire students into co-ops, internships, and sponsored XN projects. He especially enjoys seeing students experience career, academic, and life “success.” He also has a lot of fun collaborating with colleagues in college and campus teams.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Patrick earned a master’s degree in education, focused on college student services administration, from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Washington University. He has spent his entire career so far working in higher education and career services, having started this wonderful journey in 1993 as a new student at WWU.

Personal Background:
Patrick has lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest his entire life and grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in the greater Bremerton/Silverdale area. He loves living on the west coast and now calls West Seattle home.

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Emily Stimac

Emily Stimac

Career Development Advisor

Educational Background: I did my undergraduate degree at Montana State University in political science and my M.S.Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Northeastern I was working at the University of Washington Foster School of Business doing graduate advising and student services. I also have experience working in career and student development at Drexel University. My passion lies in working alongside students to support them in their personal, professional, and academic journey to ensure they receive the support they need to be their most authentic selves.

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Brielle Buechler

Brielle Buechler

Student Support Specialist

Role at Northeastern: As the Student Support Specialist for Northeastern’s regional campuses, Brielle is the point of contact for wellness support, both related and not related to COVID-19. Brielle helps students access resources on campus and supports them through trying times. She loves working one-on-one with students and supporting initiatives, programs, and events across the regions.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Brielle is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Prior to working at Northeastern, Brielle worked in student affairs, counseling, and advocacy programs for transfer students at UC Berkely. Brielle plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education in the near future.

Personal Background:
Brielle was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She plans to visit the Seattle campus (and all of the other regional campuses!) when time and public health permits!

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Jeremy Walter

Jeremy Walter

Director, Global Learner Support

Educational Background:
Jeremy holds a Master of Arts in applied linguistics and TESOL as well as a Doctor of Education with a focus on curriculum, teaching, learning, and leadership. He taught English as a second language in various capacities for 10 years to adult learners in South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Role at Northeastern:
At Northeastern, Jeremy manages the Global Learner Support program on the West Coast regional campuses, which provides students, staff, and faculty with cultural, academic, language, and professional support. In addition, he advises and teaches students enrolled in the Global Pathways program and collaborates regularly with the International Enrollment Management team on international student recruitment efforts. Jeremy enjoys getting to know the students and understanding their journey from pre-arrival to graduation. Additionally, as a lifelong learner and lover of cultures, he benefits daily from the interactions and conversations with the students whom he teaches and supports.

Personal Background:
Jeremy is originally from Central Illinois but was educated in England and spent most of his adult life living and teaching in Asia.

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Desiree Waits

Desiree Waits

Associate Director of International Student Services, U.S. Regional Campuses

Role at Northeastern: Based in Seattle, Desiree oversees international student advising services at Northeastern's U.S. regional campuses. She aims to ensure that international students studying at our regional campuses receive equitable advising services in immigration, advocacy, and personal concerns during their time at Northeastern.

Educational/ Professional background: BA in International Studies with an East Asian Studies emphasis from the University of Missouri - Columbia MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of South Florida Forensic Psychology Certificate from Washington University in St. Louis. Desiree has worked in the field of international education for nine years, including advising at the International Center for Study Abroad at the University of Missouri - Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis. International education advocacy has been the focus of her work in the field. She thinks it is a pleasure to get to know and advise international students during such an exciting time in their lives. She feels inspired by their personal growth from orientation to graduation and the amazing projects and opportunities they go on to engage in locally and around the world.

Personal background: Desiree grew up in the Midwest in Missouri, studied abroad in Brazil, and lived in sunny south Florida. She loves living on the coast, so moving to Seattle has been an exciting new journey. There is so much to explore outdoors, and the area is rich with history and culture. She is enjoying getting to know the new city.

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Ujwala Ramakrishna

Ujwala Ramakrishna

Assistant Director of Graduate Advising & Student Services

Role at Northeastern:
Ujwala helps support students throughout the entire application process for multiple Khoury College of Computer Sciences programs offered the Seattle campus. She hosts events and works with students one on one to help them see their transition to computer science.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Ujwala attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, where she received a BA in Environmental Studies. She later received a Master’s of Science and Policy from the University of Delaware.

Personal Background:
As a child of a United Nations diplomat, Ujwala grew up all over the world. She has loved creating communities wherever she goes and is very excited to be in Seattle meeting new people and building a new home. Ujwala loves helping people see their potential and explore careers they never thought were possible.

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Mary Trimarco

Mary Trimarco

Business and Outreach Director

Educational Background:
Mary started her career in commercial banking after graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in finance. She worked for a decade as a commercial television producer in New York and the Washington, D.C. region, and also as a film commissioner to bring film projects to Washington. Prior to Northeastern, she worked for the State of Washington in economic development, leading a great team in attracting investment into the state and in expanding international trade opportunities for Washington-based companies.

