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Lesley Anderson
Project EHS Instructional Coach
Lesley Anderson has been a math and science teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista for the past 7 years. In her new role as the Project EHS Instructional Coach, Lesley will support all staff in designing safe and environmentally conscious projects for students. Lesley's experience working in labs around the world at NASA, NOAA, Ocean's Research in South Africa, and IceCube at the South Pole, have helped her identify best practices for safe laboratory work spaces.
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Sarah Barnes
Ed Specialist Program Manager
As Ed Specialist Program Manager for the High Tech High Teacher Center Sarah supports Inclusion and Special Education programs across the sixteen High Tech High schools and works with the High Tech High Teacher Center to implement professional development, coursework, and mentorship for new Ed Specialist teachers. Sarah joined High Tech High in 2007 and has enjoyed working as both a classroom humanities teacher and an Ed Specialist at the K–12 level. Sarah has spent her career looking at school cultural practices that create opportunities for diverse learners to engage in classrooms together. She is particularly interested in recent disability rights movements that herald Neurodiversity and enjoys unpacking this passion with graduate students and new teachers in the courses she teaches for new ed specialist and classroom teachers. Sarah’s work has been informed by the Fulbright–Hays grant she was awarded to study diversity in education in Brazil; specifically the inequitable systems that historically have marginalized indigenous and afro-Brazilian communities as well as the semester she spent in Northern Uganda where she participated in a teacher exchange program while supporting educational practices that integrated young woman who had experienced trauma and disability into the classroom and community. Sarah maintains a multiple subject teaching credential, a single subject English credential, as well as her special education (ed specialist) credential with Autism authorization. She holds a Masters of Arts in Special Education.
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Susan Battistuz
SIS Manager
Susan earned her teaching credential from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and her Masters in Special Education from Chapman University. After teaching 7th and 8th grade in Chicago Public Schools, she taught in Costa Rica and Niger, West Africa. In 2001 she moved to San Diego and began teaching 9th-grade math and physics at High Tech High. She helped open High Tech Middle in 2003 as a math & science teacher. In 2007 she helped open High Tech High North County as the Dean of Students. Susan was the founding Director of High Tech Middle North County from 2009 to 2014. With the opening of the new elementary school on campus, Susan was charmed by curiosity and wonder in the younger students. She joined the HTeNC team as the site manager in 2014. Susan is excited for a new adventure in the HTH organization working with the student information systems for all sixteen HTH schools. 
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Amy Briggs
Director of Special Education
Amy Briggs, M. Ed., started her career in special education as a middle school co-teacher and inclusion specialist while working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Georgia State University.  After leaving Atlanta, Amy was an Education Specialist in a full inclusion school in Seattle for two years before pursuing her Education Administration Credential from the University of Washington in 2008. In 2009 Amy started working as a Central Office Administrator for Seattle Public Schools.  Amy moved to San Diego in 2011. This move led to becoming the Assistant Director of Special Education Services for Grossmont Union High School District.

More recently, Amy was the Coordinator of Special Education Services for San Dieguito Union High School District. For the last three years she has worked directly with site administration and teachers to improve programming throughout the district.  In May 2017, Amy won the Special Education Administrator of the Year award from the North Coastal Consortium of Special Education Community Advisory Committee for her collaborative work with families and staff and her effort in creating inclusive district programs that serve all students.

Throughout her career, Amy has focused on supporting special education staff in inclusive practices.  Amy believes that all students deserve a quality education regardless of disability, and that students should be included with their general education peers to the greatest extent possible. She is thrilled to become part of the High Tech High team.
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Jackie Chen
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Jackie Chen is an experienced financial professional with over 10 years of experience in the primary and secondary education finance field. Before her current post as CFO of High Tech High, she was the Director of Fiscal Services for Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) and Director of Fiscal Services for Campbell Union School District. Ms. Chen started her professional accounting career at Deloitte & Touche. 

Ms. Chen has extensive experience in school finance, budget planning, accounting, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS), California School Accounting Manual (CSAM), risk management, auditing, and the oversight of the fiscal operations.

While at PAUSD, she oversaw a general fund budget of approximately $280 million per year, and a bond fund of about $40 - $100 million. She also led the business department, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and benefits, risk management, purchase orders and fixed assets. Throughout Ms. Chen’s accounting career, her primary focus has always been implementing strong internal controls in fiscal management.

