Leadership

Learn more about the individuals who help to make LULAC thrive

Leadership Spotlight

These individuals are intricate in every aspect of LULAC Head Start Inc.

Mikyle Byrd-Vaughn
Executive Director

Dr. Mikyle Byrd-Vaughn has served as the Executive Director since August 2016. She originally joined the organization as the Health Director before being promoted to the Executive leadership team. Mikyle has over 15 years of experience in supervision and education administration in early childhood education, high school education, and higher education, in addition to 10 years in public health. Before her career with LULAC, she was a faculty member at Rutgers University (New Jersey), Essex County College (New Jersey), and the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut), before serving as an Associate Dean at the University of Bridgeport. As a Childcare Director, Mikyle holds a CT Director's Credential in Early Care and Education from Charter Oak State College. She received a BA (Behavioral Biology, Public Health concentration) from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree and Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport. Mikyle also has an MBA from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master's in Education (Ed.M.) from the University of Illinois in Education, Policy and Organizational Leadership with a focus on Diversity and Equity. She completed the UCONN Fellowship PK-3 Leadership Program in 2020, and is currently participating in the UCLA Management Fellowship for Head Start Directors. Mikyle is the Co-Chair of the Connecticut Head Start Directors' Association and has served on the Board for the New England Head Start Association. She is also serving as a Director Mentor for Child Daycare Programs in a pilot with the Office of Early Childhood, the Early Care & Education Mentorship Pilot in Partnership with Early Head Start. Mikyle is also faculty at Charter Oak State University.

Mayra Osso
Mayra Ossa
HR Manager

Born and raised in Lima-Peru, Mayra Ossa is the HR Manager for LULAC Head Start. Mayra Ossa has worked in the Human Resources field for 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Counseling from the University of Bridgeport. She has worked for two non-profit organizations in Fairfield County and is a certified Public Notary in Connecticut.

Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis
Program Manager

I am Kelly Davis, I have been with LULAC for three years. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Leadership Team

Our leadership team is dedicated to enriching the lives of our students and the greater community.

Leonor Cortes

Leonor Cortes

Fiscal/ ERSES Specialist
Adeli DeArce

Adeli DeArce

Education/Disabilities Coordinator
Anite Gelin

Anite Gelin

Education/Disabilities Coordinator
Angelina Gerena

Angelina Gerena

Compliance Coordinator
Debra Hughes

Debra Hughes

Data and Quality Assurance Manager
Irma Marquez - HR Coordinator

Irma Marquez

HR Coordinator

Janic Maysonet

Family Services Coordinator
Paul Perrelli

Paul Perrelli

Individual Support Specialist
Edita Tamulionyte

Edita Tamulionyte

Social Services Manager

Jessica Vega

Education/Disabilities Coordinator
Shaunda Williams

Shaunda Williams

Executive Assistant

Board Members

Our board members each bring a unique background to the table which continuously helps us better achieve our mission.

Noel Grant

Noel Grant

President
Donna Henry

Donna Henry

Vice President
Wilson Luna

Wilson Luna

Secretary
Orlando Jackson

Orlando Jackson

Treasurer
Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

Board Member
Dilice Robertson

Dilice Robertson

Board Member
Bethany Watkins

Bethany Watkins

Board Member
Elsa Jones

Elsa Jones

Board Member