Staff Mentors


[Picture of Sheryl] Sheryl
My name is Sheryl Burgstahler , and I am the founder and director of DO-IT. I have a husband, Dave, and a son, Travis, who are both dedicated DO-IT volunteers. I have a master's degree in mathematics, with a strength in computer science, and a Ph.D. in higher education. I am the Director of the Accessible Technology division at the University of Washington (UW) and an Affiliate Associate Professor in Education. DO-IT combines my personal, academic, and professional interests.

[Picture of Scott] Scott
I'm Scott Bellman. I work as a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I help students find challenging internships and jobs throughout the year. I completed a master's degree in 1996. I am currently a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State. My discipline is cognitive behavioral psychology. I enjoy my work at DO-IT, which includes career counseling, writing, planning events, coordinating projects, supervising interns, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! My interests include performance art, camping and hiking, carpentry, and travel.

[Picture of Wendy]Wendy
My name is Wendy Chisholm. I am a Web Accessibility Specialist. I help faculty, students, and computing departments make their web-based information more accessible. I also work on the WebAnywhere project, a free screen reader that can run in any browser on any machine without the need to install additional software. I have a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in industrial engineering. When not at work, I like to write, garden, hike, and play with my three-year-old son, Zeb.

[Picture of Dan] Dan
I'm Dan Comden. When not serving as a technical nerd for DO-IT, I manage the Access Technology Lab (ATL) at the University of Washington. At the ATL we work directly with students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who need to access computing resources.

[Picture of Lyla] Lyla
My name is Lyla Crawford. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I work in the Spokane office. I have a master's degree in developmental psychology. I have a husband, Shawn, and a son, Joshua.

[Picture of Marvin] Marvin
My name is Marvin Crippen. I help with technical support, work on DO-IT websites, and support the UW Access Technology Lab.

[Picture of Doug] Doug
My name is Doug Hayman. I'm the technology specialist for DO-IT. When not at work, I play guitar, hike, and hang out with friends.

[Picture of Mike] Mike Lewis
My name is Mike Lewis. When I am not working at DO-IT's Summer Study program, I work as a special education teacher in the Northshore School District. My hobbies include traveling, playing tennis, and being outdoors.

[Picture of Lisa] Lisa
Hi. My name is Lisa Stewart and I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and majored in psychology. I enjoy working with and learning from all the youth and young adults that I have crossed paths with over the years. I enjoy a good conversation, music, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

[Picture of Val] Val
My name is Val Sundby. In addition to working for DO-IT on special projects like Summer Study, I am the Disability Services Coordinator at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA. As a student at the University of Washington I completed a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology and master's of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and with my dogs and horse.

[Picture of Terry] Terry
My name is Terry Thompson. I am a technology specialist for DO-IT. In this position I help to educate K'12 and postsecondary educational institutions, technology vendors, government agencies, and others on how to ensure that technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities. I live in Bellingham and work most of the time from an office at Western Washington University. When I am not working, you can usually find me hiking in the mountains, playing guitar, or spending quality time with my family.

[Picture of Tami] Tami
Hi! My name is Tami Tidwell. I work as a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. My main role is to help students and employers create quality work-based learning experiences, including internships, informational interviews, and job shadows. I enjoy working closely with DO-IT Scholars during Summer Study and beyond. I was born and raised in Cowtown (a.k.a. Ft. Worth, TX). I have my degree in psychology from Texas Christian University.

[Picture of Debra] Debra
My name is Debra Zawada. I started working at DO-IT in 2004. My background is as a high school teacher and transition counselor. Outside of work, when not spending time with friends and family, I love to garden, create things, and take my dog Lena for walks.