Role at Northeastern:
The primary goal of her role at Northeastern is to connect our students with industry and create a range of opportunities for our corporate partners and students to build relationships that ideally lead to employment. The opportunities in computer science are vast and continue to grow, which is why it’s important to introduce students from a wide range of backgrounds into the field. Mary loves creating an environment of opportunity for students.

Personal Background:
She grew up in Dundee, Illinois, and spent these defining years outdoors running around or riding her horse through neighboring fields – not something that would be easy to do today.

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Austin Escalera

Austin Escalara

Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Role at Northeastern: As a Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Austin is here to support graduate students through academic advising and program development/support.

Educational/ Professional background: Austin completed his BA in communications at the University of Washington Tacoma, and is currently a graduate student at Seattle University. His Master's program is specifically geared towards developing his knowledge and skill sets in and around the student affairs setting. His most recent role was serving as an Assistant Area Coordinator for Seattle University's Housing and Residence Life (HRL).

Personal background: Austin was born on the island of Guahan (Guam), but moved to Washington with his family when he was still rather young. Although his true home will forever be in the Pacific, Washington is his home away from home. His partner and himself love to go for hikes here in the PNW and enjoy taking in everything that the Washington outdoors has to offer.

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Megan Winter

Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Role at Northeastern: At Northeastern Seattle, Megan does academic advising and event planning for Khoury Computer Science students.

Educational/ Professional background: Megan has Bachelors from Central Washington University in IT Masters from Seattle University in Education.

Personal background: Megan was born and raised here in Seattle, specifically in the Snoqualmie area. She loves doing art and playing video games when she is not at work or exploring new coffee shops and local restaurants!

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Kelsey Kaul

Kelsey Kaul

Assistant Director, West Coast

Role at Northeastern: As faculty of cooperative education, Kelsey supports students from the moment they arrive on campus to help them realize their career goals and begin their internship search. She takes great pride in being able to support students in this important and exciting journey and help them to develop their professional identity.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Kelsey holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, studying women and minorities in STEM through Northeastern University. Kelsey supports the West Coast campuses for the College of Engineering, focusing primarily on the cooperative education program.

Personal Background:
Kelsey is a native of Boston, and prior to moving to Seattle in 2018 she taught sustainability at Harvard University, spending as much time around the Charles River as possible. Kelsey has lived and taught in multiple countries in South Asia. She received a Fulbright Fellowship in Malaysia and teaching fellowships in India and Indonesia. Kelsey’s work in cross-cultural exchange has been recognized by former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.

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Terri Gu

Yingqian “Terri” Gu

COE Academic Advisor

Role at Northeastern: Terri's primary duty on campus is to help and support all COE students in areas such as course registration, tracking academic standing, and monitoring graduate clearance. She is also involved in planning for orientation, graduation celebration, and other events or programs that benefit COE students. As a person with an international student background, Terri cares a lot about the community and enjoys the chance to serve this student population throughout her work.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Terri graduated in 2016 from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in economics and double minor in education studies and German. She received a master’s degree in public administration from UW in 2018. Before joining Northeastern, Terri worked as an academic tutor and counselor for WholeRen Education for about a year and a half.

Personal Background:
She was born and raised in Beijing, China until the age of 18 and lived in Los Angeles for four years while attending UCLA. She has lived in Seattle for almost four years now.

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Megan Sykes

Megan Sykes

Associate Director, Academic Advising & Program Operations

Role at Northeastern: Megan serves as the Associate Director, Academic Advising & Program Operations at CPS , supporting program development on the west-coast.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Megan has an educational background in sociology, anthropology, and higher education administration. She received her master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. With her past experience in student-facing roles, she enjoys working on systems-wide programming and initiatives that are grounded in improving the student experience.

Personal Background:
Megan was born and raised south of Seattle, where she grew up exploring the different corners of the Pacific Northwest by hiking and camping with her family. After some time in San Francisco, she returned to Seattle in 2016 to be closer to family again. She can be found happily expanding her garden, cooking, and listening to music.

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Ann Lesperance

Ann Lesperance

Director of CSSH Programs

Role at Northeastern: At Northeastern, Ann promotes and raises awareness for the Security and Resilience programs and Urban Informatics masters and certificate programs. She also promotes other CSSH degree offerings that may be a part of what is available at the Seattle campus.  She is impassioned by meeting people who are interested in this exciting and diverse program, and she enjoys helping them strategize on how the program can help them with their long-term career goals.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She received a master’s in public health, focused on environmental health, from UCLA.

Personal Background:
Ann grew up on a farm in Wisconsin before heading off to college, and then Germany, the Peace Corps in Ecuador, Atlanta, Los Angeles and finally the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in a small town not only taught her about resilience and dedication, but also about being prepared to be mobile and to tackle new challenges and environments.

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