Meet the Academic and Student Services

Seattle Campus

Chiew Jones

Director, Career Development & Experiential Learning

Role at Northeastern: Chiew oversees the delivery of career services and experiential learning for the Seattle campus, collaborating with career and experiential faculty and staff at the Seattle campus, across the Northeastern Global University System and employer partners.

Educational/ Professional background: She has over 16 years of combined experience in higher education, marketing, economic development, fund development and non-profit management. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Chiew served as the Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Lead Instructor of Internship Experience classes for the past 6 years at Bellevue College. Chiew spent 2 years advising international students and teaching the first year college experience class at Green River College. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University and masters in non-profit leadership from Seattle University.

Personal background: Chiew was born and raised in a multi-racial country, Singapore. She moved to Seattle in 2008 to pursue her masters at Seattle University. She is passionate about transforming the lives of young people through education. She loves to travel, learn new languages and experiment food recipes from different cultures. In addition to speaking English, she speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and basic Japanese. Chiew believes food, music, sports and arts are great ways to connect people from different cultures.

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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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Danny Arguetty

Wellness Program Specialist

Role at Northeastern: To support student wellness through, one-on-one wellness support, proactive/ preventative wellness programing, and ensure easy access to existing university wellbeing resources.

Educational/ Professional background: Danny is joining NU Seattle after 5 ½ years at UW Seattle where he served as the Mindfulness Manager. He programed their weekly yoga classes/workshop, hired/mentored staff, created and lead yoga teacher training, and taught a quarterly one credit intro to mindfulness course. Prior to UW he was leading yoga trainings and before that working at a retreat center leading yoga classes and wellness workshops.

Personal background: He loves to cook, bike, swim, hike, kayak, dance (Zumba & Bollywood Dance), and is excited to garden this summer in his p-patch plot. Danny is also a huge sci-fi fan, Star-Trek is #1, but give him anything with space and he is happy!

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Stephanie Curtiss

Stephanie Curtiss

Associate Director Student Recruitment and Enrollment, Global Campuses

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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Emily Stimac

Emily Stimac

Career Development Advisor

Role at Northeastern: Emily assists with all things professional development on the Northeastern Seattle Campus including career and co-op advising, and providing experiential learning and professional development opportunities.

Educational/ Professional Background: Emily did her 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 she was working at the University of Washington Foster School of Business doing graduate advising and student services. She also has experience working in career and student development at Drexel University. Her 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.

Personal background: Emily's family lives in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where she frequently visit to ski and hike with her family.

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Jennifer Ross

Career Development Advisor

Role at Northeastern: At Northeastern University, Jennifer is a Career Development Advisor. She advises students in career development which includes career and co-op advising, and providing experiential learning and professional development opportunities.

Educational/ Professional background: Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington. She spent over 14 years at the University of Washington in various student facing roles. Most recently she was a Graduate Advisor for four different online professional masters programs. She really enjoys getting to know students, and helping them achieve their academic and professional success.

Personal background: Jennifer has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of her life. Originally born in Michigan, she moved to Seattle at a very young age and has called Seattle her home ever since. She loves all things outdoors (hiking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding to name a few) and also enjoys cooking, baking and watching k-dramas.

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Global Learner Support

Jeremy Walter

Jeremy Walter

Director, Global Learner Support

Role at Northeastern: At Northeastern University, Jeremy serves as the Director of the Global Learner Support (GLS), which provides learners, faculty, and staff with language, cultural, and academic support across the global campus network. This support is provided through a variety of workshops, cultural programming, non-credit courses, and tutoring services. In addition to overseeing GLS, Jeremy enjoys engaging with NU learners by facilitating workshops and teaching academic and communication courses. As a lifelong learner and lover of cultures, he appreciates being able to continuously engage and learn from the community at Northeastern.

Educational/ Professional background: Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University, and a Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University. Before coming to Northeastern, Jeremy taught English in various capacities to both young and adult learners in South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Personal background: Jeremy is originally from the Midwest, has lived overseas for 10 years, and now calls Seattle home. In his free time, he can be found enjoying all the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

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Office of Global Services (OGS)

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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Khoury College of Computer Sciences

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

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.

Educational / Professional 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.

