Resident Director Recruitment

Meet the Staff

Residential Life Leadership

Chris Jaehne (He/Him)

Director

Education M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

B.S., Psychology, Colorado State University

Professional Interests Professional staff training and development, strategic planning, moral development and ethical decision-making, capital planning
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I enjoy the Burke-Gilman Trail along Lake Washington, whether I’m riding my bike or walking our little dog. The trail is such a wonderful amenity for the city!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I sincerely appreciate how proud UW students are to be Huskies. The UW enrolls amazing students, and they all have worked so hard to be admitted. They just exude pride!

Benjamin Meoz (He/Him)

Assistant Director
North Campus

Education M.Ed., Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of Vermont

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professional Interests Group dynamics, communications, leadership practices, and personal identities and the professional/managerial self
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Opportunity (for culture, for food, for arts and entertainment)
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The potential to define and redefine the student experience with students as collaborators and architects working alongside professional staff. And the unique role that housing plays for a campus and a larger community in developing students into good neighbors, stewards, and citizens.

Clive Pursehouse (He/Him)

Assistant Director
West Campus & Sustainability Initiatives

Education MA, Philosophy, Western Michigan University

BA, Philosophy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional Interests I’m interested in integrating elements of other professional environments into the work we do in Higher Education. I think there is a lot we can learn from systems utilized beyond campuses to improve our approach to our work. I’m also very interested in working with new supervisors and sustainability and on campus living.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Racing bicycles in some of the prettiest scenery in the world.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW They are an impressive bunch and they keep you on your toes. You have to bring your best day in and day out or they’ll call you on it.

Katie Kelly (She/Her)

Assistant Director for Apartment Life
Apartment Life

Education M.A., Higher Education Administration, Boston College

B.S., New Media Publishing, Rochester Institute of Technology

Professional Interests My professional interests in higher education include students’ transitions to college, as well as student leadership and participation in co-curricular experiences. Some of the most developmental experiences that our students have during college happen outside of the classroom, and I am committed to helping students make the most of those opportunities.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Living and working in Seattle is so terrific because you really get the best of both worlds—a great city life with countless things to do, as well as the most beautiful scenic views and awesome outdoor activities. There is really something for everyone here. I have a never ending list of things to do and see!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The greatest part of working with students at the University of Washington is getting to become a part of their higher-education experience in a very unique way. I learn so much from the students I’ve gotten to interact with, but it is also really rewarding to provide residents with a place to live that is not only comfortable and safe, but also helps them to grow and learn. I feel privileged to be able to assist students through both the exciting and difficult things they experience in college, as well as helping them to develop their own interests, leadership skills, and paths to future aspirations.

Mariam Mead Yaqub (She/Her)

Assistant Director
Student Engagement & Success

Education M.A., Comparative and International Education, Lehigh University

B.A., Global Studies, Arizona State University

Professional Interests Helping students explore their trajectories and how their experiences in Residential Life apply to future roles personally, professionally, and as engaged members of society. International education, including supporting international students on campus and fostering cross-cultural opportunities for all students.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I’m from New Mexico originally, so I never thought that I would say this, but I have actually really come to like the cool grey days – and the beautiful greenery that comes with all that rain.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Our students are so interesting and have such varied skills, experiences, and hobbies! I love talking to them and hearing what they are passionate about, and I constantly learn from them.

Community Managers(Area Directors, Resident Directors, Associate Hall Directors) - West Campus

Amanda Roy (She/Her)

Area Director
West Campus

Education M.S., Higher Education, Florida State University

B.S., Economics, Florida State University

Professional Interests My professional interests include student leadership, experiential learning, higher education law, and social justice. I’m passionate about creating environments in which students can build professional skills, have autonomy and ownership of their on-campus experience, and serve as change agents and advocates for their communities.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Seattle is a vibrant and eclectic city with something to offer to professionals of all levels. A commitment to being local and sustainable means that there’s no shortage of farmer’s markets, restaurants, festivals, and community activities to participate in – there is always something new to explore!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I really appreciate that so many of our students and student staff have a drive and passion for being members of a global society. Whether this is an anticipated career in international law or a drive to studying abroad, our students are eager to foster cross-cultural relationships both in their own communities as well as on a much larger scale. It’s a joy to learn their stories and help facilitate connections with one another.

