Our Staff

Valerie M. Casey
email: Valerie M. Casey

Valerie Casey joined the University of Louisville staff in March 2003 moved to the Women’s Center September 2006. She currently serves as the Interim Director of the Women’s Center and enjoys the academic environment and working with students, staff and faculty at the University.  In addition to position at the Women’s Center, Valerie sits on the Executive Committee of the Staff Senate and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women as the immediate past chair.  Additional campus involvement includes the AFO Sustainability Council, the Great Places to Work Life Balance Committee and advisor for the Women 4 Women Student Board.   Valerie enjoys working with students, staff and faculty who value the contributions of women and works for the equal treatment of all people. Her goal at the Women’s Center is to provide resources, engagement and leadership opportunities to empower women.

Phyllis Webb
Program Coordinator

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 (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 will include coordinating the newsletter and various programs of the office that will focus on educating, advocating and building diverse communities.

Patsy Russell
Administrative Assistant

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 recent, Administrative Assistant in the former Office of Black Affairs and MAEP.  In the Women's Center, she, too, will be working as Administrative Assistant, in purchasing, payroll records management, preparing budgets and reports, answering and directing telephone calls; helping with the day-to-day operations and assisting with programs sponsored by the Women's Center.


Ashley Wimsett

Graduate Assistant

Ashley is in the Entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville. She is excited to be returning this year as the graduate assistant for the women's center. "For me, this job means trying to help create positive energy and change at the Center. I am hoping that my marketing background and entrepreneurial spirit will help take the Women’s Center to a higher level. One such way is through our new networks and student groups as well as our upcoming global trip to Spain and Morocco that I will help formalize. I also will be working closely with the Women 4 Women student group, helping them plan their programs.“


Emma Chapman is a junior majoring in business with a minor in communications. "I am originally from Manhattan, Kansas. I am absolutely thrilled to be working in the Women’s Center this fall in addition to Women 4 Women. Through my business internship, I hope to make our annual human trafficking awareness conference bigger and better than before. We have already upgraded to a new location, have some fantastic new ideas, and are forming a strong committee. I can’t wait to see what this committee of driven, passionate students can do!"



A’Yanna Elaina Eley is a senior Marketing major (Minor: Entrepreneurship).  "As the new Student Marketing Intern for the University of Louisville Women’s Center, I am thoroughly excited to put my creative approach, marketing/advertising skills, and knowledge/experience in marketing to the test! I am looking forward to the opportunity to see my ideas come to fruition and see how they develop with the experience as well. I’m mostly looking forward to putting my major to work. I have not had a marketing specific experience or “extended position” so I am ready to see what I am truly capable of in this way, as well as see my abilities and interest in marketing become groomed and distinguished. I also look forward to making the programs, initiatives, and general knowledge of the UofL Women’s Center and its affiliates well known, visible, and wellspoken of on campus and beyond! I want to increase the attendance of programs and knowledge of the various organizations. I can’t wait to see what this semester as the marketing intern will bring to the Women’s Center and its affiliates."


Aaisha Hamid is a Pre-Law Junior Psychologymajor (with minors inCreative Writing andPolitical Science).  "I am really excited for the chance to intern at the Women Center this year! As a communications intern, I look forward to creating, organizing, and launching Abreast, the first ever UofL literary magazine with various writing, art, and other fun features that focus on women. I will be spending my first semester working with Ashley (Wimsett) and Valerie (Casey) to create an outline, develop, and progressively create the magazine. I hope to have the magazine launched before the end of the semester so next semester can be utilized to market it and see how it is regarded by students. I will also be working with several other students to organize the second International Women’s Day Cultural Awareness event on campus this year. My aim is to make it even bigger and better than last year!"

Work Study Students

The U of L Women’s Center employs a number of 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.

Whitney Wilson

Ms. Wilson is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and a double major in Political Science and Paralegal Studies.  Her main focus at the Women’s Center is to support the Student-Parent Association and engage other parents on campus.





Stephanie Parks

"I'm a full-time student in the art program at UofL, focusing on photography and painting, and am working on a couple minors. My intentions are to go into full-spectrum journalism when I graduate. As someone interested in this field, and as a woman in her mid-twenties, I find it extremely important to be aware of my place in the world
- not only where I stand, but the impact I leave behind. Being able to work at the Women's Center is not only giving me the opportunity to learn and apply practical skills that will be of use in my career, but it is allowing me to become more socially aware while offering opportunities to experience things I may have otherwise overlooked."