Advising Staff

Our Academic Advising team is here to assist you with any questions you may have about Evergreen.

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Karama Blackhorn - Academic & Career Advisor
Haʔł Sləx̌il! Atsai Karissa! Good Day, My name is Karama Blackhorn (Rogue River Shasta/Siletz). I am a first generation student, queer Indigenous activist, educator and organizer. After some community college, I transferred and earned my B.A. from The Evergreen State College focused on Critical Race and Gender Studies. I then went on to get certified in Permaculture Design and Student Development Assessment. I am now am working on my Master of Public Administration and Tribal Governance. I've dabbled in marketing, web management, community development, curriculum, public speaking, started my own art business and a public health non-profit. My years at Evergreen strengthened my lifelong passion for education. I know the Evergreen experience is confusing and requires amazing creativity and initiative to create exactly what you want to learn and gain from the years you spend here. I am excited to share in your journey and help you navigate all that Evergreen has to offer. I am pumped to learn from each other how we can maximize your skills, time, and passions, towards the careers and academic program pathways you want to create. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Michael Clifthorne - Assistant Director, International Programs & Services
B.A., Germanic Studies, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, 1979; M.A., Foreign Language Education & TESL, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1985.  In his 35 years in the field of international education, Michael has held various roles: refugee services provider, ESL classroom teacher, foreign TA instructor, guest lecturer at Okayama University in Japan, director of intensive English institutes, educational non-profit vice president, conference coordinator, and nine years serving Evergreen. He has lived for extended periods in Japan, France and Germany, speaks approximations of those languages, and has traveled in over 25 countries on five continents.  He enjoys helping others have similar cultural and study experiences, supporting educational social justice projects, hiking in the Northwest, travel everywhere, and bicycling.

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Jean Eberhardt - Academic Advisor
After studying health and history at Evergreen in the late 70s, I dropped out to work with women in construction for many years. I was simultaneously engaged with Central America solidarity efforts to stop the US funded wars. I returned to TESC at age 40 to study Latin American and Middle East studies, bilingual education and teaching; I graduated in 1999 with Mumia Abu-Jamal as our commencement speaker. I am committed to social justice, grounded in the historical framework of privilege and oppression, and structural inequalities.

I really enjoy being an academic advisor at Evergreen. I support students at all stages in their undergraduate careers, including navigating our curriculum in preparation for post baccalaureate studies, especially teaching certification. I am also our college’s liaison to the WA State Legislative Internship program.

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Cholee Gladney - Associate Director
I was the first in my family to receive an undergraduate degree. I obtained an AA at North Seattle Community College before transferring to Evergreen. I received a BA with an emphasis in cultural studies at Evergreen. After Evergreen, I undertook baccalaureate studies in drawing and painting at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and completed a Masters in Psychology Program at Saint Martin’s University in 2012. I believe deeply in the interdisciplinary philosophy of Evergreen and consider myself a lifelong learner. One of the most rewarding things about advising Evergreen students is having the opportunity to learn by listening to the stories students share about their academic programs and projects. It is inspiring to see the unique ways Greeners design their paths and gratifying to be able to support them throughout the journey. One of my greatest joys is helping students identify their strengths and interests. When I’m not advising students, I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, singing, sipping tea, watching sci-fi/fantasy films, and walking in the beautiful Evergreen woods.  

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Kitty Jones - Director
When I went back to grad school in my mid-40s, after a career in community development, my goal was to become a counseling psychologist, but a part-time grad assistantship in academic advising persuaded me I'd really rather be an advisor, and now, fifteen years on, I'm convinced I have the best job in the world. I especially value the opportunity in my current role to bring the insights and perspectives I've gained from working with countless individual students to large-scale policy discussions about curriculum and about Evergreen's academic structure and practices. In my free time, I enjoy reading, putzing in my garden, and weekend getaways to Seattle and Portland. 

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Eric Kiger - Academic Advisor
My unique journey brought me to Evergreen as a returning adult student with ten years of business management experience. During my time as a student, I explored my major area of emphasis, business administration, by taking both our daytime and evening/weekend programs. Evergreen’s offerings of interdisciplinary programs and individual learning contracts provided me with a unique set of learning opportunities that proved to be a good fit for creating my own pathway to reach my academic goals. As an academic advisor, I enjoy helping students discover their own pathway. I look forward to being a guide along the way and helping you navigate your own journey.

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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 TESC, establishing goals, and succeeding as a student.

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Kathy Anderson - Program Assistant
I arrived at Evergreen in January 2000 and started in Admissions. In the fall of 2001, I joined Academic Advising and Career Development. The job split is most rewarding as I am able to interact with both current students as well as alumni. It is really amazing to see what our graduates go on to do after Evergreen. It is most impressive! I enjoy gardening, canning, road trips with my husband and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

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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.

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Katherine McGee - Program Coordinator
After working in higher education for many years, someone suggested I check out “that cool college in Washington” so, I did and here I am.  I joined the Academic Advising team in 2008 and am thoroughly enjoying the newest chapter in my life. I like working with students and helping them to connect with the resources they need to succeed. I particularly love coordinating our SASS Peer Advising team! I love laughter, learning, and lilacs.  My best advice is to never cease to wonder!