Ms. Chen holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, and a master's degree in economics from California State University, East Bay. She is also a Certified Chief Business Official through the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and going to the beach.

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Joanna Clark
Chief Operations Officer
Joanna Clark, a San Diego native, has worked in the field of education for over 30 years.  She holds a Master's degree in Education and a PPS Credential in both K-12 and College Advising. She is working towards her Doctorate in Education, with an emphasis in Technology and Learning, for forever according to her mother.

After working in Operations for over 17 years, Joanna was promoted to Chief Operations Officer.  Five days later...Global Pandemic.  She is excited to assist High Tech High through these ever changing times and ensure that teachers are able to teach and students are able to learn.  And as always, keep the lights on.
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Diana Cornejo-Sanchez
Director of Intern & Induction Programs
Diana started her educational journey as a high school Humanities teacher with San Diego Unified. She then had the opportunity to be a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts, where she taught and mentored new teachers for over ten years. After teaching, she joined the University of San Diego’s Jacob’s Institute for Innovation in Education where she supported large urban school districts in strategic thinking to bring about systemic change to provide students with active learning experiences. Her work here led her to lead change as the Director of Urban Discovery Academy, a Tk-8 project based learning charter school. Her passion for supporting teachers all throughout her journey brought her back to High Tech High as the Director of the Intern and Induction programs, where she supports new teachers and their mentors.
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Ramon Cruz
Custodial Supervisor
Custodial Supervisor All Campuses
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Shelby Dias
Admissions Specialist
Shelby is a San Diego native. She currently just got her master’s in Organizational Leadership at PLNU and hopes to implement some of those skills with the team. She has many years supporting students in the classroom as a Headstart lead teacher and kindergarten associate teacher. Shelby has an eagerness to connect families with the best educational opportunity for their child. Her background is extensive in early childhood education and is passionate about community engagement. Shelby has always been captivated by High Tech’s project-based learning philosophy and is excited to be a part of letting more of San Diego know about us.
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Luis Elizarraraz
Director of Facilities
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Patrick Frost
General Counsel
Patrick Frost is General Counsel for High Tech High, supporting its Board and leadership with legal advice and counsel. Prior to joining HTH in January 2020, Patrick spent 21 years with San Diego Unified School District. Patrick was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and came to San Diego for undergrad. While working in Human Resources at San Diego Unified, Patrick studied law at night. After graduating law school and passing the bar, Patrick continued working for San Diego Unified in a variety of legal capacities. In his legal experience, Patrick has advised school district boards and staff in the areas of employment, labor, special education, Title IX, Uniform Complaints, the ADA, discrimination complaints, and various other educationally related issues. Patrick has represented public schools in a variety of forums including before the San Diego Superior Courts, CA 4th District Court of Appeal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District, Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and other administrative hearings.

Patrick received his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and holds a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from UC San Diego. After undergrad, Patrick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, and is fluent in Spanish.
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Veronica Grajeda
Director, Community Engagement & Admissions
Veronica is the Director of Community Engagement and Admissions where she manages HTH schools' Admissions and Enrollment team and supports HTH's outreach and community engagement efforts at the school level and in the greater San Diego community. Veronica started at High Tech High in 2007 as part of the central office’s operations team where she oversaw various projects ranging from categorial program management, authorizer relations, accountability reporting, internal policy oversight, Admissions and the school lunch program. Prior to that she worked in operations and finance for a KIPP and held positions at the Breakthrough Collaborative and New Visions for Public Schools.

