Our Team

What separates our organization from other youth development programs is that we are truly a Family. The dedication and investment of our staff is a direct correlation to Scholar success. Our desire to participate in ongoing training and development ensures we are equipped with the tools to help foster the success of our Scholars. Our team devotes countless hours to reading applications, interviewing candidates, engaging with emerging communities, and traveling across the country. At the end of the day, we are one big  family that is privileged to be able to help pave the paths of others through education.

Meet Our Team

Kathy Abels



Ben Drutman

Executive Director

Herbie Smith

Senior Director, Programs

Molly Morin


Associate Director, Collegiate Programs

Fidelia Castillo

Senior Program Manager

Amber Brown

Program Manager

Karine Margaryan

Executive Assistant

Jessenia Sanchez

Senior Program Coordinator

Emily Johnson

Event Coordinator

Jordan Tao

Operations Coordinator

Michelle Montes

Program Coordinator

Frances Cruz

Program Coordinator

Martha Rangel

Program Coordinator

Gabriela Campos

Program Coordinator

Lisa Lee

Administrative Assistant

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