Staff Directory

Tiffany Dion

Tiffany is the Graduate Program Advisor for SMEA.  She began at the UW in 2011 and SMEA in 2013.  Prior to coming to UW she received her Master's in Student Counseling from UCLA and spent the last 10 years advising students in both Northern and Southern California.  Her responsibilities include advising prospective students on the application process through new student orientation, as well as current students on the program of studies, course registration, and graduation requirements.  Additionally she works with faculty in course planning and scholarship awards.  She works part-time for SMEA and part-time for the IGERT Program on Ocean Change.  Tiffany's office is in the SMEA main office, room 107 of the Marine Studies Building.  You can reach her at 206-543-0106 or

Suanty Kaghan

Suanty is SMEA’s Administrative Specialist. She has been with the School since 1989.  Her primary responsibilities at SMEA involve fiscal and administrative management and include budgeting, purchasing, travel, proposal submission, payroll, work-study supervision, and building coordination. Suanty’s office is in the SMEA main office, room 105 of the Marine Studies Building. She can be reached at 206-543-4392 or

Megan Russell

Megan is SMEA’s Assistant to the Director. She has been with the School since 2010. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Megan worked at a variety of educational, government, and nonprofit organizations and institutions, and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University. Her primary responsibilities at SMEA include human resources, program planning and research, communications, advancement, special events, and other projects to assist Director Terrie Klinger in the administration of the School. Megan works part-time, five days per week. Her office is in the SMEA main office, room 113 of the Marine Studies Building. She can be reached at 206-543-4448 or

Nick Wehner

Nick, a 2011 graduate of SMEA, is SMEA’s resident IT guru and problem solver in addition to working full-time for, a comprehensive source for news, guidance, and community discussion on sustainable practices in ocean planning and management. Nick’s office is in the SMEA main office, room 103 of the Marine Studies Building. Nick can be reached at 206-543-4280 or