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.
Kimberly recently joined the Center for a New Washington team. Her experience includes 24 years law enforcement and seven years working with non-profit organizations, such as the Yakima Valley Museum, Memorial Hospice, Safe Yakima and the YMCA. She holds an MS from the University of Central Florida and is presently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Heritage.
Enthusiastic about living in the Yakima Valley and dedicated to helping others achieve their full potential; Kimberly is excited to be the newest member of the Center for a New Washington.
Melissa McCoy joined us in June 2014 as the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Native Health & Culture and the Center for a New Washington. She was raised in Toppenish, Washington and she relishes the diverse cultures in the Yakima Valley. Her heritage, passion for the communities, as well as the four seasons which brings out the excellence in its community members, keeps her here. Melissa is a descendant of the Yakama, Shoshone, Nez Perce & Puyallup tribes.
Eliseo 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, and is currently enrolled as a sophomore at Heritage University. Eliseo is planning to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer science and a minor in Fine Arts. He is a lifelong resident of Buena Washington. Eliseo has a passion for fine arts and playing soccer. Mr. Alcala has a multicultural background and is also a fluent Spanish speaker.
Anita Martinez recently joined the Center for a New Washington in September 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. She has been part of Heritage University since 2010 as a work-study for the Support Services and the Provost Office. In February 2011 she became a full-time employee as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Support Services and in September of 2013 she became Administrative Assistant for the Human Resources department. She is a 2002 graduate from Grandview High School, with four terrific talented boys. Stories/events and great colleagues of the HU community inspire her children to attend HU in the future #FutureHUStudents.