Selina Rios, Board Chair
Learning & Evaluation Director at City Year
Selina, a KCMO native, moved back home in July 2015 to serve with the City Year Kansas City startup team. City Year is an education nonprofit dedicated to helping students and schools succeed and currently serves in 28 cities nationally and 4 internationally. Selina graduated from William Jewell College in 2010 with a B.A. in International Relations. After graduating, she helped to start a non-profit with the Mexican Consulate on the Texas/Mexico border, serving as a Project Manager for a women’s shelter and literacy coalition. Following this, she was hired as a first-year Team Leader and then Program Manager with City Year Cleveland. In Cleveland she served as the President of the Young Latino Network and was selected for Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 2012 Top 40 under 40 Latino Professionals. Selina then served with City Year Tulsa for their Founding Year. In her 7 years with the organization Selina directly managed 55 AmeriCorps Members and led 6 school partnerships in 3 school districts. In her current role, she oversees AmeriCorps Member instructional training and the collection and analysis of impact data. Outside of City Year Selina volunteers as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sister, serves on the Board of Directors for Uncover KC and is on the steering committee for Amplify, a conference focused on empowering educators of color.
Irene Caudillo, Board Treasurer
President & CEO, El Centro, Inc.
Irene received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduating college, she developed children and youth programs for nonprofit organizations including El Centro and Wyandotte Mental Health Association in Wyandotte County. Caudillo is currently President/Chief Executive Officer for El Centro, the agency she started her nonprofit career with, where she oversees the day to day operations for the agency. Caudillo is a member of numerous community boards including the Wyandotte Health Foundation, KU Advancement Board, CHWC and the University of St. Mary. She has received numerous honors for her work, including named by City Union Mission as one of five women in 2010 as the recipient of Women who Changed the Heart of the City award, the 2015 NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and the 2015 Donnelly College’s Delta Award. Irene is married and the proud parent of three children.
Laura Isabel Alvarez, MSOL, Board Secretary
Laura is an innovative, dedicated, and bilingual, business growth leader with a diverse industry work experience. She has worked across multi-functional teams and multi-industry units such as union, nonprofit, education and corporate. Laura is skilled at balancing budgets, improving efficiency and minimizing administrative costs across the projects I’m assigned. She has the skill set to generate revenue, leverage relationships, build and execute programs and can do so in both English and Spanish.
Most recently, Laura co-chaired an event for Literacy KC raising over $114,000 at a luncheon. She has also participated in the United Way Governance Academy and the Mayor appointed Cost of Water Task force.
Director of Language Services and Cultural Equity, Kansas City Public Schools
Allyson Hile is in her seventh year as Director of Language Services and Cultural Equity for Kansas City Public Schools and her 19th year in education. Previous to her current position, she served as an ESL Resource Teacher for five years, a sheltered middle school ESL Social Studies teacher for six years and a bilingual paraprofessional. Ms. Hile has also taught graduate level courses for the TESL program at Webster University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University, her teaching certification from Avila University and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. She is a Centurions alum (class of 2018), a leadership program of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and Leading Educators, class of 2011. She currently serves on the boards of Jewish Vocational Services and the Linwood YMCA.
Assistant Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools
Navigating many systems to best disrupt the inequalities in education, Trinity served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, Associate Professor, and Assistant Superintendent. Knowing a majority of classroom teachers were white and female, Trinity worked to recruit Black teachers which resulted in an article in the Advocate, Recruiting Minority Teachers: Benefitting all students (2010). She led a charge to bring students of color to the College of Education to learn about the importance of being classroom teachers. She founded the Urban Suburban Experience (USE) minor to expose white teachers from rural areas to large districts. She created a guide to teaching morphemic analysis, Prerootix, for classroom teachers to increase vocabulary through Greek and Latin roots with a goal of increasing ACT scores. Trinity and her husband, Ed, developed a summer program in her hometown of Parsons, KS to teach history, morphemic analysis, and accountability to black students.
Trinity holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University, Master’s Degree from Emporia State University, and PhD from Kansas State University. She currently serves on boards for Avila University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and she chairs the Missouri Program for Educational Renewal Operational Council.
6th Grade Math Teacher, Gladstone Elemetary
Susana graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from UMKC with an emphasis in Urban Education in May 2015. She moved through her undergraduate schooling as a part of the Institute for Urban Education at UMKC. She then received her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Webster University in 2017. Since receiving her bachelors in 2015, Susana has taught 6th grade at Gladstone Elementary in Northeast with Kansas City Public Schools. This school year began her 4th year of teaching.
Susana’s passion has always been to teach and serve in the community where she grew up. She teaches at a school in the neighborhood where she grew up and where she plans to live. Susana is proud to serve the community of youth and families that are a reflection of her family and background.