Karina Saunders (she/her)
B.A. in Spanish
M.Ed. in Student Development Administration
Building/Room: PAVL 180D
With a Brazilian father and proud New York Puerto Rican mother, Karina grew-up in a lively LatinX family in New York City. Karina first discovered she was “East-Coast” when moving to Seattle in 2014. She loves connecting with people and sharing stories of home, food, and the things that make people come alive.
She holds a Bachelors in Spanish from Davidson College in NC ( Go Steph Curry!), and earned her Masters of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Before joining the OMA family, Karina worked for over three years as the Assistant Director of SU’s Fostering Scholar’s program, where she hosted supportive, creative spaces for community and connection for students aging out of the foster care system. Before joining the higher education field, Karina worked in various non-profits in Washington D.C. and Seattle which focused on education around hunger and homelessness and facilitating service-learning through immersive relational experiences. As an Assistant Directors at OMA, she hopes to build bridges for deeper connection, and closer community while strengthening the campus’ Food Security Initiative.
Karina is passionate about running, about the ways food can create community, pizza (well all food really), and celebrating all of the glory found in the mountains. When she’s not as SU, she’s likely engaged in some combination of the above with her husband, her son, and her dog.