Who we are

Professional Staff

Elizabeth Wilmerding, MSW - Program Manager

Elizabeth Wilmerding (she/her/hers) has been working in violence prevention for the past ten years, in both campus and community settings. She strives to bring a lens of social justice and community accountability to her work. Elizabeth is particularly interested in preventing harm in LGBTQ communities and addressing intersections of violence. Prior to coming to UWB, Elizabeth was most recently at UC Berkeley, managing sexual violence prevention programming for undergraduate students. Elizabeth has a BA from Montana State University, an MSW from UC Berkeley, and has been a Campus Fellow with Futures Without Violence. She is currently on the Leadership Council of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA). Her hobbies include reading, knitting, spending time with animals, hiking, and connecting with friends and family.

Erika-Lee.JPGErika Lee - Confidential Survivor Advocate

Erika Lee (they/them & she/her) prioritizes commitments towards anti-oppression, trauma-informed care, and intersectional feminism. Erika focuses on strength-based models when supporting students, and value's each students' unique perspectives that they bring through their lived experiences and identities. Erika has worked in mental health/community work for five years, having most recently been employed as a case manager for our vulnerably unhoused/unstably housed population in the Seattle area with focuses on harm reduction, housing first principles, and HIV/STD treatment and prevention. Erika has also supported local crisis lines in both answering and managing calls with compassion and empathy. Erika is currently pursuing an MSW and MPH from UW Seattle.

Bethanie Lee, MSW - Confidential Survivor Advocate

Bethanie Lee (they/them/she/her) works to bring social justice and community empowerment into all aspects of their work. With experience working with interdisciplinary teams on collaborative, evidence-based projects and practices, she aims to continuously bring historically excluded and marginalized perspectives to the table. Bethanie has worked with diverse populations, including unstably housed individuals, individuals with chemical dependency, and individuals experiencing interpersonal violence. Bethanie is especially passionate about activism and advocacy centered around queer and trans People of Color who have experienced gender-based violence. Bethanie completed a BA in Psychology at Willamette University and completed their MSW at University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining UWB, Bethanie was employed with UW Medicine, as an Emergency Department Social Worker at Harborview Medical Center. In their free time, Bethanie enjoys crafting, board games, and spending time with family and her three-legged cat, Rufio.

Karina Tamayo - LifeWire Prevention Educator

Karina Tamayo (she/her/hers) does prevention education work on the UW Bothell campus through a partnership with LifeWire, a community-based domestic violence agency. "My name is Karina, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I'm so excited to start this new role as a preventionist with Lifewire as the UW Bothell Youth advocate. I'm looking forward to expand my prevention work with the university and working with the HEROs. In my spare time, I love to knit, while sipping some tea, with my cats cuddled on me."

Advocacy interns

Hope Harvey

Hope Harvey (she/her/hers) is a first year MSW student at UW and has primarily done long-term case management with homeless addicts in Seattle. Her focus is working with individuals in a harm reduction capacity, meeting people where they are with the simple (but difficult) objective of keeping people alive. Most of her clients had experiences of sexual violence or were perpetrators of sexual violence, and she is excited to gain a better understanding of the systems that exist to support survivors. Her long-term goal is to therapeutically work with people with trauma, striving to help people process their experiences. She is passionate about community organizing, addiction studies, and radical compassion and non-judgement. Her favorite thing in the world is her goldendoodle puppy Daisy, who is an advocate of the creation of an anti-capitalist, anti-racist world. 

Sarah Barukh

Sarah Barukh (she/her/hers) is a first year MSW student at UW, and has a BA in Sociology and Political Science from UCLA. Prior to coming to UWB, Sarah worked in community organizing and case management, which helped her gain experience putting together advocacy efforts and making resources more accessible for those she worked with. Sarah is specifically interested in and passionate about activism, advocacy, and healing around gender-based violence. She believes that healing is a journey that looks different for everyone, and is committed to helping survivors reclaim their agency by deciding what they want for themselves moving forward.


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