Veronica holds a Masters of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and Institutional Analysis from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Barnard College.
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Janie Griswold
Chief Learning Officer
Janie has been part of the High Tech High community since HTH opened its doors in the fall of 2000. She taught middle and high school humanities at High Tech High and High Tech Middle, and was the Director of High Tech Middle from 2007-2014. In her current role as Chief Learning Officer, she supports directors and teachers across the High Tech High schools. Janie has a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Angela Guerrero
Director of Emerging Bilingual Learning
Angie received her Bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University. She has taught English to every level of high school students, and has also been a reading instructor. Before joining High Tech High in 2007 as a founding teacher of the Chula Vista campus, she spent a summer teaching in Gulu, Uganda, where her passion for social justice and equity was further fueled.  It was this passion for equity that brought her to High Tech High. Angie also received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in teacher leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, and is currently a doctoral candidate in UCSD & CSUSM's joint doctoral program for Equity in Education. She is excited to serve the High Tech community as Director of Dual Language Learning, supporting teachers, EL coordinators, directors, students, families and community partners in continuing to grow rich, relevant and rigorous learning experiences for all.
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Crystal Harris
Interim Controller
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Patrick Hayman
Graphic Design Manager
Patrick has been working at High Tech High since 2006. He develops user-friendly web-based applications for multiple audiences including students, staff, donors, and those interested in learning more about the High Tech High community.
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Julie Holmes
Director of Credentialing Operations
As Director of Credentialing Operations, Julie Holmes oversees the High Tech High (HTH) Credentialing programs.  She’s responsible for the ongoing management of the HTH Preliminary and Clear teacher credential programs; advisement, certification and compliance issues; and the development of new programs within the California credentialing system.  

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Julie graduated from Baylor University and then earned her teaching credential at the University of Texas, El Paso. Over the years, Julie has worked as an elementary teacher in private, district, and charter schools spanning Texas, New York and California. In 2008, Julie began working for the High Tech High Charter Organization, an integrated network of thirteen K-12 schools offering accredited, in-house, teacher certification programs and a Graduate School of Education.

Julie is a proud member of the HTH Credentialing Team, Credential Counselors & Analysts of California and holds her Leading Edge Certification for Online & Blended Teacher Training.  Julie is passionate about the value of teacher education and is committed to preparing California K-12 teachers.
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Tremier Johnson
Director of Human Resources
Tremier Johnson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations, as well as, a Master’s Degree Labor & Industrial Relations with a Human Resources Management emphasis.

He has worked as a Human Resources professional/executive in education, non-profit, healthcare and municipal government. His belief in the positive cultural and strategic impact of effective human resource practices has led to a lifetime of professional success.
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Clairelise Kip
Chief of Staff
Clairelise has worked in education her entire career. Before joining High Tech High, she was the Partner of Marketing and Brand Communications at TNTP, a national nonprofit focused on expanding student access to critical educational opportunities.

At TNTP, she oversaw the organization’s branding and marketing strategy, crafted teacher recruitment campaigns for school systems around the country—including a subway ad campaign for the New York City Department of Education—and led the design and development of signature TNTP publications like The Opportunity Myth.

Before TNTP, she served as a founding team member at 50CAN, an education advocacy network, and as a Woodbridge Fellow for Yale University’s Office of Federal Relations.

She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from Yale University. A proud member of the Oceanside community, she is on the board of her local church and volunteers with the San Diego Organizing Project and the Oceanside Homeless Resource.
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Elizabeth Martinez
Accounts Payable Manager
Elizabeth Martinez was born in Salinas, California in 1994.

Although her childhood consisted of moving from city to city every year due to her father's job, at the age of 7 her family finally settled for 11 years in Bakersfield, California where she went to elementary school, middle school, and graduated from High School. After her graduation her family made a quick decision to move to San Diego, California to be closer to family. Here Elizabeth would complete her Associate's in Business Management and Accounting and also complete her Bachelor's in Business Administration from California College San Diego.

Her Journey in the High Tech High community began five years ago in March 2013, where she started as an Afterschool Assistant for High Tech Elementary Explorer, which at the time was known as Explorer Elementary Charter School. She would later become the After School Program Director which taught her the importance of having an after school program, a program where parents can leave their kids in good hands while they work, and a place where students can build/cultivate relationships with each other and with staff.

