Our Faculty & Staff

Administration | Computer and Information Science | Engineering | Professional Studies | Social Sciences and HumanitiesLevel


Dave Thurman


Dave Thurman joins/joined Northeastern University as Dean & CEO of the Seattle Regional Campus after more than twenty-five years with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, most recently as Director of their Seattle Research Center. He has held a variety of technical and organizational leadership positions at PNNL, and he was responsible for program development activities in cybersecurity and data analytics as well as regional engagement in the Seattle tech ecosystem. His early career focused on applied software engineering, research into the impacts of automation technologies, and the design of human-centered data analytics systems. Thurman holds a master’s degree in human-machine systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer & information science from the University of Oregon.

Paula Boyum

Associate Dean

For more than 30 years, Dr. Paula Boyum has served in administrative positions in higher education. Most recently, she served as vice president of economic and workforce development at Bellevue College, where she provided vision, leadership, and overall management for the college’s workforce programs in technology, the health sciences, and business. Boyum’s previous experience encompasses numerous higher education leadership roles, including dean of continuing education and workforce development for the Milwaukee Area Technical College and faculty development specialist at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a bachelor’s in radiologic sciences from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School.

Gina2Gina Copping

Director of Student Affairs

Gina Copping acts as an initial point of contact for current Seattle students, assisting them with all aspects of their graduate program through to commencement. Her previous career experiences revolved around early childhood education and teaching English abroad. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master’s in comparative education from University College London’s Institute of Education. She is ABD, pursuing her Doctor of Education through Northeastern.

Evan Douglass

Operations Assistant

Evan Douglass is most often found behind the front desk at 225 Terry Ave. N where he helps to manage day-to-day operations. He is involved in campus finances, student security access to the campus, issuing Husky ID cards, and a host of other tasks that keep things running smoothly. Evan was born and raised in Seattle and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Washington University as well as an Associates of Applied Science in Nanotechnology from North Seattle College. He is currently pursuing the Align Master of Science in Computer Science right here at Northeastern.

disireeDesiree Gualandri

ITS Specialist

Desiree Gualandri has been working in some form of IT for about the last decade, starting as a student work study at a law school and ended up making it a career. She likes the constant challenge IT provides and really enjoys working in a higher education environment. Midwestern by birth and education, Desiree has a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois.

Laura Iwane

Associate Director, Office of Global Services

Laura Iwane supports Northeastern international students by advising about F-1 student status, including on how to obtain and maintain F-1, work authorization, and travel.  Born and raised in Maine, she moved to New York where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and began her career in education, and is very happy to now call Seattle home.

Aaron Jorgensen

Student Services Specialist

Aaron Jorgensen works as the main point of contact for all student issues outside of the classroom, assisting students from all programs and colleges.  Aaron has spent time on both coasts, growing up in Los Angeles before moving to Boston to attend Babson College for his undergraduate education and Boston College for his Master’s in higher education administration. Prior to Northeastern, Aaron worked in a variety of student affairs offices with a focus on student conduct, residential life and working with students with disabilities.

AnneMariaAnne Maria Jacobson

Administrative Operations Manager

Anne Maria Jacobson works closely with the Seattle team to assist in fulfilling their objectives and keeps the campus running seamlessly. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s from Southern Utah University. Prior to joining Northeastern University—Seattle, Jacobson was the board administrator and special projects manager for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She has also had the good fortune to work for the 2002 Winter Olympics and Jim Henson Productions.

Dan KearneyDan Kearney

Assistant Director, Admissions

Daniel Kearney, a former journalist and current recruiter, provides a sense of humanity often lacking at large organizations. Despite occasionally tilting sardonic – yet never cynical – Dan remains optimistic that he and his colleagues shall overcome all threats, internal and external. (He also bartends on Saturday nights at the Streamline Tavern.)

Caroline LiCaroline Li

Marketing Manager

Caroline Li manages all marketing and PR campaigns and initiatives at Northeastern Seattle campus. She enjoys strategic planning and implementing fully integrated marketing and communication plans. She has held marketing roles in corporate companies and startups and helped start a multicultural marketing agency in Seattle. She is also a former journalist and has lived abroad in Asia. Caroline graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. Over the years she has been on the board of directors for the Asian American Journalists Association in Seattle and SafeFutures Youth Center, which empowers and advocates for underserved young people from low-income communities and communities of color in the South Seattle areas.

