UW Commencement

gonfaloniere holding banner
Each year the various schools and colleges select students to lead all the degree candidates during the Commencement procession. These students are called gonfalonieres because they carry the school’s gonfalon, a banner that hangs down from a crosspiece and bears that school’s name and symbol.

The gonfaloniere was a prestigious post in Italian medieval and Renaissance communities. Our gonfalonieres have a record of outstanding achievement at the university.




College of Built Environments

Ethan BuchanEthan Buchan

Ethan Buchan is receiving his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. During his time at UW, Mr. Buchan was very active in the Construction Management department, serving as President of the Mechanical Contractors Association Student Chapter and Vice-President of the Associated General Contractors Student Chapter. He also served as President for his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. His loving parents, Jim and Lisa, and his two brothers, Levi and Simon, have supported him immensely on his nearly half-decade long journey through college. Mr. Buchan chose construction management due to a long family history in construction. What he enjoys most about construction management is being able to work in a close-knit industry that is actively changing the skylines across America. He enjoys skiing and fly fishing in his free time. Two of Mr. Buchan’s greatest passions are long walks on the beach and a nice pair of slacks. He is extremely blessed for his experience at the University of Washington and will always be proud to be a Dawg.

Arts & Sciences

Simon TranSimon Tran
Simon Tran is receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History. Mr. Tran hails from Olympia, Washington and is a first generation Vietnamese American and a second generation Husky. He came to the University of Washington intent on becoming an actor (despite never doing theatre until college). His passion for performing and storytelling led him to study Drama, but his commitment to social justice developed his junior year after taking classes about race, diversity, and social inequities. During Mr. Tran’s junior year he co-founded “Racy Sketchy Sexy,” a sketch comedy group that focuses on social justice and empowering minorities, which is easily one of his proudest accomplishments. He continued to engage the intersection of arts and activism while studying abroad in Peru. This year Mr. Tran had the privilege of going on two Civil Rights pilgrimages to the Deep South through the Department of Communication, first as a student, then as a pilgrimage guide. He is the recipient of a Mary Gates Research Scholarship, two School of Drama scholarships, and a Comparative History of Ideas Scholarship. After graduation, Mr. Tran hopes to continue creating art centered around social justice and finding ways to lift up the communities around him. He would like to thank his family: his parents, Luong and My Trang, and his siblings- Christina, Michelle, Francis.

Hannah SchwendemanHannah Schwendeman
Hannah Schwendeman is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies, and Justice and Anthropology. She moved from Dallas, TX to Seattle four years ago to become a Husky. Originally planning to become a cultural anthropologist, Ms. Schwendeman stumbled upon the Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) major, discovering new avenues of research and advocacy, as well as a wonderful community. For the past two years, she has conducted research on criminal sentencing and mass incarceration in Washington State; she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology so she can continue this work (after taking a road trip and reading many books). While at UW, Ms. Schwendeman had the opportunity to learn from currently incarcerated individuals in a criminal justice seminar, publish her work in undergraduate journals, and live in Jordan for a summer. She has also served the undergraduate theater community, working as a stage manager, dramaturge, director, and student outreach leader for the last four years. She is so grateful for this time and for those who supported her along the way!

Hal SchrieveHal Schrieve
Hal Schrieve is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and is from Olympia, Washington. He chose to study history because it is impossible to understand current events without understanding the past; what appears natural or inevitable is revealed through the study of history to be the result of material processes which changed over time. The History program has given Mr. Schrieve library research skills, writing skills, and developed his critical thinking abilities. Some of his favorite courses have been Purnima Dhavan’s course on medieval and Mughal India, because of the way the course engaged with competing chains of scholarship, and his junior Historiography seminar with Ileana Rodriguez-Silva, which explores how the study of history actually developed. In 2015 Mr. Schrieve was awarded the Undergraduate Library Research Award in the non-senior category, as well as a Schwartz Fellowship and a Sleizer Scholarship which were applied to the 2015-16 academic year. He was also secretary for the UW chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national History honor society.