In August 2016 Elizabeth began a new journey/challenge in her life; transitioning to HIGH SCHOOL! She has greatly enjoyed being the Site Manager at The Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High. There are always new challenges, and new opportunities  that not only the children face but the staff as well. I truly believe HTH strives to help prepare our students for those challenges and how to overcome them, and also gives the staff the opportunity to expand their wings and grow to continue making this place an amazing place for everyone who walks through our doors.
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Wendy McDonald
Wendy grew up in San Diego and received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and went on to get a certificate from The Exotic Animal Training and Management Program in Moorpark, California. From there she worked as an Elephant Trainer in Vallejo, California. After two and a half years as a trainer she made the decision to move back to San Diego. While waiting to get a job at the San Diego Zoo, she started to work at HTH. Although she eventually got a job at the Zoo her heart brought her back to HTH. She is now the Associate Director of College Relations/Registrar and also provides Powerschool support for all 16 High Tech High schools.
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Rasheed Meadows
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Rasheed Hakim Meadows is the CEO of High Tech High (HTH), an integrated network of 16 charter schools serving more than 5000 students in grades K-12 across four campuses in San Diego, CA.
Before joining HTH, Dr. Meadows served as a Vice President at TNTP, overseeing the national organization’s consulting work in the Northeast, helping educators, schools, and school systems more effectively meet students’ needs. He also was a leader in TNTP’s equity innovation work, pushing the organization to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place, and managing TNTP’s first team to help schools and districts do the same. Meadows also founded TNTP’s Bridge Fellowship, an award granted to “bold leaders with a history of advancing big ideas in their field,” aiming to improve outcomes and school experiences for Black and Latino young men.
Prior to joining TNTP, Rasheed served as Network Superintendent for Boston Public Schools, where he led schools serving over 5,000 students and directly supported 15 principals and their leadership teams. Rasheed began his career as a science and technology teacher before serving as Dean of Students at a large, public high school in Cambridge, MA. Later, he became a founding administrator at a Boston public middle school, and then Founding Headmaster at Boston’s Urban Science Academy, where he substantially raised graduation rates, narrowed achievement gaps, and achieved some of the highest graduation rates for special education students in the district.
Rasheed holds a bachelor’s in biology from Yale University, as well as a master’s in teaching and curriculum and a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University
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Cecilia Nevarez
Credential Analyst
Prior to moving into her current position as Credential Analyst at the HTH Teacher Center, Cecilia spent the last 20 years acquiring experience in outreach education, program management, special education and social services. Cecilia joined High Tech High in 2011 with the opening of High Tech Elementary & Middle Chula Vista. She is proud to have successfully launched four competitive archery programs beginning at the Chula Vista village and eventually carried over to the High Tech High Point Loma village. As Credential Analyst, Cecilia supports the HTH Preliminary and Clear teacher credential programs as well as the reviewing, analyzing and processing of applications for teaching credentials, certificates and permits. Cecilia thrives most on coaching and supporting others in achieving their goals.
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Michal Lynn OKelley
Director of Athletics and Wellness
A country girl at heart, Michal-Lynn "Coach" O'Kelley hails from Walnut Creek, Ca but spent most of her summers camping with her extended family ,water skiing, and country line dancing in Oklahoma. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from University of Arkansas, where she also was a midfielder for the Division I Razorbacks. Michal-Lynn has coached youth soccer for the Albion premiere soccer club for over 10 years, and has served as their Director of Operations for most of those years. She also was one of High Tech Explorer Elementary's founding faculty, as its first PE teacher.  Coach O'Kelley has loved her time as the Director of Athletics and Wellness at High Tech High and spends her time cheering on the Storm at their games sporting her blue and yellow! She believes in building character through athletics and hopes to inspire athletes to push beyond their limits and release themselves to the game of life. When she is not working out, doing hot yoga, or watching soccer matches, she is hanging out with her family on bikes, at concerts, or with friends.
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Ericka Olson
Facilities Coordinator
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Maylynne RayosDP
Talent Operations Manager
Maylynne Rayos is the current Talent Operations Manager for the HTH CMO. She holds a BA in Child and Family Development, an MA in Education, Counseling & Guidance, and is a Certified Workforce Development Professional and Career Advisor. She has over 10 years of experience in Workforce Development, working with specialized populations and serving as a liaison between businesses and community job seekers.
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Kristy Renken
Payroll and Benefits Manager
Kristy has been with High Tech High since February 2008 and manages the employee payroll and health benefits for the organization.
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Valerie Romero
Staff Accountant II
Valerie was born in the Philippines, but was raised in San Diego, California where she attended San Diego State University and earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting. Prior to joining High Tech High, she worked at San Diego Community College District in the budget department.  She’s excited to start her role as Staff Accountant II and be part of a great team!
She enjoys traveling and hopes to travel more when it is safe to do so. Valerie also enjoys going to drive-in movie theatres, playing video games, and spending time with her dog.
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Casey Salmon
Associate Director of Special Education
Casey Salmon has taught at a variety of grade levels over the past eighteen years. After college, she moved to Houston, Texas where she taught third grade for two years with a program called Teach for America. Those two years were eye-opening and completely changed her views on education. She became passionate about ensuring that all students had an equal opportunity to be successful.