Colleen McDonald (She/Her)

Resident Director
Elm Hall

Education M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

B.S., Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Professional Interests My professional interests in higher education include crisis intervention and mental health support, student staff training and development, experiential learning, and inclusion and equity work.  Working in housing offers a chance to do all this and more, while increasing access and support for students facing additional barriers outside the classroom.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love how nature is so integrated into this city!  I can drive 1-2 hours and hike in remote mountain wilderness, walk 10 minutes from my apartment and go kayaking, or hop on my bike and ride the 20+ mile Burke Gilman trail along the water.  All of that paired with Seattle’s many festivals, markets, shows, and quirky indoor hangouts makes for an endless list of things to do.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Students at UW are extremely driven and passionate about what they’re pursuing.  I know I’m working with people that are going to change the world for the better, and that’s a really cool thing to see!

Lindsey Sullivan (She/Her)

Resident Director
Alder Hall

Education B.S. Political Science, Minor in Spanish, University of Washington Seattle
Professional Interests I really enjoy working with students around diversity, equity, and inclusion!
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Washington has some of the most gorgeous mountains, coastlines, rainforests, and deserts around and Seattle is within driving distance to all of these places! I love being able to get out of the city easily to hike and camp and appreciate the natural beauty around us.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are incredibly critical thinkers and work to advocate for themselves in what they need. I love being around students who keep me on my toes and keep me thinking.

Arnelle Sambile (She/Her)

Resident Director
Maple Hall

Education M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont

B.A. English and Communication, San Diego State University

Professional Interests My professional interests include cultivating socially just spaces and structures of support, curriculum development, community building, identity development, and assessment. I am passionate about unlearning and healing through both formal and informal opportunities and using assessment as a means of storytelling.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I consider Seattle an introvert friendly city that also offers many community spaces. I am able to recharge in various ways, as I have access to both the city and nature. Not to mention, the abundance of delicious food!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are inquisitive— they always have questions and they are constantly seeking answers. They are committed to both their personal growth and the betterment of their communities. I am reminded of the importance of doing my self-work.

Ellie Smotherman (She/Her)

Area Director
Poplar Hall

Education M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, University of Southern California

B.A. Sociology, Texas Christian University

Professional Interests My professional interests include student conduct, student development, and student staff development. College can be an extremely transformative time for students. I enjoy being a part of this process and assisting students through their college journey.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love all the quirky things to do in Seattle! This city offers a variety of activities and experience that could not be found anywhere else.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW One thing that I appreciate about working with students at UW is their passion and their drive. UW students are incredibly driven and hardworking. It is exciting to work with students who I know will do amazing things both while they are at UW and when they leave the institution.

Wisam Berry (He/Him)

Resident Director
Lander Hall

Education M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida

B. A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Professional Interests My passion in higher education is to connect social justice work as a backbone to the work in Residence Life, understanding that the student residential experience is all about learning to be a member of a global society.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Food, things to do, easy public transportation, you are near water and mountains, the weather is awesome and generally pretty mild, making for a great city to work and live in!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Our students are activists. They find something they care about and run with it, and they share their passions with you often. They are also very smart and high-achieving and intellectual, which makes for great conversations and meetings with students.

Rachel Fielding (She/Her)

Associate Hall Dirrector
Maple Hall

Education M.Ed., Student Development Administration, Seattle University

B.A., Sociology, University of Washington

A.A. , Communications, Modesto Junior College

Professional Interests My professional interests include student leadership and development, the transition to the college student experience, facilitating conversations surrounding intent versus impact, and mental health awareness/advocacy.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle My favorite things about living in Seattle are the abundance of independent coffee shops to explore around the city, and ferry boat rides! I love the ferry boats!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I am constantly impressed by the drive and passion our students display here at UW.  They are incredibly high-achieving, innovative, and committed to both academics and their community.  It’s great to be able to support them as they explore their identities and interests, and I have no doubt that these students will change the world

Community Managers(Area Directors, Resident Directors, Associate Hall Directors) - North Campus

Brittany Gaalema (She/Her)

Area Director
North Campus

Education M.S. Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University

B.S. Special Education and Elementary Education, Indiana University

Professional Interests Social justice and inclusion in higher education and the local community, student leadership opportunities, and study abroad and civic engagement experiences.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle There is never a lack of things to do or experience in the city or on campus. It seems like every weekend there is a new festival or event in town to explore. It has also been amazing getting involved in the local community and being active outside (regardless of the weather). Professionally, this department values my time and passion – and puts both to good use. I feel supported in initiatives I want to start as well as in the daily aspects of my position.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The students here are very academically focused and invested in the University of Washington, evidenced by more than just the sea of purple and gold attire around campus (although awesome to see). Students reach out to talk about challenging topics and are curious to learn more about the world around them.

Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Ishola (She/Her)

Resident Director
Willow Hall

Education M.Ed., Postsecondary Administration, and Student Affairs, University of Southern California

B.A., Political Science, University of Redlands

Professional Interests My professional interests include innovative approaches to holistic student development and improving the experiences of international students. I am always interested in increasing my knowledge in several areas especially with issues that impact the experience of students.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love that there is and will forever be an abundance of Cafés for me to explore; picture sitting in a cafe, with a London fog and a good book.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Students at UW are brilliant, curious, and highly motivated.  Each time I speak to a student, I am amazed by how they challenge themselves academically and how high their aspirations are.

Michael Zangl (He/Him)

Resident Director
McMahon South

M.A. College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University

B.A. Art History with Honors, University of Washington

Professional Interests Social justice and inclusion work, particularly as it relates to building supportive communities and training of student and professional staff
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I enjoy exploring the unique neighborhoods in Seattle that offer an eclectic combination of restaurants, landmarks, coffee shops, and stores.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are truly learning to become leaders in their field and profession.  It is a privilege to be a part of the journey on their way to achieving their goals, both academically and personally.

Megan Osika-Dass (They/Them)

Resident Director
Haggett Hall

Education M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

B.A. in English Secondary Education and Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey

Professional Interests My professional interests include supporting queer and transgender students and exploring critical whiteness perspectives and cultivating those perspectives in others.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I enjoy how dog-friendly and environmentally-conscious Seattle is, and I am always enthusiastic to see the Seattle Sounders play.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I appreciate the great sense of humor that UW students have and how kind and compassionate they are to others.

Kayla Fencl (She/Her)

Resident Director
McCarty Hall

Education M.Ed., Student Development Administration, Seattle University

B.S., Psychology, University of Washington

Professional Interests I am interested in helping students as they navigate the higher education system with a focus on Social Justice. In particular, I hope to provide support to students of marginalized identities while at the University of Washington.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love the weather in Seattle! My favorite days are overcast and even a little rainy. I always look forward to fall and sweater weather.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The students at UW are focused on innovation and change. They are also academically strong and amazingly hardworking. We work with students who will change the world one day and I appreciate being able to support them during this phase of their academic career.

Shatera Davis (She/Her)

Resident Director
McMahon North

Education M.S.E Higher Education Administration , The University of Kansas

B.A. Communications with a Minor in Management

Professional Interests Social justice and inclusion in higher education, holistic student development, supporting students who hold marginalized identities, and dismantling systems of oppression.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love the infinite possibilities of working and living in Seattle.  As someone who loves mini-adventures and food, Seattle is the perfect place to get lost and do something different.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I love the passion and critical thinking skills of UW students.

 

Simone-Calais Staley (She/Her)

Resident Director
Madrona Hall

Education M.Ed., Student Development Administration, Seattle University

B.A., Recreation, Minor: Queer Studies, Minor: Environmental Education, Western Washington University

Professional Interests I have many interests and I am always learning. I started my career with a drive for serving LGBTQ students and developing services and programs. I also appreciate campus recreational services and outdoor programs given my undergraduate background. Being in Residence Life I am driven by my value of ‘community’ and integrate the ethic of development into my daily work. I have also worked with Native American/American Indian students as an adviser and scholar and will continue to be a voice in higher education. I hope to challenge myself to learn more about effective use of technology for higher education.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Access to the mountains, water and the islands. The natural environment here is to be wondered at. I always have access and time to enjoy this city.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW These students are engaged and creating new knowledge here on campus. They bring this energy into the work and communities. Their growth and development requires challenge. I am comfortable being able to challenge students in their leadership, professional development and citizenship in order to strengthen our UW community and their future communities.

