UW Women's Center

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Email: sbasu@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 685-1090


Nancy Finelli

Re-Entry Program Advisor

Nancy Finelli has 34+ years of experience supporting women returning to a formal learning environment.  Finelli offers re-entry guidance to support women through a variety of life experiences such as motherhood, career changes, divorce, widowhood, abuse and everything in between to help women transition back into a classroom environment.  As a woman who has experienced many of these transitions herself and someone with a passion for women’s education and empowerment, Finelli has a wealth of knowledge and resources to help women pursue and achieve their higher education and career goals.  Finelli offers confidential, one-on-one, in-person or phone advising sessions tailored to each person’s individual needs.

Email: ffinelli@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 543-9708

Senait Ogbe Habte

Assistant Director and Making Connections Program Manager

Senait Habte is the Assistant Director and Making Connections Program Manager where she supports and guides strategic planning, co-facilitates salary negotiation workshops, develops curriculum for the Making Connections Program, advises students and is a steadfast advocate for low income and first-generation students. Since 2007, Habte has lead and expanded the Women’s Center’s Making Connections (MC) Program into a thriving pre-college, STEM-focused program that offers comprehensive educational services to 105 high school students, their families and countless MC alumnae each year.  Prior to Making Connections, Habte worked as a Program Coordinator at the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. Outside of the UW, Habte leads an Eritrean youth dance group and serves on numerous community-based boards and committees.
Email: senait@uw.edu
Program Email: wcmcp@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 685-1090

Johnna E. White, MPA

Administrator of Program Operations and Anti-Human Trafficking Program Manager

Johnna White is the Administrator of Program Operations and Anti-Human Trafficking Program Manager at the UW Women’s Center. Her areas of specialization include gender equity, race and social justice, violence against women, and human trafficking. White is a certified Start Smart facilitator and trains young women entering the workforce in the art of salary negotiation. Additionally, she serves on the Yoga Behind Bars Board of Directors and teaches yoga to youth who are incarcerated. Prior to her work with the Women’s Center, White worked in Washington D.C. as a government relations specialist. She earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Phone: (206) 685-1090
Email: jwhite23@uw.edu

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Heather Hudson

Advancements and Events Coordinator

Heather is the Advancement and Events Coordinator for the UW Women’s Center where she raises funds for the Center, organizes large-scale events, coordinates the Advisory Board, and manages the Alene Moris NEW Leadership Program. Previously, she worked in the private sector in the outdoor industry and had a stint where she transitioned to public service as the PR contact for a non-profit grant making program focusing on children’s health and education. A mother of two girls, Hudson is passionate about gender equity and improving access and diversity in education.
Phone: (206) 685-1090
Email: hzhudson@uw.edu

Ken Matsudaira

Ken Matsudaira

SAT Prep Instructor

Ken Matsudaira has been teaching SAT Strategies classes for the UW Women’s Center for over fifteen years. He is committed to serving low-income, first-generation college students; to creating opportunities for affordable access to high-quality coaching for test takers; and to the idea that the SAT should not be a barrier to equal access to education. He works effectively within a diversity of cultural contexts, academic skill levels, and learning modalities. When not teaching with the UW Women’s Center, Matsudaira serves as the curator for the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College, provides SAT coaching for the Upward Bound Summer Program at South Seattle College, cooks, gardens, reads, and geeks out to life

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

GRE Prep Instructor

Matt Smith has over six years teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Currently, he is completing on his PhD in philosophy at the University of Iowa. He hopes to bring his combined teaching and graduate school experiences to bear while aiding others in achieving their academic goals. Matt firmly believes that everyone has the right to a high-quality education and that neither social nor economic constraints should be a barrier to furthering one’s academic career. Whenever not focused on his studies and teaching duties, Matt enjoys hanging out with his wife, hiking, exploring Seattle and its wealth of good restaurants, reading science fiction, and admiring miscellaneous graffiti and tattoos.