Missing California, Casey moved to San Diego in the summer of 2002. She spent a year working at a small, private school in North County, where she taught English to 6th-9th graders who needed more individual attention and a smaller classroom size than their neighborhood schools could provide.  Through this experience she was inspired to return to school to learn more about how to meet the needs of students with learning differences. She received her Education Specialist credential from San Diego State University in 2005, and completed her M. Ed in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007.

This will be Casey’s fifteenth school year working for High Tech High. She worked at High Tech High as an Inclusion Specialist for a year. Then, in the Fall of 2005, Casey became the Inclusion Specialist at High Tech Middle and supported school leadership through the role of Associate Director. In 2016 Casey became the Director at HTMMA where she was lucky enough to work with amazing staff and students in a dynamic, project based setting that focused on positive school culture. Currently she is the Associate Director of Special Education for the HTH charter schools. For fun she enjoys spending time with her four year old twins, swimming, reading, traveling and cooking.
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Shari San Agustin
Special Ed Administrator
I have had the pleasure of working in Special Education for over 30 years.  In that time I have wore many hats and have enjoyed all the different roles working directly with children who have special needs to working behind the scenes with Admin Staff.  Every opportunity to be a small part of helping students grow has been wonderful.  Working at HTH since 2014 has been the cherry on top.  I look forward every year to see the happy faces, hear the chatter of students in the halls as they are working on the projects and working closely with the tremendous Admin Team in the SpEd Department.

On a personal note, I am the grandma to two little girls, Ava & Belle.  They bring me more joy than I have words for.  I am grateful and blessed.
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Daren Sefcik
Chief Technology Officer
Daren was born in Oceanside, CA and has lived in San Diego all of his life. During his youth he traveled to many parts of the world and at the age of 19 he married in Caracas, Venezuela and has been married for 21 years and has 3 boys who all attend High Tech High schools.

After 14 years of owning and operating a motorcycle repair business he realized computers and technology were the future and in 1995 started his technology career as a UNIX Systems Administrator for a San Diego based Sun Microsystems VAR. 11 years later he joined the High Tech High team as the Director of Technology. Daren has been involved with many aspects of computer technology ranging from java programing to SQL database design and network security. He has also contributed to many Open Source projects over the years.
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Kristin Singh
Associate Director of Special Education
Kristin was born and raised in Hawaii and remains an island girl at heart. She moved to California after high school to attend the University of California, Irvine where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. She later earned her M.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University, with an emphasis in School Psychology.

Kristin worked as a school psychologist in various districts in San Diego County before joining the High Tech High community in 2016 as the school psychologist in the North County Village. Kristin now serves as the Associate Director of Special Education for High Tech High.

Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in San Diego, CA. While away from work, Kristin enjoys dancing at live music concerts, watching her husband perform stand-up comedy, exploring San Diego with her daughter, and spending quality time at home with the whole family.
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Marisa Thompson
Program Manager
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Kelly Verburgt
Food and Nutrition Services Manager
Kelly is a Registered Dietitian from Minnesota. She worked in the High Tech High food service department in 2019-2020, while working towards her credentials, and is thrilled to come back full time. Kelly is currently working towards her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University, specializing in food service management. When she isn’t working, Kelly can be found surfing with friends, working out, or cruising along the mission beach/pacific boardwalk. Kelly has always been passionate about helping kids develop healthy eating habits that will last them a lifetime. As Senior Food & Nutrition Services Manager, Kelly will ensure our students are fed nutritious meals that help them concentrate throughout the day and thrive in school.
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Shamara Williams
Executive Assistant to the Officers
Shamara was born in Asheville, North Carolina and completed her degree in Psychology at Fayetteville State University. As an administrative professional, she has over 10 years of experience supporting executives and administrators. She has experience as a paralegal, marketing director and an executive assistant.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, a Navy service member and their son, Adrian. In her free time, Shamara loves to cook and share meals with friends and neighbors. She also likes to spend time outdoors, hiking and going to the beach.