Meet the Advisers

Portrait of Shanai

Shanai Lechtenberg
Director of Academic Services


  • Assistant Director of Academic Advising, Linfield College, 2014–2017
  • Premajor Studies Program Adviser, Seattle University, 2010–2014
  • M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration, Western Washington University, 2010
  • B.A. in Human Services, Western Washington University, 2009

About Shanai

I discovered my passion for academic advising in my first year of college at Western Washington University, when I was hired as a Peer Advisor. Prior to that experience, I always thought I’d be a junior high or high school counselor, but when I realized I could do similar kinds of work and stay forever on a college campus, I was sold!

I love partnering with students to help them discover and clarify their interests and strengths and how those things relate to their major and career choices. I also really enjoy working with students who are struggling academically by helping them identify areas in their life that are going well and how to build on them. I think engineering students, in particular, are awesome because they’re interested in solving big problems and innovating to create new things.

Fun facts about me include: I am Oprah Winfrey’s biggest fan, my favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, and if I have no plan in place to cook for dinner I will likely be eating an egg scramble.

Portrait of Lauren

Lauren Fryhle
Assistant Director of Advising & Student Engagement


  • English as a Second Language Instructor, Spanish Ministry of Education, 2011–2013
  • B.A. in Psychology & Spanish Language and Literature, University of Washington, 2011
  • Peer Adviser, University of Washington, 2010–2011
  • Study Abroad in Seville, Spain, 2009-2010
  • Orientation Leader, University of Washington, 2009

About Lauren

I began my first year in undergrad as a Husky both excited and a little overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options that exist at a school of this size! I had to work up some courage to put myself out there, but once I did I found really amazing individuals and communities who helped shape my time at UW and to this day still give me support. The experiences I had teaching and mentoring here as well as abroad helped me discover that I find energy in helping empower others to reach their goals. I really love connecting with people and learning from others' life stories.

My goal is to be a sounding board and source of support for students as they navigate their own educational journeys. I recognize that academics are just one piece of the larger, often complex college experience, and strive to really get to know my advisees well so that I can be the best possible partner and advocate for them. I value the different perspectives each student brings that are shaped by their unique experiences and identities.

I enjoy spending my free time exploring new places with friends and family, whether it be the streets and culture of a neighborhood or foreign country, or a trail in the mountains. I also love to dance, see live music, and binge on berries! To my advisees: I can’t wait to meet you!

Portrait of Ali

Ali Cho
Academic Adviser


  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Washington, 2018
  • UW Leaders Director, University of Washington, 2017–2018
  • First Year Programs Student Coordinator, University of Washington, 2016–2017
  • First Year Interest Group Leader, University of Washington, 2015–2017

About Ali

Coming to UW from out of state, I remember not even knowing where to start! Thankfully I had the opportunity to sign up for incredible classes I never thought I’d take while simultaneously engaging with exciting new communities, all of which opened my life up to possibilities I’d only imagined before. While my time here took me down some non traditional paths, I was extremely fortunate to have supportive staff members that helped me through even the most challenging obstacles. Seeing how impactful mentorship can be, I was inspired to pursue a career in higher education and student development.

Engaging this passion through multiple campus leadership roles, I learned more about advising students. Working with First Year Programs as both a Student Coordinator and FIG Leader for several years gave me in depth knowledge about helping with academic planning, connecting to resources across campus, and navigating transition. Serving as a Director in the ASUW also allowed me to advocate for the best interest of students and help them develop both personally and professionally. I believe wholeheartedly in an intersectional approach to advising, as I know that every individual has unique experiences and identities that impact the way we maneuver through the world. I love empowering students throughout their journeys and helping them create a holistic college experience that’s both challenging and energizing in all the right ways. I’m so excited to meet with you all, don’t be afraid to stop by to ask questions or chat!