Women's Center Staff
Valerie M. Casey, Director
Phone: (502) 852-2315
Diversity & Equity Center Room 189
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
Phone: (502) 852-7715
Diversity & Equity Center
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
Phone: (502) 852-8891
Diversity & Equity Center Room 179
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.”
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
Phone: (502) 852-8976
Diversity & Equity Center
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.
Eunique Gaither, Student Events Coordinator
Eunique is currently a graduate student working on her Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) and a Masters of Art in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGST). She earned her BA in Gender Women's Studies minoring in Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky. While she is not officially a part of any organizations other than the Women's Center right now, she is hoping to join some soon as she gets more acquainted with UofL. She enjoys writing poetry, drawing/painting, reading, writing, and hanging out with her family.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know new people & hopefully being a part of some great programs that will be educational & fun even through mostly virtual interactions. Looking forward to joining the team and being a part of the Card Family.”
Soukaina Tarraf, Feminist Social Justice Leadership LLC Liaision
Soukaina is currently a graduate student working on her Masters of Art in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGST). She earned her English Linguistics and Culture degree at Ibn Tofail University in Morocco. She is currently involved with: the International Center community, Oasis Organization, Women 4 Women Student Board, Peace & Justice group, Fulbright Alumnus and Health Equity & Rightful Treatment. She enjoys traveling, dancing and learning about new cultures.
“I'm very honored and excited to be a part of the Women's Center Team! I'm looking forward to a year full of fun learning, helping each other, growing and fighting for peace and justice."
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.