Meet the Staff

Professional 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, funding for student clubs and coordinates the annual commencement ceremony, 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

Becky Riopel






Shandy Stomieroski earned her associate degree at Centralia College in 2006 and her Bachelor of Arts at Eastern Washington University in 2009. 


As the Assistant Director, 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.


Assistant Director of Student Life

Shandy Stomieroski








 Kirk Heynen has previously worked in student affairs advising at Gonzaga University, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Washington Seattle.  He earned a Bachelor’s in Communications at Calvin College, and will complete his Masters’ of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University in spring 2017. 


Kirk advises Cascadia’s student clubs and Community Engagement Officers, and helps the rest of the Student Life team with student events, marketing, and leadership programs. 


Kirk’s office is in ARC-140 and he would be happy to meet with you!


Student Life Advisor

Kirk Heynen