The Denise Louie Education Center

Leadership Team

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  • Susan Yang

    Executive Director

    (206) 973-1810 x.305

    Susan is tasked with leading the organization and meeting the mission of the organization during this exciting time in the early learning field. She brings over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in early childhood education and human services field. She has led efforts in policy, program, and research in her various roles and is excited to serve the children and families in the Denise Louie community.

    She has lived in Louisville, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Seoul. She graduated from the Seoul International School in Korea and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and sociology from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.

  • Cheryl DiNovi

    Deputy Director

    (206) 767 - 8223 x302

    Cheryl DiNovi was hired in January 2010 to start DLEC’s ARRA funded Early Head Start expansion. She has built the program from nothing to a thriving, respected Early Head Start program serving 102 children per year. Since the beginning of our Birth-to-Three program, Cheryl DiNovi has led the hiring, training, structuring, and overall support of our program. Currently, she supervises 15 employees, including contracts with a nutritionist, nurse and mental health provider, while managing the $1 million Early Head Start budget. She has over 30 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor, Head Start family services specialist, and Assistant Director for a program working with troubled children in the K-12 system. She has a Masters in Counseling from Seattle University and BA in Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

  • Ashley's class was the first to have Jumpstart students in the classroom. Jumpstart recruits, trains, supervises, and supports college students to work with early childhood programs in low-income communities such as Head Start. Today she is attending Newport High School and wants to be a Jumpstart student when she is in college.