Our Leaders

Executive Team

Margarite Buitrago - Interim Executive Director/CEO

Dolores Meade – Deputy Executive Director/COO

Amy Nih – Chief Financial Officer

Kelly O’Connell – Deputy Executive Director/Child Care Services Director


Administration Team


John Beck – Chief Information Officer

Melissa Takeda – Human Resources Director

Cesar Soto – Facilities Director

Mildred Balderrama – Head Start South El Monte Director

Tracy Lynch – Enrichment Program Director

Ruby Sevilla – Early Head Start Director

Denise McCullough – Full-day Preschool Director

Rosemary Olachea-Heaslip – Surround Care Director

Deborah Slobojan – State Preschool Director

Vacant – Head Start Pasadena Director

Vacant - Director of Accounting

Pedro Ramirez - Budget Director    


Cliff Marcussen – Senior Advisor

Kimberly Dobson Garcia – Communications Team and Special Projects Manager (including website)

Janet Zamanyan – Secretary to Executive Director