Sebastian Myrick, Executive Director
TRiO High School Programs
Rainier Hall (RAH) Room 206
Sebastian has been working with TRIO Talent Search for 10 years, and with Upward Bound for the past four. He was born and raised in Washington State and is actually a third generation Washingtonian. Sebastian started out his journey in TRIO as an SSS student participant while attending Everett Community College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University in Latin American Studies, graduate certifications from Seattle University in Counseling and Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Master’s from the University of Washington in Public Administration. He enjoys working with TRIO because of the amazing students that always teach him new things and inspire him in his work.
Emily Cummings, Program Coordinator
TRiO Talent Search and Upward Bound
Rainier Hall (RAH) Room 206
Emily joined the Upward bound team in 2012. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and studied both Studio Art and Communications at Sonoma State University in Northern California. During her graduate work in Art Education at California State University in Long Beach (CSULB), she discovered her passion for TRiO programs and the students that make the job so much fun. Emily loves working with TRIO programs like Upward Bound because she knows she is contributing to increasing opportunity for students to pursue their goals and dreams through higher education.
Carrie O’Brien, Learning Specialist
HS3 at Evergreen High School
Carrie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1998 with her bachelor’s degree in both Global Studies and Spanish. She began working with the Upward Bound program at South Seattle Community College in 1993, and has been devoted to the mission of TRIO ever since. Carrie absolutely loves working with Upward Bound because she truly believes in the potential of every young person she works with and recognizes the unique power of the opportunities that post-secondary education creates in their lives.
Rachel Walker, Learning Specialist
Global Connections High School at the Tyee Complex
Rachel has been a part of the SSCC Upward Bound program since July 2011, and has enjoyed working with the dedicated, talented, and spirited students at Global Connections High School ever since. Professionally, Rachel has worked as tutoring center coordinator for youth in foster care and a high school English teacher. She believes that equity in higher education is an important social justice issue and she is thankful she can help students prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. A Kansan, Rachel graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and moved to Seattle in 2006. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys traveling, reading, and playing basketball.