Honors Staff

About The 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




Here in Honors I… oversee all aspects of the program in my role as Director but focus especially on working with partners on and off campus to make sure we have the resources we need to serve as many students as we can.

I like thinking about & studying… I majored in African Studies as an undergrad and then earned a PhD in U.S. History with a focus on the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, so I spend a lot of time in my research thinking about the intersections of colonialism, slavery, race, and capitalism. I especially enjoy designing courses that help students understand how those aspects of the distant past profoundly shape our world today. I also really enjoy learning about gardening in the Pacific Northwest, and love to be outdoors tossing a ball for my dog.

My first week in college… I signed up for calculus because I didn’t understand that I was finally able to choose what I wanted to study. I’d done horribly in calculus in high school, and no surprise, I failed it my first semester as an undergrad. I think my jaw dropped when an academic advisor told me I could have just dropped the class.

Aley Mills Willis

Aley Mills Willis

Assistant Director
Director of Academic Services and Student Affairs



Here in Honors I… oversee our academic services and student affairs efforts 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 undergraduate and Education as a graduate student. It’s no surprise that I really like stories. I like reading stories. I like hearing stories that students have to tell. And I like helping students develop their own unique 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
Director of Strategy and Operations



Here in Honors I… work on operations, admissions, scholarships, international programs, 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, national parks, human rights, maternal health, tramping the high country, zymurgy, global & local politics, traveling to remote places, growing my own food, cooking & canning, 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!

Carey Christie

Carey Christie

Assistant Director of PR and Communications



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 met my best friend working in the theater shop, building sets. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had just come out and we bonded thrashing around the shop, waving our power tools. Clearly I was destined to move to Seattle one day.

Kelly Chapman

Kelly Chapman

Financial Manager


Here in Honors I…help the leadership and program management with financial support and budget preparations.

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.

Wien Sillevis Smitt

Wien Sillevis Smitt

Counseling Service Coordinator


Here in Honors I… advise and support students in academic planning and pursuing professional goals. I also manage Honors by Contract and Experiential Learning processes and provide support for student community opportunities and the Honors Living Learning Community.

I like thinking about and studying… the relationship between literature, culture, and what is considered valued knowledge, especially as it shows up in science fiction and fantasy writing. In particular, I enjoy analyzing what works of fiction take for granted and where they deviate from established socio-cultural narratives. However, I also love learning about history, sea creatures, and outer space!

My first week in college… I tried as many different restaurants on the Ave as I could (and got food poisoning) and went to a Dawg Daze event every day!

Liv Thomas

Program Manager


Here in Honors, I… manage the internal processes that help keep the program running and facilitate communication and collaboration between the rest of our team. This means every day looks a little different and can include things like working with academic departments to hire faculty for Honors courses, updating our quarterly time schedule, and thinking about new ways to streamline our office operations.

I like thinking about & studying… approaches to care and advocacy that exist outside of carceral practices, particularly as they relate to birth work and postpartum support. I also love reading and learning about a wide range of seemingly random topics, from the deep sea and plants native to our region, to mutual aid practices and household DIYs.

My first week in college… I signed up for way too many clubs and activities! I was so excited to start making connections and step out of my comfort zone that I went a bit overboard. One of my boldest choices was joining the Women’s Rugby team, where I ended up meeting many people who I still consider some of my closest friends.

Cora Bern-Klug

Cora Bern-Klug

GSA Front Desk


Here in Honors I… hang out at the front desk and try to answer any and all questions I can! If you call or email Honors, I’ll likely be the one picking up and responding. I look forward to communicating with y’all.

I like thinking about & studying…the migratory, economic and social implications of climate change. How do we keep the increasing number of climate refugees housed, healthy and fulfilled? What policies are inhibiting or supporting migration? In addition to these biiiiig topics, I also like psychoanalyzing contestants on Love Island, spending time in the Arboretum and learning about birds and plants! 

My first week in college…was a blur and filled with the typical first-year faux pas. I showed up to the wrong class (twice!), ate plates of fries in the dining hall with new friends and had to figure out the importance of my planner! My first college class was “The Meaning of Life” and it didn’t disappoint. 

Lilian Tang

Lilian Tang

Counseling Services Coordinator


Here in Honors I… advise and support students in planning their academic and professional goals. I am also the instructor for HONORS 100 and the accompanying Peer Educator program.

I like thinking about & studying… mental health, especially how intergenerational trauma shows up in immigrant and refugee communities. I love thinking about different healing practices we can utilize that center community. I also really enjoy being out in nature and learning about different ecosystems!

My first week in college… I went to a club event or meeting every day, attended my first football game, and stepped foot in a gym for the first time in my life.

Anika Neumeyer

Anika Neumeyer

Communications & PR Intern


Here in Honors I…assist with communications-related projects, from telling Honors stories to connecting with alumni and community members. I am so excited to contribute to the program and start my journey with Honors!

I like thinking about & studyinganything related to writing, reading, and education! I am currently a freshman planning to double major in Communications and English. I enjoy analyzing, writing, and consuming stories. I am also interested in educational disparities, especially in rural communities, and in the steps we can take to solve them.

My first week in college…my roommates and I accidentally stumbled upon the marching band doing their Friday performance before the football game. We were so excited to find something school-spirit-related, so we canceled our plans and followed the parade the rest of the night.

Anika Mehta

Anika Mehta

Undergraduate Student Assistant


Here in Honors I…provide peer-to-peer advice and encouragement to students, and I work on various projects to support the Academic Services team and Honors staff!

I like thinking about & studying…sociopolitical power structures that fuel oppressive systems, how marginalized communities interact with the law, and how we can create a sustainable and liberative present and future.

My first week in college…was a whirlwind of new friends, exciting experiences, and challenging classes! I lived on every possible dining hall combination of cheese, bread, and tomatoes for way too long.