Sarah Daniels (She/Her)

Associate Hall Director
McCarty Hall

Education B.A., International Relations (Richmond the American International University)
Professional Interests Diversity, Equity and Social Justice education, Gender Issues, Crisis Counseling, and Leadership Development.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I like how Seattle winters build character and promote underrated indoor activities. Everyone likes a good hike, but I love a heavy read or stitching circle with good company.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The open mindedness of students makes the environment inclusive, welcoming and safe.

Community Managers(Area Directors, Resident Directors, Associate Hall Directors) - Apartments

Kirsten Aranas (She’Her)

Area Director
Mercer Court

Education M.Ed, Student Development Administration, Seattle University

B.A., Psychology (minors: Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology), Seattle Pacific University

Professional Interests My professional interests include social justice, leadership development, student conduct and fostering environments for students to create and reflect on meaningful experiences.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love all the beautiful scenery the greater Seattle area has to offer and watching the seasons change.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I really enjoying having one-on-one interactions with students and hearing about what they are studying and how it relates to their passions and interests outside of the classroom. I am continually inspired by the many ways UW students use their education to make an impact on their communities and beyond.

Melinda Gilliam (She/Her)

Area Director
Nordheim

Education  M.S. Counseling and Student Development, specialization in Higher Ed. Administration, Kansas State University

B.A. Spanish Teaching, Central Washington University

Professional Interests Support and encouragement of identity development throughout the college experience, social justice and diversity as well as issues of equity and inclusion, military-connected student support and advocacy.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I enjoy being surrounded by so many opportunities to engage with and learn about different cultures. Seattle is my hometown. After moving away and returning, I realized all that this city offer and why it tends to draw people in.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Students at the University of Washington tend to understand the importance of capitalizing on opportunity. They value the chance to grow themselves in a holistic sense and challenge themselves to shape their student experience beyond a stereotypical mold.

Jeff Bermudes (He/Him)

Resident Director
Stevens Court

Education M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

B.A., Psychology with a minor in Asian American Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara

Professional Interests I am interested in supporting underrepresented students and the research that goes into their experiences. I often wonder how students experience higher education going in, going through, and going out of college.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Seattle provides me so many options on how I can spend my time outside of work.  I can go on scenic hikes, eat at any of the amazing restaurants in town, or enjoy any local or major concerts happening on any given night. There is always something to do.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The students I have interacted with are brilliant in their field of study.

Kelty Spencer

Resident Director
Cedar Apartments

Education MA in Organization and Leadership from University of San Francisco

BA in Sociology, with an emphasis in Community Change from San Jose State University

Professional Interests I’m especially interested in student activism and personal growth that takes place through leadership development.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle SO.MANY.BOOKSTORES.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW One thing I love about working with our students is that when they come here they are learning about themselves in a whole new light away from previous influences, and helping them navigate this transition is an incredibly rewarding experience as an administrator and supervisor.

Robby Smith (He/Him)

Resident Director
Mercer Court

Education MPA, Master of Public Administration, University of Washington
B.S., Child and Family Development, University of Georgia
Professional Interests My professional interests include education policy, policy analysis, student conduct, and improving access to education for all.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle There is so much to do in the area, from board game cafes to going hiking to seeing performances at the Paramount!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I’ve already been impressed by the students here, as I have had conversations with them and heard about their plans for their studies and careers. It definitely gives me hope that the future is bright!

Patrick Heneghan (He/Him)

Program Supervisor
Family Housing

Education M.Ed., Student Affairs Administration, Western Washington University

B.A., Psychology, Minor: Film Studies, Minor: English, Western Washington University

Professional Interests I am interested in technology and social media and the effect it has on a student population, as well as the world at large. I also enjoy discussing with students the wide range of political and societal concerns impacting them and helping navigate through those issues.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I really enjoy the wide range of culinary experiences you can have in Seattle. I also enjoy the modern urban feel that Seattle has, but also having the chance to easily leave the city for a quick day hike. I am also a big fan of drinking coffee while it rains outside.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I think one of my greatest highlights is that working with the students in the residence hall provides me the chance to see them change and grow throughout the year. I really appreciate how mindful and consciousness the students are. They are very determined to make a difference in the world and often discuss what impact they hope to achieve in changing the world for the better.

