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 nonprofits such as KCTS 9 and Seattle Children's Museum extend the reach of their resources to the K-12 community. Leslie strives to tap the vast resources of the University of Washington for Summer Youth camps and classes, 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 1,700 students.

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 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 attends as many football games as possible and has only missed a handful of home games since 1998. Chad was also in the University of Washington Husky Marching Band.

Mary Schweikl, Program Administrator for UW Summer Youth Programs, has a degree in business administration. Before joining the UW, Mary was a business owner and also worked in public education at the Nooksack Valley and Ferndale school districts. At Summer Youth Programs, Mary helps keep registration and the day-to-day details of our programs running smoothly. In her spare time, she assists at a local cooking school that teaches cooking skills to parents and their kids. Making education fun and accessible for kids is what she loves to do.

Instructors and Staff

Our innovative instructors and experienced and responsible staff strive to create a memorable summer for students.

Summer Youth instructors are recruited from public or private schools in the greater Seattle area. We also hire UW-affiliated faculty and students who bring subject-area expertise.

Our staff includes campus coordinators, who manage the day-to-day operations of the program, and group leaders who supervise students in and out of the classroom. Coordinators specialize in camp management and recreational leadership skills. Group leaders are often UW undergraduate or graduate students who have experience working with young students.

Staff ensure the safety and supervision of students throughout the day and are all CPR- and first aid-certified.

UW Human Resources runs comprehensive criminal conviction checks on Summer Youth Programs staff.