Erika MannErika Mann
Erika Lauren Mann is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Language and Literature and a minor in Art History. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she attended high school in Oakland, CA. She chose to attend the University of Washington because she wanted to have new experiences, never having traveled outside of California before her undergraduate career. Ms. Mann decided to major in English because she wanted to learn how to think both critically and creatively about literature and culture. During her time at the UW, Ms. Mann has served as Editor in Chief and Visual Arts Editor for Bricolage Literary & Visual Arts Journal and participated in the English Honors program, where she wrote her senior thesis on the embodiment of women of color. She hopes to continue her studies on the embodiment of women of color after graduation, specifically in art and media. Ms. Mann is proud of her time at the UW and of all the supportive relationships she’s built here. She is also very grateful for all of the sacrifices her family has made so she can pursue a college degree and appreciates their constant encouragement.

Tom GebertThomas Gebert
Originally from Everett, WA, Tom Gebert is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and planning to pursue a career in academic medicine. His favorite part about his time at the University was getting to interact with faculty and students with passions for such a diverse array of subjects. Mr. Gebert also enjoyed participating in some of the primary research that makes the UW what it is. He had the opportunity to work in three different labs, which helped him focus his interests within neuroscience. Outside of the lab, Mr. Gebert was involved in ASUW, the Faculty Council on Research, and the Arts and Science Advisory Council for Students. He also spent time working for the Children’s Center at Providence Medical Center, writing and editing for the undergraduate neuroscience journal, and leading a First-Year Interest Group. Next year Mr. Gebert will be travelling as part of the Bonderman Fellowship before heading to medical school. Long term, he hopes to use his interactions with patients to motivate translational research that will improve healthcare among vulnerable populations.

Reina KluenderReina Kluender
Reina Kluender is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a first-generation student from Panama City, Panama. Both experiences of growing up in a linguistically diverse country and facing culture shock upon arrival into the U.S. ignited her passion for the dynamics of language and cognition. Ms. Kluender’s research interests have evolved over time into bilingualism on neuroplasticity, learning, and memory. Upon graduation next quarter, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and eventually build a lifelong career in academic research. Ms. Kluender is also a dedicated mother of two teenage sons and a 6-year old daughter, who aspires to be a positive role model for her children and underrepresented youth populations in her community. For this reason, part of her journey at the UW included volunteering as a mentor for the UW Dream Project, and as a peer leader for the Psychology Transfer Academic Community (TRAC). In addition to her community service and leadership development, Ms. Kluender’s deep commitment to her academic pursuits has conferred her membership in the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, selection as a McNair Scholar, and ultimately, a nomination to serve as a Gonfalonier for the 2016 UW Commencement.

Foster School of Business

Carlos BarriosCarlos Barrios
Carlos Barrios is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. His parents, Carlos and Susie, immigrated to the United States from Guatemala at the age of 23 in order to give their children the opportunities they did not have. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mr. Barrios and his older sister, Gabriela, attended Mercer Island High School. Throughout life, his mother and father showed continued support and showcased the importance of a strong work ethic. From a young age Mr. Barrios dreamed of attending the University of Washington and sporting the purple and gold. It was finally after attending his first Husky Football game as a senior at MIHS that he made the decision to pursue his dream. At the UW, Mr. Barrios became an active member and executive of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, where he connected with like-minded individuals who have become his close-knit friends at the UW. At the Foster School of Business, he continued his involvement in on campus organizations by becoming a mentor for the Young Executives of Color Program, focused on preparing underrepresented minorities for success in college and beyond. He also holds the position of intern at Undergraduate Diversity Services offices, where he focuses his efforts on recruiting students to the University of Washington through the YEOC program. Mr. Barrios is thankful for the many opportunities he’s received in life with support of his family and friends. He is also thankful to the Foster students and faculty for continually pushing him to succeed in and out of the classroom.


