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Word to the Wildcats- Season 6

The “Word to the Wildcats” leadership series is designed to provide space for notable CWU Alumni, CWU Educators, and community members to share stories of growth, resilience and leadership with the current Wildcat student body. Each guest speaker will share a unique moment in their life that has and taught them a major life leadership lesson, current trends, and hot topics. Check out Word to the Wildcats on these major platforms:

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Word to the Wildcat - Season 6


Season 6, Episode 3 features Ronnie Burris (available February 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PST)

Ronnie Burris is a current senior at Central Washington University actively pursuing graduate school education in some of the top educational departments in the world. Ronnie has worked in a variety of different offices throughout his undergraduate experience including Housing and Residence Life, Orientation and Transitions Programs, and Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement/Diversity & Equity Center Mentoring. Ronnie hopes to further empower black students through the systems of education and the world!

Season 6, Episode 2 features Dr. Cindy Bruns (available February 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PST)

Dr. Cindy Bruns received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her experience includes 20 years in university counseling centers, with specialty background in college student mental health, trauma, and the interaction between social justice and mental health. Dr. Bruns has been at Central Washington University for nearly 13 years, serving first as Counseling Services’ Training Director. She has been the Director of Counseling for CWU since 2019.

Season 6, Episode 2 features Andrea Eklund (available January 19, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PST)

Professor Andrea Eklund has been at CWU teaching Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising for 15 years. Starting out with 25 students she solely built the program for 11 years to a thriving industry-relevant program with graduates working at small and large companies like REI, Eddie Bauer, Zumiez, Zulily, Amazon, and Nike to name a few. Andrea’s time in the industry as a Quality Engineer for Nordstrom’s private label division, Nordstrom Product Group gave her experience working with men’s, women’s, kid’s, at home, accessories, and shoes. Part of her position at Nordstrom included social responsibility with the many brands she worked with. Andrea brings this experience into the classroom for industry-relevant content assuring students are prepared for the industry. Courses throughout the program include information on social responsibility-related topics and how students can make a difference in the apparel industry.

Season 6, Episode 1 features S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (available January 5, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PST)

Season 6 kicks off with two representatives from CWU SISTERS: Makenna Thuringer and Katelyn Richardson. Makenna Thuringer is the President of CWU SISTERS and has been an officer on the board for SISTERS for three years and a member her freshman year. Makenna is a senior at Central Washington University majoring in Public Health with a specialization in Population Health. She intends to further her education after receiving her bachelor's degree by applying to MPH Graduate Programs around the US. She is heavily involved on campus and currently works at SLICE (Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement) as a student program leader and at the Wellness Center as a Peer Health Educator. Makenna gives credit to SISTERS for providing an environment to grow and be the leader she is today. She has volunteered much of her time helping better the CWU and greater Ellensburg community through her time at SISTERS. She is incredibly proud of how far SISTERS has come over the last few years and is excited to see the community grow with the next generation of leaders.

Katelyn Richardson is a Senior majoring in Food Science and Nutrition with a specialization in dietetics. Katelyn's career goal is to become a diabetes educator for kids. She is Vice President of Sisters, Public Relations Officer of Nutrition Science Club, and a contributor to Her Campus. She's passionate about getting involved at Central by creating memories and meeting different people. The roles she's taken on in her senior year have helped her enhance my leadership abilities and learn from others. I hope to take all that I've learned here at Central and continue to grow and excel.

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    Season 2, Episode 1 features Armando Ortiz. (available September 23, 2020)

    Episode 1 features Armando T. Ortíz. Armando grew up in White Center, WA and graduated from Big Picture high school. While at Central Washington University he majored in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. During his time at CWU Armando worked diligently for the students of underrepresented groups by being a leader in various student groups and serving as the ASCWU student government president.. Upon graduating Armando went to attain his Masters in Education from Loyola University Chicago in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies. Since acquiring his masters Armando working in the community as a Social Enterprise Manager for Juma Ventures engaging Seattle area youth in building their soft skills and their financial literacy/capabilities knowledge to aid in their progression of becoming a young adult.

