Staff Mentors

Sheryl Burgstahler

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.

Scott Bellman

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.


Brianna Blaser

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.

Dan Comden

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.


Lyla Crawford

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.


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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.


Doug Hayman

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.


Penny Hinke

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.

Terry Thompson

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.


Tami Tidwell

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.


Debra Zawada

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.