Meet The Current Mentors

Jasen Lynch, Lead Mentor

I’m a graduate of Umpqua Community College, and am currently working on my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science – Applied Ecology, online at OSU.  After that, I plan on transferring to the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland to earn a doctorate in Naturopathy. I began attending UCC in 2011, and I loved it so much I never left!  I’ve worked in various departments on campus, but Peer Mentoring has to be the most varied and rewarding job so far.  Nothing makes me happier than helping someone begin a journey of education and self-improvement with their personal passions as their compass, and a better life as their destination.  When we pursue what we truly love, then together, and individually, we make this world a better place for all.  

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.  -Albert Einstein

Meredith LaFrance

I am currently taking prerequisites at UCC for a Dietetics Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in Spanish and International Studies with a focus on Diplomacy, Law, and International Relations.  My professional experience includes advocating for victims of intimate partner violence, providing education and support to at-risk families with young children, teaching fitness classes, and tutoring English as a Second Language at a university level.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, I taught English as a Foreign Language and facilitated camps that empowered young Rwandan females.  I am passionate about food, nutrition, and the outdoors!  I enjoy hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, cooking, and gardening.

Valerie Douthitt

 Hi, I'm Val!

I am a sophmore here at UCC and am an AAOT-public health major.  Next year I'll be up at OSU going for my B.S. to become a nutritionist/dietitian.  I want to travel the world one day and help people in third world countries who lack proper nutrition.  I'm on the cross country team here and love to help out students as much as I can.  I'm usually on campus and you can approach me anytime for questions and concerns that you may have regarding our school!

Outside of UCC I love burritos, any sport that involves a ball, especially the NFL, GO SEAHAWKS! I also love to ride my bike, and be outside whenever I can.  Along with peer mentoring I also work at Dutch Bros so I'm usually pretty hyped up on coffee and in a pretty great mood!

Looking forward to meeting all of you students at some point in this school year and wishing you the best of luck with your academic success!

Heidie Sewall

 Hi! My name is Heidie Sewall. 

I have been married to my husband Austin since August 2017.  We have a daughter, Khaleesi who will be 2 years old in January 2018.  I am going to school for Criminal Justice, and am currently enrolled in the UCC Police Reserve Academy.  My original plan was to become a reserve officer until I graduate with my Associated degree, and then get hired on for patrol.  If I do really well in the academy, then I'll apply at one of the local Agencies in the spring.  My career goals is to do patrol for at least 5 years, and at least one tour as D.I.N.T. and one tour as S.W.A.T., and then I would like to make detective.  

I'm super friendly and open.  When I'm not working on my career, and being a mom, my hobbies are reading, art, music,anything outdoors, and I love horses!  If you have any questions, or need help with anything, just ask!