Alumni Stories

Giselle Gonzales
Giselle Gonzales

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alum Giselle Gonzales ’14 travels the world for Adventures by Disney. In her experience, her faith in Christ is synonymous with adventure.

Sam Lee
Sam Lee

GOLD alum Sam Lee ’12 knows firsthand the power of social media. As creative director for Super Charge Marketing, he’s learning new ways “to communicate to millions.”

Nathan Anderson

Nathan Anderson

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alum Nathan Anderson ’15 landed a position with International Paper. There’s lots of time in the field and excellent professional training on the job.

Stilings
Rod Stiling

Rod Stiling has a history with SPU — from his time as a professor of history (“I get to help students see their own life as it flows out of a historical context, and their connection to the larger story”) to his donations benefiting the Ames Library.

Bylsmas
Bud and Patti Bylsma

Bud Bylsma ’51 and his wife, Patti, have been changing the world for decades through organizations such as Young Life, the relief consortium HEED, and Seattle’s Northwest Leadership Foundation. And it all began with an invitation for Bud to join Seattle Pacific’s men’s basketball team.

Sigma Rho
Sigma Rho

When the alumni of Sigma Rho came together in 1986 to create and grow a scholarship endowment, SPU students had new help with financial hurdles. Says Linda Middleton ’64, “We’re very proud of our scholarship recipients and their career plans.”

Margo Engberg
Margo Jarvies Engberg ‘89

Margo Engberg has a philosophy of living and giving built on tens of thousands of cupcakes. Her company, Pinkabella Cupcakes, serves up its Red Velvet and Salted Caramel delights for corporate launch parties and in support of Youth for Christ, Children of the Nations International, and others championing kids in need.

Jeff Richards ’00
Jeff Richards ’00

Jeff Richards is managing director of marketing and brand strategy for the Seattle Seahawks, the man charged with bringing football fans into the stadium. It’s his job to stay up nights strategizing the most positive game-day experience. That, and helping thousands of screaming Seahawks fans stay focused on the next Super Bowl!

Linet Madeja ’13
Linet Madeja ’13

Linet Madeja dreams in numbers. As a budget and policy analyst in the City of Seattle’s budget office, she works with the mayor’s executive team on administrative items and policy briefings. She likes seeing government in action from the inside and working with some of the region’s smartest people.

Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg
Jamie Shattenberg ’99 and Alissa Wuertz Shattenberg ’00

The Shattenbergs, Jamie and Alissa, have a compelling love for the people of Madagascar where he grew up. That’s why they founded and serve with Red Island Restoration, an organization dedicated to restoring the island nation through reforestation, job development, and a renewed pride in caring for God’s creation.

Sharon Okamoto ’76, MA ‘79
Sharon Higaki Okamoto ’76, MA ‘79

Seattle Urban Academy takes teens who have suffered academic failure and turns them around with the sweet taste of success. Principal Sharon Okamoto works with teachers and students so that college admission is once again an option. And spiritual growth? At the Academy, it is as important as academic achievement.