Ellie PhillipsEllie Phillips
Ms. Phillips is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, growing up just two miles away from the University of Washington campus and attended Seattle Public Schools throughout her schooling, graduating from Nathan Hale High School in 2012. Ms. Phillips arrived at the UW as a freshman, excited to pursue a business degree from the Foster School of Business. In addition to focusing on academics she sought to become involved in one of the many student organizations that Foster offers. She joined Undergraduate Women in Business (UWiB) as a freshman and has since held the positions of the Director of Publicity, the Director of External Relations, and is serving this year as the Vice President. She has become deeply passionate about the advancement of women in the workforce and gender equality in the business world. Ms. Phillips is very thankful for all of the support she has received from Foster. Both the students and the faculty have helped shape her into the young businesswomen she is today. She is also very thankful for her family and friends who have supported her through everything. She will look back on her time at Foster with nothing but fantastic memories, and incredible experiences.


Rica MackertFrederica Mackert
Frederica “Rica” Mackert is graduating with a Doctor of Dental Surgery.  She attended the UW as an undergraduate and is a die-hard Husky fan!  She is the first in her family to attain a doctorate. Growing up, she experienced first-hand the value of dentists in communities where access to healthcare was scarce and saw the struggles under-served people face when they don’t know where to turn for help.  Volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter Dental Clinic, and leading the UW dental and interdisciplinary teams to provide care in the homeless and poor communities have tested and consolidated her aspirations to continue her education in dentistry. Outside of dental school, she served on the UW Alumnae Board, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Board, Husky Band Foundation Board, and participated in the Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization of Washington, which led to her winning this coveted scholarship.  She has traveled throughout Washington and California presenting her community service platform: Dental Outreach. She is excited to continue her education in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency starting this summer in order to better address the needs of medically compromised patients from urban, rural, and international communities. Throughout her career, it is her desire to have a positive impact on her patients as well as the field of dentistry and ultimately wants to help create a future that will ensure no one is left behind.

Keegan Waldo – still waiting on bio


Lorena GuillenLorena Guillen
Lorena Guillen is graduating with a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction: Teacher Education. She is from the Pacoima, a small but mighty community in San Fernando, California. She grew up enjoying education but disliking school, especially high school. It came as a surprise to her when she became an English Language Arts teacher at John Muir High School. Yet she found great joy and took pride in working in her community. Unfortunately, Ms. Guillen also found herself increasingly frustrated and angry at the instability caused by a high turnover in both teachers and administrators at the school. Reflecting on her own path to teaching, she realized one problem stemmed from the type of preparation some of the teachers had received. Ms. Guillen decided to return to graduate school to study teacher education. Since then, her research has focused on the transformation of teacher education programs in order to reverse the pattern of underprepared teachers concentrated in urban schools. Through this work, she has most enjoyed working with respected elders from the many ethnic communities around Seattle to better support pre-service teachers in learning how to teach in diverse classrooms. Ms. Guillen hopes to continue this work in her new position as assistant professor in the divisions of Urban Schooling and Teacher Education at UCLA’s Center X in the fall.


Ian AndrewsIan Andrews
Ian Andrews is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering with a Minor in Chemistry. He grew up in Juneau, Alaska, and was first introduced to research through a marine biology genetics project at NOAA. This early research experience instilled in him an enthusiasm for discovery with a desire to make an impact. While pursuing his degree, he helped develop techniques for polymer-based plasmid delivery with Dr. Suzie Pun, and contributed to research on paper-based microfluidic tests for acute infection and drug resistance of HIV with Dr. Barry Lutz. One of his highlights from his time at the UW was serving as teaching assistant under Dr. Daniel Ratner for the course, Biochemical and Molecular Bioengineering. Mr. Andrews is President of the UW’s Biomedical Engineering Society, an Undergraduate Research Leader, and Engineering Peer Mentor. He is a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Mary Gates Research Scholarship, and is a member of the inaugural Husky 100 class of 2016. In the fall, Mr. Andrews will join the Biological Engineering PhD program at MIT with support from an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He plans to study infectious diseases and global health. His professional aspirations are to combine science and engineering research with policy to improve global health outcomes.

