Two Lynwood residents named Outstanding graduates at WWU

By Western Washington University Office of Communications and Marketing

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University alumni Gabriela Guedea and Holly Lund were recognized this year as outstanding graduates by university faculty; each spring, every department at Western names a single graduating student as its Outstanding Graduate.

Gabriela Guedea
Gabriela Guedea

Guedea, the daughter of Kari Meehan and Sergio Guedea of Lynnwood, graduated from Western in June.  She is a graduate of Lynnwood High School and Edmonds Community College, and graduated from WWU in March with a bachelor’s degree in operations management and a minor in business analytics.  

Guedea was a member of Western’s chapter of the Professional Women’s Association and volunteered for the Whatcom Women in Business’s Annual Professional Women Awards Gala & Auction. Guedea said she hopes to travel in Europe and work before going to graduate school. 

Holly Lund

Lund, also a graduate of Lynnwood High School, graduated summa cum laude and with honors from Western in March. She earned her bachelor’s degree in German and linguistics with minors in Russian and Eurasian studies.

Lund’s work was published in Western’s academic journal, Occam’s Razor, and was showcased at Scholars Week. Lund was a teaching assistant in linguistics and German; directing a full-length play in the language in spring 2019. In September, Lund is moving to Austria to teach English through the Fulbright U.S. Teaching Assistant Program.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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