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. 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.

Scott Bellman

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.

Wendy Chisholm

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.

Dan Comden

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.

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 UW Access Technology Lab.

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.

Mike Lewis
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.

Lisa Stewart

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.

Val Sundby

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.

Terry Thompson

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.

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 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.