I am a proud 206-Seattle local where the mountains, evergreen trees, and rainy seasons have always been my home. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in American Ethnic Studies and was a commuting student throughout my time as an undergrad. Post-graduation, I felt strongly about remaining connected to the institution that had given me so much heartache while also many opportunities as a first-generation college student. My time there would be committed to academic support and student success and ultimately fuel my interest for pursuing a Master's degree at Seattle U's Student Development & Administration program. As the Commuter Link Coordinator, I am excited to support the engagement of our commuter student community and help students get connected to campus despite a busy and tight commuter schedule. Outside the office, you'll find me in the company of my two cats, Kaelo and Miyu, coaching my youth basketball girls team, or enjoying Seattle's delicious food and coffee scene with my partner.
Mellanie Rhae Tanada is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Previous to this, she completed her Masters of Arts in Historical and Political Studies at Arcadia University (Glenside, PA). Mellanie Rhae calls Las Vegas, Nevada her home, but is an avid fan of traveling! She has traveled to, lived and worked in several countries, as well as a handful of US states. When not dedicating time to studies, she enjoys getting involved with her community, camping, cooking Filipino food, admiring Street Art, and getting crafty. As one of the Graduate Coordinators for the Collegia Program, Mellanie Rhae works with a team of undergraduates to support the various needs of Seattle University's commuter and transfer student communities through development of engaging activities, and management of the inviting Reidy & McGoldrick Collegium. Mellanie Rhae’s additional interests related to her academic background include: pre-college summer programs, international education, involvement in professional development organizations (NASPA), leadership development, and social justice!