Mentor Power for Success

Meet the Mentor Team

Tey Thach
Tey Thach

Tey 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. 


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.


Senayet Negusse

Senayet Negusse

Senayet is the Graduate Student Assistant at the Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. She recently received her undergraduate degrees right here at the University of Washington in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Early Childhood and Family Studies. This year, Senayet will be working towards her Masters in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. As an undergrad, Senayet was involved in the following student organizations on campus: Sisterhood, African Student Association, Chicanos for Community Medicine and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Senayet is dedicated to working and serving historically underrepresented communities by providing successful outreach, organizing community events and being present in her community.


Yuriana Garcia

Yuriana Garcia

Yuriana, also goes by Yuri, is the Leadership Without Borders Coordinator at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. She grew up in eastern Washington, in the small town of Royal City where her parents worked in the agricultural industry. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering. As a student she was very involved in trying to get more undocumented students to higher education institution, founder of the Beyond HB 1079 Program.   She is passionate about technology, and also higher education. Her work at the Kelly ECC includes being able to provide and assist undocumented students.  Some of her hobbies include dancing, spending time with friends and family, and mentoring students!



Lanna Lee

Lanna is a third year student at The University of Washington. She is from California but her heart is in Seattle, Washington. Lanna intends to major in Social Work and dreams of traveling the world for fun and to work in humanitarian relief. Her ultimate focus is to work with underprivileged and underrepresented communities. Lanna is in love with ice cream, sunsets, and is especially fascinated by the process of personal human growth and development. She cannot wait to see it exhibited through the Mentor Power for Success program!