Educational momentum action team

The Educational Momentum Action Team is a collaborative, community response to the increasing number of local youth disconnected from school. Educational institutions across the valley have dedicated themselves to the Opportunities for Youth Initiative. Our network of educational institutions offer a wide variety of educational options to meet the needs of the diverse population in Phoenix. 


Reconnect opportunity youth annually back into the appropriate educational program


Building a tiered approach for reconnecting youth into school and providing supports for educational completion

Educational Momentum Partners

Cesar Aguilar, Alumni Outreach - Aguila Youth Leadership

Michelle Alcantar, Director of Community And Business Partnerships - Glendale Community College

Megan Baker, Education Program Specialist - Arizona Department of Education - Adult Education Services

Ashley Berg, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development- Educational OPtions Foundation

Patrick Brown, Director of Education - Arizona Center for Youth RESOURCES

Elizabeth Cole, Director of Community Partnerships - Rio Salado Community College

Nicholas DelSordi, Education Program Specialist - Arizona Department of Education - Adult Education Services

Christopher Dickinson, Director of Community Relations- Grad Solutions

GreG Donovan, Superintendent - West-Mec

Luis Enriquez, Development Director - Neighborhood Ministries

Shaquana Fernandez, Executive Director - TLC Child Enrichment

SaM Garman, Bridging Success - Maricopa County Community College District

Dr. Philip Geiger, Regional Director of Education - Southwest Leadership Academy

Michelle Harris, Guidance Counselor - Southwest Leadership Academy

Sheryl Hart, Deputy Associate Superintendent - Arizona Department of Education - Adult Education Services

Dr. Osaro Ighodaro, Vice President of Student Development - South Mountain Community College

Gabriela Jimenez, Program Director - First Star ASU Academy

Shawnte Johnson, Recreation Coordinator II - City of Phoenix - Parks & Recreation Department

Binky Michelle Jones, President - Ombudsman Educational Services

Nicole Kelsheimer, Director of Academic Support and Compliance - Arizona Department of Education

Jose Martinez, Program Coordinator - Aguila Youth Leadership

Gaspar Mata, Recruitment and College Outreach Manager - Year Up, Inc.

Michael Matos, Student Services Director - Phoenix College

Erica Maxwell, Instructional Leader - Hope College & Career Readiness Academy

Joanne McCoy, Zip Code Project and the Dropout Recovery Program - Arizona Department of Education

Heather Patterson, IET Coordinator - Friendly House

Elaine R. Penn, Principal - Arizona Preparatory Academy

Blair Schweiger, Academic Programs Director - Genesis City

Kristopher Seydel, Strategic Operations Coordinator - Reengage Phoenix - College Depot

Matthew Sotelo, Success ADVISER and Workforce Development Coordinator - College Success of Arizona

Marissa Soza, Call Center Representative - Ombudsman educational services

Stephanie StreeteR, Assistant Principal, Instruction - Phoenix Union High School District

Cyndi Tercero, Dropout Programs Developer - Phoenix Union High School District

Shana Tompa, Director of Development - Genesis City

Jessica Vensel, Principal - Canyon State Academy

Olivia Zelaya, Program Director - Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

Where Are Our Educational Momentum Partners Located?