Meet the Staff

Anne Browning


Raised by a pack of wolves in Southeast Asia, Anne has endured a long and arduous journey on her way to her current position as the Director of Academic Support Programs at the University of Washington. Okay...reallyI'm a south Tacoma native and veteran of the Tacoma public school system. I grew up struggling in school, but doing pretty well by putting in a lot of effort. Athletics have always been important to me. Growing up, sports kept me out of trouble and later in life they have kept me balanced in college and beyond. I was a two-sport athlete at Harvard, playing soccer in the fall and rowing in the winter and spring. After college I went to Berkeley for graduate school in education and continued to pursue rowing. After competing at a high level and working part-time with student athletes, I hung up my oars and took on the task of managing Academic Support Programs. I'm one of the lucky ones who enjoy coming to work every day. My co-workers are an outstanding group of students and educators, I have an endless supply of peanut M&M's, and I get to teach fun and innovative courses.

When I was a first semester freshman at Harvard, I took a math course that I did not test into even though my adviser warned against it. The first day of class, I was completely overwhelmed and lost. Halfway though an explanation of a long equation, the student next to me spoke up to correct an error our TA had made. I turned and introduced myself. David helped walk me though every problem set for the course and we forged a fantastic friendship along the way. That was a hard earned C+. Five years later I was in his wedding party.

The people you study and learn with at this university are your most valuable resource. The transition to college is a tough one. Learn how to learn from the student seated next to you. I wish CLUE existed when I was in college. I think it is a wonderful program and I am dedicated to making it a significant part of your undergraduate experience.

Best, Anne

Adiam Tesfay

Assistant Director

Hello! Being the first in my generation to attend college, I struggled a lot and needed many campus resources, specifically a tutor, to get me through the experience which is what makes me excited to work with CLUE and Academic Support Programs. Our study centers are a fabulous resource for students to get support in their courses and the general college experience as well. Take advantage of all the help and resources out there. You only get one chance to be an undergrad so do it right!

I moved to Seattle from Arizona, where I was raised. I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa (was born in Sudan) and moved to Phoenix, at the age of 2. After high school I moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU). I received both my BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology and my Masters in Education Psychology from NAU. I also worked at NAU as an Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator for four years helping students be academically successful within a TRIO program.

I like to volunteer, learn from and empower kids/young adults, travel, listen to music and dance, love watching the performing arts, meeting new people, and I love learning new things, especially about culture and peoples' experiences. I have a huge family and friends all over the world so I spend a lot of time with them or talking to them. I like reading and watching movies and I LOVE food, especially good food. I like to bake and am learning to cook more but love trying new recipes.

I am fairly new to Seattle (as of May 2010) and loving it so far but could always use suggestions for places to go, things to see and do, and how to adjust to the weather from a dry desert climate! And feel free to send any feedback or suggestions/ideas you have about CLUE. See you here soon!

Leslie Ikeda

Program Assistant

Hi! Born and raised in the beautiful 206, Seattle has been nothing but good to me.

I love drinking coffee, going on hikes and cooking. I have been working for the Tom Douglas restaurants for the past 8 years where I have been blessed with serving and eating delicious food and not to mention has allowed me to pay for college. 

I recently graduated from the University of Washington this past Spring 2013 where I got my BA in American Ethnic Studies. At the start of my undergrad, I had decided to purse a Marine Biology major. I quickly lost interest in all the hard science courses I was taking and switched to International Studies. I basically bombed my GPA after trying to take Japanese where 2 years of langauage was a requirement for the major. I took an American Ethnic Studies class late in my Junior year with a lost sense of where I was headed academically and what I would be pursuing career-wise. After completing the course and learning how race and ethnicity has shaped the character and education system of this country today,  I recognized that was where my real interest and passion laid.

My first taste of working with students was when I got involved with the UW Dream Project. I mentored students at Rainier Beach High School for almost a year where I helped students pursue their goals towards higher education and navigate through the college admissions process. I then became acquainted with the UW Academic Support Programs when I signed up for the Education 401 class and became a tutor-mentor for two extraordinary students with drastically different challenges. The experience taught me a lot about the unquie struggles and social barriers that students face in higher education and made me hungry to know more about the program. For my final quarter at UW, I worked as an intern in the UW Academic Support Programs where I had the amazing experience of working with such a talented and gifted team of instructors who mentored and supported me.

Now that I'm all graduated, I'm here to give back and do what I can to provide an enriching and amazing experience like what this program has offered me!

Ryan Burt

Program Manager

Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.  

I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum.  Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.  

Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.  

Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends.  After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.  

Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!