Intellectual House Administrative Staff
Chenoa Henry (Tulalip)
Chenoa is a Tulalip tribal member and grew up along the Washington coast (Tulalip, Puyallup, and Seattle). She has a deep commitment to education and is an advocate for tribal self-governance. Earning an undergraduate degree in American Indian Studies, she is an alumna of the University of Washington and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University. Chenoa enjoys watching movies with her fiancé and cat (Whisper), spending time with her family on Sundays, crocheting, cooking new recipes, and listening to podcasts on long walks. As the Director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, Chenoa’s vision is to empower students, foster a sense of community, and create a supportive learning environment that welcomes all students.
Casey Wynecoop (Spokane)
Casey Wynecoop is a member of the Spokane Tribe and currently serves as the Assistant Director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. He grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attended elementary and middle school in Reardan, WA before moving to the city of Spokane to attend Gonzaga Preparatory School during the school year. From there, he would apply to and attend the University of Washington here in Seattle, WA. After two separate stops and restarts, he attained his Bachelor’s in American Indian Studies in 2016. In his 20 years in Seattle, he has fully embraced the arts scene including theater, dance, film, and music. He also works as a part-part-time karaoke host on the weekends. As an Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity employee since 2015, he has found training students in their professional development the most fulfilling part of his work. He encourages all students to apply and work for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ at some point in their academic career.
Michael Yates (Cowlitz)
Michael grew up 2 hours south of Seattle in Mossyrock, WA. He attended Mossyrock High School and enrolled at the University of Washington in 2010, where he joined First Nations at UW. He served in various officer positions throughout his undergrad and as Chairman in 2014. Michael graduated from UW in 2015, majoring American Indian Studies and American Ethnic Studies and minored in Diversity. As a student Michael worked with OMAD since Fall 2011 and has been on the team with OMAD between the Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment team and since January of 2016 with the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House team. Michael enjoys playing MMORPGs with his friends and family, sharing the couch with his dog, Metzi, camping, and geeking out about Seahawks, especially leading into the draft! Some of his favorite things to do at work are helping students discover their direction, coaching them through the challenges college brings, and celebrating their successes!
Student Staff and Assistants
Student Staff & Student Assistants
The Intellectual House hires Student Lead and Student Assistant Staff aimed to build work experience in providing customer service and running a facility. Student Lead Staff provides mentorship and leadership to student assistants for developing professional skills. Throughout the academic year, each Student Staff hosts an event for students.
To see more information, see the Student Led Events page. Student Staff are hired on an annual basis via application in April.