Meet Neurodiversity Navigators Staff

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Sara Sanders Gardner (none/they)

Director, Adjunct Faculty


Sara Sanders Gardner is the designer and director of Bellevue College's nationally recognized Neurodiversity Navigators program (NdN), which began in 2010. Sara is also lead curriculum designer and adjunct faculty for the program’s seven-course career preparation cohort series. Sara teaches the Orientation class and the first class in the series, "Skills for Navigating College and ...more about Sara Sanders Gardner (none/they)

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Jesse Gardner (she/her/) no relation to Sara!

Program Manager


Jesse Gardner (who is not related to Sara, even though they have the same last name!) has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Management Information Systems from Gonzaga University, and she is dedicated to empowering students to achieve their full potential while being their true selves. Jesse enjoys working with ...more about Jesse Gardner (she/her/) no relation to Sara!

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Ris Swank (all pronouns)

Program & Research Assistant


Ris Swank has an MA in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies from the University of Essex and a BA in Psychology from Seattle University. They have worked with Neurodiversity Navigators as a Peer Mentor since 2020. Additionally, Ris has a background in qualitative and mixed-methodology research.  Ris is dedicated to empowering students to succeed at Bellevue ...more about Ris Swank (all pronouns)

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Nav A. Gator

Program Assistant

  • Email:
  • Phone: 425.564.2764
  • Office Location: B131, below the Planetarium
  • Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


If you have questions, I'm the one to ask! Please either email me at or use our Contact Us page! Since Neurodiversity Navigators has a small full-time staff, I take care of answering your questions! I can also make appointments for current students. If you are a future student, please attend an Information Session ...more about Nav A. Gator