Alene Moris Women’s Center

Dr. Sutapa Basu, executive director of the UW Alene Moris Women’s CenterExecutive Director and Affil. Assistant Professor

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


Nancy Finelli Re-Entry Program Advisor

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 students through a variety of life experiences such as parenthood, career changes, divorce, widowhood, abuse and everything in between to help with the 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 individuals 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) 685-1090


Senait Ogbe Habte Assistant Director and Making Connections Program Manager

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


Heather Hudson Advancements and Events Coordinator

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.

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


Ana Silva

Administration and Program Operations

Ana Silva is the Women’s Center administrator and programs operation manager. Ana has extensive experience in providing early childhood education and leadership training for girls and women in underprivileged communities of color, as well as, native and Latinx populations. She graduated from the Jackson School of International Studies, got a certification in Project Management from the UW Business school, and will be soon completing her masters in Psychophysiology. Ana is passionate about teaching women how to achieve optimal learning and success through Neuroeducation.

Email: asilva1@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 685-1090


Ken Matsudaira SAT Prep Instructor

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 GRE Prep Instructor

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.