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Our wonderful NSO guides are super excited to welcome you to campus. Click on their pictures to learn more about them!

Alicia Burleson

Majors: French and Psychology

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Redmond, WA

Fun Fact: Because of PLU’s Study Away programs, I’ve travelled to 8 different countries in the last 2 years!

Ally Peterson

Major: Business Management

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Fun Fact: I learned how to juggle when I was eight!

Angelika Ilagen

Major: Kinesiology

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Waipahu, HI

Fun Fact: In the fifth grade, we had a class called Bike-Ed, and I was the only person in my class who never knew how to ride a bike, and to this day I still don’t.

Anika Hille

Major: Music Education

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Coeurd’Alene, ID

Fun Fact: I spend my summers backpacking through Idaho and Montana

Aury Spurlin

Major: Studio Arts

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Pineville, LA

Fun Fact: My all-time favorite show is Stranger Things!

Avery Carlson

Major: Economics and Computer Science

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Fun Fact: I’m a third-generation PLU student

Becky VonWahlde

Major: Nursing

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Puyallup, WA

Fun Fact: For the past four years, I have been working as a taekwondo instructor!

Ben Merrill

Major: Business Administration

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Edmonds, WA

Fun Fact: My favorite band is Dream Theater

Ben Warner

Major: 3:2 Engineering and Computer Science

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Oregon City, OR

Fun Fact: I just published a game on the App Store and Google Play called 300,000,000

Corinne Donohue-Mercier

Major: Global Studies

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Portland, OR

Fun Fact: If I were a day of the week, I would be Thursday. Almost exciting, but still not part of the weekend!

David Johnston

Major: Finance

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Des Moines, WA

Fun Fact: I have a twin sister who goes to UW!

David Walter

Major: Communications

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Fun Fact: I have never had a cup of coffee in my life!

Ea Kirkland-Woodard

Majors: Geoscience and Environmental Studies

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Fun Fact: My name is Hawaiian and is short for the Honu’ea turtle!

Ella Collins

Major: Nursing

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Fun Fact: I’ve accidentally killed three succulents 🙁

Emma Christensen

Major: Music Education

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fun Fact: I love a good card game!

Erin Hobbs

Major: Nursing

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Lacey, WA

Fun Fact: I went to middle school with a winner of  America’s Next Top Model

Gina Snyder

Major: Psychology

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fun fact: I like yelling at the sky and hugging the tallest person at PLU, Kyle Siemers.

Gunnar Squires

Major: Elementary Education

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Newbury Park, CA

Fun Fact: I’m super excited to be an NSO guide because I was easily the best at Lutes@Play 🙂

Haley Kling

Major: Geoscience

Year at PLU: senior

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Fun Fact: I’ve never broken a bone!

Holly Knutsen

Majors: Global Studies and French

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Monument, CO

Fun Fact: I raised goats!

Ian Morgan

Major: Business Administration

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Portland, OR

Fun Fact: I’m bilingual in Spanish

Ian Rice

Majors: Global Studies and Hispanic Studies

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Fun Fact: I love puns and come up with them all the time!

Iliana Benitez

Major: Psychology

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI

Fun Fact: I’m REALLY scared of Ferris Wheels

Isabel LaRue

Major: Geosciences

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Chugiak, AK

Fun Fact: I competitively cross-country skied for 7 years!

Jackson Curtin

Major: Geoscience

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Portland, OR

Fun Fact: One time I spent 24 hours in a Walmart

Juliana Andrew

Majors: Religion and Global Studies

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

Fun Fact: I got to sit in the cockpit of a British Airways plane!

Kamryn Littleton

Student Orientation Coordinator

Major: Nursing

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Puyallup, WA

Fun Fact: I am the youngest of 3 girls and the only one in a STEM field

Kate Sinclair

Major: Nursing

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Denver, CO

Fun Fact: My dream job is to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice and open up my own Private Practice serving underprivileged families in Seattle.

Katie Andrade

Major: Psychology

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Tracy, CA

Fun Fact: Most of my money is spent at Disneyland

Katie McGregor

Majors: Studio Arts and Commnication

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Aberdeen, WA

Fun Fact: If I had no other obligations I would spend 100% of my time hiking, climbing, and making art.

Kiah Miller

Majors: Religion and Social Work

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Colfax, WA

Fun Fact: I have a cat at home named Blueberry Muffin!

Kinani Halvorsen

Major: History

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Ketchikan, AK

Fun Fact: I play in the PLU Jazz Band!

Kyle Siemers

Major: Chemistry (biochemistry emphasis)

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Fun Fact: I am the tallest person at PLU!

Mark Hernandez

Majors: Communications and Sociology

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Fun Fact: I’ve been on  Who Wants to be a Millionaire?  and American Ninja Warrior as an audience member

Marley Dyer

Major: Intended Nursing

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Fun Fact: I’m from Hawaii! When I have free time I really like fishing with my family!

Mathæus Andersen

Major: Theatre

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Fun Fact: I love Remoulade way too much. It is a weird dressing from my counrty but it tastes so good!

Megan Packer

Major: Chemistry (biochemistry emphasis)

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Fun Fact: I will be participating in an internship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine this summer!

Meghan Johnson

Major: Music Education

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Fun Fact: I studied away in Trinidad and Tobago for J-Term and Spring

Monique Otter-Johnson

Major: Design/Technical Theatre

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Fun Fact: I was born in Wuerzburg, Germany and am fluent in German, but you wouldn’t know it because I don’t have any hint of an accent.

Rachel Heinselman

Major: Sociology

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Tumwater, WA

Fun Fact: In 2019, I visited 5 countries! Travelling is one of the most important aspects of my life!

Sarah Brimhall

Major: Social Work

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Buckley, WA

Fun Fact: I grew up about 30 minutes from PLU and have lived in Washington my whole life! I love showing off this state so hit me up for recommendations!

Savannah Pratt

Major: Elementary Education

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Lake Stevens, WA

Fun Fact: My dad is Chris Pratt and I love cats!

Shihui Liu

Major: Business Administration

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian Province, China

Fun Fact: I love travelling! My ultimate goal is to travel around the word after I retire!

Sophia Barro

Major: Elementary Education

Year at PLU: Sophomore

Hometown: Tacoma, Washington

Fun fact: I love to laugh and have a good time, so I’m so excited to meet all of you!

Sophie Apgar

Student Orientation Coordinator

Major: Hispanic Studies

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Fun Fact: I wear my watch upside down, and I play the eighteenth century predecessor to the Horn, the natural horn!

Teresa Keck

Major: Music Education

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown:

Fun Fact: When I was a sophomore in high school, I went on a bike trip through Europe, and covered over 130 miles in 5 days, travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels!

Tori Patterson

Major: Theatre

Year at PLU: Junior

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Fun Fact: I can sing my ABC’s backwards!

Tram Anh Lu

Major: Business Administration

Year at PLU: Senior

Hometown: Seattle, Washington / Vietnam

Fun fact: I love to spend countless hours organizing things so that it looks exactly like the way I want