Meet our advising staff. We’re here to help you.
Luis Apolaya Torres—Academic & Career Advisor
Many years after growing up in Lima, Peru and spending my adolescence in Los Angeles, California, I fell in love with the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest, and now call it my home. Professionally, I have worked in the field of education since graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems in 2017. Over the last two years, I have served as a fifth grade teacher at a bilingual elementary school in Shelton, and a math teacher at an IB high school in Indianapolis. The greatest joy in working in this field comes from witnessing students’ progress in developing their agency, and as Evergreen is all about giving students the opportunity to carve their own academic and career paths, I am excited to help you match your unique questions and interests to coursework and job opportunities. When I’m not advising students, I enjoy relaxing with my partner, reading books in English and Spanish, and walking my cat in the woods.
Edwin Bliss—Career Advisor
I have worked in the field of career and life development for most of my adult life. Later in my life, I decided to return to school and look at these issues from an academic and professional counseling perspective. I see my work as helping students and alumni decide not only what their life work might be, but how to develop strategies to move in the direction of their career dreams.
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 my 35 years in the field of international education, I held various roles including: 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. I have lived for extended periods in Japan, France and Germany, speak approximations of those languages, and have traveled in over 25 countries on five continents. I enjoy helping others have similar cultural and study experiences, supporting educational social justice projects, hiking in the Northwest, travel everywhere, and bicycling.
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.
Cholee Gladney—Interim Dean of Inclusive Excellence & Student Success
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.
Emily Gray—Internship Advisor & Coordinator
As an Evergreen graduate and confirmed hands-on learner, I care about empowering people as they navigate themselves, each other, and our world. Working with people has always been my vocation; my occupation has varied, but communication has been the common thread. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Evergreen with an emphasis in Writing, and a Graduate Certificate in Editing from UC Berkeley. Additionally, I am trained in Motivational Interviewing and I serve as a professional mediator and facilitator with the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County. When I’m not working with college students, I’m probably teaching fiber arts at the Arbutus Folk School, visiting my Midwestern home, or working alongside my husband on our re-wilding property.
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.
Tim Malroy—Career Advisor
I have worked in higher education, providing services to a variety of student populations, for the last 20 years. Previous to my work in higher education I was a social worker for Child Protective Services and employment specialist for Employment Security Department. My experience in student affairs includes educational planning, career advising, adjunct faculty in psychology and film, and 5 years as a conduct officer. I have also coached college basketball for the last 20 years. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Psychology and hope to expand my work with students into the classroom and beyond. I am honored and proud to be part of the Career and Academic Advising team at Evergreen. My fire for empowering students to find their educational and career pathway is constantly stoked by my colleagues in Career and Academic Advising.
Kathy McGee—Program Coordinator
I joined the Academic & Career Advising team in 2008 and have worked in higher education for many years. I like working with students and helping them to connect with the resources they need to succeed. I enjoy coordinating our special events, like the graduate school and internship fairs. And I particularly enjoy coordinating our Peer Advising team. I truly learn something new while working with these exceptional Greeners everyday. I love all creatures great and small, and enjoy getting my hands dirty in the garden. My mantra is love, laugh and learn.
Penelope Partridge—Academic & Career Advisor
I am a first generation college student with a passion for helping students design the map of their unique journey. As the first person in my family to remain in education after middle school, I recognize the many barriers students face when making decisions about classes, managing financial aid responsibilities, and navigating general school structures. I moved to the Pacific Northwest from Denver, Colorado, and immediately became obsessed with boats, building things, and photography. I also worked for eleven years serving and growing with houseless youth, and started a non-profit to teach young women and gender non-conforming youth carpentry skills. I graduated from Evergreen with a focus in multicultural counseling in 2014. I love helping people get unstuck. I believe that each person has their own answers, they might just need a little space and encouragement to find them. I am currently working on a Master’s Degree in at Saint Martin’s University, and finding time to make more art.
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.
Ivana Trottman—Career Advisor
I learned about Evergreen first as a native Washingtonian and second as a grad student in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University (2014) where I was learning about how to serve college students and higher education. It was there I learned how misunderstood Evergreen was locally and how awesome it must be to have a role in the learning community here. My bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Central Washington University (2012) plays a role in how I work with students as an advisor (both career and formerly academic at CWU) and how I engage with my peers and communities. At the end of my freshman year of college, the support I’d received from campus staff members inspired me pay it forward in service to college students as a professional. I love working with students one-on-one helping them achieving their goals. As a strong advocate for a balanced life, I spend my time away from work going to concerts, listening to audiobooks, participating in any game night I can find, preferably trivia, seeing independent movies, spending time with those I love and doing my best to be an informed and engaged citizen through active community participation.