Joan Abbot

Assistant Director

Joan works closely with the Executive Director on new initiatives and oversees data management, the incumbent worker education program, and outreach and marketing for BEST.

Julie Alden

Education and Career Specialist

Julie teaches ESOL and assists in certification and skills training classes. She conducts hotel outreach to recruit Local 26 members, and handles student intakes.

Junardy Jean Charles

Career Coach

Junardy provides career coaching and placement services to graduates of our job seeker program.

Huiling Chen

Director of Incumbent Worker Services

Huiling joined BEST as a job seeker student and then we hired her before any of the hotels could. Now she manages our services for Local 26 members, including English, tech, citizenship, skills training, and certification classes. She is the heart of our volunteer program and manages all aspects of it.

Joanne Lee

Certifications Instructor

Joanne is a nutritionist and a registered sanitarian and teaches our industry certification classes including, OSHA Housekeeping Safety, ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Food Manager, and TiPS.

Rose London

Education and Career Specialist

Rose joined BEST as our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps member. She teaches in our education program and supports our job seeker program through intake, assessment, career coaching, and placement.

Michelle Lopez

Education and Career Specialist

Michelle teaches ESOL, computers, and job readiness in our education program. She is a certified Tech Goes Home instructor.

Aisha Necoechea

Executive Director

Aisha oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include resource development, fiscal management, and partnership development.

Mei Ngo

Website Manager

Mei oversees the functionality of our website, evaluates and manages website performance, and develops, maintains, and updates website content.

Hillary Nguyen

Director of Contracts and Grants

Hillary is responsible for grant writing, reporting, and contracts management. She brings to BEST many years of experience in direct service as well as data , grant writing, and contract management in the local workforce development field.

Dorrie Nord

Lead Skills Instructor

Dorrie teaches in our job seeker and in our education programs. She is the lead in curriculum development and implementation. She is a certified Tech Goes Home instructor and integrates digital literacy into our job seeker and ESOL programs.

Caryn Oppenheim

Part-Time Instructor

Caryn teaches ESOL, technology, U.S. Citizenship Preparation, and certification classes.

Donna Parker

Tech Instructor

Donna teaches in our education program. She is a certified Tech Goes Home (TGH) instructor and teaches computer classes following the TGH curriculum.

Maria Perez

Recruitment & Intake Specialist

Maria conducts hotel outreach to recruit Local 26 members and handles student intakes.

Shereen Russell

Education and Career Specialist

Shereen provides career coaching, placement, and retention services in individual and small-group settings.

Lori Sylvia

Apprenticeship Director

Lori oversees our job seeker program, including recruitment, intake, coaching, placement, employer partnerships, apprenticeship requirements, and contractual compliance.

Marleigh Tetreault

Education and Career Specialist

Marleigh teaches ESOL, technology, U.S. Citizenship Preparation, and certification clases.

Jerry Wheelock

Data Manager

Jerry has been managing the implementation of our Salesforce for NonProfits database since February 2013. He is responsible for data integrity, reporting, and processes.