Angelica Alvarez, Implementation Coordinator
Angelica was born and raised in San Luis, Arizona which borders Sonora, Mexico to migrant field workers. She has traveled and worked in the fields alongside her family most of her life and was the first in her family to graduate from high school. Angelica obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and then dedicated ten years to the Merced County Office of Education before moving to Washington. In Washington, Angelica spent thirteen years at Child Care Resources, a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting equity for children, building community stability, and encouraging school readiness. She currently supports family engagement work as an implementation coordinator at PSESD. She is also a Board Director for Highline’s School District, King County Library Board of Trustee and currently chairs the Matt Griffin YMCA Board of Directors.
Kyla Lackie, M.P.A., Postsecondary Readiness Director
Kyla oversees regional strategies and systems alignment to increase postsecondary readiness and access across Pierce & King County. Prior to PSESD, Kyla managed district secondary success and college readiness programming like GEAR UP, Advisory, High School & Beyond Planning, AVID, college access community partnerships, counseling supports, and school college and career programming in Highline Public Schools. She also worked for five years at SOAR, a regional early learning and youth development coalition. At University of San Diego, Kyla earned majors of Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies & Sociology and a minor in Documentary Photography. She later earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Kyla grew up in King & Pierce Counties and lives in South Seattle with her 3-year-old son.
Fredolyn Millendez, M.Ed., College Access Network Manager
Being the first in her family to graduate from college, Fredolyn became actively involved as a student leader in the UW Dream Project, which partners college mentors with high school students to support the college application process. After earning her degree and working in public housing communities across Seattle through Neighborhood House, she moved to Houston, Texas in 2012 to begin her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member. While in Houston, she taught for three years in a public school and a high performing charter school. In 2015, she returned to Washington to teach in Tacoma. At PSESD, Fredolyn supports regional collective action around college and career readiness through technical assistance, project management, and stakeholder coordination. Fredolyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW and a Master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Ury Salinas, Postsecondary Program Specialist
Ury has extensive administrative and organizational support experience, which she provides in her position to the Postsecondary and Early Warning Systems teams at PSESD. She is also a trained para-educator and paralegal, and has enjoyed working with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds throughout her professional career. Prior to the PSESD, Ury worked as a bilingual tutor and family liaison in Highline Public Schools. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and a certified translator with the State of Washington. Ury attended the University of Washington and pursued a degree in Latin American Studies. She is originally from El Salvador and was raised in Seattle. She is a mom of four school-age children.
Jessie Simanton, J.D., College Access Network Manager
Jessie supports regional collective action around college and career readiness through technical assistance, project management, and stakeholder coordination. Before joining PSESD, Jessie worked on college access and education equity issues as the Program Manager for University Beyond Bars (UBB), a non-profit that provides higher education opportunities to students incarcerated at Washington’s Monroe Correctional Complex. She also practiced law, supporting parents and youth on family, education, and basic need civil legal issues, and taught Kindergarten. Jessie earned her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law and has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University. She lives in Tacoma.