Our Staff

Women's Center Staff

Valerie M. Casey, Director 

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Email: Valerie M. Casey

Phone: (502) 852-2315

Valerie Casey joined the University of Louisville in March 2003, moved to the Women’s Center September 2006. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Commerce from the University of Louisville College of Business and Masters of Art in Higher Education Administration from the College of Education.  

She currently serves as the Director of the Women’s Center and enjoys the academic environment and working with students, staff and faculty at the University.  In addition to her position at the Women’s Center, Valerie serves on the University of Louisville Staff Senate and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Diversity & Racial Equality.  Recently Valerie was elected to serve as the statewide membership chair for the Kentucky American Council on Education Women’s Network.  

Accomplishments include: the 2017 Kentucky One Health Excellence in Mental Health Award for her work education others about human trafficking and the 2018 Tower Award in Education from Presentation Academy. Valerie enjoys working with students, staff and faculty who value inclusiveness and equity and equal treatment of all people.

Her goal at the Women’s Center is to empower students, promote an inclusive and equitable campus community and to develop engaged and compassionate leaders.

 Phyllis Webb, Program Coordinator

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Email: Phyllis M. Webb

Phone: (502) 852-7715

Phyllis joined the U of L family in 1975 as a Public Information Officer after working one year as a reporter for a local newspaper. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University in 1974 and a Masters in Education, College Student Personnel from U of L in 2000. She has worked in various areas of public relations for the MAEP office and as a Student Development Specialist.

Her work in the Women’s Center includes coordinating the newsletter, spearheading the Women's Empowerment Luncheon, Women's History Month Calendar, Kentucky Women's Book Festival, various other programs and she serves as Advisor to the Student-Parent Association & Women Veterans Support Group

 Jamieca Jones, Program Coordinator

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Email: Jamieca Jones

Phone: (502) 852-8891

Jamieca Jones is a 2013 UofL graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently working on a Masters of Science in Social Work and a Masters of Art in Women and Gender Studies.

Her work in the Women’s Center includes social media, managing the Women's Center website, coordinating Campus Talks, programs for women on the Health Sciences Campus, assisting with the planning of the student group events such as the International Women’s Day program, Human Trafficking Awareness Conference, and various other programs.She says it was these events that made her eager to continue work at the center. “The Women’s Center helped me find that power within myself and I want others on campus to have that experience as well.”

She serves as Advisor to the  Association of University Women (AAUW) at UofL, Empowering Ladies TogetherUNA-Women at UofL and Liasion to Women 4 Women Student Board

In her position, her goals are to “bring more awareness on campus of the Women’s many programs,  help create programs that the students want, strengthen the connections with the university’s other awesome departments, and ultimately empower women (and men, too, of course).” She also is very involved with the community.

Jamieca loves to listen and dance to music, have fun adventures with friends, travel, try cultural foods and “cheer on my Cards!"

 Patsy Russel, Administrative Assistant

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Email: Patsy Russel

Phone: (502) 852-8976

Patsy has been a fixture on the U of L campus since 1970 having worked under five male directors and one Assistant VP as Secretary and most recently, Administrative Assistant in the former Office of Black Affairs, Minority Services, Minority Affairs and MAEP. She joined the Women's Center in 2008 where she works as Administrative Assistant where she handles the day-to-day operations and assisting with programs sponsored by the Women's Center. 

Jessica Cox, Student Events Coordinator 

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Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from Berea College May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Peace and Social Justice. She is currently working on her Masters of Science in Social Work. Since her Masters program keeps her rather busy, her involvement on campus includes attending American Association of University Women (AAUW) at UofL meetings and as many Women's Center events as she can. She enjoys hiking, swimming, sewing, crochet, painting, going to concerts and going on road trips! 

"I'm excited about getting to know all the people who work at the Women's Center and stop by. It's a great way to meet people and stay connected to other people who care about gender and social justice issues. It's a good community!"  

 

Work Study Students

The U of L Women’s Center employs a number of federal work study students during the year. They design flyers and other promotional material for the office, represent the office at various tabling events and meetings, work on committees and also develop a project of interest that would also meet the mission of the center.


Alexa Meza

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Alexa is a freshmen majoring in Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies. Her involvement on campus includes the American Association of University Women (AAUW at UofL) Lead KY Chair, Arts & Sciences Freshmen Council, UofL Young Democrats Director of Outreach and an Intern at Louisville Young Democrats. She enjoys dancing, panting and hiking.

"I enjoy being a part of uplifting women on campus through our student groups & events. Being surrounded by a diverse yet like-minded group of women is empowering in & of itself but being able to bring our mission to the entire student body is a true honor!"


Hannah Depriest

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 Hannah is a Sophomore majoring in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology. Her involvement on campus includes President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW at UofL), President of Sociology Student Association and Current Events Chair for Women 4 Women Student Board. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix and listening to music.

"What I enjoy about working at the WC: I love the atmosphere. Being around people who have the same passions that I do is amazing. I have met so many wonderful people through both my work and involvement in the Women's Center.  Working at the WC has greatly helped me become more comfortable and confident in myself. From speaking/leading meetings to creating and leading programs. I am so much more confident in myself now."