Staff

Ashley Rodriguez | Elementary Coordinator

Ashley is honored to serve as the Elementary Coordinator with the Be A Leader Foundation and the Roosevelt School District. She arms 7th and 8th grade students with college knowledge, helps them develop leadership skills, and provides the resources needed for students to feel empowered to use high school as a stepping stone into college.   Raised in Phoenix, Ashley …
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Brielle Giesemann| High School Coordinator

Brielle is thrilled to serve as the West Valley High School Coordinator with the Be A Leader Foundation, supporting clubs and schools throughout the region and facilitating workshops with the Be A Leader High School program and 8th grade program for the Murphy Elementary School District.   Born and raised in Phoenix, Brielle graduated from Thunderbird High School in 2010. …
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Daisy Rabadan | High School Coordinator

Daisy Rabadan currently serves as the High School Coordinator for the East Valley Schools at the Be A Leader Foundation. As a first-generation college student, she obtained guidance from early outreach programs during college. Her desire to pursue higher education started her sophomore in Phoenix College where she volunteered and worked on campus in the Student Union.    In 2014, she …
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Ellen Lagerman | Manager – College Access Programs

  Ellen is excited to serve as our Manager for our College Access Programs for the Be A Leader Foundation. Ellen will provide leadership and overall direction for our College Access programs which included our student-led Be A Leader Clubs, Be A Leader Institute High School program, and our Elementary programs.     An Arizona native, Ellen is a tireless …
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Jacklyn Gueyger | Manager – College Transition Program

Jacklyn has served in a few different roles within BALF, so she’s been able to witness first-hand the impact that the Be A Leader pipeline has in the life of a student and their family. In her current role, Jacklyn oversees the College Transition Programs and team of AmeriCorps Members who work with seniors in the Phoenix Union and Tolleson Union High School …
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Jessica Solis | College Going Counselor

Jessica serves as College Going Counselor for the Be A Leader Foundation. In this role, Jessica works directly with High School Seniors to ensure that these students have the tools necessary to go to college through their involvement in our Senior Boot Camp. This extensive program is designed to provide individual assistance to over 100 high school seniors in all phases …
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Karla A. Robles | Chief Strategy Officer

Karla Robles is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF). In fact, Ms. Robles was the recipient of Be A Leader’s first college scholarship at Arizona State University and also participated in our Be A Leader Institute College program. Since then, she became an active volunteer and was instrumental in creating BALF’s first college-going program and mentor …
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Melissa B.Trujillo | President & CEO

Melissa Trujillo is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Be A Leader Foundation which she and her husband created in 2002. The Foundation is a platform for young aspiring students and serves as an incubator to develop academic and leadership skills required of elementary and high school students to become college bound, focused and prepared.   Mrs. Trujillo has been …
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Rachel Olsson | College Success Coordinator

Rachel Olsson is excited to Serve as the College Coordinator for the Be a Leader Foundation. She believes that it is a privilege to serve and support students in accomplishing their goals and help develop the next generation.   Born in Colorado, Rachel has always had a passion for working with youth, and helping develop leadership skills in others.  After …
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Rodrigo Dorador | Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Rodrigo empowers organizations to leverage their data to deliver flawless programming. In his previous role as Program Manager of Community Education at Educators for Fair Consideration, Rodrigo built an award-winning educational outreach program targeting undocumented students in the San Francisco Bay Area. He brings over 4 years of experience in management, program and curriculum development, coalition building, mentorship and college …
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