Honors Advisory Board

About the Board

Our volunteer advisory board supports initiatives that expand the impact of Honors. Many board members are Honors graduates or faculty emeritus, and some members come from different backgrounds to forge valuable connections between the Honors community and the broader public. Board members partner with the Honors Program Director and select staff to drive special projects throughout the year, and make gifts at a level that is personally meaningful to them. These deeply engaged volunteers sometimes teach Honors courses, lead student field trips, mentor students (and other alumni) and advocate for the importance of interdisciplinary learning and innovations at the University of Washington and in the public sphere.

Participation on the advisory board is subject to invitation from the Honors Program director and advisory board chair, as a commitment of partnership that works best for volunteers with proven affinity for our mission and values and whose passions match the board’s near- and long-term goals.

Board-supported initiatives

Board Members

Bobbe Bridge

Bobbe Bridge is a former Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. In 2007, Justice Bridge retired from the Supreme Court to assume the role of founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. This non-profit organization aims to reform Washington State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems to better support our youngest citizens. After eleven years at the head of CCYJ, Bridge announced her retirement in 2018. Bridge continues to chair the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care.  In addition to her role as Chair of the UW Honors Advisory Board, Justice Bridge is also an affiliate professor of law at the University of Washington where her B.A. and J.D. were obtained. She also has an M.A. and Ph.C in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Jeanne Contardo

Jeanne Contardo is a professional in higher education specializing in strategic planning and partnership development. Dr. Contardo served in a number of leadership roles ranging from advisors to directors to her previous role of Vice President of Regional Operations at Excelsior College.  The changing workforce in the U.S. and access to higher education are also two areas of interest reflected in her previous work at the National Defense University and the Institute for Higher Education Policy.  Dr. Contardo earned her Ph.D in higher education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s in higher and postsecondary education from Columbia University, and her B.A. with Honors in English from the University of Washington.

Ronnie Cunningham

Ronnie Cunningham has worked for more than twenty years in education and psychology as a teacher, coach, psychologist and faculty member at all levels of school and educational settings from elementary school to university. Ronnie is a licensed psychologist and has worked at the University of Washington for the past 8 years as a core faculty member and Director of Internships for EdS students in the School Psychology department of the College of Education.  Ronnie is a state certified school psychologist having worked in both Seattle public schools and the Edmonds school district in all levels of educational placements. Ronnie holds masters and doctorate degrees in school and educational psychology from the University of Washington. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Occidental College.

Rick Freeman

Dr. Richard (Rick) Freeman recently retired as Dean of Physics from Ohio State University, Rick splits his time between the Bay area and Hood Canal with his wife, Lynne. Rick and Lynne participated in the UW Honors program in its earliest years.  Dr. Freeman obtained his B.S. with Honors in Physics from UW before going on to attain an A.M. and Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University. In his years as a researcher prior to Ohio State, Dr. Freeman became the Department Head in the research division of Bell Laboratories and went on to hold the position of the Deputy Associate Director of Laser Programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Freeman is a fellow of the American Physical Society and Optical Society of America.

Scott Keeney

Scott Keeney is the founder of nLIGHT which manufactures high-power solid-state lasers. Before founding nLIGHT, he had been CEO of Aculight.  In 2007 Keeney was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and in 2006 Keeney was a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest Award. He also is founder and Chair for nConnect, an education non-profit focused on enhancing rigorous high school science and math programs.  Scott graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in economics, before pursuing an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lynn Lindsay

Lynn Lindsay is a Double Dawg with Honors History BA, and Masters from Evans School of Public Affairs for local government. Now retired, Ms. Lindsay is also on the advisory board for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the UW, serving as a mentor and role model for students in the program. Outside of her work and university-related endeavors, Ms. Lindsay is also a member of the gender equity and pay task force in the Seattle area.

Mark Malamud

Mark Malamud is a former software designer. He is currently principal and manager of busymonster, LLC, a consultancy company focused on advanced user interface and design. He has created several award-winning educational adventure games for Scholastic Books, and he has worked on various multimedia projects, including Nam June Paik’s “Good Morning, Mr. Orwell” for WNET in New York. During his 10-year tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Malamud became the company’s first User Interface Architect, leading design teams in the Advanced Windows, Consumer, Systems, and Research groups.

Nisha Nariya

Nisha Nariya graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a BA in Finance and Economics. After graduation she worked as a Project Controller for Deloitte Consulting LLP before going to law school. Nisha graduated in 2016 from Georgetown University Law Center and is now practicing as a tax, trusts, and estates attorney at Perkins Coie LLP.  In addition to her professional career, Nisha enjoys being an active volunteer in the community and has worked on political campaigns and with organizations such as The Leadership Conference and the Junior League. 

Tina Ragen

Tina Ragen (‘82) is a UW Honors alumnus in Sociology and has deep roots in Seattle. Currently in property development and management. Previously, she was a systems analyst for a manufacturing company. She has also served on the UW Sociology advisory board and with the Northwest School’s board of trustees and is a staunch supporter of Honors’ Global Challenges series

Bud Saxberg

Bud Saxberg came to America on scholarship from Oregon State University where he received a B.S. before going on to the University of Illinois to attain two PhD degrees. He has held visiting professor positions at Syracuse University and INSEAD in France and has consulted on management theory and practices with a number of organizations over the years.  Dr. Saxberg is faculty emeritus at the Foster School of Business at UW, where he taught for 53 years. During that time, Saxberg taught several Honors courses and also served as chairman of the UW Faculty Senate and Department of Management and Organization.

Headshot of Sue Sherbrooke

Sue Sherbrooke has B.A. (Communications and History with Honors) and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington. Ms. Sherbrooke spent many decades as non-profit executive who served as the CEO for the YWCA Seattle-King County-Snohomish County.  Before her retirement, Ms. Sherbrooke received an Executive Excellence Award for her unwavering commitment to women of color who face disproportionate barriers because of the criminal justice system. It is this commitment to equity that led her to advocate in the state capital for changes in legislation.

Erica Tartaglione

Erica Tartaglione, a Howard Hughes and Mary Gates Scholar, obtained a BS in Biology (Physiology) with Honors and a minor in Italian Studies in 2009. She pursued leadership roles in Honors by serving as the Chair of the Honors Student Advisory Panel, and as the student representative on the Honors Council. She has been working for the Department of Veterans affairs since 2009 and is a Project Manager in Health Services Research & Development. She is now developing an alumni-led series of events and programs with Honors staff and several of her fellow alumni.

Kari Tupper

Kari Tupper is a super UW alum, receiving her bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. all from the University of Washington.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s in English and Psychology, a Master’s in English, and a Ph.D. in English. She has taught social science and humanities courses at both UW and Whitman, and spent time as a Legislative Assistant and freelance writer.  Currently, Kari works as an internal communications specialist with the City of Seattle Department of Transportation. Outside of work, Kari is passionate about protecting the rights and dignity of people who have experienced sexual assault, as she’s worked with both the Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Coalition and the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.