    Season 2, Episode 2 features Dr. Jesus Iniguez (available October 7, 2020)

    Episode 2 features CWU alumni Dr. Jesus Iniguez. Born in Othello, WA, Dr. Iniguez grew up in Mattawa, WA to Mexican immigrant parents and is a first generation college student. He attended Central Washington University as a Gates Millennium Scholar, Science Honors Research Scholar and McNair Scholar, earned his BA in Biology Cum Laude with Minors in Chemistry and Anthropology and received a Science Honors certificate with publication of an undergraduate thesis and the 2011 SR Provost/Vice Presidential Student Award for Leadership from CWU. He also participated in the CWU stunt team from 2009- 2011. Undeserved volunteering opportunities and research led him to medical school at Dartmouth where he became involved in migrant health projects and the office of Diversity and Inclusion as Class representative and Diversity Fellow. He graduated with Dartmouth’s Diversity Visionary Leadership Award in 2016. He completed Family Medicine residency at Lawrence Family Medicine in Lawrence Massachusetts in June of 2020 with focuses in surgical obstetrics, chronic pain, addiction and point of care ultrasound. Dr. Iniguez has accepted a position as Medical Director for the Des Moines Medical Clinic for Sea Mar Community health centers.

    Season 2, Episode 3 features Molly Nutt (available October 21, 2020)

    Molly graduated from CWU in 2019 with a Marketing degree. After graduation she started an internship at the T-Mobile Headquarters in the Corporate Communications department, working specifically on the Employee Communications team. After she completed her internship, she was offered a full-time role on the team. Molly is currently the communications partner for T-Mobile's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department - helping strategize, guide and amplify Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives for employees across the country.

    Season 2, Episode 4 features Anthony Peterson (available November 4, 2020)

    Season 2, Episode 4 features CWU alumni Anthony Peterson. Anthony graduated from CWU in 2010, with a dual major in Law and Justice as well as Sociology while also attaining a minor in Africana and Black Studies. He was the former ASCWU VP for Equity and Services Council, and was a co-founder of CWU Empire which later evolved into Brother 2 Brother. After graduating from CWU, Anthony earned his Master of Art degree in Organizational Leadership and Business Management from Gonzaga University. He now serves as Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer, for Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington which is a non-profit organization providing community services through federal, state and local agencies since 1971.

    Season 2, Episode 5 features Teresa Divine (available November 18, 2020)

    The final episode of season 2 features Teresa I. Francis, J.D., LL.M. (aka Divine). Divine is an Associate Professor at Central Washington University in the Department of Law and Justice. She was born and raised in the Bronx. As a young person, she waited in the hallways of New York City night court awaiting her mother’s arraignment. At eighteen, she fought in family court to win custody of my younger siblings.

    Divine’s past family issues permitted her to share her first-hand vivid stories about urban life with students and the community. Her life experiences have dedicated to the success of students of color. She served as the BSU advisor from 2005-2019. She was responsible for the first Black Graduation in 2006. She organized the 2020 Teach IN/OUT in response to the BLM protest and uprising around the country after the death of George Floyd.

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    Season 3, Episode 1 (Part 1 and Part 2) features Dr. Shawnté Elbert (available January 20, 2021)

    Season 3 kicks off with Dr. Shawnté who is the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Central Washington University. Her portfolio includes supervision of Disability Services, Counseling Services, Student Health, University Recreation and the Wellness Center. She also provides co-support to the Case Management department, and Co-Chairs the C.A.R.E. Team on campus. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in Health Education and Promotion with a concentration in Worksite Health. She received her MA degree in Wellness from Chatham University and completed her Ed.D. from St. Thomas University in Educational Leadership and Management. Shawnté is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Health & Wellness Coach. At East Carolina University-Student Health Services she held the Health Educator position for over five and a half years. While at East Carolina, she also served as the Assistant Director of Greek Life for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

