Honors Staff

The About Honors Program Staff

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Honors Staff

Vicky Lawson

Vicky Lawson




Here in Honors I… am Director and I also teach in Honors. My classes focus on poverty, inequality and feminist care ethics.  I am a Professor of Geography and I have worked across South and North America on informal economies, women’s work and poverty.

I spent lots of time thinking about… all the great work that Honors students, staff and faculty are doing together. I am also co-director of the Relational Poverty Network, which is a global research network that aims to expand thinking about the causes of poverty in both rich and poor countries. We have over 300 members from every continent and you can see their projects by searching Relational Poverty Network.

My first week in college… I met some amazing women who have become life-long friends.

Julie Villegas

Julie 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

Associate Director of Academic Services



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

I like thinking about & studying… gardening, 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… new technologies and applying technology to solve interesting problems in different and effective ways. 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.

Carissa Mayer

Carissa Mayer

Academic Adviser



Here in Honors I… advise students, teach Honors 100, assist with the Peer Educator program, and coordinate community building and student leadership opportunities.

I like thinking about & studying… how to have productive conversations about controversial topics like social inequality, climate change, and mental health.

My first week in college… I decided to branch away from my high school friends and embrace opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds than my own. It was scary to put myself out there but was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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).

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington

Graduate Student Assistant



Here in Honors I… work behind the scenes on special projects, like our freshman admissions process.

I like thinking about & studying… gender and why we think about it the way we think about it. How society functions, and what our responsibilities to each other are. How we can make our societies healthier for every single one of us. Climbing mountains and why the heck we do that. 

My first week in college… I attended my first Honors class, with Prof Clare Bright, and realized there was a whole discipline, language and community that gave voice to how I understood and conceptualized the world. Thanks, Women Studies! I’ve never looked back.

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.

Erica Ratner

Erica Ratner

Graduate Staff Assistant


Here in honors, I…oversee the front desk, help with logistics for drop-in advising, events and announcements, and act as a friendly point of contact for Honors guests, phone calls, and email inquiries.

I like thinking about & studying…public policy, specifically, the way our government and economic systems work to benefit some and not others, and ways to make our world more equitable and just.

My first week in college…I sought out ways to connect more deeply with my new university community and eventually applied to be a Resident Assistant and joined a community service student group.

Cameron Wood

Cameron Wood

Communications Intern



Here in Honors I… help the staff with a number of exciting digital engagement and design projects, such as posters, fliers, and website updates.

I like thinking about… how we can design toward a more sustainable and better informed future. I’m a junior studying Human Centered Design & Engineering.

My first week in college… I made a lot of new friends in the Terry Hall Honors LLC. Moving into the dorms, I worried about bed bugs, roommate horror stories, and homesickness. However, the caring Honors community quickly helped me realize how silly those worries were and made me feel right at home! Our floor theme? Winnie-the-Pooh.