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Disability Resources for Students

Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

Elizabeth Lewis, Interim Director,

Position is in a search process for new Director.

Elizabeth has been at the University of Washington for 11 years and is excited to support the work of DRS as the interim director. Elizabeth brings a student centered approach to her work around access.

Valerie Hamilton, Associate Director,

Valerie is the Associate Director of Disability Resources for Students and is responsible for overseeing the Access Coordinators, policy and procedure, and serving on various committees with university partners. Valerie has worked in higher education and student disability as an access coordinator and director since 2011. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher at the high school level for over 15 years. She has a bachelor degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in US History, a master degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota, and a professional degree from the University of Connecticut in Post-Secondary Education and Disability. Her interests lie in transition, outreach, and inclusion. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, photography, hiking, traveling, and rooting for her San Francisco Giants.

Jack Nguyen, Assistant Director,

Jack is serving as DRS Assistant Director. He oversees the Access Text & Technology Program Manager and the unit’s overall operations. Jack also serves on the DRS leadership team and collaborates with campus partners on inclusive design for teaching and learning environments. Prior to UW, Jack worked with students with qualified print-related disabilities as their accessibility specialist and senior accessibility coordinator at the California Community College and California State University campuses since the early 2000s. Jack holds a Doctor of Education from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research interests include inclusive curriculum design, accessibility challenges within Web-based learning environments, and assistive technology abandonment. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he focused on the areas of human-centered design and accessibility for the Web and mobile devices. Jack is a photography enthusiast who keeps record of good taco joints. He lives in Seattle and spends most of his free time exploring the town with his sidekick — a puppy named Dylan.

Access Coordinators, by Academic College Liaison role

College of the Arts and Sciences (last name A-L)

Macy Westrick, Access Coordinator,

Macy has been a part of the DRS team in various capacities since 2014. Macy is an Access Coordinator with a student driven focus in the belief that all students with disabilities deserve equitable access to education. As an MSW, her training focused primarily on work with children, youth and families, but held an emphasis on transition services for youth and young adults with disabilities. A UW alum, Macy bleeds purple and gold, and spends most of her free time cheering on the Huskies and the Seattle Mariners.

College of Arts and Sciences (last name M-Z) and Athletics Liaison

Meghan Matthews, Access Coordinator,

Meghan has a passion for serving students, and cultivating spaces where they can be developed and supported. Joins the DRS team after working for the last nine years in Residence Life. She received a degree in Communication Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and went on to complete a Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific as well. She is very excited to be working in DRS, and is eager to help students get the access they need. In her down time, Meghan loves to travel, hike, cook, and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Foster Business School, Evans School of Public Affairs, Information School, College of Engineering, College of the Environment, College of Built Environments, College of Education, School of Law

Britt Neff, Access Coordinator,

Britt has been with the Disability Resources for Students Office since 2008. With ten years of experience serving students with disabilities in higher education and a master’s degree in student development from Seattle University, Britt has worked in various academic settings including 4-year private institutions and community college. Britt believes that it is crucial to allow student’s voices to be heard across campus and seeks to create avenues for them to share their stories.

Schools of: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work

Jake Swanke, Senior Access Coordinator,

Jake works with students in the College of Arts and Sciences, UW’s student athletes, and manages DRS’ new student applications. He also represents the office on the Division of Student Life Assessment Committee. As an undergraduate at UW he studied political science and history and worked in the First Year Programs office. His experience working with incoming students sparked his interest in student services. After graduating from the UW he went on to graduate school at Western Washington University where he earned a M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education in 2011. He has been working in disability services in higher education for over 6 years.

DRS Programs & Services

Academic Coaching

Nina Parker-Cohen, Academic

Nina is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of learning challenges in college students. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the academic coaching program in the DRS office. Nina has more than 25 years of experience in higher education settings.

Access Text & Technology

Linda Clemon-Karp, Program Manager,

As the Access Text and Technology Program Manager, Linda oversees production of document and media conversion to Braille, Text-To-Speech, Captioning, and other medium. She also provides orientation, consultation and support for students who use alternative media and technology. Linda joined the DRS team in 2017, and quickly became committed to the Interactive Process, encouraging students to continue using adaptive technologies long past graduation. Originally from Boston, Linda earned her BA at Roger Williams University in RI, and her Master’s at CSU Fullerton. In her free time, she enjoys travel, landscaping, cooking, and home reconstruction.

Classroom Access Services

Dominic Evans, Classroom Services Manager,

Dominic is the Classroom Access Services Manager and oversees the daily office operations for the DRS Testing Center and Classroom Access Services programs (furniture, room relocation, and notetaking). Dominic began working with students with disabilities while completing his Social Work degree from Seattle University. After graduating he continued to work with underrepresented identities in the Seattle area and abroad before transitioning to graduate school at Loyola University Chicago. He earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education and worked as a graduate assistant for Northwestern University.

Administration & Operations

Tera Figueroa, Administrative Specialist

Position holds a unique role in the partnership between DRS and the Career & Internship Center by providing fiscal and HR supports across all aspects of programs and services.