    After East Carolina, she was employed at UNC Charlotte, Center for Wellness Promotion, where she was the Health Educator for Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and General Health. After Charlotte, she worked at IUPUI as the inaugural Director of Health and Wellness Promotion. In addition, Shawnté had a faculty appointment with the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts. For over 10 years she has served as a site supervisor for graduate and undergraduate Interns, co-advised Peer Education groups, and undergraduate chapters of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Peer Health, and Health and Wellness courses. She is active in American College Health Association, where she sits on the Board of Directors and NASPA, in which she serves as the Co-Chair for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community.

    Shawnté has a tremendous passion for helping others achieve their goals and serves as a mentor and coach for many within higher education. Shawnté believes in professional development and mentoring, especially for underrepresented populations, as evident in her own personal successes, in part to mentorship she received. Her love for college health centers on health equity, social justice, health literacy, mentorship and access. She sits on the Board of Directors for American College Health Association. In NASPA, serves as the Co-Chair for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community and on the Peer Education Advisory Board.

    Season 3, Episode 3 features Michael Middleton (available February 17, 2021)

    Michael Middleton vehemently believes in the power of the club experience in a collegiate format, "Some of my closest friends and fondest memories from Undergrad came out of my involvement in student clubs. It is what led me to this career path." Michael received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with two minors in biology and neuroscience in 2016. He then went on to complete a M.Ed. in 2018 both from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Michael was involved with numerous University of Mary Washington performance and dance based clubs. Most notably UMW Breakers, a breaking and hip hop culture club, where he served as Club President for two years. In his free time Michael continues to enjoy breaking, learning the drums, physical training, and art.

    Season 3, Episode 2 features Nathaniel McMillion and Tiu Ramsey Fruean (available February 2, 2021)

    About Nathaniel McMillion: Since becoming student trustee of Central Washington University of July 1, 2020, Nathaniel McMillion has fully committed to bringing forth equitable experiences to all the students in all of our campuses across this state. During his undergraduate years, McMillion has worked with multiple Equity and Service Counsel organizations such as CASA and Polycentral, served as president for the Black Student Union, and has worked in the Diversity and Equity Center since his sophomore year. McMillion came to CWU after working at Verizon Wireless in Kent. He started as a sales representative but was later promoted to assistant manager right before coming to Central. McMillion is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Africana Black Studies. His interest in Public Relations stems from his previous experiences serving as a youth pastor and making connections with people of all ages and ethnicities. McMillion was born in Tacoma, Washington and remained there until he graduated from Bethel High School in 2011. After receiving his diploma, McMillion moved to Kent in pursuit of a career interest that later led him rediscovering his love for Public Relations and then applying to Central.


    About Tiu Ramsey Fruean: Talofa! Tiu Ramsey Fruean (He, Him, His), is from Lakewood, WA, and currently living in Federal Way, WA. He is serving as a college and career coach for College Success AmeriCorps and serving a year term; He is a recent graduate of Central Washington University class of 2020.with a B.S in social services and currently working on his M.Ed. (Masters) in higher education at CWU. He inspires to be a Director or Dean in the student success aspect serving BIPOC students while uplifting his community.

    Season 3, Episode 4 features Brandon Wear-Grimm (available March 3, 2021)

    Episode 4 is themed around communication and conflict resolution and will feature ASCWU Vice President Brandon Wears-Grimm. Brandon (he/him/his) started his journey at Central Washington University in the winter of 2018 when he transferred from the University of Washington as a 1st year. Brandon found a true home at Central and made many friends. His support system even helped lead him to his most current adventure: serving the students as their ASCWU Executive Vice President. When Brandon is not working on projects or doing school work, He likes to spend his free time with loved ones, learning about leadership, exercising, or watching anime. Brandon loves connecting with and learning about others. Please feel free to reach out to him at any time.