Angela MacDougall

International Student Advisor

Angela MacDougall works with the Office of Global Services to advise and assist international students with maintaining their visa status, as well as to support their access to Northeastern’s full student experience and global network. Ever since her experience as a high school exchange student, she has dedicated her career to facilitation of international exchange and citizen diplomacy. She has previously advised F-1 students at Seattle Central College and University of Washington. Before moving to Seattle in 2014, Angela lived in the D.C. area and Michigan, as well as in Russia and the Republic of Georgia. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University and an M.S. in Global Studies from Northeastern University.

Mary Trimarco

Business and Outreach Director

Mary Trimarco cultivates partnerships with corporations to provide a talent pipeline within companies. Mary works closely with faculty and staff in Boston, as well as Northeastern’s campuses in Silicon Valley and Charlotte, to identify workforce trends in high-demand fields and discover where Northeastern can support employers’ needs. Mary brings more than 25 years of experience to her role. She most recently managed the international trade and business recruitment teams at the State of Washington’s Department of Commerce. This role included marketing the state across the globe and managing incentive funds to attract and retain businesses, as well as overseeing a business loan program. Mary has served on various local boards, including the China Relations Council, Impact Washington, and the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority. She is originally from Illinois and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois.

Rick Turner

Assistant Director, Admissions

Rick Turner is ecstatic to help students find their paths to attain their educational goals and follow their passion in life. Born and raised in Houston, Rick has lived in many states on the west side of the country. He worked in IT for several years before switching fields. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of Oregon before moving to the Seattle area and starting the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Ricky was part of the Seattle campus’ second graduating class in Spring 2016.

Jeremy2Jeremy Walter

Assistant Director, West Coast Student Support

Jeremy Walter supports international students at Northeastern University in Seattle by providing English language, academic, and cultural support services. Jeremy assists in the daily operations of Global Student Success on the Seattle campus which involves providing a variety of cultural, social, and academic programming. Jeremy is also involved in advising, teaching, and recruiting for the Global Pathways program. Jeremy holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education at Northeastern University. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer!


College of Computer and Information Science


IanDr. Ian Gorton

Director of Computer Science

Ian Gorton joined Northeastern University in Seattle as the Director of the Computer Science Masters programs in 2015. Prior to this role, he worked at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. He worked on several projects focused on the principles of designing massively scalable software architectures for big data applications, and building knowledge bases both manually and using machine learning to support engineering tasks.

Before joining the SEI, Gorton was a Laboratory Fellow in Computational Sciences and Math at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I managed the Data Intensive Scientific Computing research group, and was the Chief Architect for PNNL’s Data Intensive Computing Initiative. He was also PI for multiple projects in environmental modeling, carbon capture and sequestration, and bioinformatics. This experience has led to a particular interest in the design of large scale, highly customizable cyber-infrastructures for scientific research.

Gorton has a PhD in Computer Science from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Until July 2006, he led the software architecture R&D at National ICT Australia (NICTA) in Sydney, Australia, and previously worked at CSIRO, IBM, Microsoft and in academia in Australia. His passion is analyzing and designing complex, high performance distributed systems, and embodying design and architecture principles in methods and tools that can be exploited by architects in other projects.

You can see all Gorton’s publications and citations on Google Scholar and in dlbp.

Everaldo AguiarEveraldo Aguiar

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Everaldo Aguiar is a Part-Time Lecturer at in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame, where he was affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science & Applications. His PhD research focused on the development, deployment and evaluation of machine learning models to detect, ahead of time, students that may be at risk of underachieving their academic goals. He was a fellow at the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, and a visiting researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where through a variety of partnerships with large school districts, he was able to incorporate his predictive models to early warning systems that continuously monitor hundreds of thousands of students, informing educators when individual attention to a particular student may be needed.

