DIT Administration & Faculty

Michelle Perrigo

Director of Compliance & Administration

Michelle is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who came to Seattle in 2010. Michelle has a B.A. from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Western Michigan University. Michelle’s career spans 24 years around higher education in organizational communication, leadership development, and curriculum/program implementation with campus-based student organizations and schools. She’s also worked as a mental health therapist in Michigan and Seattle. Michelle started at DIT in August 2011. She is now the Director of Compliance managing the school’s ACCSC accreditation, cybersecurity, and other industry & regulatory needs including prior learning/top-up assessments so industry divers and DIT graduates can advance their certifications and expand their commercial diving opportunities.

Quote: “You move toward what you think about.”

Jacquie Schott

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Jacquie was born in Seattle and grew up in Spokane, WA. She also lived in Alaska for 10 years, both in Dutch Harbor and Anchorage. Jacquie started at DIT in October of 2020 and has 35 years’ experience of accounting and human resource management. She earned her Bachelor of Science, with Accounting emphasis and Marketing Minor, from Central Washington University. Jacquie and her husband live in Des Moines, WA with their 3 Bichon Frise dogs.

Quote: Education is everything, but you will have to work hard to play hard to succeed in life! Never stop learning!

Dawn Brown

Inventory Specialist/NW Dive Supply Retail Operations Manager

Dawn was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Seattle in 2015 after living in Colorado for 3 years. She spent five years working for the Dallas Cowboys as their Key Account Manager in Merchandising, she also has over a decade’s worth of experience in inventory management and accounting.

Gary Davis


Gary was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Gary performed as a professional dancer for 20 years in ballet companies, musical theatre and on cruise ships. He has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. After retiring from the dance world, he has been a “jack of all trades” and has administrative background in the legal, insurance and entertainment industries. He also worked as a records specialist and eventually a legal secretary at several law firms. Gary started at DIT in 2020 as an Accounting Assistant, moved into the position of Student Records Specialist and is now Registrar.

Jen Young

NW DIVE SUPPLY Retail Associate

Jen Young is a PADI Divemaster who has been working in the diving industry for more than 6 years. Before joining DIT staff, Jen worked at Underwater Sports, where initially she learned how to repair dry suits and assisted with PADI Class Certifications over her 5 years there. She has been a Divemaster for 3 years and her favorite dive sites are Salt Water State Park and Sunrock. She loves to do Search and Recovery missions and hopes to one day dive in tropical places.