Meet the Team!
Laura Sanchez has been working for the Lynn Public Schools system since December, 2010 as a Social Worker/Clinical Director at the Connery School, and now with special education. In addition, she writes psychological evaluations as Crisis Clinician for Private Agency. Laura Sanchez has previously worked as an investigator for the Department of Children and Family Services, formerly known as DSS for a decade.
Laura Sanchez migrated to this country in 1980’s with her family. Laura Sanchez began her journey with Lynn Public Schools originally as a student. She attended Hood School, Pickering Middle School, and Graduated Lynn English High School Class 1996. Laura Sanchez was a first generation college student. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Child Development from North Shore Community College. Laura Sanchez is licensed as Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker through the Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education and Director I & II licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Laura Sanchez is currently pursuing Special Education Administration degree through American International College, which she will hopefully complete in June 2021.
Laura Sanchez has been President of the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Inc. since 2016. She is an involved community activist, part of the Lynn Democratic City Committee, Lynn Democratic Delegate Ward 3, and has committed her time campaigning for several city and state elections over the years. Last but not least, her commitment to her children Terrence and Isabel McGaughey and their journey to be second generation college students is her number 1 priority.
A native of Lynn, MA, Maria Victoria "Vicky" Rivera is the eldest daughter of Colombian and Puerto Rican immigrants. After graduating from St. Mary's High School, she went on to obtain her B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1993 (thanks in large part to the support of the NSCC Upward Bound Program!). As a first generation college student she became very involved with numerous Latino and women's organizations on campus, which instilled in her a desire to help other young people attain their college degrees. After graduation, Ms. Rivera stayed at Brown for several years, first working as an Assistant Director of Admissions and later as a Research Assistant in the Education Department. Since then, she has been dedicated to college counseling and has been the Director and Associate Director of College Counseling in various high schools in San Francisco, Miami, Boston and Cambridge. Vicky returned to her roots seven years ago to become the Founding Director of College & Career Counseling at Boston Green Academy. In 2017, she transitioned to her current role as the Director of College Counseling at the Community Charter School of Cambridge.
Since her undergraduate years, she has been an active Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon / Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., with whom she has dedicated many hours giving back to the Latino community. She is one of the founders of the Brown University Latino Alumni Committee, with whom she served as VP of Programs and Boston Representative. Upon returning to her home state, Vicky became involved with the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund, an organization co-founded by her mother Carmen Rivera over 28 years ago. She is deeply committed to giving back to the community that raised her and has served on the board as the facilitator of the Scholarship Selection Committee as well as Vice President for the past two years. Vicky resides in Lynn with her husband Fernando and two children.
Paul Coombs, a lifelong resident of Lynn, has been involved in local political and civic activities since his youth. Volunteering for political candidates since his teenage years, he has continued to be politically involved in environmental and social justice issues through several local organizations. Graduating from Nasson College in Springvale Maine with a B.S. In Biology, Paul soon joined the staff of the Greenpeace Boston office and later began working for the local chapter of the Clean Water Project. During these years he was involved as a fundraiser and campaigner while assuming progressive management roles. From 1991 until 2001, Paul worked for the School for Field Studies in Beverly, MA as a manager specializing in Information Technology.
For the past seventeen years, Paul has been employed as a tax professional and currently works as a self- employed Tax Specialist. In recent years he has joined local organizations as a volunteer and serves as a Board Member and Officer in the following organizations: Goldfish Pond Association, President, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, Treasurer, Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Treasurer, and the New Lynn Coalition, Treasurer.
Eliud Alcala was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality, Eliud moved to Massachusetts to obtain employment in the Hospitality Industry, North of Boston. Aside from the Hospitality Industry, Eliud worked in Human Services as Human Resources Generalist as well as a Live-In Staff member for a non-profit organization that assists individuals with intellectual distress in the North Shore. After nearly a decade working in the non-profit sector, Eliud returned to his roots in Hospitality as Human Resource Manager for a Hilton Hotel, in Danvers, MA In 2015, Eliud joined the Massachusetts Executive Office of Workforce Development as a Business Engagement Professional serving Business in the North Shore. Eliud has completed his degrees in Masters and Doctorate in Family Counseling.
Francisca is a millennial raised in Lynn, MA and a second year member who enjoys contributing her time to serving the organization and its mission. She graduated Lynn Voc. Tech in 2012. Currently, she is a student at Salem State University, class of 2020 majoring in Social Work. She works for Lynn Public Schools and Centerboard. She joined Lynn Hispanic Scholarship fund to give back to her community and enjoys working alongside those who volunteer with the organization. Becoming a member has been the most rewarding experience of her professional life.
Alby Mendez is a first generation Guatemalan who grew up in Lynn, MA. A product of the Lynn Public Schools, she went on to study Communications and has been a professional fundraiser for over 13 years. She is passionate about how storytelling and target messaging can cause an entire movement.
Currently fundraising for the premiere independent biomedical research institute in the US, Alby spends her days learning about medical discoveries and innovations by some of the most brilliant minds in the world. She is very excited to help in seeding the next generation of biomedical research into the next Bio-century. Being a part of the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Board is especially important because she believes these students deserve a seat at tables like these.
When Alby isn’t in the office, she can be found with her husband doting on their children or arduously working on her non-existing cooking abilities while subjecting her parents and siblings to her culinary creations.
Jazmine Ramirez is a philanthropy professional who manages corporate funds to expand and improve community services for our most vulnerable neighbors; she continuously uses her platform to advocate for underserved communities. Jazmine attended public school in Lynn, MA and during her senior year was admitted to Harvard University. Following college, Jazmine moved to Chicago to pursue her Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jazmine serves on multiple boards related to Education, Financial Inclusion, and Health Services. For Jazmine, serving on the Board of Directors for the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund, in particular, is a humbling opportunity to give back to her community. Lynn students are full of potential and she is excited about the prospect of being a contributor on their journey to achieving their educational aspirations.
In her free time, Jazmine serves as a mentor for unaccompanied minor children emigrating from Latin America and as a college interviewer for her alma mater.