He now works as a Data Scientist at Concur Technologies, where his research work is being leveraged and applied to highly complex and extremely large datasets. Some of his recent projects involved the development of predictive models that extract important token values from receipt images, and lightweight machine learning approaches to matching receipt images to their corresponding credit card feeds in real time.

Tamara Bonaci

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Tamara Bonaci is a Part-Time Lecturer at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015, specializing in security and privacy of emerging biomedical technologies. Since graduation, she has been a part of a pre-public local Seattle startup, focusing on biometric methods. She also teaches a sequence of security and privacy courses at Northeastern University and the University of Washington. Tamara feels very strongly about diversity in engineering, and about bringing women to and retaining them in STEM. In her free time, Tamara enjoys going to playgrounds and running.

JoeJoe Buck

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Joe Buck earned his Ph.D. from the University of California – Santa Cruz and a bachelors from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. His doctoral research focused on applying recent advances in Big Data to scientific computing while his professional experience has involved working on storage and distributed computing, in addition to big data-related projects. He’s excited to be a part of the ALIGN program and to play a part in helping motivated students as they transition into the world of computer science.

Raman “Chandra” Chandrasekar

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Raman “Chandra” Chandrasekar is a Part-Time Lecturer in the College of Computer and Information Science, at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus. Chandra has a background in research as well as engineering management, with a focus on addressing real-world problems in natural language processing, information retrieval and machine learning. He has experience incubating and deploying applications in areas such as web-scale search, text mining, topical news dissemination and context extraction.

Chandra received his PhD in machine translation from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, and worked there and at the National Centre for Software Technology, Bombay, focusing on various aspects of Artificial Intelligence. Later, he worked at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, on automatic sentence simplification, and using natural language processing to improve search. From 1998 to 2010, he was a researcher at Microsoft and Microsoft Research, Redmond, working on search, text mining, news dissemination, human computation, and related areas. He then worked at the news-dissemination startup Evri.com, and still later, managed the development of web-scale academic search products at ProQuest, Seattle. Chandra is now a freelance consultant, working with clients on problems including text classification, learning from mobile sensor data, and question-answering. More information about his papers and patents are available via Google Scholar, USPTO and Semantic Scholar.

Bruce1Bruce Chhay

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Bruce Chhay works on Google BigQuery, which is the interactive big data service for Google Cloud. He previously worked at Microsoft, working on large-scale data analytics for Windows. He also spent time as co-founder of a startup. Chhay holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA from the University of Washington. Chhay is a Seattle-area native, and enjoys spending time on his motor vehicles.

Marlin Jay Eller

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Marlin Jay Eller is a Part-Time Lecturer in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus. Marlin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics at Whitman College and his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington. Marlin’s research area includes Programming Languages. He is a native of Pasadena, California. Before coming to Northeastern, Marlin worked at Microsoft, where he managed software development projects for 13 years. He will be teaching Discrete Math and Introduction to C Programming, and he looks forward to teaching students the ins and outs of programming.

John Ewart

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Professor John Ewart is a part time lecturer at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus specializing in computer science and environmental systems. Prior to joining Northeastern, John lectured at the University of California, Merced, where he covered material on data structures, Java, C++, C, UNIX systems programming and machine organization. While lecturing at the University of California, John also worked as an adjunct faculty member for Columbia Community College, teaching Introduction to Programming, Introduction to UNIX and Linux, and Advanced Web Topics.

John’s research experience involves embedded sensor networks and 1-D flow modeling. He worked as a research assistant to Dr. Thomas Harmon at the University of California, Merced from 2004 to 2006, developing embedded sensor networks to retrieve data for analysis by mathematical models to understand the nature and behavior of pollutants in environmental systems. John worked with Dr. Thomas Harmon to research groundwater and wetlands as well as agricultural and riparian related problems.

John received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Stainslaus, where he also worked as a part-time lecturer from 2004 to 2006, teaching material such as basic database and webpage development, basic computer and Internet usage skills like Microsoft Office, and Introduction to programming through C++.

Ming HuoMing Huo

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Ming Huo is a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus, specializing in application security engineering. Ming’s skill set includes the ability to identify security vulnerabilities by way of security architecture review, code review, and penetration testing, as well as the ability to provide security remediation options and recommend the best practices for given applications. He also has an excellent background in programming skills such as C#, C++, Java, Javascript, PHP, and script languages.

