Disability Resources for Students

Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

Bree Callahan, Director, breec@uw.edu

Bree is the Director of Disability Resources for Students and is responsible for the overall operations of the office and represents DRS on various campus committees related to access, disability, and accessibility. Bree has sixteen year’s experience in higher education at both two-year and four year institutions in Washington State. She has worked in a variety of higher education areas; admissions, academic advising, housing and residential life and disability services and holds a M. Ed in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.

vacant, Associate Director,

Krista Greear, Assistant Director, greeark@uw.edu

Krista’s love for helping students, technology and data is a great fit for her position as the Assistant Director, where she manages the Access Text & Technology program and Captioning program for all 3 UW campuses. She has served in higher education disability services, providing students with alternate text since 2007 with 4 years as a part-time employee at Central Washington University and as a full-time employee at the University of Washington since 2012. She is involved with the UW’s Web Council, Approaches on Accessibility interest group, Online Advising group and Husky Toastmasters. In her graduate work in Educational Technology, Krista aims to learn more about the tools, content and strategies faculty use to teach online and hybrid courses in order to train faculty how to create accessible-born courses, degrees and programs.

Counseling Coordinators, by Academic College Liaison role

College of the Arts and Sciences (last name A-L, Veterans and International students)

Tal Lev, Counseling Coordinator, levt@uw.edu

Tal has over eight years of experience working in different departments within student services which include, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, student programming and leadership, and serving students with disabilities. Tal has also worked in various academic settings including 4-year private and public institutions as well as community and technical colleges. In 2012 Tal earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Western Washington University. Tal graduated from UW with a degree in economics after transferring over from Seattle Central Community College. She is very passionate about working with all students and helping them reach their goals.

Ashley Baird, Counseling Coordinator (Temporary), abaird@uw.edu

Ashley has worked in education since 2010, with roles in college access, community engagement, and as a community college faculty.  Ashley graduated from the UW in 2008 and will complete her M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in June 2017.

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

Jake Swanke, Counseling Coordinator, jakews@uw.edu

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.

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

Britt Neff,  Counseling Coordinator, neffb@uw.edu

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.

Health Sciences Schools of: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health

Jon McGough, Associate Director, jondm@uw.edu

DRS Programs & Services

Academic Coaching

Nina Parker-Cohen, Learning Specialistninapc@uw.edu

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

Krista Greear, Assistant Director, greeark@uw.edu

Classroom Accommodation Services

Sam Karell, Classroom Services Manager, sbk3@uw.edu

Sam oversees the daily office operations for the DRS Testing Center and Classroom Services programs (furniture, room relocation, and notetaking). She graduated from the UW in 2010 and has worked in higher education and Student Life for over 5 years.  Sam joined DRS team in Autumn 2014 and is excited to contribute in making the University of Washington an inclusive, equitable environment for all students.

Administration & Operations

Faith Lam, Administrative Specialist, flam@uw.edu

Faith is the Administrative Specialist and holds a unique position in the partnership between DRS and the Career & Internship Center. Her work with both units is heavily operations-focused as she supports many aspects of all programs and services. However, even though Faith works mostly on the back end with budgets and the University’s various administrative systems, it is the same underlying passion for serving students that drives Faith forward in her work. Prior to joining UW, Faith worked in Shoreline Community College and North Seattle College with many non-traditional student populations.