Karen Williams joins SCS Noonan Scholars as National Director of Career Development. She is a seasoned executed with extensive management experience in the private sector, higher education, and non-profit. Most recently Karen served as Director of Alumni Professional Development for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Executive Director for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson School of Management, Karen spent twenty years in senior marketing roles working for blue chip companies including Disney-ABC, Time Warner, and Johnson & Johnson.
Karen serves on the board of Women in Cable Telecommunication (WICT) Southern California and the UCLA Anderson Alumni Board. Williams graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
She is a California native and resides in Los Angeles.
Dan joined SCS Noonan Scholars as the Boston Executive Director in October of 2018. In this role he helps to marshal the city’s resources to support Scholars from the Greater Boston area and beyond, as well as manage foundation relations and grant writing for the organization nationwide. Dan previously served as the General Counsel of the May Institute, a national nonprofit serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, worked in Boston and Washington in advocacy organizations and government institutions, and practiced law at a number of firms in Greater Boston.
Dan also serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations in the education, arts, and Jewish communities. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Bethany Queior joined SCS Noonan Scholars in July 2018 as the National Director of Mentorship. Previously, Bethany was Director of Match Support at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, where she oversaw the training and support of all Community-Based Mentoring matches. She has seen formal and informal mentoring relationships provide meaningful avenues for youth-led learning, and she is pleased to support this growth between mentors and Scholars. She brings a background in mediation, dialogue facilitation, and youth program management, with over 10 years’ experience leading programs in school, community, and residential settings.
Bethany holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Brandeis University, with a focus on Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies.
Nate joined the team in May of 2018. He has spent the last 15 years helping nonprofits in Boston build capacity by improving the way they collect, process and report on organizational data.
He most recently spent 6 years at Citizen Schools working closely with their leadership team to manage and report on all donor and volunteer information. He is a Salesforce expert and has given a number of presentations at regional and national conferences.
A graduate of Oberlin College, with a BA in Philosophy & Anthropology and Boston University with an MBA focused on nonprofit management, Nate lives in Jamaica Plain with his beloved family & two phenomenal cats.
Eduardo Najera joined the SCS Noonan Scholars team as the College Success Manager-Career Development on December, 2017. As a first-generation college graduate Eduardo has committed himself to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds achieve their career aspirations. Eduardo graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Government and spent three years working for the Center for Professional Development at Dartmouth. He has experience coaching students on all aspects of the recruiting process, from searching opportunities to negotiating salaries. Eduardo is excited to contribute to the growth and empowerment of SCS Noonan scholars.
Martha Sanchez joined SCS in May 2017. She is a strong proponent of providing students support in reaching Higher Education to and through college. She brings over 5 years of experience in Education, including a strong background in College Admissions and High School Counseling. While in College Admissions, she was able to identify the needs of students and connect them to support programs, providing an easier transition from high school to college.
She has guided students through the college choosing and enrollment process in the Greater Los Angeles area, Inland Empire, Northern California, and Arizona. Martha is committed to ensuring that SCS scholars are afforded the opportunity to have access to resources that will support them as they apply, enroll, and persist to graduation. Martha obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and minors in Spanish and Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Cynthia Espinoza joined SCS in November 2015 as the College Success Manager. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first person in her family to attend college, Cynthia has a firsthand understanding of the importance of working to expand opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Before joining SCS, she worked for the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund as program assistant for the Immigrant Rights and Education Equity programs.
Her prior experience was in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an administrative assistant. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies and an emphasis on Diversity and Work. At Cal, Cynthia was an active leader on campus for Latino/a and women’s issues, as well as a strong advocate for greater awareness of the problem of domestic violence in minority communities.
Born in Los Angeles, CA the 4th child of 9. During the summer between his 7th and 8th grade his family moved to a 40 acre farm in Battle Ground, WA where he learned to importance of hard work and gained an appreciation of seeing the fruits of your labor. Randy applied to and was admitted to George Fox College now George Fox University where he distinguished himself as a Track & Field Athlete. Randy graduated from George Fox College in 1973 with a BA degree in Bible and Christian Education and worked at the college as an Admissions Counselor recruiting students to attend GFC from throughout the West Coast. He took over the Head Women’s Track Coaching duties in 1978 at GFU and produced powerful teams during his tenure that won several conference and regional championships. He along with his 1980 Women’s Track & Field Team was inducted into the George Fox University Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009 he was inducted individually as a Coach. In 1981 Randy joined his Father and Brothers who formed Jim Winston & Sons Excavating Contracting Business which worked on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest most notably being one of the first construction firms to work on the restoration project after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens receiving several commendations from The US Army Corps of Engineers. In 1989 Randy returned to the Los Angeles Area and began working for the Volunteers of America Talent Search “Think College” Program providing college admissions and financial aid information to low income first generation to college students attending Crenshaw & John C. Fremont High Schools. In 2006 Randy became the first full time employee of South Central Scholars primarily making contact with prospective scholars at their High Schools and assisting them thorough the process of selecting the right college or university that will meet their needs. Randy has developed an outstanding College Fair Liberal Arts Summit where some of finest colleges and universities in the nation are represented as well as putting on numerous workshops on SAT Prep, Financial Aid and Parent Student Informational sessions.
Ana Archibald joined SCS Noonan Scholars in May of 2016 as the Director of Programs. Prior to joining, Ana was Manager of Community-Based Mentoring at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, where she was responsible for overseeing all programmatic and clinical functions of the Match Support team, serving more than 1,400 mentoring relationships annually. Ana has significant experience working with youth and young adults, having previously held positions at The DREAM Program and at the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern University. Ana holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master in Social Work from Boston College, and is a native speaker of Portuguese.
Steve joined Noonan Scholars as Executive Director in February of 2016, an organization that allows him to continue pursuing his lifelong goal of providing life-changing educational opportunities to underserved youth in our society. Previously, Steve was the founding executive director of the Boston Debate League (BDL) following a ten year career as a high school history teacher. Over eight years at the BDL, Steve oversaw its transformation from a staff of one to 18, a budget of $30,000 to $2.5 million, and 30 students to 1,000, leaving a legacy of rigorous and meaningful academic opportunities for thousands of BPS students and fundamentally transformed instructional practice across many BPS high schools. Steve holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from Emory University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.