Meet Briya

Briya has a dynamic team of committed educators and staff who are passionate about education and social justice.

Each staff member comes to Briya through a different path — full-time volunteers, former students, career educators — but all stay because of their commitment to Briya student families.

Leadership Team

Christie McKay

Executive Director

Geovanna Izurieta

Director of Finance and Administration

Darryl Clay

Director of Operations

Karen Hertzler

Director of Accountability

Lisa Luceno

Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategy

Lorie Preheim

Director of Outreach and Adult Education Strategy

Elizabeth Bowman

Academic Dean

Jennifer Dalzell

Director of Adult Education

Silvia Arias

Early Childhood Manager

Board of Trustees

Briya’s Board of Trustees is made up of community leaders, professionals, and students who work together to support the strategic priorities of the school.

A complete listing of trustees can be found here.

View the Board of Directors Meeting Calendar here.

Team Directory

Name Position Email
Abbamin, Zuhra Adult Education Lead Instructor
Abera, Naomi Finance and Business Administrator
Adhikari, Pooja Early Childhood Teacher
Alexander, Patricia PreK Department
Alfaro, Jose Administrative & Security Support
Araujo, Clara Outreach & Registration Specialist
Argueta, Elsa Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
Arias, Olga CDA Instructor
Arias, Silvia Early Childhood Manager
Batista, Claudia Patient Care Technician
Beltran, Maria Early Childhood Teacher
Benitez, Roxana Early Childhood Teacher
Bergner, Elizabeth Adult Education Lead Instructor
Abebe, Seghen HR Generalist
Bowman, Elizabeth Adult Education Director
Canaviri, Sonia Early Childhood Teacher
Cardenas, Maria Alejandra PreK Department
Castro, Mau CDA Coordinator & Instructor
Chavez, Daniel Adult Education Lead Teacher
Chirino, Violeta
Cruz, Berta IT Manager
De Paula, Gracia CDA Instructor
Diaz, Glenda Early Childhood Assistant
Diaz, Kenny IT Specialist
Diaz, Pablo IT Specialist
Diaz, Percy IT Specialist
Dorendorf, Isaiah MA Program Instructor
Dorendorf, Marlee Adult Education Associate Instructor
Escamilla, Shiela PreK Department
Espinoza, Diana Administrative Assistant
Evarts, Elaine Adult Education Lead Instructor
Faloni, Mark Adult Education Lead Instructor
Ferdous, Zannatul Early Childhood Teacher
Gaitan, Maria Dolores Early Childhood Teacher
Gebrekidan, Zaid Administrative Assistant
Gerkin, Thomas Adult Education Workforce and CASAS Administrator
Gomez, Lorena Early Childhood Coordinator
Gomez, Katia Special Education Director
Granados, Alejandra Early Childhood Teacher
Grijalva, Sonia Early Childhood Assistant
Guardado, Daysi Early Childhood Teacher
Guardado, Mirna Registrar
Guardado, Moris IT Assistant
Guardado, Wendy Administrative Manager
Hapuarachchi, Shanika Development Specialist
Hawkins, Allison PreK Department
Hertzler, Karen Director of Accountability & Development
Ihaza, Jodi Director of Charter Data & Administrative Manager
Izurieta, Geovanna Director of Finance & Administration
Johnson, Lena Director of Early Childhood Education
Juarez-Escamilla, Maribel Early Childhood Coordinator
Kebade, Luwam Early Childhood Teacher
Kittleson, Judy Adult Education Lead Instructor and Coordinator
Kushner, Beth Adult Transitions Coordinator
Sandoval, Daniela Outreach Assistant
Lorenzana, Melissa Early Childhood Coordinator
Luceno, Lisa Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategy
Luque Flores, Alicia Front Desk Receptionist
Macheel, Annie Adult Education Lead Instructor
Marin, Sandra CASAS Coordinator
McCarey, Eve Adult Education Lead Teacher
McKay, Christie Executive Director
Mejia, Amima Early Childhood Assistant
Mendoza, Elvira Early Childhood Assistant
Mendoza, Yolanda Early Childhood Assistant
Messer, Amy Executive Manager
Mintz, Stephanie Community Schools Coordinator and Director of Student Services
Morales, Alicia Early Childhood Teacher
Morillo, Florinda Early Childhood Assistant
Murithi, Tatyana HR Generalist
Mussman, Noelani Director of Professional Development & Academic Support
Neira, Liz Twos Teacher
Ngako-Wotcho, Mireille Outreach Specialist
Pease, Alicia Adult Education Lead Instructor
Perez, Guillermina Early Childhood Teacher
Perez, Eduardo IT Specialist
Perez, Octavio Facilities Engineer & External Education Specialist
Plotnikov, Sasha Adult Education Lead Teacher
Prater, Emily Adult Ed Math Master Teacher & Coach
Preheim, Lorie Director of Outreach and Adult Education Strategy
Quintanilla, Carlos PreK Department
Quinteros, Wendy Temporary MA Program Coordinator
Rached, Sawsan Early Childhood Assistant
Ramirez, Milena PreK Department
Reuber, Paige Adult Education Lead Instructor and Coordinator
Reyes, Johanna Dedicated Aide and Temporary Early Childhood Assistant
Ring, Lyle Adult Education Lead Teacher
Rivas, Claudia Early Childhood Assistant
Rivera-Martinez, Kimberly Administrative Site Coordinator
Rivera, Rosa Early Childhood Teacher
Rosenberg, Jessica Adult Education Coordinator
Sadownick, Jamey Adult Education Lead Instructor
Sandoval, Nury PreK Department
Santizo, Leticia Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
Schmidt, Kerstin PreK Department
Schuetz, Erica Adult Education Teacher
Sevilla Mejia, Rikssi Administrative Assistant
Simpson Baird, Ashley Research & Policy
Stoltzfus, Lauren Communications Coordinator
Strattan, Alissa Adult Education Teacher
Taft Hicks, Camilla Strategy Coordinator
Toure, Barbara Adult Education Instructional Coach
Ulseth, Johanna Student Services Coordinator
Vaccalluzzo, Marisa Speech & Language Pathologist
Valenzuela, Ivana Registration Manager
Velazquez Rangel, Martha PreK Department
Carlisle, Sam Outreach Assistant
Diaz, Ana Gladis Environmental Services Worker
Wittkowski, Kirsten Adult Education Lead Instructor & Coordinator