Hadda Estrada Hadda Estrada, Assistant Dean of Global Education and Strategic Partnerships

SFCC Telephone: 509-533-3844
SFCC Office: Building 17, Room 106

SCC Telephone: 509-533-7033
SCC Office: Building 15, Room 114

Hadda Estrada is an appropriate leader for the Global Education office, because so much of her education has been global.  She has lived and studied in three different countries:  France, Spain and United States.  She eared her first degree in France in Accounting and Finance from the University of Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallee.  Then she earned a B.A. in Economics and a Master's Degree in Mass Communications at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  

She has over a decade of teaching experience, and has been involved in all aspects of promoting students success, including advising, teaching, program development and management.  

If you walk by her office, you'll probably hear her speaking English, but there's a chance you'll hear some French, Arabic, or Spanish as well.  She only has half as many children as she speaks languages--her two boys are budding soccer players. Though I don't think it's an officially recognized degree, she is also a Master of Pinterest, where she gets ideas for cooking ideas, including making and canning authentic chili sauce that is apparently quite a treat.

Ashley Ding Ashley Ding, SFCC Program Coordinator

SFCC Telephone: 509-533-3242
SFCC Office: Building 17, Room 107

Ashley Ding has been working in the international business and education field for over seven years where she has gained experience as an immigration and international student adviser. Ashley was born and raised in China and moved to the U.S. in 2011. She lived in Moscow, Idaho for five years, working at the University of Idaho as the Associate Director for International Student and Scholar Services. Recently she got married and moved to the Coeur d’Alene area to be with her husband. Ashley received her B.A. in International Business in China, and her M.S. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Idaho. She prides herself in providing prompt and friendly service to students, staff and faculty alike. Ashley appreciates feedback on Global Education services and enjoys meeting and working with people from around the globe.

Julie Hands, Homestay Coordinator Julie Hands, SCC Program Coordinator

SCC Telephone: 509-533-8885
SCC Office: Building 15, Room 114

The saying, “You can take the farm girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the farm girl” may very well have been first applied to Julie. She grew up in the farming town of Spangle, Washington, where her first job was bucking hay bales (a task that would kill most of her current co-workers).  She did, in fact, leave the country, spending a year in Sweden as an exchange student, where she traveled to Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Russia. But even far from home, in the snowy, arctic region of Lapland, her farming skills were evident: her favorite memory from there is of herding reindeer.

She continues to herd to this day: she has her own farm now, where she herds chickens, goats, bunnies, cats, dogs, and three teen aged sons (including twins!). She can give them orders in English, Swedish, and Spanish (she won’t say who responds better to commands, her dogs or sons). Other evidence of the farm girl:  her favorite music is “anything with a banjo.” Her favorite hobby is to ride horses. Her favorite advice is to eat a bug every morning (then nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day). She says, with only a little irony, the Miss Piggy is the epitome of glamour.  

In the Global Ed office, we make the most of her nurturing skills; as the Program Coordinator at SCC, she shepherds students through the immigration process with great pastoral care and kindness. But don’t let her easy smile and kindness fool you: farmers are hearty folk, and she’ll gladly whoop you at a “friendly” game of ping pong (she’d just smile while doing it). 

Trina Allen, SCC Marketer Trina Allen, Global Education Recruiter

Telephone: (509) 533-8659
Office: SCC, Building 15, Room 114

Some say that Trina Allen looks more than a little like Audrey Hepburn, which totally makes sense, since she, too, had something of a Roman holiday. She lived in Italy for several years, studying and modeling (!!) and experiencing the world. If Italy is first in her heart, then France isn’t too far behind (she can parli italiano and parle-vous français). In addition to Italy and Washington State (obviously), Trina has lived in Texas and Alaska, which is, like, two MORE different countries. Perhaps it was in Italy, or perhaps Texas, but somewhere along the way, she learned to yodel. Seriously.

