2019 STEERING COMMITTEE

The AOCC Steering Committee comprises of three Tri-Chairs, Committee Leads, and Committee Members, who work together to drive forward the vision and execution of the AOCC conference. This year's conference, "Homecoming: Past, Present, Future," provides participants with a space to learn about and leverage social justice efforts for their own practice and trajectories in order to create a welcoming home for all students. Through the stories and connections of our past, present and future--through our HOMECOMING--we can create welcoming spaces for our communities to thrive.

 
 

TRI-CHAIRS

AOCC Tri-Chairs oversee the planning and successful execution of all aspects of the conference. Leading the Steering Committee, this year the Tri-Chairs are committed to driving forward the conference theme and vision of Homecoming: Past, Present, and Future.

Marissa Alberty is in the 9th cohort of HGSE's Educational Leadership Doctoral program (EdLD). Growing up in Oklahoma, Marissa became passionate about finding connections between people, places, and ideas. Throughout her education, she valued others’ perspectives and realized that many social issues could be solved with greater understanding and connection among communities. Her experiences teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Washington, DC solidified her passion and commitment to education.  After receiving her Masters at HGSE, she returned to her home state to create programming and experiences that supported new teachers in their family and community engagement efforts. In her most recent role as Chief of Staff at Teach for America - Oklahoma City, she steered the region towards setting a vision and strategy rooted in community partnership.  Marissa stands firm in her believe that effective leaders across all levels of education are at their best when working in partnership with communities, with a critical eye towards justice and equity.

Marissa Alberty is in the 9th cohort of HGSE's Educational Leadership Doctoral program (EdLD). Growing up in Oklahoma, Marissa became passionate about finding connections between people, places, and ideas. Throughout her education, she valued others’ perspectives and realized that many social issues could be solved with greater understanding and connection among communities. Her experiences teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Washington, DC solidified her passion and commitment to education.

After receiving her Masters at HGSE, she returned to her home state to create programming and experiences that supported new teachers in their family and community engagement efforts. In her most recent role as Chief of Staff at Teach for America - Oklahoma City, she steered the region towards setting a vision and strategy rooted in community partnership.

Marissa stands firm in her believe that effective leaders across all levels of education are at their best when working in partnership with communities, with a critical eye towards justice and equity.

Marissa Alberty

 

Paola Muñoz, of Mexican descent, holds a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s in the Education Policy and Management at Havard's Graduate School of Education.  Prior to enrolling at HGSE, Paola worked with various programs that focused on college access and success for marginalized students in her hometown of Holland, MI and in Chicago, where she recruited as a college admission representative for Hope College, her alma mater. In addition, she has taught English as a second language in both the United States and Japan.  Paola is passionate about diversity and is committed to the work of justice and equity within education.

Paola Muñoz, of Mexican descent, holds a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s in the Education Policy and Management at Havard's Graduate School of Education.

Prior to enrolling at HGSE, Paola worked with various programs that focused on college access and success for marginalized students in her hometown of Holland, MI and in Chicago, where she recruited as a college admission representative for Hope College, her alma mater. In addition, she has taught English as a second language in both the United States and Japan.

Paola is passionate about diversity and is committed to the work of justice and equity within education.

Paola Muñoz

Jolleen is a proud Filipina Third Culture Kid who has lived in the Philippines, Japan, Los Angeles, and Boston. She considers herself a multipotentialite, or as she likes to call it, a "Jack of All Trades." She has dabbled in calligraphy, cooking, music, cosplay, voice acting, cycling, research, and too many other pursuits to count.   Jolleen is passionate about increasing educational access and success for all. Professionally, she has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and tutor in subjects ranging from Algebra to Biology and Chemistry to English. She most recently served as the curriculum and class management team leader as well as a college admissions personal advisor at Bridge Education, an independent educational consulting firm. She has worked with students of diverse ages and backgrounds, including immigrants, non-traditional college students, students with disabilities, and English language learners. She incorporates intersectionality, multiculturalism, and her interdisciplinary interests in her current training and work as a school counselor.  Jolleen holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from HGSE, and she is currently pursuing her C.A.S. in Counseling at HGSE. While at Harvard, Jolleen has been involved in the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education and the Let's Talk Conference for promoting the success and well-being of Asian American students, and has presented research on undocumented AAPI students at the Liminally Legal Asians Conference at Brown University.

Jolleen is a proud Filipina Third Culture Kid who has lived in the Philippines, Japan, Los Angeles, and Boston. She considers herself a multipotentialite, or as she likes to call it, a "Jack of All Trades." She has dabbled in calligraphy, cooking, music, cosplay, voice acting, cycling, research, and too many other pursuits to count.

Jolleen is passionate about increasing educational access and success for all. Professionally, she has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and tutor in subjects ranging from Algebra to Biology and Chemistry to English. She most recently served as the curriculum and class management team leader as well as a college admissions personal advisor at Bridge Education, an independent educational consulting firm. She has worked with students of diverse ages and backgrounds, including immigrants, non-traditional college students, students with disabilities, and English language learners. She incorporates intersectionality, multiculturalism, and her interdisciplinary interests in her current training and work as a school counselor.

Jolleen holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from HGSE, and she is currently pursuing her C.A.S. in Counseling at HGSE. While at Harvard, Jolleen has been involved in the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education and the Let's Talk Conference for promoting the success and well-being of Asian American students, and has presented research on undocumented AAPI students at the Liminally Legal Asians Conference at Brown University.

Jolleen Filio

 
 

COMMITTEE LEADS

AOCC Committee Leads are responsible for organizing and facilitating the work of their respective committees. There are six committees total: Proposals & Programming; Alumni & External Engagement; Keynotes & Awards; Finance & Fundraising; Communication & Publicity; Logistics & Hospitality.

LaTrice Lyle
Finance & Fundraising

Ulili Emore
Communications & Publicity

Harmonie Coleman
Keynotes & Awards 

 

Emily Ramos
Proposals & Programs

Sakina Tayyebi
Logistics & Hospitality

Myrna Garza
Alumni & External Engagement

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Committee members are responsible for working with their teams to plan and execute the major deliverables of their committees.

Sabah Ali

Madeline Burroughs

Aryn Bussey

Abigail Carlos

Damon Hall

Maria Alejandra Hernandez

Alpachino Hogue

Abel McDaniels

Berlinda Mojica

Yanela Montoya

Zina Noel

Jordan Only

Samantha Pratt

Gena Rodriguez

Stephanie Samedi

LuAnn Silva

Jenna Spencer

Jessica Valles

Isamar Vega 

Heather Watts

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