CIRCLE

Meet Our People

 

Felipe Martinez (he/him) | Executive Director, CIRCLE

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Favorite café in Seattle: Simply Desserts in Fremont

Fun Fact: I have worked/studied at four different Pac-12 schools.


Dan Zhu (she/her) | Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs, CIRCLE

Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English

Favorite café in Seattle: Spicy Chongqing in Renton

Fun Fact: I am a mother of two little boys.


Ziyan Bai (she/her) | Assistant Director for Graduate Programs, CIRCLE

Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

Favorite place to eat in Seattle: Tian Fu in Northgate

Fun Fact: My research area is graduate education, including access, student experience, finance, and education outcomes.


Hyerim Park (she/her) | Student Transitions Coordinator, CIRCLE

Languages spoken: Korean, English

Favorite café in Seattle: Café Canuc, Petit Pierre

Favorite Book: Alain de Botton Status Anxiety


Siya Nkosi's HeadshotSiya Nkosi (he/him) | Strategic Communications Coordinator, CIRCLE 

Languages spoken: IsiZulu, English, SiSwati, Mandarin Chinese, Xhosa, Afrikaans.

Favorite café in Seattle: Broadcast Coffee

Favorite Book: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga


Aakash Neve (he/him) | Program Coordinator

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

Favorite place to eat in Seattle: Salt & Straw in Capitol Hill

Fun Fact: I am an ordained minister, which gives me the ability to perform legal wedding ceremonies


Amodini Khade  (she/her) | Unite UW Program Coordinator

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi

Favorite place to eat in Seattle: Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill

Favorite Book: The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow


Elizabeth Dechasa (she/her) | Program Assistant

Languages spoken: English, some Spanish and French, beginner Amharic

Favorite place to eat in Seattle: Retreat in Greenlake

Favorite Book: Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West


Iman Janoo (she/her) | Social Media Coordinator 

Languages spoken: English, Urdu, and some Spanish!

Favorite place to eat and café in Seattle: Cesar’s Indian Restaurant and Happy Lemon boba!

Favorite Book: The Selection series by Kierra Cass


Mellot Samuel | Program Assistant

Languages spoken: English, Amaringya, Japanese, Ge’ez

Favorite place to eat in Seattle: Ichi Bento

Fun Fact: With my team we won third in a National Hip Hop competition

 


Sree Lekha P (she/her) | Graduate Student Programs Coordinator 

Languages spoken: English, Telugu

Favorite café in Seattle: Portage Bay Café

Favorite Book: You Can Win by Shiv Khera