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Student Programs Staff


Student Programs Staff

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building, and our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Susan Okamoto Lane, Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs and Interim Director of the Office of Student Programs

Email: Phone: 206-281-2598

With more than 20 years of experience, Susan is someone who has seen big changes at SPU, including a commitment to increasing the ethnic diversity of students and that every student, faculty, and staff member would engage in increasing our understanding of what it means to be reconciled to God and to one another. Susan has been described as the “iron fist in the velvet glove,” as someone who “builds things to last,” and is becoming known on campus for her great story about inviting the Black Panthers to her high school. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s of education degree from Lewis and Clark College, and a graduate diploma in Christian studies from Regent College.

Whitney Broetje, Campus Program Coordinator

Email: Phone: 206-281-2831

Whitney is from Yakima, WA. (also known as Yakivegas, or the Palm Springs of WA “I’m not even kidding”, she says) where her two amazing parents, wonderful grandparents, and countless cousins live.   She earned her degree in Psychology at Seattle Pacific University and an M.Ed. in Student Development Administration at Seattle University.  Whitney's hobbies and passions include exploring Seattle coffee shops, laughing, exclamations like “Yatzee!”, “Olè!”, “Check Please” etc., hiking, playing the piano, and trying to be artsy.She also hopes to own a moped and drive it on cobblestone streets in Italy someday.  Whitney loves working with college students and watching them think outside of the box and do new and exciting things that impact the SPU and Seattle community.  “I love meeting new students and their parents during Welcome Week and seeing the new energy hit campus,” she says. 

Kristen Voetmann, Campus Program Coordinator

Email: Phone: 206-281-2689

Kristen has finally returned to her beloved Northwest after spending the last chapter of her life working and studying in Southern California.  including a year abroad in Italy, Kristen graduated with her English Literature B.A. from Pepperdine University and then pursued her College Counseling and Student Development, M.S. at Azusa Pacific University.  If she is not curled up with a good book, you will likely find her exploring new coffee shops, hiking, skiing, or planning her next travel adventure.  "It is an honor ro be serving the students, staff, and faculty at SPU," she says. Kristen continually seeks opportunities to foster student development through collaboration - be it in or out of the classroom - and is excited to see the great work already being done at SPU!

Kathi Snyder, Administrative Assistant & Editor of Loopy Student e-news


Phone: 206-281-2247

Kathi is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.  She began working at SPU after several years in the social work field working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness.  She is thrilled to be at SPU and greatly misses the students during the academic breaks!  Kathi has a strong fondness for coffee, chocolate, and sappy Christmas movies.  Seattle is a great fit for Kathi, as she looks forward to the rain, dislikes snow, and loves colorful umbrellas and rainboots.  She and her husband, Michael, live in Ballard with their young son and proudly (stubbornly?) do not own a car and instead usually get around Seattle by bus, on foot, or by bicycle. 


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