Come visit us on the third floor of the CAB! You can also call us at 867-6220 or contact individual staff members at their email below.
Andrea Vanden Bossche, Publications Advisor
Andrea Vanden Bossche has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. In addition to advising the Cooper Point Journal staff on matters of writing, media law, and editing, Andrea also advises other student created publications, from blogs to zines to experimental online video game literature. For the past five years, Andrea has been a freelance journalist specializing in writing about video games, anime, pop culture, and art in general, particularly those that are queer focused and independently developed, and continues to do so whenever there is free time (and would really love it if anyone wanted to create a group about queer and indie games).
Bob Herdlein, CPJ Associate Advisor
Bob is an advisor at the CPJ in regards to the digital side of things. Bob has lived in Connecticut, and New Hampshire, but has lived around the Northwest for about fifteen years. He's also the proud father of a son and daughter. Bob worked at a media company in New Hampshire that owned newspapers and magazines and worked as the chief web designer there for five years, but has been building websites since 1997. He used to work in health care before changing careers to the web side of things and has done and shown art in a number of media including assemblages, installations, painting, public art, art with kids, photography, digital art, music, motorcycles, e-lit and video. See more of Bob's work at his portfolio.
Kayla Mahnke, Secretary Senior
Kayla is super stoked to be working in Student Activities! Kayla is Washington-grown and loves the Pacific Northwest with her whole heart including all of the PNW clichés: excellent coffee, wool clothing, ferry boats, rivers & ocean, trees, all of it. She loves good, clean food and managed two small farmers markets in the South Sound prior to her job at Evergreen. She is an Evergreen graduate and a former Student Activities Outreach Coordinator. She loves the autonomy and respect that students receive from the staff at Evergreen, especially in Student Activities, and looks forward to contributing to that legacy. Stop by the front desk any time to get a taste of her special blend of great service and awkward humor!
Tom Mercado, Director
Tom has been the Director since the fall of 1991. As the Director, he oversees the Student Activities Office, Campus Children's Center, Cooper Point Journal, KAOS-FM and the student activities operations at the Tacoma and Reservation Based Programs. Prior to coming to Evergreen, he worked in the student/campus activities offices of the University of Washington and the University of Houston-University Park. He's a graduate of Humboldt State University and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.
Emily Pieper, Senior Advisor
Emily Pieper is a graduate of Evergreen herself and as a student spent much of her time working with various student groups on campus as well as supporting other on and off campus community organizations. Prior to working at Evergreen, Emily worked as the Program Director for a local grassroots nonprofit, Stonewall Youth. She is particularly interested in supporting students to find connections between the work they are doing in Student Activities to make the campus thrive and how it can affect and support the larger community outside of Evergreen. She is very excited to be working with such a variety of creative and inspired students!
Greg Porter, Productions Advisor
Greg is Productions Advisor in Student Activities Administration and Coordinator of S&A Productions. He has worked in these capacities at Evergreen since 1997. As Productions Advisor he advises student groups and sits on various event committees throughout the campus. As Coordinator of S&A Productions he organizes large stage events for the Evergreen campus. He hires approximately 14 students as Productions Assistants each year who learn about and gain practical experience in event productions. Additionally, Greg hires and trains the Geoduck Guides for the Orientation program. Prior to coming to Evergreen, he worked in public school education for 9 years providing music education to more than 50 school districts.
Jodi Santillie, Student Organizations Advisor
Jodi graduated from Western Illinois University in May 2013, earning a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel. Born in Washington and raised in Oregon, Jodi is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, and excited to start her student affairs career at Evergreen! She looks forward to learning just as much (if not more) from the students she advises as they learn from her.
Allie Van Nostran, Student Organizations Advisor
Allie has been involved in Student Activities at Evergreen in various capacities since 2007 when she joined the student staff as an office assistant. She graduated in 2010, returned in 2011 as Secretary Senior and is thrilled to take on the role of Student Organizations Advisor! When she’s not at Student Activities, Allie can be found picking up takeout from the Basil Leaf, dancing the five rhythms downtown, or at home reading, cooking or watching documentaries with her cat. She commonly describes Student Activities as “the coolest office on campus,” “the place where students with a passion congregate,” and “where dreams come true--” all of which are totally accurate. Seriously. Come see what all the hype is about!