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.
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.
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.
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.