Ming worked as an online security software engineer at Sears from 2013-2015, where he was responsible for designing security standards and ensuring SDLC adopted through the development lifecycle. While at Sears, Ming worked on projects related to his field. One such project involved designing security requirements on user authorization, performing security assessments, and providing remediation options for detected vulnerabilities in online platforms for managing home devices such as garage doors and general thermostats. Another project involved performing back-end testing with tools SoapUI and Burp, conducting code review with HP Fortify SCA, and auditing the user profile database for PII and PCI data to deliver identified user authentication issues and to provide necessary remediation options for detected vulnerabilities in online user profile payment services.  Ming also assisted with the planning and integration of SDLC in the development lifecycle, worked closely with the development team to explain certain risks, and performed testing with Burp and scanning with AppScann to deliver identified vulnerabilities and remediation options for a project involving a gifting platform that allows users to turn physical items into digital gift cards to send via email.

Ming earned his Master’s in Computer Science from Wollongong University in Australia, and his Bachelor’s in Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China.

rutuDr. Rutu Mulkar-Mehta

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Professor Rutu Mulkar-Mehta teaches courses in Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval at Northeastern University. She is the founder of an Artificial Intelligence based technology company called Ticary Solutions, that helps computers understand human language. Dr. Mulkar-Mehta earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gujarat University, and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her specialization is in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.  Dr. Mulkar-Mehta runs the Natural Language Processing Meetup group for the greater Seattle area. She is very passionate about increasing the representation of women in technology, and works hard towards bridging the gap.

Paco MeschFrancisco Paco Mesch

Faculty Cooperative Education Coordinator, CCIS

Francisco—or “Paco,” as he prefers to be called—Mesch is a co-op faculty member for the College of Computer and Information Science. Mesch assists students in preparing for co-op using his background in experiential learning and career services. He teaches the CCIS Graduate Co-op Seminar and works with students throughout the process, as well as lends a hand to employer outreach. Prior to working at Northeastern, Mesch worked at Bellevue College as a career and employment specialist focused on internships and work-study. Mesch grew up in the Philippines, but has lived in Seattle now for the past 12 years.

Tony Mullen

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Tony Mullen received his PhD from the University of Groningen, where he worked on applying machine learning techniques to syntactic parsing of human language. He holds an MPhil in Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin and a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington. He carried out postdoctoral research in named-entity extraction for biomedical texts at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, and since 2005 has been a faculty member in CS departments, first at Tsuda College, Tokyo and then at the University of Puget Sound. His areas of research interest include statistical natural language processing, computer-assisted language learning, and computer science pedagogy. He has written several books on 3D graphics software and related subjects.

VinayakVinayak Rao

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Vinayak been a software engineer in the Seattle area for 13 years working for a variety of companies. Currently, he is an engineer with Salesforce working on a software security team. In the past, he has worked in fraud, payments, and retail software. He spends his free time with his family, tutoring at a local Seattle tutoring center, or playing tennis.

Jackie Saarenas

Computer Science – Associate Director of Graduate Advising & Student Services

Jackie Saarenas is a native Seattleite and a passionate educational administrator. As the Associate Director for Graduate Advising and Student Services, she supports all aspects of the Master of Science in Computer Science program in Seattle. Prior to her current role at NU, she worked in various roles supporting learning, access, retention and engagement in higher education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Inspired by her own experiences in higher education, her master’s research focused on learning communities and first-generation college student engagement.

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Computer Science –  Lecturer

Therapon Skoteiniotis holds a PhD in computer science from Northeastern University’s College of Computer Science. Before joining Northeastern as a lecturer, Skoteiniotis worked at Amazon on multiple areas including Amazon Retail, Amazon Android Appstore, and Builder Tools. Skoteiniotis’ main areas of interest cover software engineering and programming languages.

Adrienne Slaughter

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Dr. Slaughter holds a BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University, and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. Previous to Northeastern, Dr. Slaughter worked at multiple startups and spent many years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has also spent time at MSR, Intel Research Seattle, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory (MERL). Her work has straddled the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and mobile devices, user research, and data science.