    Season 3, Episode 5 features Sara Omrani (available March 17, 2021)

    Sara Omrani is a student at CWU and a political organizer for Ellensburg Calls to Action. As the child of a political refugee she feels passionately about advocating for social justice and being critical of oppressive and violent imperialistic government administrations.

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    Season 4, Episode 1 features Roziie Cardenas (available April 21, 2021)

    Roziie Cardenas (She/Her/Hers) is a CWU alumni and was part of the 2020 graduating class. Currently, Roziie is working for a nonprofit organization called Neighborhood House- Project SCOPE as a Youth Advocate II which is located in King County. Usually if is she not out in the community connecting with youth, families, and networking she is keeping up with the latest trends and Netflix series. When speaking with Roziie during this interview she touched on many inspiring experiences that she was able to gain from Central and apply them to her work now. She is especially great full for her connection at the DEC, STAR, and former colleagues and peer! It was a pleasure speaking with her and lovely to reconnect!

    Season 4, Episode 2 features Trevor Richards (available April 28, 2021)

    Trevor Richards was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987 but moved to Omaha, NE at the age of 10. The adjustment was not easy, and it left its mark but Trevor's family was grateful and grabbed the opportunity to live in America with both hands. As a student at the University of Nebraska, Trevor studied Business Administration and History. He was also a Collegiate All-American rugby player and was fortunate enough to represent the USA in 7s rugby in Fiji. Unfortunately, Trevor had to call it quits on his playing career after too many injuries and he instead focused on coaching, traveling, and working just about any job he could so that he could keep pursuing my passions of coaching and traveling.

    Trevor's coaching career has taken him all over the country and even abroad and it has allowed him to work with every age group from preschool through to senior national team level. He has been fortunate to work for multiple private rugby companies, local club teams, universities, and even the Bermudan National Team. In 2016, Trevor was hired on as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the CWU Men’s Rugby. The next year he was asked to be the Interim Head Coach for the Women’s Rugby Team and at the end of that academic year, he was hired on as the Head Coach, which brings us to today. When Trevor wasn’t coaching, he was traveling. This love of travel started early but flourished after studying and playing rugby in Australia. After college, Trevor took a quintessential 9-week backpacking trip through Europe and Morocco that really opened his eyes to what was possible. After another couple of years of working and coaching, he embarked on my most epic and life-changing trip to date; 8 months riding a motorcycle through South America. The informal education that he received from this adventure was invaluable and it helped shift my perspective in more ways than one. In his limited free time, Trevor loves being in the great outdoors and enjoying the majesty of the PNW.

    Season 4, Episode 3 features Emma Cottle (available May 12, 2021)

    Emma Cottle is a 2019 Central Washington University graduate with a major in elementary education and minor/certificate in accessibility studies. Following graduation, she accepted and has taught Kindergarten in the Puyallup School District. She is currently wrapping up her second year of teaching. Her focus in the classroom is to create a safe space by offering students and their families an interdisciplinary approach of accommodation and individualization to ensure each student will thrive, and to foster a love of life-long learning. She practices being a lifelong learner herself, by continuing her education to receive her masters in early childhood education through Eastern Washington University.

    Season 4, Episode 4 features Teresa Divine - ENCORE Episode from season 2 (available May 26, 2021)

    Season 4, Episode 4 is an ENCORE episode from Season 2 featuring Teresa I. Francis, J.D., LL.M. (aka Divine). Divine is an Associate Professor at Central Washington University in the Department of Law and Justice. She was born and raised in the Bronx. As a young person, she waited in the hallways of New York City night court awaiting her mother’s arraignment.

    At eighteen, she fought in family court to win custody of my younger siblings. Divine’s past family issues permitted her to share her first-hand vivid stories about urban life with students and the community. Her life experiences have dedicated to the success of students of color. She served as the BSU advisor from 2005-2019. She was responsible for the first Black Graduation in 2006. She organized the 2020 Teach IN/OUT in response to the BLM protest and uprising around the country after the death of George Floyd.

