Hi! I'm Haley and I am the Director at Next. Working with young adults has always been a huge passion of mine. I love that Next has a welcoming and safe environment and so many resources under one roof for young adults in our community to access; be that employment, education, housing, or even just a quick bite to eat.
When I'm not at work I like to hang out with my friends, try new restaurants and coffee shops, and help coach my son's sports teams.
My name is Margarita and I am the Next Operations Manager. I am a bilingual and bicultural person who arrived in the USA from Russia 25 years ago. So, my life is divided into two big parts: I was a Medical Sciences researcher in Russia, and a Community and Social Services worker in the USA.
Once I made it to the USA I was impressed with cultural diversity in this country and immediately immersed myself into a new culture. I worked daily in a multicultural and multiethnic environment helping and serving people from almost 40 different nationalities, and my coworkers also were speaking altogether more than 40 different languages and dialects.
I had a dream to get into a graduate school in the USA and achieved a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from Lewis and Clark College, in Oregon.
I am passionate about helping youth to reach their dream and potential personal and professional height. In my free time I like to paint in all kinds of media. I’ve had two art exhibitions so far!
I like to roast my own coffee beans and be a barista for my friends and relatives. I also enjoy reading books, listening to music, and traveling to all sorts of locations. Some of hike, take pictures of the Northwest nature, chat with friends, and watch movies.
My favorite quote is from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist”, a novel written with magic in mind and the intuition of following your heart constantly with the recurrence of a particular saying, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
Hello hello! My name is Krystle Dutton and I am a Business Development Specialist at Next for the young adults here in Clark county. I’ve always had a desire to educate and help people, so I’ve been educating and helping for well over 10 years now. I was born and raised here in Vancouver, WA, so I’m really looking forward to working with Next to help the youth in my area think about their career goals and connect with real work experiences.
In my spare time I love listening to music and watching movies (comedy, science fiction, action–you name it!). I also enjoy the water, so if I have the chance to go to the river I’M IN.
“Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. Then by all means follow that path.” —Ellen DeGeneres
Hi, my name is Jered and I am a Youth Talent Development Specialist at NEXT. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team.
Prior to my time here I worked as a Technology Navigator assisting and educating individuals in all aspects of computers with the goal of boosting their skills and using those skills to secure good jobs.
I live to serve my community and will continue to find new ways to do so. In my free time I love spending time and traveling to fun outdoor destinations with my wife and daughter. I’m also obsessed with superhero movies and hip hop.
One of my favorite quotes is by the great Dr. Suess:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
Bio coming soon!
Hi there! I am Sammee, a Talent Development Specialist here at Next. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Addiction Studies from Washington State University Vancouver. I have had the privilege working with foster care youth and children with ASD. While pursuing my education I also served my community as a waitress. These work experiences have had a lot of influence on who I am today. I thrive in environments that promote care, support, and rehabilitation. I am always seeking an opportunity to make a positive impact within the community I serve. A wise man once told me that a single positive influence can alter the trajectory of someone’s life drastically. I have held this belief with me ever since and strive to be that singular positive influence.
My free time is occupied mainly by my rescue pup named Luna. She is a stubborn yet intelligent 7-year-old husky with a sassy personality and a love for chewing boxes. You can also find me at any thrift store or plant store on the weekends or hear me belting out showtunes in my car.
My favorite quote is from the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, “I’m gonna do my best to take my place in the sun.”
My name is Almendra Velazquez. I am a Talent Development Specialist at Next. I am passionate about supporting and guiding others toward their goals and building resilient communities.
I was born and raised in California. I moved to Washington state in 2015 and I've been in love with this State ever since. I enjoy hiking, fishing, exploring sites, playing frisbee with my dog, and hanging out with my favorite people.
My favorite quote is:
“When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Mi nombre es Almendra Velazquez. Yo soy un Especialista en Desarrollo de Talento con el programa Next. Mi pasión es ayudar y guiar a otros hacia sus metas y construir comunidades resilientes.
Nací y crecí en California. Me mudé al estado de Washington en 2015 y he estado encantada de este estado desde entonces. Me gusta el senderismo, pescar, explorar sitios, jugar frisbee con mi perro, salir con mi perro y salir con mis personas favoritas.
Mi cita favorita es:
“Cuando quieres algo todo el universo conspira para ayudarte a conseguirlo.” –Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
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Alex has been a program manager for Clark College in the past and is an effective leader. Alex is committed to the outcomes of each student.
I was am associate professor teaching in GED and English as a second language courses for 16 years. I wasn't always a teacher. I never went to high school. I earned a GED at age 19 while serving in the military. Later in life, I earned my first college degree at age 41, and a bachelor's degree at age 47. I learned I liked to teach and went on to earn a master's degree in education so I could teach. I share this because no matter what you've done, or where you have been and are at, your future is not written. I love teaching GED classes because it is so awesome to see people discover they can learn and then see doors open right in front of their eyes.
Tyler Monk is a first-generation college graduate, entrepreneur. He grew up in the inner-city of Portland, OR where he struggled academically throughout high school. It wasn’t until he was 16 that Tyler realized his potential to be a high-level athlete. His first passion was basketball and he used the sport to earn a full-ride scholarship to play in college. He began his college journey in Bakersfield, CA then later graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in management and leadership theory. After graduating, Tyler worked for the Boys & Girls Club of SW Washington, and was the Site Director of GEAR UP at Hudson's Bay High School.
In 2017, Tyler launched his Inspirational story-telling company —The Underdog Mentality. Tyler believes that “You can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them. Tyler has partnered with Next Success since 2018.
The Underdog Mentality (TUM) was created to help people tap into the power of the potential so they can lean into their greatness. Through storytelling, leadership development and goal setting we help youth develop an unwavering belief in themselves, despite the conditions, circumstances and critics that surround them.