Susan Okamoto Lane, M.Ed.Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs
Susan Okamoto Lane is the director of the Department of Multi-Ethnic Programs at Seattle Pacific University. With more than 20 years of experience, she is someone who has seen big changes at SPU, including a commitment to increasing the ethnic diversity of students and that every student, faculty, and staff member would engage in increasing our understanding of what it means to be reconciled to God and to one another.
Susan has been described as the “iron fist in the velvet glove,” as someone who “builds things to last,” and is becoming known on campus for her great story about inviting the Black Panthers to her high school. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s of education degree from Lewis and Clark College, and a graduate diploma in Christian studies from Regent College.
Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs
Ashley Reese is a California native, a Seattle Pacific University alumna and a passionate proponent of service and justice. She is excited to return to SPU in the role of a Coordinator for Multi-Ethnic Programs to support and serve students through programming, activities, and building relationships.
As an SPU student, Ashley’s leadership and service included Latreia Coordinator, A.C.E. Language Mentor, Bridges Ambassador, and ASSP Intercultural Director. In 2009, Ashley earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from SPU in Sociology and Philosophy (double major). After graduating, she served as a Mission Year urban ministry volunteer in North Philadelphia. As a follower of Jesus she is committed to loving God and people. In spare time Ashley loves learning, laughing, and spending time with friends.
Gerdon JonesMEP Office Assistant
Gerdon Jones, from Tacoma, Washington, is involved in MOSAIC, Black Student Union, intramural basketball, and Early Connections.
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