The team at Connect Casino Road is a dedicated group of individuals representing the neighborhood that they serve. Together, the CCR team provides staffing and support to the CCR partnerships through connecting and facilitating, fundraising, engaging partners in opportunities, developing programs, and bringing learning and training opportunities to the community.
Sara was hired in April 2017 as the full-time staff person dedicated to leading Connect Casino Road. Sara comes from an education background. She has taught and tutored at all levels, with most of her time being spent in immigrant communities. Sara holds a B.A. in Hispanic and Global Studies, a Masters of Education, and also speaks Spanish. Prior to this position, she taught English as a Second Language classes on Casino Road. It was her connection to and love of this community that encouraged Sara to join CCR. Sara is passionate about her opportunities to build relationships and connections across the Casino Road community everyday.
Family and Community Development Coordinator
One of the teams that makes up Connect Casino Road is our "All Families are Ready" Action Team. At the heart of this model is our Community and Family Development Coordinator, Yelitza. Yelitza joined us in January of 2019, but has been working with this community for years through her position as a Family Support Specialist with ECEAP and a Case Manager with South Everett Goodwill. She is a shared employee among the 8 formal partners that make up the Action Team and acts as a central point of contact for the families being served and the partners serving them. Yelitza is bilingual and bicultural, with both a Bachelors and Masters in Education. Yelitza brings over a decade of community and education-based work to Connect Casino Road.
Village on Casino Road Coordinator
Jessica started working with Connect Casino Road in December of 2019 as the Coordinator for the Village community center. Jessica has lived most of her life in Western Washington, and has been a resident of Snohomish County for the last 4 years. She has years of experience working in community and social services settings, and has long-standing relationships with many of our partner organizations. One of the things that drew Jessica to the Casino Road community is her own lived experience of an immigrant that arrived in the USA as a young child. With many family and friends that called Casino Road home, Jessica knew this was a place where she could draw on her experiences, bilingualism, and connections to help positively impact the people and families that call Casino Road home.
AmeriCorp VISTA Member
Fatima-Iram Din joined the Connect Casino Road team in August 2020 as an AmeriCorp VISTA member. She is tasked with building a greater, sustainable capacity for community engagement and development as the Economic Opportunity Developer. Fatima-Iram has earned a B.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, taught ESL, taught a Naturalization Exam preparation course, taught Computer Skills classes, and did domestic violence work with minority women. Fatima-Iram cares deeply about contributing her time and efforts towards empowering individuals and their spaces at the intersection of her interest in the sciences, ultimately leading to community development. She hopes to draw on her work experiences and personal experiences as an immigrant to leave a positive footprint in the Casino Road community.
Technology Access Coordinator
Ashkan joined Connect Casino Road in July to help bridge the digital divide in the community we serve. A former Mukilteo School District student himself, Ashkan has worked on increasing student participation in distance learning for the district. He is passionate about forming partnerships and finding innovative means for providing affordable internet service to help students and families succeed in this increasingly technological era. Ashkan’s former work experience is in the private sector where he assessed the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, he worked extensively on a research project that analyzed the demography of low-wage employment in the U.S. As an Iranian immigrant, Ashkan is motivated to leveling the playing field so that all individuals have the opportunity for social mobility.
Elise joined Connect Casino Road as a communication intern to help with website management, graphic design, content creation and writing. A Washington State University graduate with a degree in Strategic Communication, Elise hopes to help Connect Casino Road stand out as the very wonderful and very necessary organization that it is. Passionate about writing and involved in volunteer work, Elise wants to use her skill set to not only to fulfill her aspirations, but to make a difference in the community that she's called home her whole life.