Honors Staff

The About Honors Program Staff

Front Desk

For general inquiries or to be directed to an appropriate staff member, please contact the Honors Program front desk via our contact form, at uwhonors@uw.edu, or by phone at (206) 543-7444.

Honors Staff

Stephanie Smallwood

Stephanie Smallwood




Juliana Villegas

Juliana Villegas

Associate Director



Here in Honors I… coordinate the curriculum & recruit faculty from across campus and within the local and international communities. I am also lead in coordinating & managing international programs in Honors, so I develop (and teach!) study abroad programs. I also teach Honors 496, and am affiliate faculty in the English Department.

I like thinking about & studying… comparative global critical mixed race and border studies research related to immigration and migration. I think about international education and the importance of learning about other cultures as we learn about our own culture, and how one informs the other. I also enjoy writing both poetry and prose.

My first week in college… was at the University of New Mexico and, being a first-generation student, I was afraid I’d say the wrong thing and expose my ignorance. I remained very quiet the first semester – but second semester I took my first English class. I found my voice in that American Literature course.

Aley Mills Willis

Aley Mills Willis

Director of Academic Services



Here in Honors I… oversee our Academic Services for students. This includes leading our advising program, meeting with students, brainstorming and implementing ideas for student leadership development & experiential learning programs, and working across the UW to help Honors students develop their education & connect with their community in meaningful ways.

I like thinking about & studying… I studied English Literature as an undergrad and Education as a grad student. It’s no surprise I really like stories. I like reading stories. I like hearing stories that students have to tell. And I like helping students develop their story through education. I am also especially interested in the intersections of arts, culture & the natural world and do a lot of thinking and direct action in those areas.

My first week in college… was really exciting! I was excited to have moved to a new part of the country. I was nervous because I didn’t know a single person. I was in awe of the size and scope of UW. I was already deeply in love with the Pacific Northwest. I also drank A LOT of coffee.

Brook Kelly

Brook Kelly

Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives and Admissions



Here in Honors I… work on admissions, the Bonderman Fellowship, advising students and much more. I’ve worked for the Honors Program for many years, so have done just about everything there is to do here and am always happy to help!

I like thinking about & studying… gender equality, human rights, maternal health, tramping the high country, zymurgy, global & local politics, traveling to remote places, growing my own food, cooking & canning that food, reading (good fiction & outdoor adventure stories are my favorites), and working on my house.

My first week in college… I managed to sit through an entire hour of the wrong class because I was too embarrassed to get up & leave when the instructor said “Anyone who isn’t here for Poli Sci 200 should leave now.” Turns out I was in the right place – just an hour early!

Ami Koreh

Ami Koreh

Senior Computing Specialist



Here in Honors I… build and maintain our technologies including websites, software, and databases to make sure our staff can focus on serving students as individuals instead of numbers on spreadsheets.

I like thinking about & studying…  applying technology to solve interesting problems in different and effective ways. I like creating new tools, making things more useful, and improving accessibility for all individuals. I also have a background in Sociology and Economics, which I always like to continue to examine through research, news, and discussions.

My first week in college… I had a great time making friends in my dorm and trying to figure out a good class schedule.

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Academic Adviser



Here in Honors I… advise and counsel current and prospective students in planning and evaluating progress towards academic and professional goals.

I like thinking about & studying… the intersections between conservation and educational equity. How empowering students to discover and pursue their passions to make the world a better place will directly and indirectly result in a more sustainable planet.

My first week in college… I took an early fall start course and learned about the biology of human consciousness. I made a close connection with the professor who gave me incredibly thoughtful career/ academic advice as I entered my sophomore year.

Carey Christie

Carey Christie

Alumni Relations & Communications Specialist



Here in Honors I… build community by noticing ways faculty, staff, students & alumni can collaborate with each other and build lasting relationships. Then I try to share those stories in a way that will benefit others at UW and in the general public. 

I like thinking about… helping talented, passionate individuals find their place in the world, gain momentum together, and drive positive change. Mostly I do this by connecting them to resources and other big thinkers, but sometimes I do it just by asking the right questions at the right time.

My first week in college… I cut my hand using an unfamiliar power tool at my new job in Denison’s theater design department. I’ll never forget the true penalty for rushing with power tools: application of iodine (AKA “the sting-y stuff).

Kelly Chapman

Kelly Chapman

Office Administrator



Here in Honors I…help others navigate through UW systems and work to ensure our staff and instructors have everything they need to best serve our students.

I like thinking about and learning more about…birds and wildlife and how they survive in developed areas, landscapes and how I can help by providing a happy place for birds, bees and other insects and how to improve my vegetable and flower gardens.  I enjoy being outside walking the neighborhood, exploring parks with my son, digging in the dirt or helping out in my community.

My first week in college…was a thrill and I couldn’t soak up enough of the new environment.  I was walking around with stars in my eyes until classes started, then I realized the difference between high school and college.

Nadra Fredj

Nadra Fredj

Counseling Services Coordinator


Here in Honors I… advise and counsel prospective and current students in planning and evaluating progress toward academic and professional goals. I also provide support for HONORS 100, the Peer Educator program, and other student leadership opportunities.

I like thinking about & studying… all things equity, but I tend to focus on issues surrounding race, gender, and sexual orientation. I also love learning about criminal justice, social psychology, marine life, mycology, and sustainability!

My first week in college… I went to as many events as I could that gave away free food and tried to figure out the Seattle bus system (there’s no public transportation in the rural areas/suburbs I grew up in).

Enlly Bugarin Rodriguez

Enlly Bugarin Rodriguez

Graduate Student Assistant



Here in Honors I… am a Graduate Staff Assistant. I manage the front desk and serve as the first point of contact for our students to provide them with tools and resources to succeed. Feel free to ask me any questions, or stop by to say hi!

I like thinking about & studying… problem-solving for current and next-generation renewable energy through my role as a materials science student. Finding a solution to this problem is especially important to me as I spend most of my time outdoors hiking, camping, biking, or running. More importantly, I’d love to promote diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces where BIPOC and other diverse identities have been historically silenced.

My first week in college… was surreal! I was extremely happy and excited to have the opportunity to work towards a college degree. As a first-generation student, my top motivation has always been my family and their drive to help me succeed.

Talia Kertsman

Talia Kertsman

Communications & PR Intern


Here in honors I…am the Honors Communications and PR Intern. I am collaborating with Honors staff and community members to bring stakeholders closer to the program and to one another around the celebration of Honors’ 60th anniversary. Honors has been an integral part of my personal and academic growth at UW, and I’m honored to be part of the staff this year!

I like thinking about & studying…anything related to cities and people in the built environment! I am currently a senior at UW double majoring in Geography and Community, Environment, and Planning with a minor in Urban Design & Planning, and I’m curious about how an asset based approach to community development and planning our cities can create avenues for more equitable ways of distributing resources and increasing access to spaces for all people.

My first week in college…I went to the freshman Fred Meyer shopping event with other honors students that I’d just met! Little did I know that these people would remain my best friends throughout college.