She is married to a real-life train conductor, and her compassion for animals once led to her scamper after a goose to prevent it from getting hit. When she’s not chasing water fowl, Trina is the International Recruiter for Europe, Africa and Asia, but that hasn’t rid her of the travel-bug: she says her dream vacation is a fancy stay in Morocco but truth is, she’s just as happy with a simple omelet with homemade bread and wine in a cozy French countryside inn.

Katherine Thompson, Recruiter Katherine Thompson, Global Education Recruiter

Telephone: 509-533-3122
Office:  SFCC, Building 17, Room 106

While Katie Thompson is mostly from Spokane, she’s lived all over, including Minnesota, Spain and Panama. Her time in Panama, where she worked as a Community Development Advisor for the Peace Corps, was particularly fruitful, since there she met her future husband. She also learned her Spanish there, and even a little Ngäbere (the language of the indigenous Ngäbe people in Panama). She has two fine children, Alexzander and Ayanna.  

In our office, she is the Recruiter for the Americas, but she’s been lots of things in her life: tour guide at Glacier National Park, Radiology Assistant, gardener at Finch Arboretum, translator, and Veterinarian Tech Assistant. As far as hobbies go, she’s as happy to binge on Netflix as she is to sky dive, to quietly do yoga as to host lively parties:  suffice to say, she is capable of wearing many hats, which we fully exploit in the office. That might explain why she is usually the one to turn out the lights in the office at the end of the day.  

Amy Cosgrove Part-time Homestay Coordinator Amy Cosgrove, Part-Time Homestay Coordinator

SCC Telephone: 509-533-8671
SCC Office: Building 15, Room 114
SFCC Telephone: 509-533-4113
SFCC Office: Building 17, Room 107A

Email: Amy.Cosgrove@ccs.spokane.edu
Aew (Elle) or Wannaporn Phipps Wannaporn Phipps or Aew (Elle) 

Telephone:  (509) 533-4114
SCC Office:  Building 15, Room 114
SFCC Office:  Building 17, Room 0106

Life can take you many unexpected places, I would say. Living in different country where people are not speaking your native language has always been my dream. When I started learning English in my elementary school, I fell in love with English. I have to thank and give all the credits to all my English teachers who had inspired me and shaped what I am today.

I have earned BA in English from Khon Kaen University, Thailand and MA in TESL from Eastern Washington University, USA. I have been very fortunate that I taught my native language, Thai and English to many international students when I was in Thailand. I have learned so much over years.

Again, at Global Education office has given me a wonderful opportunity to be part of the office and help the international students. 

Gabriel Chavez Garcia Gabriel Chavez Garcia 

Telephone:  (509) 533-4179
SFCC Office:  Building 002, Room 0216

Gabriel was born near the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Michoacán. He lived in Mexico for a little over a year when he immigrated to the US with his family. Growing up in Hoquiam, WA, Gabriel was the first in his family to attend college. He went to Eastern Washington University where he earned a degree in Sociology, Spanish, and received a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies.

During his college years, Gabriel was also a pole vaulter at EWU with a personal best of 15’7”, and was a leader in organizations. He developed a political, social, and a historical consciousness that lead him to studying some of the most prominent social movements in Mexico, as a study abroad trip. While in Mexico, Gabriel studied indigenous resistance, peasants fighting for water, and an urban housing organization. Having the privilege to study in his home country, Gabriel’s world view changed giving him perspective to his own personal history and helping him understand the complexities his family endured immigrating to the US.

For the past five years, he has been working with Spokane Public Schools, first as an intervention specialist at Rogers, and then as a College Prep Advisor at Lewis & Clark High School. He has coached soccer, wrestling, and the pole vault. Gabriel is a husband and a father. He recently took on yoga, enjoys working out, taking walks with his family, visiting parks, cooking, swimming, dancing, and the natural world. He believes love and developing a critical consciousness is key to creating a better world for our youth. He is dedicated to working with high school students and believes that every individual can be creative and be life long learners.