Denise grew up in Southern California and lived up and down the California coast before moving to Montana to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Billings Public Library. While in Billings, she expanded services for the library’s teens-only digital learning lab through fundraising, community outreach, and recruiting college students to mentor at-risk youth. She has a degree in creative writing and is really into books, burritos, and female-fronted bands.
As Network Manager, Linnea builds and maintains a statewide network of community engagement practitioners committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility. She also leads the WACC VISTA Program that places AmeriCorps VISTA members on campuses across the state who partner with local agencies to increase educational access and success for underrepresented youth and to secure nutritional food sources for families in need.
In her work, Linnea often draws on her broad range of experience from around the globe: she has worked with refugees in Europe, as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross in East Africa, and as a consultant to non-governmental agencies in Southeast Asia. After moving to Bellingham with her family, Linnea worked as a local Volunteer Director managing a 300+ volunteer corps, which included many students and AmeriCorps members, before joining the team at WACC in 2009.
When not at work, Linnea loves nothing better than to cook and to share good food, believing in the unifying force of “breaking bread” together. When not cooking or eating, she can be found walking Bellingham trails, or hiking on Mt. Baker.
A graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she considers the Badgers her “home” team. Go Badgers!
Jennifer has been the executive director for Washington Campus Compact at Western Washington University since 1995. She believes that by engaging students in communities and building campus/community partnerships, we can improve the social, environmental, and economic challenges we face now and into the future. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and a MA in Psychology from Antioch University. When not working, you can find Jennifer swinging a tennis racquet, pickleball paddle, or golf club. She just recently became an empty nester. After raising three daughters, she is looking forward to new adventures.
Marc graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Law, Diversity, and Justice: Public Policy and Social Inequality from Fairhaven College. He has been at Washington Campus Compact since May 2012, first as a student assistant for the Retention Project AmeriCorps program, and now working on marketing and government relations. Marc enjoys listening to podcasts, supporting his favorite avian-themed football teams (Go Hawks and Oregon Ducks!), having a good cup of coffee, and scheming with political friends.
Luke graduated from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics PPE (Political Science, Philosophy & Economics) program in spring of 2016. He has been with Washington Campus Compact since his sophomore days at Western mainly focusing on maintaining and developing web and graphic related content. Outside of academics and higher education, he also writes, produces and engineers music professionally for several major labels. He enjoys travelling, all types of music, cinema and nerding out over new technology.
Leiya is currently in her senior year of the Graphic Design program at Western Washington University. She moved up to Bellingham after transferring from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. When she’s not busy with work and school, Leiya enjoys trying new types of tea, binging shows on Netflix, and anything related to paleontology.