Michelle Atwell is the administrative assistant in the Department of Finance and Management Science. She previously worked at WSU in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Department of Military Science. She also spent three years working as a Navy recruiter in the area. Atwell has been in the Navy for 19 years, where she is currently a reservist. Her husband also works at WSU, and the couple has two children.
Tishara Day (’21 Psych.) is a scholarship program coordinator at the Carson Center for Student Success. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Day has a one-year-old German shorthaired pointer, and she enjoys traveling, art, live music, and photography in her free time.
Zahra Debbek (’21 Digi. Tech. & Cult.) is a graphic designer in the college’s Office of Technology. She previously worked as the graphic designer at WSU’s School of Music, an administrative assistant for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU, and the clerical assistant for the WSU Creamery. Debbek has a passion for the arts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photography, and spending time with her loved ones.
Kayce Edwards is an administrative assistant in graduate and online programs. She previously worked for the Moscow School District, where she was the secretary for the Moscow High School counseling program and secretary for the district’s student nutrition program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing around the house, and enjoying good food.
Jamie Garlinghouse is the employer development manager for the Carson Center for Student Success. She previously worked at the University of Idaho in employer relations with Career Services. Prior to that, she worked in the U of I Registrar’s Office, handling commencement event logistics and processing graduation applications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, live theatre, and traveling.
Paris Kemmer (’22 Mktg., Mgmt.) is the student engagement marketing coordinator in the Carson Center for Student Success. As an undergraduate, she was a Carson College student ambassador for three years, a peer mentor for first-generation students, and an advising intern. She also has worked as an executive intern for Target, a digital marketer/search engine optimization analyzer, and athletics marketing intern, and she was a WSU Boeing scholar.
Shir Levy (’22 Psych., Advert.) is the employer connection coordinator at the Carson Center for Student Success. She was a forward on the WSU women’s basketball team and was named to the 2022 Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll. She is conducting research on team dynamics in sports.
Cesar Munguia (’15 Socio.) is a career consultant at the Carson Center for Student Success. He is the oldest of three siblings and the first in his family to graduate from college. Munguia previously worked for GEAR-UP in Benton City, which helps low-income high school students prepare for post-secondary education; Cougs Rise in Pullman; and he also had a short career as a flooring installer. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, playing soccer, and spending time with family.
Lori Peterson is the faculty affairs coordinator in the Dean’s Office. She has worked for WSU for 28 years, with most of her time spent as the principal assistant for the Department of Chemistry. Prior to working at WSU, she worked in the legal field. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, boating, Mariners baseball (when they are winning), and spending time with her family and two rescue dogs.
Brandon Schafer (’17 Poli. Sci.) is an IT support technician in the Office of Technology. He has worked in several other fields such as project management and manufacturing. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his Newfoundland puppy as well as writing and producing music for his rock band, Space Club.
Leah Wacker is an academic advisor in the Carson Center for Student Success. She previously worked as an advisor in student services at the University of Washington and WSU. As a first-generation college graduate, she is excited to help students navigate their way to academic success. In her free time, she likes to hike, follow professional tennis, and travel with her family.