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College Possible Washington Welcomes Two New Program Managers to the Team

We are thrilled to welcome back two AmeriCorps alumni who will now be working on our leadership team as program managers. Please join us in welcoming Rachel and Valeria to the Washington team.

Rachel Stone College Possible WashingtonMeet Rachel Stone

Alma mater: Lewis & Clark College

What brings you back to College Possible? I came back to College Possible because I wanted to continue to be in an environment where mentorship and advocacy are valued. I am passionate about college access work and feel lucky that every day I get to work toward that mission!

What is your role is at College Possible? I support and supervise eight AmeriCorps members serving at two different high schools in Seattle. I do everything I can to help them be successful in preparing their students for enrolling in college!

What are you most excited about for the year ahead? I am most excited to hear how the relationships between AmeriCorps members and students develop, and hearing stories of the ways students persist through challenges.

What’s your favorite memory from college? Studying abroad in Osaka, Japan. While there, I worked in my university’s writing center; that is where I learned that I was passionate about working in education.

Val Villa College Possible WashingtonMeet Valeria Villa

Alma mater: University of Nevada, Reno

What brings you back to College Possible? After undergrad I served a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA, then a term as a summer transition coach and now I’m the college program manager. I love bringing my experience as a first-generation graduate and my language skills (Spanish mostly but I speak French too) into my role!

What is your role at College Possible? I supervise our college coaches and support our associate director, Adriana with our college program.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead? This year I’m excited to keep expanding our college program and grow alongside my teammates. I look forward to diving deep into DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) work and have meaningful conversations to enhance our work with students.

What’s your favorite memory from college? ​I studied abroad in Lyon, France! I took debate, and a creative writing class! I enjoy poetry and discussing topics I’m passionate about.

 

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