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Transfer Center for Policy & Resources Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Meet Our Team

WSU‘s Transfer Champions

Waylon Safranski (he/him)

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Transfer Center Director


Waylon Safranski currently serves as the director of Washington State University Transfer Center (TC). He has utilized his professional and personal experiences in the higher education field to help lead the TC with a focus on equitable policies, resources, and service. He attended four universities including WSU where he eventually earned a bachelor’s and master’s.

Prior to serving in his current role, Safranski held positions at WSU in admissions, financial aid, recruitment, advising, and alumni relations. He has utilized those experiences and the relationships to position the TC as a centralized resource for WSU students with transfer credit in an effort to facilitate successful transitions and pathways to WSU degrees. Safranski also serves on various statewide transfer and credit for prior learning committees.

Heather Reyes (she/her)

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Transfer Center Coordinator


Heather received her AAS-DTA from Olympic College in 2009 and then transferred to the University of Washington where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Honors in Sociology in 2011. Never fear, while she is a proud Husky she is now a proud Coug as well (It’s possible!) having graduated from WSU with a Master of Arts in Sociology in 2015. In graduate school her main research focus was the outcomes of military veterans. Her interest in both sociology and military veteran outcomes was undoubtedly influenced by her experience as a longtime military dependent.

Heather is proud of her educational pathway. Being a first generation student, she did not feel she was cut out for a college degree of any sort or have any idea how to go about doing so. She feels very strongly about the access to education that transfer can provide and access to education in general. She is excited to be a part of the transfer team at WSU, helping students reach their goals and make the most of their experience at WSU.

Laura Welch (she/her)

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Transfer Center Coordinator


Laura graduated from Drury University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology and received a Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Missouri State University in 2013. She has spent most of her career working in Residence Life at various universities and is passionate about advising students and providing them with resources to succeed. During her time working in Residence Life, she was able to work closely with transfer students through the development of Transfer Student Living-Learning Communities, and she is excited to be able to assist transfer students in other ways at WSU.