Thao NguyenThao Nguyen
Thao Nguyen is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Six years ago, she came to America with a dream of acquiring the best education here and using that to solve the problems of poverty, diseases, and environment in her home country – Vietnam. Perhaps more than any other, chemical engineers have the ability to impact the world. The core idea of chemical engineering is that billions of small molecules can be changed to generate a large-scale product. This idea is the driving force leading Ms. Nguyen to chemical engineering and to teaching, which are both about the process of engaging the individual level and progressing that toward a part of a greater whole. It is her purpose in life to enable this process through being a chemical engineering professor. Ms. Nguyen started her first research with the Department of Genome Sciences to characterize the S.cerevisia yeast’s evolutionary process. Then she was involved in research with the Chemical Engineering department to study organic solar cell and a new formulation of sodium polyacrylate in cosmetic applications. Different research experience has provided her a different perspective to look at a problem and different skill sets which helped enhance her problem solving ability. In the fall, Ms. Nguyen will begin pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering at Princeton University. She plans to do research in biomedical related field.

Graduate School

Monica De La TorreMonica De La Torre
Monica De La Torre is graduating with a PhD in Feminist Studies. She is a first generation college student and the first in her family to attain a doctorate. Ms. De La Torre’s educational journey is inspired by her parents own aspirations for una vida mejor (a better life). They migrated from Jerez, Zacatecas Mexico and settled in Montebello, California where she was always encouraged by su familia to pursue her educational aspirations. In Los Angeles, Ms. De La Torre was a member of Soul Rebel Radio, a community radio collective based in Los Angeles, which influenced her interest in researching radio and digital media production as tools for community engagement. Her dissertation “Feminista Frequencies: Tuning in to Chicana Radio Activism in the Pacific Northwest, 1975-1990” examines Chicana/o-controlled Spanish-language community radio through a case study of Radio KDNA, the nation’s first full-time Spanish-language non-commercial radio station, broadcasting in Granger, Washington. Ms. De La Torre is an active member of the UW Women of Color Collective and the UW Women Who Rock Collective. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies from University of California, Davis and an M.A.in Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Northridge. While at UW, Ms. De La Torre was awarded the GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. In the Fall, she will be joining Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor of Media and Expressive Culture in the School of Transborder Studies.

Nicole RobertNicole Robert
Nicole Robert is graduating with a PhD in Feminist Studies and is proud to be a three-time Husky! She grew up in the Seattle area and is now completing her third degree from the UW. Ms. Robert’s doctorate in Feminist Studies has allowed her to work with talented scholars who share her commitments to a socially just world. Drawing on her masters in Museology, Ms. Robert was one of the two Co-Founders of the Queering the Museum project, which has worked with local organizations and museums to highlight queer cultural contributions. This project allowed her to collaborate with scholars and activists, connecting the theoretical contributions of the university with the important practical work accomplished by professionals and activists. As a single parent, Ms. Robert wants to thank her two beautiful children for joining her on this journey. Thank you to all of her family, friends and colleagues for your support towards this goal.

Preston AlbertinePreston Albertine
Preston Albertine is receiving a Master of Arts in French Studies. He grew up in Snohomish, Washington, and moved to Seattle in 2009 to begin his undergraduate career at the University of Washington. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both French and Finance before temporarily moving to France in 2013 to work as a foreign language teaching assistant. Since starting back at UW in 2014 as a graduate student and TA in the Department of French and Italian studies, Mr. Albertine has thoroughly enjoyed working as a language instructor at the French 100-level. His academic interests include critical theory and textual studies, and his research deals primarily with contemporary issues and cultural exchanges between France and the rest of the world. In particular, he enjoys working with popular music, television, and food cultures. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Albertine participated in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, presented at the Johns Hopkins University French Graduate Student conference, and was a co-organizer of the 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at UW. He will return to France for the 2016-17 school year, after which he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in French Studies or a related field.

Chris Grant-MontoyaChristopher Grant-Montoya
Christopher Elias Grant-Montoya is receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Dance. He was born in St. Johns, AZ but grew up in South Phoenix. Mr. Grant-Montoya began his academic journey with the University of Arizona, taking time off periodically to work with professional dance companies Gus Giordano, David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Les Ballets Trockadero. Coming to Seattle with his husband in 2011, Mr. Grant-Montoya completed his undergraduate degree with Cornish College of the Arts. While at Cornish, his goals shifted from professional work to teaching dance in higher education, which led him to receive his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. He chose the UW dance department because its curriculum and faculty is one of the best in the country, and he knew the program would prepare him for teaching at the collegiate level while assisting him to understand the importance of dance education. Mr. Grant-Montoya is most proud of the class that he developed on the Romantic era of ballet with the assistance of Professor Hannah Wiley. In the future, he would like to further develop his studies of ballet history and looks forward to teaching future generations of dancers.

