Summer Youth Staff
Leslie Rome-Nagata, Director of the UW Summer Youth Programs, holds a master’s in education degree with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience helping non-profits such as KCTS 9 and Seattle Children's Museum extend the reach of their resources to the K-12 community. For the Summer Youth Programs, Leslie strives to integrate the vast resources of the University of Washington, collaborating with campus departments to create unique summer learning opportunities where children and teens can explore new interests, take risks and grow. Leslie has been with UW Summer Youth Programs since 2005, helping it expand to serve more than 1,500 students each summer.
Chad Hammond, Program Administrator for the UW Summer Youth Programs, has a recreation management degree from Eastern Washington University, as well as certifications in early childhood education. In his role as program administrator, Chad is responsible for the operational needs associated with the Summer Youth Programs. Chad brings more than 15 years of youth development experience to his role. Before coming to the UW, Chad worked as director of programming and operations for i9 Sports/Puget Sound and as branch director of a Boys & Girls Club in Spokane. An avid Husky fan, Chad has only missed five home games since 1998 and was also in the University of Washington Husky Marching Band.
Instructors, Coordinators and Counselors
Our innovative instructors, experienced coordinators and responsible counselors strive to create a memorable summer for students. The staff and instructors of UW Summer Youth Programs are our biggest assets – bringing specialized skills, enthusiasm and creativity.
Our instructors are teachers who work in public or private schools in the greater Seattle area. We also hire UW-affiliated faculty and students who bring subject-area expertise.
Coordinators specialize in camp management and recreational leadership skills, and our program counselors are often UW undergraduate or graduate students who have experience working with young students.
All counselors and senior staff are CPR- and first aid-certified.
UW Human Resources runs comprehensive criminal conviction checks on Summer Youth Programs staff.