Kay currently serves as the Director of Special Initiatives at Heritage University in Toppenish where, as Director of the Center for a New Washington, she oversees and coordinates the varied activities of the Center for a New Washington. In addition Kay provides leadership for starting new or short-term projects at the University. Most recently she developed the Office of Institutional Research and led the redesign of the University web site.
Off campus, she is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club and board memberships on Northwest Harvest, the United Way of Central Washington, EPIC and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
Before coming to Heritage, she and her husband John were at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he was president for 10 years. While in Massachusetts Kay was active on campus and in the community where she served on the Boards of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Music Worcester, Foothills Theater, the Ecotarium (Museum of Science and Nature) and the YWCA. She was a founding member and second chairperson of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. She also chaired the Colleges of Worcester Consortium’s Community Engagement Committee and Worcester’s Cultural Coalition, was active at the Worcester Art Museum and was a member of the Worcester Rotary club. Prior to her time in Massachusetts she enjoyed a 17-year career in technology management, most recently at the NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an MBA from Wayne State University.
Dr. Natalie Martinkus joined the Heritage faculty and the Center for a New Washington in August 2016. She recently completed a PhD in Civil Engineering from Washington State University. She is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Washington, and holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and a Masters from the University of Texas, both in Civil Engineering. Prior to going back to school, Dr. Martinkus was an active member of Junior League of Yakima, is a past-president of the Yakima Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was a Board Member of the Yakima Symphony. In her free time, Dr. Martinkus enjoys cycling, running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two energetic young boys.
Melissa McCoy joined the Center for a New Washington in June 2014 as Administrative Assistant. She was raised in Toppenish, Washington and she relishes the diverse cultures in the Yakima Valley. Her heritage and passion for the communities keeps her here. Melissa is a descendant of the Yakama, Shoshone, Nez Perce & Puyallup tribes.
Eliseo Serjio Alcala
Alcala joined the Center for a New Washington as a Work Study Office Assistant
in the Fall of 2014. He is a 2014 Toppenish High School graduate, is
currently enrolled as a sophomore at Heritage University and is planning to
obtain a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He dreams of becoming a Software
Engineer working for a prestigious company such as Microsoft or Boeing. Eliseo
has been a lifelong resident of Buena, Washington, has grown to have a
passion for fine arts and loves playing soccer. Mr. Alcala has a
multicultural background and is also a fluent Spanish speaker.