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    Season 5, Episode 4 features Nate McMillion (available December 1, 2021)

    Season 5, Episode 4 features Nathaniel McMillion with the CWU Black Student Union. Nate dives into conversations exploring Foundations of Leadership and the reality of being black in Ellensburg. During his time at Central, Nate has had the opportunity to serve as the student trustee, president for the Black Student Union, worked with multiple Equity and Service Council organizations such as CASA and Polycentral, and has worked in the Diversity and Equity Center since his sophomore year. He is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Africana Black Studies. Nate's interest in Public Relations stems from his previous experiences serving as a youth pastor and making connections with people of all ages and ethnicities. He came to CWU after working at Verizon Wireless in Kent. He began as a sales representative but was later promoted to the assistant manager position right before coming to Central. Nate was born in Tacoma, Washington, and remained there until his graduation from Bethel High School in 2011. After receiving his diploma, Nate moved to Kent in pursuit of a career interest that later led him to rediscover his love for Public Relations and to apply to Central.

    Season 5, Episode 3 features Alex Splattstoesser and Alisa Muench (available November 10, 2021)

    Season 5, Episode 3 features Alex Splattstoesser and Alisa Muench with the CWU Theatre Department. Alex and Alisa dive into conversations exploring professional development while channeling their inner “theater kid.”

    Alex Splattstoesser is a senior in the musical theatre department here at Central. He has been a part of several productions on and off campus in Ellensburg doing things like choreography in the 2019 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame or acting on stage during the spring 2021 production of Theory of Relativity. With his final year a lot of time is being used to iron out the rest of his degree and prepare for a move to Chicago. Alex is grateful to be able to provide a voice to what exactly musical theatre students do and how to transfer what we do here in college to the professional world. In his free time he enjoys taking care of his plants, hitting the gym, and finding new music!

    Alisa Muench is a senior Musical Theatre Major from Sammamish, WA. She started at CWU in 2017 as a general theatre studies BA and eventually joined Musical Theatre in 2019. She's been in a multitude of shows at Central and beyond. Her credits include: Paulette (Legally Blonde), Ms. Pennywise (Urinetown), Lucy van Pelt (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Mrs. Jacobson (Dissent), Gargoyle (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Louise (Holiday Inn), #25 (The Wolves), Martha (Spring Awakening). Alisa also recently participated as a finalist in the Region 7 Kennedy American College Theatre Festival Musical Theatre Scholarship Audition Competition (phewf, a mouthful). She placed 2nd in the region and Top 16 in the country. She is the president of The Hot New Jam (Central's Best and Only Improv Team) and the director of The Rocky Horror Picture Show here at Central. Alisa loves musical theatre and loves to talk about it any chance she gets.

    Season 5, Episode 2 features Katie Parks (available October 27, 2021)

    Episode 2 features Katie Parks. Katie recently joined the Wellness Center team as the Health Promotion Coordinator for Violence Prevention and Response. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from Central Michigan University in 2019 and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2021. She has previous experience working in the field of violence prevention and response and is very passionate about this work. Katie takes pride in offering compassionate, trauma-informed services to survivors and working to create a healthy and safe campus environment.

    Season 5, Episode 1 features the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) Club (available October 20, 2021)

    Season 5 kicks off with two members of the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) club. Bianca Sanchez and Andrea Gullien-Hernandez are members of PUSH and dive into an engaging conversation around normalizing needs. Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a national effort to encourage college and university presidents to commit to fighting hunger. At the urging of faculty, staff, and students the previous CWU President, James Gaudino, signed the commitment in 2015. The CWU chapter is committed to reducing hunger and resource insecurity on campus. PUSH is a combined effort from students, faculty, staff, and Ellensburg community partners to connect students to resources. They believe that no academic program is effective when students are hungry or unhoused. PUSH manages a food pantry, an emergency meal fund, and pop-up events to provide boxes of food and hygiene products to students.

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