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Consulting and Business Development Center Staff
Michael P. Verchot, Director
Michael is the founding Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center and he leads the center’s efforts to jumpstart students’ careers and grow businesses in under-served communities. Prior to co-founding the Center he spent 14 years working in nonprofit and for-profit marketing, public relations, and government relations as well as being an elementary and junior high school teacher. Michael received his BS from Springfield College (MA) and his MBA from the University of Washington.
Wilfredo T. Tutol Jr., Associate Director
Associate Director, Wil, has nearly 10 years experience guiding student teams in their work with small businesses in under-served communities in the greater Seattle area. He received his BA in marketing from the Foster School in 2000 and completed the Executive Development Program in 2010. His responsibilities include leading a range of undergraduate student consulting programs and managing business education classes across Washington.
Ivan Barron, Lecturer and Assistant Director
Ivan is a Lecturer in the department of Management and Organizations and the Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center. He designs and leads management education programs for entrepreneurs and MBA students. Prior to joining the Center, he worked for a variety of national organizations including the U.S. House of Representatives, IDEO, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, College Summit and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ivan received his Master’s from Harvard University and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Washington.
Lakeisha Jackson, Assistant Director
Prior to joining the Center, Keisha worked at College Success Foundation (CSF) (whose mission is to provide a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships for underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed in life) where she was the Program Associate for College & Alumni Services. She also worked at Seattle University in the Division of Student Development as Coordinator of Off-Campus Student Life. Most recently, Keisha was a Training Support Specialist at HomeStreet Bank’s corporate human resource department where she managed training classes for newly hired loan officers. Keisha earned her BA in Sociology and Communication from Western Washington University and an MA in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. She serves on the Board of Directors for CSF and is a commissioner for the City of Seattle’s Women’s Commission.
Megan Sevigny, Program Manager
Before joining the Center as a full time team member in March of 2015, Megan was first a Summer Intern for the Center beginning in June, 2014 when she worked to help develop small businesses in the Tri-Cities. Following her internship, she continued working for the Center as a student assistant while she completed her degree in Marketing at the Foster School, graduating with the Class of 2015. Prior to working at the Center she was the office manager for RJS Construction which has been recognized at the Center’s Minority Business of the Year Awards banquets as one of the state’s fastest growing minority-owned firms. Megan grew up in the Yakima Valley and has an AA degree from Yakima Valley College. She is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Tribe.”