 

Specialists

Kristin Mauke (She/Her)

Residence Education Specialist
North Campus Amenities

Education M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University

B.A., English and Law, Societies & Justice, University of Washington

Professional Interest Professionally, I am interested in student staff development, student leadership development, the Husky Experience and fostering diversity within each of these interests. I am focused on residence education and am always searching for ways that students can make meaning out of their time at UW through hands-on experience with other students. I feel proudest when my student staff succeeds and feels accomplished in their job and their work.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle There’s no shortage of things to do: amazing food, nice concert venues, great hiking. We’re within driving distance of the water, mountains, forests and beaches.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I’ve found that UW students take pride in their work. They often take initiative to get things done and certainly don’t shy away from activism and advocacy. They have a dedication to their community while maintaining a strong sense of the individual/self. They inspire me rise to their level.

Jessica Rashid (She/Her)

Care Specialist
Student Engagement & Success

Education M.S. Counseling and Guidance, specialization in College Student Personnel, California Lutheran University

B.S. Accounting, California Lutheran University

Professional Interests Growing grit and resilience in students and staff, mental health concerns in college students, social justice and issues of diversity and inclusion.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Seattle is a foodie’s dream! I also love how many independent shops and restaurants there are across the city. It’s nice to support local businesses and see them thrive in such a large city.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The students we get to work with are incredibly high-achieving and are working through their programs to truly be the leaders of tomorrow. It is an especially rewarding population to work with knowing that the leadership skills they are learning in their roles will set them apart in their unique fields.

Alexa Forster(She/Her)

Residence Education Specialist
Leadership & Programming

Education M.Ed., Student Development Administration, Seattle University

B.A., Sociology, University of Washington

Professional Interests Retention and engagement particularly among student-athletes really interests me. I’m also interested in career discernment and services as well as higher education law.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I love being in a place with such wide diversity from the people, to the neighborhoods, to the events and activities. I’ve lived in the Seattle area my whole life and still find ways to meet new people and explore different parts of the city. I also love that the mountains and ocean are both a short drive away.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The students we work with at UW are incredibly bright and intelligent. They challenge me to think differently and to strive for excellence in the work that I do in student leadership. They consistently demonstrate a high standard for quality and care in their student leadership roles which I love as well.

Amy Collins (She/Her)

Psychologist Liaison
Conduct, Compliance & Assessment

Education Ph.D., Psychology, Texas A&M University
Professional Interests Providing individual, group, and crisis counseling to students, and supporting and consulting with Residential Life staff.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I like having nearby opportunities to explore nature.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I appreciate working with a diverse population of students and getting to help them work toward their goals.

Samuel Valentin (He/Him)

Specialist Conduct and Incident Response
Student Engagement & Success

Education M.A., Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of Connecticut

B.A., Political Science, DePaul University

Professional Interests Student conduct, student development, and risk-reduction educational strategies
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Seattle is the perfect balance between being in a city while also having easy access to nature.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are extremely high achieving and care about the impact that they have on the communities around them.

Katrina Nelson (She/Her)

Operations Specialist

Education Master of Public Administration, Seattle University

B.S., Public Health, University of Washington

Professional Interests I am interested in the intersections of geography, inequality, and health, as well as how social determinants of health impact individuals and communities.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I am a Seattle native and have never tired of the city! No matter how long you live here, you can always find something new to do or explore.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are smart, passionate, and driven. I love working at a university that’s home to so many innovators and leaders.

Kira Newman

Specialist for Educational Partnerships & Programs

Education M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University (OH)

B.A., Psychology & American Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State University

Professional Interests My professional interests include creating equitable educational opportunities in higher education, student mentorship, resilience, helping students connect their curricular and co-curricular learning, and organizational development/change management in higher education.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Coffee on every corner, beautiful scenery, great public transportation, a large LGBTQ community, pho, and the Seahawks. You can’t beat Seattle summers, the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring, or exploring the San Juan Islands.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are excited about learning, eager to build community, and focused on making the most of their Husky Experience. They love a good challenge, and they are truly some of the most intelligent, committed students I have ever worked with. I am confident that the students at UW are the change makers our world needs.

Dei Caudle

Lab Technician
Area 01

Education B.S., Physics, University of Washington
Professional Interests I am interested in empowering students and staff members to use their vision and creativity to achieve their goals. I want to lower the barrier of entry to teach useful skills to everyone, especially to communities that may be underrepresented in makerspaces.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle  I like being near everything I want to do. It’s a gorgeous area with a vibrant and diverse community.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW All of the students here are remarkably clever and good at what they choose to do. I love speaking with them and learning about their talents and passions and seeing how they apply those in their lives to achieve their goals.

