Our Staff

Faisal Jaswal

Faisal Jaswal

Assistant Dean, Student Programs

Biography:

Faisal Jaswal came to Bellevue, Washington in 1982 as an International Student from Karachi, Pakistan. As Assistant Dean of Student Programs, Faisal founded the Bellevue College Student Leadership Institute to help develop leadership skills in students, instill concepts of service and volunteerism, and foster more diverse leaders in the community. During his more than 30 …more about Faisal Jaswal


Nora Lance

Nora Lance

Associate Director, Student Programs

Biography:

Nora Lance has worked at Bellevue College for more than 22 years, beginning in Enrollment Services, and then in International Student Programs where for 9 years she served as Associate Director. She is currently the Associate Director of Student Programs. Nora became interested in education in 1978 as a parent volunteering in the school system, …more about Nora Lance


Chris Stoynov

Chris (Hristo) Stoynov

Program Manager, Student Programs Finance & Travel

Biography:

Chris has worked in Student Programs for 10 years, managing all finances, travel, and risk management for the department. He holds a B.S. in Geology and Mineral Exploration from the Institute of Mining and Geology in Sofia, Bulgaria, an M.S. in Geology from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University …more about Chris (Hristo) Stoynov


Amy McCrory

Program Specialist, PALS Center & Student Programs Front Desk

Biography:

Amy McCrory has been with Bellevue College since 1997 — working first for Enrollment Services and the Assessment and Testing Center before moving to the Disability Resource Center in 2008.  Amy has worked in many different positions in each department and brings these experiences to her work at Student Programs. In managing the PALS Center and Student Programs …more about Amy McCrory


LaMeshia Reese-Taylor

LaMeshia Reese-Taylor

Program Specialist, Leadership Advisor

Biography:

LaMeshia graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2010 after double majoring in Applied Developmental Psychology and Children’s Studies.  In 2012, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently under supervision to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  As advisor to the student government and student legislative teams, she …more about LaMeshia Reese-Taylor


Skip Sampelayo

Skip Sampelayo

Adjunct Instructor, Leadership Institute

Biography:

Skip Sampelayo came to Bellevue College after a lengthy career as an executive in Information Technology at The Boeing Company. Skip’s technical interests span application development and maintenance, business intelligence solutions, systems architecture and strategy, and system capability maturity. Working alongside students, Skip’s current role is as an instructor and advisor for the Bellevue College …more about Skip Sampelayo


Stephanie Rowe

Stephanie Rowe

Program Assistant

Biography:

Stephanie Rowe assists the hundreds of students each quarter who need help accessing their club budgets, financial information, or with planning and events. She organizes details of travel arrangements, reserves transportation and hotel registration, and helps connect students to the different offices on and off campus that they may need in order for their projects …more about Stephanie Rowe


Tess McMillan

Website Manager

Biography:

Tess McMillan came to Bellevue College mid-career to study programming and art and while a student she received the two-year Washington Award for Vocational Excellence. She was most recently employed by the Microsoft Corporation, building companion content for all Microsoft Press books and the Unlimited Potential program. While at Microsoft, she created the first golden master …more about Tess McMillan


Cathy Thruelsen

Cathy Thruelsen

Outreach Representative, Outreach & Peer Support Services

Biography:

In the nine years she has worked and studied at Bellevue College, Cathy has served in many capacities. As an instructor and tutor, she instructed in practical, financial, managerial and payroll accounting, and in accounting software programs. She has also tutored in business and business math. Cathy currently works within the Outreach program to promote …more about Cathy Thruelsen


Amber Nicholson

Amber Nicholson

Program Manager, Sustainability

Biography:

Amber Nicholson graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Business. She works on researching and analyzing data, designing new projects, and engaging the college community on sustainability topics. Her main focus is to create programs that students, staff, and faculty can use to improve their triple …more about Amber Nicholson


Lyneen Patnoe

Lyneen Patnoe

Program Manager, Performing Arts

Biography:

As the Performing Arts Manager for Bellevue College, Lyneen Patnoe comes into direct contact with about 1000 students each year – including students from the college and the many Middle and High School students from around the state who participate in BC-sponsored Jazz Festivals. She works with Performing Arts faculty and students on their annual …more about Lyneen Patnoe


Lisa Salkind

Program Manager, The Watchdog

Biography:

Lisa Salkind came to Bellevue College in 2000 after a long career in the advertising industry followed by several years assisting non-profits with sponsorship procurement. She sells advertising and manages day to day operations for the Bellevue College student newspaper, The Watchdog, which employs approximately 40 students annually and is published weekly when the college …more about Lisa Salkind