Hosung Song

Computer Science – Lecturer

Professor Song is currently working as a software engineer in Microsoft’s Azure cloud business. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a tenured associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He received his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His BS and MS degrees are in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Before coming to US for his doctoral degree, he worked at Samsung SDS as a systems engineer. His experiences in both academia and industry and also in both computer science and a non-computer science major gave him some unique insight regarding how one should develop their career in this field. He recently started teaching part-time, after missing the joy of learning and sharing, and enjoys it very much.

Zhifeng SunZhifeng Sun

Computer Science –  Lecturer

Zhifeng Sun received his PhD from Northeastern in 2012, specializing in approximation algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and distributed computing. After graduation, he spent a few months with Microsoft, building online advertising systems. He is now working full-time at Google, designing statistical forecasting systems. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling to different national parks, and playing basketball.

Additional staff
Kevin Small: Part-Time Lecturer
Ming-Chuan Wu: Part-Time Lecturer


Global Pathways


FeiFei Fei

Global Pathways

Fei received her PhD in second language studies from Michigan State University. Her research interests include computer-assisted second language learning and teaching, second language reading, writing and vocabulary acquisition, and task-based language teaching. Previously, Fei was an instructor in the Department of English at the University of Indianapolis where she taught the psycholinguistics course at the TESOL master program. She also taught writing and ESL courses at various levels in China and in the U.S. A life learner of foreign languages, Fei is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and intermediate in German.


College of Engineering


Andrei-300x300Andrei Guschin

Engineering Management

Dr. Andrei Guschin is a lecturer in management at the University of Washington, and has taught at the leading universities in Eastern Europe and Canada. He served as chair of the Venture Lab, a division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, from 2010 to 2012. Guschin also co-founded two technology companies, including Bionavitas, Inc. He was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, and holds a PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a master’s degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He has also studied at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

April BinghamApril Bingham

College of Engineering

April Bingham is a front-end developer who has been working in the web industry for almost 20 years. During that time, she has been a passionate advocate for maximizing the user’s experience on websites for the entertainment industry, educational/nonprofits and tech startups. When she is not developing or lecturing, you can find April exploring the world via her camera and spending time with her husband and two children.

Yahav Biran

College of Engineering

Yahav is a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft in the Azure Compute team. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Colorado State University in the Department of System Engineering. He helps develop Microsoft’s ultra compute service, the public and private clouds. He has been a practitioner of software engineering for over a decade, with experience at BMC Software, Mobilitec (startup), Lucent Technologies, and Microsoft. He received his B.A. in Computer Science from the Open University of Israel in 2005 and a Master in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in 2014. His primary focus is optimization and scheduling problems in cloud-based distributed systems. His research interests include utility computing and distributed software engineering.

Siva Dosapati

College of Engineering

Siva Dosapati teaches Application Engineering and Development. He has been working in the software industry in various roles for more than 18 years, and currently works as the Senior Director of software engineering for CDK Global. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from JNTU Hyderabad, India. Dosapati has architected, designed, and developed highly scalable platforms, products, and solutions in automotive, manufacturing, banking, human resources, and payroll domains. He enjoys networking with different people and playing poker in his free time


College of Professional Studies


Jeryl ConcepcionJeryl Concepcion

College of Professional Studies – Career & Academic Coach

Jeryl Concepcion serves as the Career and Academic Coach for CPS Graduate Students at NU-Seattle. Originally from San Jose, CA, Jeryl brings over eight years of Student Affairs experience to Northeastern. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Marketing from Sacramento State and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education at Northeastern University.  In addition to his work, he is actively involved as a presenter and leader for both NASPA and ACPA, professional associations for student affairs professionals in higher education. In his spare time, Jeryl enjoys trying new restaurants and cafes, practicing yoga, engaging in social justice education, and watching ice hockey (San Jose Sharks) and baseball (San Francisco Giants)!

