The mission of the Yakima Schools Foundation is to enhance educational programs offered within the Yakima School District No. 7 by raising money to fund immediate needs that support current classrooms and programs, and by establishing and maintaining perpetual funding sources, as well as increasing community involvement in the Yakima Public Schools.
I passionately believe in the importance of providing programs and support for all children regardless of socio-economic standing, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or family life-style. I consider it my privilege and honor to support the amazing teachers and staff within the Yakima School District so that they are able to provide students with excellence in their education.
I feel a deep connection to the Yakima Valley; I was born here, grew up here, and returned here after earning an Associates of Arts in Marketing from The Art Institute of Chicago-Seattle. Although I was raised in the Lower Valley, Yakima is my home and I am passionate about making a difference in the community. I am confident that there is no better way to achieve this than through the Yakima Schools Foundation alongside the board, Yakima School District, supporters, and community. I bring over 12 years experience and knowledge in organization & operations management, communications, business development, leadership, and developing & implementing innovative strategies. I have been an active community leader for multiple years, which currently include roles with La Casa Hogar (board chair), Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (board secretary), Downtown Association of Yakima (chair of organization), and being a host home for Rod’s House.
As the new executive director, I look forward to working in close partnership with the Yakima School District to inspire students, empower teachers, and engage with our community to support the foundation’s mission. I want to deepen how the community sees the importance of investing in our kids and schools. I believe in the work of the Yakima Schools Foundation and the valuable impact it makes. I am very excited to advance the mission by generating and increasing financial support, enhancing community involvement, sustaining the support of valuable educational programs, and building bridges with those who don’t have direct connections in our schools.
Not one to sit still, I, with my husband Thomas and lovable pet boxer Barkley, also enjoy experiencing the natural beauty of the region, taking road trips, camping, and hiking the trails that trace the volcanoes and valleys wherever we can.
I look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Yakima Schools Foundation community and am equally honored & excited to be a part of its future.
If you have any comments or questions, I can be reached at: Director@YakimaSchoolsFoundation.org.
Uplift Our Youth will run from April 1st to April 30th and will feature online interviews, messages, and stories from local business leaders, grant recipients, students, and community partners. We invite you now to show your continued support for the Yakima Schools Foundation and the teachers and students of our learning community.
This campaign is to replace the Celebrate Our Youth event that had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 virus and Federal and State mandates.
Your gift will have more impact now than ever! Please consider making a gift today to support the Yakima Schools Foundation where we “help teachers dream and students achieve.”
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