The Denise Louie Education Center

Leadership Team

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  • Susan Yang

    Executive Director

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    Ms. Susan Yang is Denise Louie’s Executive Director. She joined our team in 2015 and oversees daily operations at seven site locations and leads a collaborative planning process with board, parents, and staff to develop, update, and monitor agency goals. Susan 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. She holds a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in social domestic policy, from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

  • Kherlen Cox

    Finance Director

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    Ms. Kherlen Cox, CPA, MBA, is Denise Louie’s Finance Director. She joined our team in 2018 and oversees all aspects of the agency’s finances and fiscal health. She serves as the chief liaison for the external auditing firm, government agencies and financial institutions, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements. Kherlen has over 8 years of accounting and finance-related experience. She has held leadership and finance roles at federal- and state-funded non-profit organizations, and assisted in conducting audits and reviews of non-profits at CPA firms. She holds a Master of Business Administration from City University.

  • Nikki Huang

    Development Director

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    Ms. Nikki Huang, MPA, is Denise Louie’s Development Director. She joined our team in 2014 and oversees all philanthropy efforts to diversity and grow the agency’s capital and unrestricted funding. Nikki brings over 13 years of development experience from non-profit organizations, taking on a range of roles from Highline Medical Center Foundation’s Development Manager to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Washtenaw County’s Executive Director. She has served as a Board Member for the International Community Health Services Foundation, API Chaya (formerly known as Asian and Pacific Island Women and Children Safety Center) and on the grant committee for the Komen of Puget Sound. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.

  • Marah Irizarry Nazario

    Enrollment and Family Service Director

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    Ms. Marah Irizarry Nazario, MSW, is Denise Louie’s Outreach and Enrollment Director. She joined our team in 2018 and oversees Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) and Family Service departments for both EHS and HS programs. She monitors center operations for compliance with parent engagements, family and community partnership requirements; and monitors service delivery to families and recruitment efforts. Marah brings with her over 11 years of experience from the social service sector with 4 of those years working with Head Start, Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start. She has taken on a variety of family support roles during her professional career, including Family Service supervisor, Early Intervention coordinator, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) case manager. She holds a Master in Clinical Social Work from Universidad del Este in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

  • Adrian Lopez-Romero

    Birth to Three Director


    Mr. Adrian Lopez-Romero is Denise Louie’s Birth to Three Director. He joined our team in 2014 and oversees the strategic development and daily operations of our home-based programs: Early Head Start and Parent-Child Home Program. Adrian has more than 8 years of professional and supervisory experience in public administration of governmental and non-profit organizations. He has developed education, outreach and technology projects to respond to community needs in Chacao County in his native Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education with emphasis in Computer Science from Universidad Francisco de Miranda in Coro, Venezuela.

  • Nearly half of three- to five-year-olds aren’t taken outdoors by a parent or caregiver every day.

    Tandon, Pooja S., MD, MPH, Chuan Zhou, PhD, and Dimitri A. Christakis, MD. MPH. “Frequency of Parent-Supervised Outdoor Play of US Preschool-Aged Children.”Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 166.8 (2012): 707-12. Print.