ScottRobert Scott Gassler

Commerce and Economic Development

Robert Scott Gassler holds an MA in economics from the University of Washington and a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado. Scott has published in journals in economics, political science, education, library-information science, nonprofit organizations, planning, environmental science, and systems science. His works have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Persian, and Russian. He has taught courses in virtually every field of economics, plus some in political science, management, mathematics, and statistics. Scott recently retired as Professor of Economics at Vesalius College of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Before moving to Everett, WA, Scott spent a year with his wife as volunteer teachers in a secondary school in North-East India. He is a science-fiction and fantasy fan.

Mike-300x300Michael Kuntz

Project Management

Michael Kuntz is a member of the graduate faculty at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. He is a mechanical engineer and a recently retired associate technical fellow from the Boeing Company, where he conducted projects in research and development of new materials and manufacturing processes in aerospace applications. Kuntz also has experience in construction and equipment engineering projects. He holds an MBA, with a technology and engineering management specialty, and has had extensive practical experience in leading teams in construction, manufacturing, and research and development projects. Kuntz acquired his Project Management Professional Certification in 2005 and is a registered professional mechanical engineer in Washington. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Kuntz enjoys skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Yvonne Freitas McGookin

Organizational Communication

Yvonne Freitas McGookin is an accomplished organizational development professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the government, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. Her interests have focused on advancing organizational performance through leadership development and talent management. She is also interested in career development, and has conducted career transition courses and workshops. McGookin grew up in Boston, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emmanuel College and a MEd, with a concentration in organizational development, from Cambridge College. She has been on the faculty of Cambridge College and Bellevue College. In her free time, McGookin enjoys hiking, painting, jazz music, theater, and traveling.

Jim ODonnell

Project Management

Jim ODonnell has over 30 years’ experience as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur in the Information Technology, Oil and Gas and Software Development industries, Jim brings a unique blend of real-world experience, successful start-ups and academic research to the classroom.

Jim holds a BS in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Business from Argosy University in Seattle (Dissertation topic: “A Study of the Relationships among Project Managers’ Leadership Practices, Project Complexity, and Project Success).

He has taught a wide range of management material in both the corporate and academic environments and has authored courses in PMP Prep, Foundations of Project Mgt., Managing & Leading Successful Projects, Managing Complex Projects and Assessing & Recovering Troubled Projects.

A PMP/PMI member since 2003, Jim lives on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Ricardo Valdez

College of Professional Studies – EdD (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)

Ricardo Valdez is an assistant teaching professor in the Graduate School of Education. His academic interests include the study of first-generation college students’ self-efficacy, validation, persistence and interactions with faculty.

For the past decade, Dr. Valdez served as Director of Yakima Valley Community Partnerships with the University of Washington, where he was responsible for a wide range of local programs and research projects including economic development initiatives, educational programs that included certificated and dual-credit college in the high school programs. Dr. Valdez also has extensive experience working with Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grants through U.S. Department of Education aimed at increasing Latino(a) representation in the STEM teaching fields. Since 2003, he has held additional positions as an instructor, affiliate faculty and grant director.

A native of Wapato, WA, Valdez currently resides on the lands of the Yakama Indian Nation in south central Washington and teaches online.

Morteza ZiyadiMorteza Ziyadi

Lecturer – Analytics

Morteza Ziyadi is an adjunct faculty in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University where he teaches different courses in data analytics and machine learning. He also works as a data & applied scientist at Microsoft focused on developing tools and services based on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing in the Cloud services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a senior data scientist at KPMG delivering data driven insights to the clients and building AI tools for the customers. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) in 2017 and has (co)authored in more than 100 journals and conference papers including Nature scientific reports.

As for his professional and research interests, he is focused on applying advanced analytics including artificial intelligence, NLP, machine learning, and statistical analysis on real world problems and building tools and services on top it, as well as delivering data driven insights using these tools.


College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Ann Lesperance

Director of CSSH Programs in Seattle

Ann Lesperance has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and project manager in domestic and international fields including environmental and public health analysis, disaster management, and recovery from natural and man-made events. She is currently the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security located in Seattle, Washington. Ann works extensively with federal, state, and local emergency managers and public safety officials on technical and policy issues with an emphasis on terrorist activities, biological events, port security, and critical infrastructure protection. She advocates a bottoms-up approach to public safety and disaster management, focusing first on the local level then linking the state and federal levels to ensure meaningful preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience actions are defined.

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