Staff

Ashley Rodriguez | Middle School Coordinator

Ashley is honored to serve as the Middle School 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, …
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Cesar Arzola| High School Coordinator

Cesar Arzola serves as a High School Coordinator with the Be A Leader Foundation, supporting clubs and schools throughout the Phoenix Union High School District and facilitating workshops with the Be A Leader High School program and supporting the 8th grade program at the Murphy School District    Cesar is a former Be A Leader student participating in our High School program …
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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 | Sr. Coordinator (College Success Programs)

Jessica serves as Senior Coordinator (College Success Programs) 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 and successfully transition to a post secondary institution. This extensive program is designed to provide individual assistance …
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Jonathan Yamasaki | College Success Coordinator

Jonathan is excited to Serve as the College Coordinator for the Be a Leader Foundation.  Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University in May 2017.  Jonathan is our second former student that has joined our team, he was a participant in our High School programs and a member of 2012 Senior Boot Camp cohort.   …
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Joseph Cobbs | Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Joseph comes into the Be A Leader Foundation with two years of data management and reporting experience and is excited to help people learn to work with and love data. As a former AVID student, he is grateful for the opportunity to help others receive the same help that he did in starting his path towards college.   Born in …
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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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Michelle Jimenez| High School Coordinator

Michelle Jimenez serves 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 supporting the 8th grade program at the Roosevelt Elementary School District   Prior to joining Be A Leader, she was a Lung Health Programs Coordinator for the American …
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