Program 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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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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Michelle Carag | Manager – College Access Programs

  Michelle serves as the Manager for our College Access Program for the Be A Leader Foundation. Michelle provides leadership and direction to the Middle School and High School Coordinators that work closely with our Elementary programs, student-led Be A Leader Clubs and the Be A Leader Institute High School program.   Michelle brings with her 25+ years of leadership …
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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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Nick Ciuffo | High School Coordinator

Nick is the East Valley Coordinator for the Be A Leader Foundation. He was born and raised in New York, where he spent most of his time playing sports, and connecting with friends and family. Nick took an early interest in aviation while he was in New York and obtained his Private Pilot’s Certificate shortly after his 18th birthday.   …
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Patrice Cervantes | Executive Assistant & Bookkeeper

Patrice Cervantes currently serves as the Executive Assistant & Bookkeeper at the Be A Leader Foundation. She is no stranger to the Be A Leader Foundation. Previously, she held the position of Volunteer Coordinator and Retention Specialist through the Public Allies of Arizona AmeriCorps service program. Through her two-year service term, Patrice confirmed her desire to be a community advocate …
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