Katherine Glesser (She/Her)

Senior Residence Education Manager

Education  M.Ed., Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago

B.A., Strategic Communication, The Ohio State University

Professional Interests Student staff training and development, co-curricular programming and events, and leadership identity and development
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle The weather! Even when it’s gray and rainy, the temperature is moderate, and there is a wonderful smell of ocean and pine trees.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Huskies are focused, driven, and always looking for ways to be more inclusive. They are open to new ideas and ready to make positive change happen within their community.

Derrick Van Kirk(He/Him)

Lab Technician
The MILL

Education BA Communications, Political Science, University of Washington
Professional Interests Team building, working in a productive and effective group, getting a sense of accomplishment.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I like the many outdoor activities available to us despite the wet winters.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW I appreciate the opportunity to create an inclusive educational environment for students of all ethnic and educational backgrounds.

Shannon Bradley (She/Her)

Residence Education Specialist
Training & Selection

Education M.A., Higher Education Leadership, University of San Diego

B.A., Communication Studies, University of Denver

Professional Interests I have a variety of professional interests ranging from working with students in first-year communities to study-abroad programs. I am fascinated by interpersonal communication skill development in students who live on campus and the impact this can have on overall student development. I’m interested in engaging with Second-Year Experience and shaping the sophomore experience on campus in apartments. I also enjoy working with Living Learning Communities. In my role as a Specialist, I’m excited by the ability to plan and craft our various student staff training and selection processes.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I have come to enjoy the range of activities and adventures to be had in Seattle. There are so many different places to explore and things to do that I have a constant feeling of being on vacation while being home!
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The highlight of working with students is observing their development over the course of their time at the UW. Our students are inquisitive, critical thinkers who always strive for their best and challenge me to do the same. There is never a dull day working in this role. I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic nature of working with students in Residential Life!

Support Staff

April Masters (She/Her)

Program Coordinator
Student Engagement & Success

Education B.A., Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of Washington.
Professional Interests Ensuring that students and their families have a positive experience while at UW. Providing support and resources to students in order to set them up for success, both in and out of the classroom.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Being so close to so many things. You are never far from a good hike, a great view, or a Mariners game. I love the weather and the sun when Spring rolls around.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW The diverse student body that teaches me so many things. The students are hard workers who are making big and positive changes in our community.

Claire F. Sandoval (She/Her)

Program Assistant
West Campus

Education MA Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell

B.A Cultural Anthropology, Minor in American Indian Studies, University of Washington Seattle

Professional Interests I am passionate about bringing my background and academic experiences into the work environment. I am interested in teaching and learning from others and be a resourceful tool for students to succeed.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I moved to the United States in late November of 2000. Since then Seattle has become my home and I fell in love with the weather and the landscape that surrounds the city and Washington State. It reminds me of the Peruvian rain-forest green except with a different climate.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW As a former UW student, working with the school environment, it brings me joy. Because I can help them to understand the school’s protocol and procedures. Knowing that I can be of a great assistance to them, it truly makes me feel appreciate and resourceful.

Morgan Lockhart (She/Her)

Program Assistant
Apartment Life

Education B.A., History: Empire and Colonialism, Political Science. Minor in Education, Learning, and Society, University of Washington
Professional Interests: I am dedicated to creating accessible content and spaces for both students and staff. Personally, I am also invested in engaging our communities in social justice and student-led activism.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle I am all about city life; I love the availability of food at any time of day, the traffic noises at night, and a decent cup of coffee on every block.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW UW students are dedicated to serving and improving their community. I appreciate that there are motivated student leaders with constructive feedback and a constant flow of innovative ideas and support to create positive change.

Natasha Hawkins (She/Her)

Program Coordinator
Operations

Education MSc, Sociology, University of Amsterdam

BA, Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College

Professional Interests Information management, non-profit management, social justice advocacy, housing rights, and violence prevention initiatives.
One thing you like about working and/or living in Seattle Summer in Seattle is magical. I love the diversity of flora and the abundance of outdoor spaces. The rest of the year in Seattle is perfect for appreciating my sweater collection.
One thing you appreciate about working with students at UW Their passion for learning. Either in formal or informal settings, it is very inspiring.