Mentor Power for Success

Meet the Mentor Team

Marisa Herrera

Marisa Herrera

Marisa is the Director of the Ethnic Cultural Center. Marisa is originally from Arizona and most recently worked at Stanford University as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission. She has experience working in cultural centers, residential life and has recently traveled the world as an Assistant Dean of Students on Semester at Sea. Her undergrad and masters degree is in business and her Doctoral work focused on leadership and the globalization of higher education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, crafting and playing competitive sports. Her favorite number is 3, her favorite color is Husky purple and her favorite restaurant on the “ave” is Shalimar. Come stop by her office and say hello, she has a beautiful view of the water from her office!


Tey Thach

Tey Thach is the Advisor and part of the Leadership team at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. She started as a Graduate Student Assistant at the center and now has become a full time staff member! She is a Florida native, hailing from the land of Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter, Orlando! She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida (go Bulls!) in Social Science Education and have taught high school economics and history for two years, before  moving across the country (literally) to the  great state of Washington to obtain her Masters in Social Work Administration and Policy at the University of Washington.  During her time as a student at the UW, she was part of the following organizations: Social Work Immigration Alliance, United Colors of Social Workers, and Social Work Asian Pacific Islander.  She is passionate about working alongside marginalized populations, community organizing, human rights and social justice issues, and education as a way to increase civic engagement.  She is excited to be part of the Mentor Power for Success program! 


Domonique Meeks

Domonique Meeks is currently a first year Masters of Science Information Management graduate student. He works part time as the Student Development Coordinator here at the University of Washington’s Ethnic Cultural Center. His previous experiences include working at the Department of Global Health, teaching in Japan, and the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. He is a Central Washington University alum where he studied Criminal Justice and Sociology. While at Central he was highly involved with and dedicated to many clubs/organizations. Domonique has a strong interest in technology access. He is a self-trained photographer and videographer who uses storytelling as a way to fight for social justice. He is an enthusiastic individual that loves history, politics, and social media. Domonique loves to travel and gladly shares his photographs, videos, and journals. His goal is to see the world and believes each individual should take advantage of opportunities to explore and travel while documenting their stories.


Josue Estrada

Josué Q. Estrada holds a bachelor’s degree in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington (UW) and master’s degree in American Studies from Washington State University (WSU). Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in history at the UW. Before coming to the UW, he taught ethnic studies courses at a college level and worked as an admissions counselor as well as director for WSU’s College Assistance Migrant Program. He was raised in the Yakima Valley and enjoys working with underrepresented student populations.   


Toka Valu

Toka was born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga before migrating to the U.S. in 1997. He entered the UW shortly after graduating from Kent Meridian HS and was active in the Polynesian Student Alliance’s high school outreach initiatives, the Kelly ECC community and OMA&D’s  pre-college & retention programs before he graduated in 2009. As a member of the OMA&D Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment team over the past 5 years, Toka worked to increase the enrollment of Pacific Islander students at the UW and now serves as Program Manager for Leadership, at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center.