Information School

Hiram MunnHiram Munn
Hiram Munn is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Informatics. He is from Redmond, Washington and chose Informatics because it combines his love of working with others and technology. We have vast amounts of technological resources at our fingertips, but they won’t mean much if we can’t design and create systems that people find useful and intuitive. He has enjoyed meeting and working with so many different people across so many different disciplines while here at the University of Washington. From his History classes freshman year to his year studying German, to finally finding a program that Mr. Munn loved and that he has dedicated himself to. He will be starting a job as a Software Engineer at Azuqua downtown in the fall, and he cannot wait. Mr. Munn is sad to be leaving, but excited for what is coming next. Maybe one day he will return to school, but for now sixteen years has been enough. The world is there, and he is ready.

Law School

Juliya ZiskinaJuliya Ziskina
Juliya Ziskina is receiving a Juris Doctorate. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine and the Bronx, New York, Ms. Ziskina’s interest in law began in high school, when she co-founded an underground student newspaper and advocated for student free speech. Law school inspired her to broaden her engagement in the legal field to reflect her values of integrity and transparency. Under a grant from William H. Gates, Ms. Ziskina completed a fellowship at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where she led an investigation on a multimillion-dollar corruption and fraud case. She continued on to prosecute antitrust conspiracies at the Department of Justice in New York City, research multilateral development contracts for evidence of corporate misconduct at the State Department, and prosecute economic crimes at the King County Prosecutor’s Office. She also initiated an Open Access policy at the UW and advocates for public access to research, representing the UW at conferences in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Brussels. Law school strengthened her belief in the importance of creative grassroots activism, the human side of the law, and the occasional rabble-rousing.

School of Medicine

Moonlight BuiMoonlight Bui
Moonlight Bui is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. She came across this degree program when browsing through UW’s list of undergraduate majors. It was her third year at Bellevue College and she needed to decide on a career path. Ms. Bui wanted a major that would give her options and diversity that she could use to progress her studies or career if she wanted to. She has a love for science, especially lab work, and also wanted to give back to the community in whatever way she could. When Ms. Bui found this major, it felt perfect for her. It allowed her to pursue her interest in lab science while also applying it to patient diagnosis, and it has a lot of room for growth. It was a very rigorous and stressful program, but she enjoyed every part of it. From learning the various laboratory disciples, to spending countless hours in the library studying, Ms. Bui is surprised she made it through the program and is very excited to depart on this new part of her life!

School of Nursing

Alexandra Zammit RubelAlexandra Rubel
Alexandra Rubel is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her volunteer work at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego helped her realize that pediatric nursing is her calling.  The children and families she served captured her heart and inspired her to pursue a career that will allow her to impact their lives in a meaningful way.  Ms. Rubel was recently accepted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at University of Washington which will allow her to realize her dream of becoming a primary care provider for children from underserved communities.  During her time at UW she served as President of her class, acting as a resource, spokesperson and advocate for her cohort. She also served as a student member of the School of Nursing’s Diversity Committee where she worked with faculty, staff and students to develop a diversity plan to promote equity and inclusiveness throughout the School of Nursing.  In addition, Ms. Rubel is a proud member of Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing.  She is grateful to her family, mentors and professors for their endless support and inspiration.  Ms. Rubel is blessed with a wonderful husband, Ryan, who enthusiastically and steadfastly encourages her academic pursuits.

