Directors

Susan Yang - Executive Director, Denise Louie Education Center

Susan Yang
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

206-734-4461 | syang@deniselouie.org

Ms. Susan Yang, MPP is Denise Louie Education Center’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 members, 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.

Nikki Huang - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING, Denise Louie Education Center

Nikki Huang
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

(206) 806-7389 | nhuang@deniselouie.org

Ms. Nikki Lac Huang, MPA, is Denise Louie’s Director of Development and Marketing. Born in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Nikki and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old after living in the Philippines refugee camp. She joined our team in 2014 and oversees all philanthropy efforts to grow the agency’s capital and unrestricted funding as well oversee all marketing and external communications. Nikki brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience, 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, and was on the Komen of Puget Sound’s grant committee for many years. She is currently on the Kawabe Memorial Trust Board, Secretary of State appointed Washington State Combined Fund Drive Advisory Council member, as well as a Board Member for the Washington Women Foundation. Nikki holds a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.

Nina Luu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

 (206) 767-8223 | nluu@deniselouie.org
 

Nina Luu joined DLEC in 2015, taking on different roles in many of our departments, from Enrollment to Family Services, she has a deep understanding of how our agency operates. In her role as the Program Director, she leads the education team to ensure that a high quality early childhood education is provided and accessible to all children and families that we serve through five learning centers. She is involved with the Policy Council and has served on the Development and Employee Wellness Committees. Prior to Denise Louie, she has worked with our community partners Seattle Children as well the Washington Health Benefit Exchange ensuring our community is healthy and has the appropriate support to thrive. Nina is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Healthcare Leadership and Minoring in Business Administration and Nonprofit Management.

Vertesia Gutierrez - DIRECTOR OF HR AND GENERAL OPERATIONS, Denise Louie Education Center

Vertesia Gutierrez
DIRECTOR OF HR AND GENERAL OPERATIONS

(206) 462-3231 | vgutierrez@deniselouie.org

Vertesia Gutierrez, SHRM-SCP is Denise Louie’s Director of HR and General Operations.  She joined our team in 2021 and oversees Human Resources, IT, and general operations and facilities.  Vertesia brings over 15 years of human resource experience and 9 years of customer service and finance experience in a variety of industries including 5 years in non-profit. She has been in a variety of roles from Accounting Assistant, Service Manager, HRIS & Benefits Specialist, Recruiter, and HR Business Partner. Vertesia currently serves on the Washington State SHRM Council as a Government Affairs Director and Disability Rights of Washington Council and is a current member of SHRM and the National Society of Leadership and Success.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management and will be attending school in the winter to obtain her MBA.

Shaniqua Harris - DIRECTOR OF HOME VISITING, Denise Louie Education Center

Shaniqua Harris
DIRECTOR OF HOME VISITING

(206) 902-6389 | sharris@deniselouie.org

Shaniqua Harris, MA is Denise Louie’s Director of Home Visiting.  She joined our team March of 2020 and oversees the Home visiting team. As Home Visiting Director Shaniqua will design, implement and manage DLEC internal structures, systems, policies, and procedures for home-based, ensuring compliance with Head Start performance standards and best practices. Shaniqua will be bringing 10 years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field in both Center based and Home based lenses. She has been a teacher, case manager and home visitor in her past roles. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Leadership and Communication and Bachelors of Arts in Human Development Minoring in Early Childhood Education. 

Marah Irizarry Nazario - OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT DIRECTOR, Denise Louie Education Center

Marah Irizarry Nazario
OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT DIRECTOR

(206) 767-8223 | mirizarry@deniselouie.org

Ms. Marah Irizarry Nazario, MSW, is Denise Louie’s Outreach and Enrollment Director. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she speaks fluent Spanish. 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.