Meet the DRC Staff

DRC Director Paul Arithi

Paul Arithi



Paul has a passion and firm belief that disability is not inability – with the right attitude and appropriate accommodations all students/adults with disabilities are able to attain their full academic potential and create a solid pathway to succeed in their current and future careers. Paul holds a postgraduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Metropolitan …more about Paul Arithi

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AJ Duxbury

Assistant Director


AJ is the Assistant Director for the DRC.  She graduated from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa with a Master of Arts in American studies, focusing on minority students in higher education, and a Graduate Certificate in disability and diversity studies.  Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.  Her previous work …more about AJ Duxbury


Ana Palma-Gutierrez

Program Specialist


Ana is new to the DRC office staff and is excited to provide a safe and welcoming environment to all who access the DRC. Ana enjoys reading, writing, drinking coffee, and learning new languages.

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Elizabeth Beeman

Program Specialist


Elizabeth was born and raised in Seattle and is an alumna of Bellevue College. She recently graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and aspires to be a force of change in disability rights. When she’s not being a customer service rock star at the DRC, Elizabeth enjoys knitting, animated movies, …more about Elizabeth Beeman


Michaella Rosner

Part-Time Front Desk


Michaella graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a B.A. in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. While attending UW, Michaella worked as a Social Justice Organizer, developing a curriculum for LGBTQIA+ allyship training and other anti-oppressive events about feminism and queer, trans, and disability justice. Michaella enjoys watching Netflix, studying Japanese, and obnoxiously …more about Michaella Rosner


Fernando J. Duenas

Part-Time Proctor


I am primarily the morning proctor in the DRC Testing Center. To get to know me you first have to know that I am not supposed to be here – when I was five I was in a horrific car accident in which all but my step-dad sustained life-altering injuries. In the R.V., while crashing, …more about Fernando J. Duenas

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Jeremiah Swagger



Jeremiah is new to the DRC staff and is excited about providing students with a safe, distraction-free testing environment and the other resources they need to be successful in their education goals.  Jeremiah enjoys writing, reading, drinking coffee, and watching it rain.

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Katelynn Creeley

Deaf Services Specialist


Katelynn Creeley has a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting from Western Oregon University and a minor in Deaf Studies.  She enjoys spending her free time volunteering in the Deaf and Deafblind communities, as well as attending events and workshops advancing her education.  When Katelynn isn’t busy with her “hands up’ she enjoys reading, …more about Katelynn Creeley

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Raymona Baldwin

Assistive Technology Specialist


Raymona is the Assistive Technology Specialist at Bellevue College. A generalist, she works alongside individuals with all types of disabilities and barriers. Learning disability software, and the application of mobile technology are favored areas of practice. She enjoys participating in researching, writing, speaking, and presenting about ideas related to disability and technology. Raymona earned professional …more about Raymona Baldwin

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Carole Stoddard

eText Manager


I am Carole Stoddard, the new eText Manager at the Disability Resource Center. I am a Washingtonian, having grown up in the hilltop Tacoma area. I got my bachelor’s degree in Russian Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Washington, Seattle. If you have ever wanted someone to discuss Russian art or literature with, I …more about Carole Stoddard

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Sara Gardner

Disability Specialist, Autism Spectrum Navigators Program Director


Sara Gardner began her work at Bellevue College in 2010, during the pilot study for what is now the Autism Spectrum Navigators program. Following the pilot, she stayed on to design and develop the program, which she now manages.  Sara is also adjunct faculty: she teaches the first class in the ASN course series to …more about Sara Gardner


Lauren Maisano

Autism Spectrum Navigators Program Manager


Just a little about me: I’m a Michigan native (Go Red Wings!). I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2012 from Saginaw Valley State University and my Master’s in Leadership in Higher Education from UW in 2016.  After my undergraduate graduation, I recognized the importance of co-curricular learning (I was highly involved in my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, …more about Lauren Maisano