College of the Environment


Nirupam Nigam
Nirupam Nigam is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Biology. His love for the ocean began at the age of 11 with his family’s relocation from the forests of western Washington to monotone chaparral in Southern California where he would spend the rest of his childhood. It was in the beaches of Malibu that Mr. Nigam became enamored by the diversity that can be found underwater. As he grew older, he became very involved in scuba diving and underwater photography. Naturally, Mr. Nigam wished to go to the best school for studying the ocean and immediately after highschool he applied to a degree in SAFS with his other major and minor following. He was absolutely astonished and grateful for the diversity and depth of experiences that he has been able to accomplish as a result of his degrees. These included, but were not limited to, spending a quarter learning about local diversity at the Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island, spending a summer studying salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and spending time in Rovaniemi, Finland and Seliger, Russia learning about a variety of Arctic issues. Moreover, Mr. Nigam has been able to interact with amazing professors who have helped him work on two papers that will be submitted for publication soon. In the near future, he will be spending a summer in Alaska as a fisheries observer but in the long term Mr. Nigam hopes to push the bounds of stable isotope analysis in graduate school and eventually start a kelp farm.



Ismael Simekha
Ismael Simekha is graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He was born and raised in Kenya, where he received his primary, secondary, and college education. Mr. Simekha has four siblings (1 brother & 3 sisters) and he attended Mt Kenya University (BS, Pharmaceutical Technology) and Bellevue College (Associates in Science). He is extroverted, outgoing, and enjoys the company of his family and friends. Mr. Simekha’s hobbies include excursions, sports, and reading. While growing up in Kenya, he witnessed pharmacists play a critical role in healthcare provision. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers in the community, hence his interest in pharmacy. His most memorable experience throughout his pharmacy schooling was meeting some of the most experienced, influential, and reputable people in the health industry who have contributed immensely in shaping the practice of pharmacy, not only in the United States, but also globally. Mr. Simekha has an interest in economics, public health, research, health regulatory, and policy development. His intent is to further his education in pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy, and pursue a career in health economics. He also plans to work with non-governmental organizations that empower people in socioeconomically challenged backgrounds through restructuring of public policy and policy implementation to enable access to education and health.

Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Corey DahlCorey Dahl
Corey Dahl is receiving a Master of Public Administration. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in economics and English from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota) in 2011.After completing his undergraduate education, Mr. Dahl spent three years in the private sector as a copywriter. Through volunteer work and community activism, he decided to pursue a career in public service and enrolled at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in order to earn his Master’s degree. Mr. Dahl’s primary academic areas of interest are local governance, social policy, and legislative relations. During his time at the Evans School, he served as Evans student body president, in addition to participating in and co-leading several student organizations. Mr. Dahl also interned with the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County and in the Office of Councilmember Lorena González. He intends to pursue a career that aligns with his experience in local government and social policy.

School of Public Health

Luke NishikoLuke Nishiko

Luke Nishiko is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM). He earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Tacoma Community College, during which he concentrated his studies within the health sciences. Mr. Nishiko became interested in health informatics through a combination of study in human anatomy and physiology, work as a prosthetic and orthotic technician, and later experience in a pathology lab. His chosen capstone project to complete his HIHIM degree requirements has provided his fellow graduates with information related to jobs and career planning for their future as HIHIM professionals. Mr. Nishiko aspires to complete his master’s degree in Health Informatics and Health Information Management and to become a leader and major contributor to the health informatics and information management profession as well as a lifelong benefactor to the University of Washington.

School of Social Work

Joseph HerbertJoseph Herbert
Joseph Herbert is receiving a Master of Social Work. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Herbert previously earned a BA in Outdoor Leadership from Malone University. He used this degree to teach experiential education to elementary and middle school students in Texas, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.  Following this, Mr. Herbert then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Bulgaria as a Youth and Community Development volunteer.  These experiences teaching and assisting others amplified a passion for working with youth and their families that led him to UW to pursue a Master of Social Work with a concentration in multigenerational practice with children, families, and elders. During his time here at UW, Mr. Herbert served as a representative on the school of social work student advisory council and was selected as a participant in the Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program.  He plans on using his MSW to work with children and adolescents in the behavioral health or hospital setting.  Mr. Herbert would like to thank his parents for all their support, understanding, and encouragement that has enabled him to achieve these accomplishments and get to this point today.