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Position Vacant

Director, Student Programs

  • Phone: (425) 564-6150
  • Office Location: C212


This position is currently vacant.

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Nora Lance

Associate Director, Student Programs


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

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Amy McCrory

Program Specialist, PALS Center & Student Programs Front Desk


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

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Cathy Thruelsen

Peer 2 Peer and Social Responsibility Coordinator


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 to promote social responsibility with Peer-to-Peer …more about Cathy Thruelsen

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Chris (Hristo) Stoynov

Program Manager, Student Programs Finance & Travel


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

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LaMeshia Reese-Taylor

Program Specialist, Leadership Advisor


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

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Lisa Salkind

Program Manager, The Watchdog


Lisa Salkind came to Bellevue College in 2010 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

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Lyneen Patnoe

Program Manager, Performing Arts


As the Program Manager dealing with Bellevue College Performing Arts, 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 …more about Lyneen Patnoe

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Skip Sampelayo

Adjunct Instructor, Leadership Institute


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

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Tess McMillan

Website Manager


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