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Disability Resources for Students

Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

Bree Callahan, Director,

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 over 17 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.

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.

Currently Vacant, Assistant Director 

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, Veterans and International students)

Tal Lev, Access Coordinator,

Tal works with students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Veteran and International students. She has over a decade 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. 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.

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

Jake Swanke, 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.

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

Aaron Jorgensen, Senior Access Coordinator,

Aaron works with students in Health Science programs. After receiving his M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in 2012, Aaron worked in various residential life offices at both public and private universities. Prior to working with DRS, Aaron’s focus was in student conduct, where he learned the importance of balancing consistency with equity when working with unique student experiences.

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

Manager position currently vacant, email  with questions. The Access Text & Technology Manager is responsible for daily operations of the programs services and communications with partners.

Classroom Accommodation Services

Sam Karell, Classroom Services Manager,

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,

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.