AmeriCorps Members


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AmeriCorps Member — Making Connections Academic Engagement Coordinator

David-Anthony Lazada graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy. Being a first-generational student, David wants to help others realize their learning potential and believes equitable education is critical to achieve that. He also has a sharp interest in STEM, especially mathematics, because of its beauty and applicability to the world we live in.  Committing himself to both passions, David has tutored at the University and taught as a teaching assistant for high school students in an accelerated math course. David enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and feeling the hardcovers of Springer textbooks.

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Michaela Morrow

AmeriCorps Member — Making Connections STEM Enrichment Coordinator

Michaela Morrow was born and raised in Boston.  Michaela earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Psychology. Outside of work, Michaela enjoys running , learning languages, and listening to live music. She is passionate about gender and racial equity and is looking forward to supporting students in the Making Connections program this year.

Student Staff Team

Jenna Green

Jenna Green

Violence Prevention & Gender Equity Program Assistant

Jenna Green graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and is currently a Museology Graduate student at the University of Washington. With a passion for museums, non-profits, and other institutions that serve their community Jenna is interested in education and engaging public programs. Jenna enjoys learning about art, history, and gender studies and is looking forward to supporting the UW Women’s Center programs. Outside of work and school Jenna enjoys exploring all the coffee shops and hidden gems of Seattle.

Asia Tamaami

Asia Tamaami

Administrative Assistant

Asia Tamaami is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursuing a double major in Education, Communities & Organization and American Ethnic Studies with a minor in Human Rights. Asia is passionate about serving underrepresented and under-served communities. With this in mind, Asia hopes to attend law school upon graduating to pursue a career in public interest law. Aside from her academic and career interests, Asia is also passionate about travelling and she has been to South Korea, Italy, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, and France.

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Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Hielen Enyew is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington with the intended majors of Astronomy and Communications. She has been working at the Women’s Center for the past year, additional to being a mentor and a tutor with Making Connections, she also Puts in time volunteering at Church, Seattle public library and with the outreach programs affiliated with League of Astronomy here on campus. She is passionate about Space and anything related with that, in her free time if she is not hiking, she is usually on her telescope gazing at the sky, reading books and watching movies about space.

Suad Ibrahim

Suad Ibrahim

Graphic Designer

Suad Ibrahim is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursing a Bachelor in Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering. Her personal mission to provide support for fellow women in tech spaces as well as other professional fields. As well as apply all acquired skills in order to create resources that aid the distribution of information for all underrepresented groups. After graduation, she hopes to work full-time as UX Designer/Researcher. In her free time, Suad enjoys designing graphics, studying languages and photography.

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Assistant to the Director

Isabelle Dunne graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Museology at the University of Washington.  She is passionate about fostering awareness, community investment, and development within non-profit organizations.  Isabelle enjoys learning about marketing, fundraising, and overall organizational development and is looking forward to supporting the UW Women’s Center and their mission for change.  In her free time, she enjoys live music, spending time with friends and good food, and watching documentaries.


Kristen Orth

Grant Writer

Kristen graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a concentration in Cognitive Science; she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science.  As an aspiring public librarian, Kristen is passionate about social justice and building equitable spaces. In her free time, Kristen enjoys reading, admiring nature, and starting ambitious craft projects.


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NEW Leadership Institute Coordinator

Chianaraekpere Ike has a variety of research and experience advocating for human rights, particularly that of women and children. Her areas of academic specialization include international human rights, crime and justice, gender and women studies. At the University of Washington, she is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Law and a Fellow at the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center. Her current research focuses on preventing sexual violence in armed conflicts, and she has done extensive research on violence against women and transnational trafficking in human beings. She is passionate about empowering women to become leaders in whatever capacity they envision themselves in, and brings that passion to the Women’s Center’s NEW Leadership Program. A mother of an energetic toddler, she enjoys good music and being around water.