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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Candice Hays

Candice Hays

Graduate Admission Counselor

Role at Northeastern: As the Graduate Admissions Counselor for the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Candice is focused particularly on increasing domestic enrollment of the College’s Align Program. Align allows intellectually curious students to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) regardless of their undergraduate degree and background. In so doing, Align is broadening participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the computing field.

Educational/ Professional background: Candice attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Law, Societies and Justice. After several years of working in Seattle, she relocated to Paris, France for four years where she completed a Master's in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and then went on to work as the Cultural Program Coordinator for the American University of Paris prior to joining Northeastern.

Personal background: Originally from the Bay Area, Candice grew up in Seattle. She is a dual French-American citizen and recently moved back to Seattle with her cat Ophelia after living in Paris, France for the last few years. She loves the outdoors, sailing, running, biking, cooking and traveling. She is certified in Enneagram typing and volunteers with the Enneagram Prison Project.

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Austin Escalera

Austin Escalera

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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College of Engineering

Adrianna Plavetsky

Academic Advisor and Program Manager

Role at Northeastern: Academic Advisor and Program Manager for the College of Engineering graduate students on the Seattle Campus.

Educational/ Professional background: Adrianna received her bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts and her master's degree in education from Northeastern University. Since relocating to Seattle, she has worked at the University of Washington in student services and human resources and looks forward to using this knowledge to support COE students.

Personal background: She is originally from Boston and relocated to Seattle to be closer to nature. Adrianna enjoys hiking with her dog in her free time, trying new foods around the city, and gardening.

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Terri Gu

Yingqian “Terri” Gu

Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator

Role at Northeastern: Terri is excited to transit into the new role as the second Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator for COE at Seattle, supporting the students with their career development and creating a meaningful learning experience together. She will be teaching the Career Management for Engineers courses and support COE students with career development and employment outreach.

Educational/ Professional background: Terri came to Los Angeles in 2012 to attend the University of California - Los Angeles and graduated with a BS in Economics in 2016. That same year, she moved to Seattle to complete her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington. After graduating, Terri joined WholeRen Education Group, a private higher education institution that focuses on serving the international student community in America. She worked as an Academic Tutor and Counselor to drive academic support, tutoring, and mentorship for college students. Terri started as an Academic Advisor for the College of Engineering in May 2020, with her primary responsibility to support the rapid growth of COE at the Seattle Campus and on the West Coast and got promoted last year as a Senior Academic advisor.

Personal background: Terri was born and raised in Beijing, China.

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Kathy wong

Kathy Wong

Assistant Coop Coordinator

Educational/ Professional background: Kathy came from University of Washington with experience in a variety of roles and offices, from academic advising to immigration advising to recruiting & admissions. She has diverse experience working with undergraduate, graduate, international students in disciplines ranging from STEM to business and everything in-between. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Washington and a Master of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University.

Personal background: Kathy is a Seattle native, born and raised. She likes to explore new places with friends or a tour group to get out of her comfort zone. She also enjoys cooking and eating as well as spending time with her Shih Tzu, Mr. Bailey (aka Mr. B).

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College of Professional Studies

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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Paula Grow

Paula Grow

Academic and Career Advisor

Role at Northeastern: Paula works as an Academic and Career Advisor for the Ed.D. program.

Educational/ Professional background: Paula has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, a Master of Science Degree in Education, and a Master of Adult Learning and Leadership. Her experience ranges from teaching at the high school level to teaching adults. She has also been an academic advisor for the Department of the Army. She has spent the last 14 years working with adults at institutions of higher education, helping them to pursue their dreams through education.

Personal background: Paula began her career teaching high school science. She moved into working in higher education and served schools in Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Washington. She is also a certified mediator and assist in peaceful resolutions with local dispute resolution centers. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jiaqi Li

Jiaqi Li

Academic & Professional Advisor

Role at Northeastern: Jiaqi is an Academic & Professional Advisor with College of Professional Studies at Seattle campus.

Educational/ Professional background: She graduated in 2016 from Shanghai Ocean University with a bachelor's degree in English and then received a master's degree in multicultural education from University of Washington in 2017. Before she joined Northeastern, she was working as a Student Services Advisor at a coding bootcamp called Epicodus.

Personal background: Jiaqi was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and moved to Seattle in 2016 for grad school. She enjoys traveling, cooking, doing K-pop dance covers, and spending time with her husband, friends, and cats, QiuQiu and DanDan.

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College of Social Sciences and Humanities

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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