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Student Academic Services: Meet the Team

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Undergraduate Academic Counselors

Your undergraduate academic counselor is a qualified professional who will assist you along your journey toward graduation in the following ways:

  • Evaluates your transfer credits, and answers your transfer-credit questions.
  • Provides a graduation check when you apply to graduate.
  • Reviews and posts your degree when you have completed all degree requirements.
  • Consults with your faculty advisor regarding your academic records.
  • Assists you should you have academic difficulties.

Debbie Crouch
Associate Director for Academic Counseling

Assignment: International students
B.A. in Political Science and Home Economics, Seattle Pacific University, 1983.
M.S. in Community Counseling, Seattle Pacific University, 1993.
Joined SPU staff in 1983, has been in Academic Counseling since 1994.
Phone: 206-281-2446
Email: dcrouch@spu.edu

Family:  Husband Jim, son Devon, daughter Megan, and son-in-law Jonathan - all alums of SPU. 
Why I’m a counselor: I love the academic realm, students, and helping people identify and reach their goals.  Academic counseling is a good fit for me.

   

Annette Rendahl
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: Last names beginning with A-Co
B.A. in Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 1993.
Joined SPU staff in 1993, has been in Academic Counseling since 1994. 
Phone: 206-281-2539
Email: arendahl@spu.edu

Family: I am married to Tim and our daughter Lauren is the light of our lives. 
Why I’m a counselor:  I chose this profession because I really enjoy getting to know students as they work toward their goals.  I also really believe in higher education and it is fun to watch hundreds of students graduate every year with a degree.

   

Mark Sullivan
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: Last names beginning with Cp-Haq
B.A. in Political Science, from Gonzaga University, 2006.
Joined SPU staff in 2007, has been in Academic Counseling since 2011. 
Phone: 206-281-2661
Email: markm@spu.edu

Family: Three sisters and a brother, I’m lucky that my parents and most my siblings still live close by.

Why I'm a counselor: I loved my college experience, both inside and outside the classroom.  I powerfully believe in the ability of education to shape our lives and help us reach our goals.  It’s great work to be able to help students with that process.
   

Serena Severance
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: Last names beginning with Har-Lm
B.A. in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University, 2002.
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University, 2008.
Joined SPU staff in 2002, has been in Academic Counseling since 2005. 
Phone: 206-281-2542
Email: slsevera@spu.edu

Dream vacation:  I’ve been blessed to be able to travel to France, Italy, Russia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. I’m always looking for my next travel adventure, hopefully spending more time in Europe! 
Why I’m a counselor:  I love working with students throughout their college experience, and am always so excited for students when they finish their degree, and they can look back and be so proud for their accomplishment. 

   

Kristen Labrecque
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Academic Counseling

Assignment: Ln-N
B.A. in English, Seattle Pacific University, 1998. 
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle Pacific University, 2004.
Joined SPU staff in 1998, has been in Academic Counseling since 2003. 
Phone: 206-281-2245
Email: kristenl@spu.edu

Academic struggle:  I’ve always been a little shy, and it took a lot of courage for me to speak up in class and visit professors during office hours. Now that I know how welcoming professors are, I wish I took advantage of more opportunities to engage with them.
Why I’m a counselor:  I love academic planning, and I love helping students. Academic counseling helps me combine those loves. What a great job!

   

Jim Kim
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: Last names beginning with O-Sh
B.A. in Economics, Seattle Pacific University, 1998.
Joined SPU staff in 2000, has been in Academic Counseling since 2003. 
Phone: 206-281-2255
Email: jimkim@spu.edu

Dream vacation:  Europe.  I’ve been to England and Denmark but not to some of the heavy hitters like France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc. 
Favorite Seattle restaurant:  I’ll just identify my two favorite places to get incredible sandwiches – Paseo and Salumi.  You likely won’t be disappointed with either the Caribbean Roast or the Porchetta.

   

Ingrid Steele
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: Si-U
B.A. in Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2003.
Joined SPU Staff in 2003, has been in Academic Counseling since 2007. 
Phone: 206-281-2578
Email: isteele@spu.edu

Dream vacation:  Definitely a trip to Italy and a week or two in a villa, or perhaps a tour of Scotland and its castles!
Why I'm a counselor: I love meeting students and getting to be part of their journey through college, as they discover their academic passions.

   

Kirk Heynen
Undergraduate Academic Counselor

Assignment: V-Z
B.A. in Communication from Calvin College, 2001.
Joined SPU staff in 2012, has been in Academic Counseling since 2012.  
Phone: 206-281-2324
Email: heynenk@spu.edu

Family: I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and most of my family lives there.  I have a sister, brother-in-law, and a niece and nephew.
Why I’m a Counselor:
I love to have a role in the story of a student’s education.   Participating in their process of growth and learning is a great privilege. 
Dream Vacation:
I am looking forward to retirement so I can finally go on one of those senior-citizen bus trips to Branson.