Hello! I’m Jackie and I am the Title 1 Program Manager. I am very excited to be part of Next. Working with youth and seeing participants succeed is something that I really enjoy. In my free time, I like to practice my calligraphy skills (I’m still learning!). I also like going on walks with my dog and watching sunsets.
One quote that I like is: No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution ... revolution is but thought carried into action. - Emma Goldman
My name is Keely and I love assisting others to discover and embrace their best possible version of themselves. I left corporate healthcare management to live my own dream and have done that by being an educator, instructor and life-coach for the past 5 years.
I am a mom, grandma, wife, sister, daughter, team-member, musician, artist, writer, nature lover and above all, a life long learner. I am here to serve you in living your best life.
Favorite quote: ``Our history is not our destiny.`` - Alan Cohen
Hi! I’m Natalie, a Talent Development Specialist at Next. I am excited to be working with an organization that is passionate about helping young people become successful. I have a passion for helping youth and young adults reach and achieve their goals that they set for themselves. During my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my dog Cooper, riding my two horses and hanging out with my friends and family.
One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t count the days, make the days count” - Muhammad Ali
Hi! My name is Nakeia, and I am a Talent Development Specialist here at Next. It's my passion to support and empower young adults in a way that uplifts them, while building on their individual strengths. As a mother of three (two who are young adults), this is something very close to my heart.
In my free time, I love to explore the beauty of nature with my husband, meditate, write/work on my novel, and bake...anything chocolate!
If I could leave each young adult with one take-away, it is this: You are SO much more powerful than you know!
My favorite quote: ``Be the change you wish to see in the world.`` - Mahatma Gandhi
Hi! I'm Ben, a Talent Development Specialist at Next. Just about everybody could use one more cheerleader in their life, and I'm so excited to be that and more to young adults trying to accomplish their dreams. In my spare time, I love to read books on my balcony, work on my novel, go running, and talk myself into another slice of pizza.
My favorite quote: ``Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.`` -James Baldwin
My name is Hunter, and I am thrilled to be a part of Next. My passion has always been to creatively help others find their own passions and achieve their dreams. On my off time, I enjoy creating music, getting immersed in a movie or a video game and cooking and baking comfort food from scratch.
``Life is a balance of fear and overcoming it.`` - Jimmy Iovine
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My name is Elias Valencia and I’m the Career Transition Specialist for Jobcorps. I have a passion in helping others and seeing them grow. I really enjoy working with a diverse population of people. My three favorite hobbies include working out, playing soccer and playing video games.
My favorite quote is “Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
My favorite quote is: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
My name is Lyn, and I love being a part of Next. I really want to help young adults find direction and improve their lives. Outside of work I enjoy working out to feel strong, reading James Baldwin and Toni Morrison over and over, and getting together with my friends! I also have a service dog, Louie-- if you see him at Next, feel free to ask to pet him!
One of my favorite quotes is, ``To make a dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence`` - Cesar Chavez
Hello, humans. My name is Louie and I already can't wait to meet you. I love assisting my mama, Lyn, at work because I love to meet new friends everyday. I am really friendly and love to be pet (especially around my ears), but please ask my mama first so that I don't get too distracted from my job. When I am not working, I like to visit Starbucks for all the puppuccinos, snuggle, and play tug-of-war with worthy opponents.
One of my favorite quotes is, ``A puppuccino a day makes a really good boy.`` I don't know who said it, but someone must have because it is the smartest thing I have ever heard.
*Please note that even though Louie is frequently in our building, there are several spaces at Next that are designated as service-dog-free zones. If you need access to a room that Louie does not go in, just let a staff member know!
I’m Becky and I have been able to do this type of work with young people for 28 years! I enjoy being around my family, gardening, walking, and spending time at home. I have 5 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and one more great on the way!