WSASEA Mentors Program
If you are new to Student Employment or have questions that you want direct answers to, feel free to send a message on the WSASEA Listserv by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would rather send a message to someone directly, see the list of WSASEA Mentors below. It shows their name, contact information, and areas that they are able to help you. If you would like to sign up to be a WSASEA Mentor, please contact the board members.
WSASEA Mentor Profiles
Marlena Rae Robbins
Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)
I received my first job as a work study student in the Financial Aid Office at Centralia College. After graduation, I was hired full time as the Program Assistant in the Financial Aid Office, my duties included front counter, verification, and ISIR uploads and corrections. I spent a total of five year at Centralia College before I was hired on by the Higher Education Coordinating Board (as of 7/1/12 the Washington Student Achievement Council). My positions at HECB/WSAC have been Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) Program Coordinator, EOG Program Manager, SWS Program Manager, and my current position as Program Associate for SWS and the Student Financial Assistance (SFA) division. My job duties include fund management for SWS, contract and job description approval for private institutions, as well as fund management and internal controls for SFA.
State Work Study (SWS) contract, job description, and time sheet review, WSAC portal, SWS fund management survey round.
St. Martinís University
I currently work at St. Martinís University as their Financial Aid Counselor/Work Study Coordinator. I have worked in college Financial Aid and Student Employment for over fifteen years, both in private and public institutions and I am the current WSASEA President Elect. Contact me with any type of question or scenario! I am not afraid to say ďI donít know the answer to thatĒ because I am usually able to back that up with ďBut I will find the answer to thatĒ. I can also help with organizing work study earnings through Excel worksheets or overall program organization.
Private & Public Institutions, Organizing Work Study Earnings w/Excel, Program Organization
Central Washington University
Kathy is a Human Resources Consultant responsible for Student Employment at Central Washington University, where she has worked in the Human Resources Department since 2006.
PeopleSoft & PeopleAdmin
St. Martinís University
Michael graduated from Saint Martin's University with a degree in mathematics in 2010. Michael began working in the financial aid office as a freshman work-study student, became full-time upon graduating, and finished his MBA in 2014.
Powerfaids, State programs, Federal Programs, Direct Loans, SWS at privates, FWS at privates, anything if I donít know the answer Iíll find it.
I have worked at Gonzaga for 14 years. I administer the FWS program at Gonzaga so perhaps I could answer some questions related to that. We do not use any of our FWS for JLD. We maintain a Community Job Board for area jobs. We have just started using PeopleAdmin and are a Banner school. We have had a long running SEOTY program at Gonzaga that virtually doesnít cost us anything. I do a supervisor work shop once a year and have a well-used student supervisor manual. We are religious so have to use our SWS off campus.
Federal Work Study, Community Job Board, Banner, PeopleAdmin, SEOTY, Supervisor Workshops, and Supervisor Manuals.
Pacific Lutheran University
I've been working at PLU since 2012 and my background is primarily in broadcast media and technology.
My biggest strength is helping manage CSO systems. If you need to know something about CSO, check with me! I can also help with general questions regarding on-campus employment policies, working with on-campus supervisors, and student development.
Western Washington University
I have 15 plus years of experience in various areas of human resources, including recruitment, HRIS, staffing, and payroll. I have been at the Student Employment Center at Western Washington University, which is housed in the Financial Aid Department, for two years. I am responsible for all work study as well as policy interpretation and enforcement for WWU, as it relates to Student Employment. I am currently the President of the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators. Previously, I worked at University of Nevada, School of Medicine in Human Resources. I have a degree in database development and business systems analysis.
JLD, FWS, SWS, Institutional Work Study, Student Employee Professional Development, WASEA, NSEA, conferences, vendors.