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 the UCLA Management Fellows Program for Head Start Directors in 2022. Mikyle has served as the Co-Chair of the Connecticut Head Start Directors' Association and 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.
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.