Jennifer Sohonie – Director of Community Solutions
Jennifer is the leader of some of BCCE’s most popular programs including TELOS for active retirees, World Languages, Art & Design, and Personal Enrichment. She earned her BA in Sociology from Duke University and her Master’s in Education from American Intercontinental University. She came from the realm of Culinary Education, where she held the role of Campus Director for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Seattle. In her tenure with the culinary programs, she started as a faculty member, was Director of Education and finally Campus Director. Prior to Le Cordon Bleu, she worked in the fine dining segment of the culinary industry. She worked in restaurants, hotels, and owned a business where they prepared freshly cooked meals delivered to your home.
Jennifer recognizes that Bellevue College has a quality learning environment with instructors and staff who care deeply about the student experience. She hopes to increase the scope of the programs. In growing the programs, BCCE will be better able to address the needs of students, allowing them to fulfill their lifelong learning potential. She wants to know what is in demand within our community and work closely with instructors to provide an optimal learning experience for our students.
Jennifer lives to travel. She loves to travel with her family. She will travel anywhere. It reminds her that the vast majority of people have kind hearts.
Dipali Desai, Assistant Program Manager
Dipali Desai has joined the TELOS team as an Assistant Program Manager. Her journey to Seattle is very alluring, which included India and Australia. After earning her Master’s of Commerce from RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in Australia and Certificate in Facilities Management from the University of Washington, she began her career in Facilities Management. With 13 years of professional experience, and working with multicultural audiences of all ages and communities, maintaining relationships is her forte. Dipali loves traveling and wishes to see the whole world.
Being a student all her life, she understands the importance of Continuing Education. She believes the time for action is now. It’s never too late to start.
“Make Education a continuing, never-ending process.”
Reception Desk Staff
The Front Desk staff provide a range of services to TELOSians including giving directions, answering questions about courses, registering people for classes both in person and by phone, and assisting in a myriad of ways such as solving lighting and computer dilemmas in the classrooms and managing the course packets for instructors.
Lucy Beleva, Customer Service Specialist – working Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 10 p.m.,and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Beverly Anderson, Customer service Specialist Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
Heather Burrill, Customer Service Specialist Monday to Thusrday, 5 to 7 p.m. and
Friday 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Mark Mariano Monday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (425) 564-4000
Reception Desk Hours (most weeks):
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday*–Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*Summer hours will vary. Check hours before visiting the campus.