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Disability Resources for Students

Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

Elizabeth Lewis, Interim Director, higgie@uw.edu

Position is in a search process for new Director.

Valerie Hamilton, Associate Director, vah2@uw.edu

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 *starts Nov 1st

The Assistant Director  is responsible for overseeing the Access Text & Technology Program Manager and units overall operations, collaborating with campus partners on inclusive design and serving on the DRS leadership team.

Access Coordinators, by Academic College Liaison role

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

Macy Westrick, Access Coordinator, macyw@uw.edu

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

Meghan Matthews, Access Coordinator, *starts Oct 15th

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, 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.

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

Jake Swanke, Senior Access 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.

DRS Programs & Services

Academic Coaching

Nina Parker-Cohen, Academic Coachninapc@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

Linda Clemon-Karp, Program Manager, email lindack1@uw.edu  with questions. The Access Text & Technology Manager is responsible for daily operations of the programs services and communications with partners.

Classroom Access Services

Dominic Evans, Classroom Services Manager, *starts Oct 22nd

Position oversees the daily office operations for the DRS Testing Center and Classroom Access Services programs (furniture, room relocation, and notetaking).

Administration & Operations

Tera Figueroa, Administrative Specialist, *starts Oct 22nd

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.