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. Dave is a professor of accounting at the University of Washington (UW) and Travis just finished his sophomore year here. I have a master's degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in higher education. I am the Director of Accessible Technology Services at the UW and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Education. DO-IT combines my personal, academic, and professional interests.

[Picture of Scott] Scott
I'm Scott Bellman. I am the program manager at DO-IT. I completed a master's degree in 1996 in rehabilitation counseling and earned my undergraduate degree in psychology and business. I am currently a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State. I enjoy my work at DO-IT, which includes career counseling, writing, planning events, coordinating projects, supervising others, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! I serve on several boards and committees, including the Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. I learn a lot from my colleagues, and have co-authored several papers about work-based learning. Outside of work, my interests include performance art, camping and hiking, carpentry, and travel.

[Picture of Brianna] Brianna
My name is Brianna Blaser, and I am a counselor/coordinator at the DO-IT Center. Originally from the East Coast, I moved to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned my Ph.D. studying women in science. I like to spend my free time practicing yoga, riding my bike, and watching reality television.

[Picture of Dan] Dan
I'm Dan Comden. When not serving as a technical nerd for DO-IT, I manage the Access Technology Center (ATC) at the University of Washington. At the ATC 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 University of Washington's Access Technology Center.

[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 Penny] Penny
My name is Penny Hinke. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I began working here June 2011, and I'm excited about experiencing my first Summer Study! I'm also looking forward to working one-on-one with students to help them achieve their academic goals. Before joining DO-IT, I worked with students with disabilities at the University of Manchester in England, where I lived for the past sixteen years. I have a master's degree in French from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My husband, Daniel, is a native of Belgium and a professor of electrical engineering at the UW, and my son, Philippe, just completed his freshman year in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In my free time, I enjoy running, writing, playing the piano, yoga, gardening, and playing with my dog, Gemma.

[Picture of Terry] Terry
My name is Terry Thompson. I am the technology accessibility 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 also teach accessible web design to students through our ongoing series of Web Accessibility Trainings. 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 have worked as program coordinator at DO-IT since 2004. I completed my undergraduate work in special education in Buffalo, NY and my graduate work at the University of Washington. My background is as a high school teacher and transition counselor with students with disabilities. Outside of work, when not spending time with friends and family, I love to garden and create art using recycled materials that others toss away.