Meet the Staff
Becky Riopel received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from New England College and a Master’s degree in Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia. After working in Student Affairs for over 15 years on the east coast at Connecticut College, Roger Williams University and College of the Holy Cross, she decided it was time to move back to her home state of Washington. Previously, Becky was the Events Coordinator at Cascadia, working with internal and external groups to plan their events in classrooms and Mobius Hall.
As the Director of Student Life, Becky advises the Cascadia Student Government and funding for student clubs, as well as working with the rest of the Student Life staff to support all club events and initiatives to provide a diverse and inclusive out of the classroom experience.
Director of Student Life
Shandy Stomieroski earned her associate degree at Centralia College in 2006 and her Bachelor of Arts at Eastern Washington University in 2009.
As the Student Life Advisor, Shandy advises the Cascadia Activities Board and supports student clubs from recognition through event execution. Shandy brings with her a passion for student life and helping students build the path to success during their time in college.
Student Life Advisor
Martin Yanagihara earned his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a focus on Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior from the University of Washington Bothell. Martin had worked for the Office of Student Affairs in Orientation and the Campus Events Board at UW Bothell since 2010.
As the Graduate Student Intern, Martin supports Cascadia and UW Bothell’s joint programs such as the Universal Leadership Conference, Cross Cultural Engagement Retreat, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and the Women in Leadership Recognition event. He also will be supporting the Student Life Outreach campaign.
Graduate Student Intern
Name: Hi all, I’m Jazmine Edwards!
Title/Position (Student Leader): Community Engagement Officer (CEO)
High School you graduated from (and city): In the spring of 2015 I will be a graduate from Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish...
What are you studying? … In the meantime I am working on getting a double degree in Microbiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in American Sign Language.
Why did you choose to attend Cascadia?: The reason I chose Cascadia to begin these goals was because I felt that Cascadia provided the best foundation for my education and it allowed me to enjoy the first years of being a college student while being a Running Start student.
What are your hobbies/interests? (Outside of school): When I’m not studying or working I love to bake, volunteer and do sports (Taekwondo and soccer).
What are your plans after Cascadia?: After going to the University, I would like to get into medical school and study Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Why should students get involved in Cascadia Student Life? I know that it’s exciting and nerve-wracking to start this crazy college journey and it’s easy to get wrapped up in studying, but it’s important to enjoy where you are; getting involved on campus is a great way to do that!
Name: Ralph Suguitan
Title/Position (Student Leader): Community Engagement Officer (CEO)Graphic Designer
High School you graduated from (and city): Glacier Peak (Snohomish, WA)
What are you studying? Computer Science
What are your hobbies/interests? (Outside of school): Basketball and photography
What are your plans after Cascadia?: Hopefully attend UW Seattle and start working in UX Design
Why should students get involved in Cascadia Student Life? You're surrounded by a great team. Student life gives you a chance to meet new and interesting people. Honestly, it makes going to school fun.