DO-IT Mentors


Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Some Mentors are still in college; others are pursuing careers in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Most have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Volunteer Postsecondary Student Mentors

Bapin Axbhatta
Deaf/blind
Political Science graduate
University of Arkansas

Jenna Clark
Mobility impairment
Psychology major
University of Washington

Steve Harper
Cerebral Palsy
Student and Web developer

Tracy Schramm
Mobility impairment
Computer Science, Spanish major
Southwest State University

Volunteer Career Mentors

Sue Yasuko Abe
Cerebral Palsy
Youth Services Coordinator
Center for Independent Living

John Armstrong
Mobility impairment
Director of Admissions , School of Social Work
University of Washington

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Business Relations Manager
WA State Business Leadership Network

Kevin Berg
Cerebral Palsy
Web consultant

Arthur Blaser
Quadriplegic
Lawyer

Karen Braitmayer
Mobility impairment
Architect

Roger Bruland
Diabetes
EMT
Hood Canal School District

Len Burns
Computer Consultant
Sasquatch Computer Services

Laura Caparroso
Blind
Social Services

Kathy Cook
Director, Center for Disability Services
Everett Community College

Frank Cuta
Blind
Sensor Electronics/Computer Support
Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories

Thomas Dreschel
Biologist/Science Education Coordinator
Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Imke Durre
Blind
Researcher, Atmopheric Science

Kathi Fuller
Mobility impairment
Coordinator, Specialized Student Services
Norwich University

Jeff Harris
Blind
Software Engineer

Roger Harris
Stroke
Associate Professor, Biological Structure
University of Washington

Dr. Todd Heywood
Hearing impairment
Computer specialist
IBM Power Parallel Systems

Erich Ho
Cerebral Palsy
Employee
Intel

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Law clerk

Ed Keller
Diabetes, mobility impairment
Professor, Biology Environmental Science
West Virginia University

Mark Koontz
TBI, asthma
Writing Consultant
Bellevue Community College

Douglas Lefever
Cerebral Palsy
Life Instructor

Marciano Lopez
Retired Electrical Engineer

Dean Martineau
Blind
Math tutor, Internet Resources Assistant

Robert F. McKellar
Spina Bifida
Author: An Accident of Birth
Educator/Counselor

Lan Nguyen
Blind
Assistive Technology Specialist

Dr. Steve Nourse
Lecturer/Student Teacher Supervisor
Central Washington University

Katherine Pananen
Cerebral Palsy
Secondary School Teacher

Bruce Parks
Hearing impairment
Teacher
Wilmington School District, Vermont

Dr. Gay Lloyd Pinder
Deaf
Employee
Children's Therapy Center of Kent

Ed Pottharst
Deaf
Biologist, Environmentalist
Seattle City Light

Dr. Richard Radtke, Ph.D.
Mobility impairment
Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral Palsy
Consultant
Prentke Romich Company

James Ryan
Blind
Programmer/analyst

Terri Scott
Director
Spokane MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)

Greg Smith
Quadriplegic
Engineer
Microsoft

Dr. Patrick Stayton
Assistant Professor
Center for Bioengineering
University of Washington

Virginia Stern
Director
AAAS

Jamie Tachiyama
Blind
Customer Care Representative

Bill Taylor
Retired Software Engineer

Aimee Verrall
Research Coordinator
University of Washington

Mike Wardin
Adaptive Computing Technology Center
University of Missouri Columbia

Dr. Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon

Dr. William Zoller
Brain injury
Professor, Chemistry
University of Washington