Esta joined Waltham Partnership for Youth in 2023 as Director of Finance. Previously she worked at John Hancock in increasingly responsible financial analyst roles within their High Net Worth department where she ultimately was responsible for guiding a $100 million budget. Esta also spent many years at Wellington Management in their Boston and Sydney, Australia offices in financial accounting and analyst positions.
She stepped out of the corporate world in 2018 to raise her family but has stayed active in the education and social service worlds. Esta has been the treasurer of the Horace Mann (Melrose) elementary school for many years as well as a dedicated classroom and library volunteer. She also spent the last year as head of finance for a small non-profit.
Esta received her BS in Finance and MBA from Suffolk University.
Alexa Cuellar (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Salvadorean graduate of Regis College, where she earned her B.A. in Social Work and specialized in Latin American studies, international relations and social policy. She is a strong believer of community-building and youth leadership development programs and initiatives. After working with the immigrant rights organization, Centro Presente, and a social services agency, Alexa joined the WPY family as the Wraparound Waltham Program Coordinator. Both her professional and personal experiences have helped her discover her passion for social justice and education, particularly within the Latinx immigrant community. Alexa enjoys immersing and growing with the lovely Waltham community and their youth!
Bebelin Galvez (she/her/hers) is a Waltham community member who is excited to work with WPY. She has many years of experience working with children in a daycare setting as a lead teacher. She was excited to embark on a new journey and career change. She arrived in the U.S. in 2010 after immigrating with her family from Guatemala. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and a Waltham High School graduate from 2012.
David (he/him/his) is wicked excited to join the WPY team! David is a Spanish-speaking Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with 8+ years of experience serving youths and families in education and community services. David earned his Master's in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine and his Bachelor's in Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Previously David worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator empowering youths and families to advocate for and obtain supports in strengthening their well-being at school, in the home and in the community.
David has lived in Waltham for the past 4 years. In his downtime, David loves eating at local restaurants, cheering on the Celtics, watching movies, going for walks and (occasionally) playing basketball, soccer, Spikeball or tennis. If you have any suggestions for restaurants, movies, TV shows, music or a good book, let David know and he will add it to his ever-growing lists!
Medjine has been working in youth development for the past 5 years. Most recently she was a Youth Connector
for the Cambridge Youth Programs, the Agenda for Children OST, and Cambridge Public Schools where she focused on ensuring that youth were engaged in out-of-school time programming by addressing barriers to equity in afterschool programming. Her passion for student
engagement in OST derives from the lack of access she experienced as a child in Miami, Florida. She strives to create opportunities for youth to take power in decision making that affect their lives and learning. Medjine attended Hamilton College as a Posse Foundation scholar where she studied World Politics with a focus on Poverty and Development in African nations.
CET Mental Health & Healthcare Professionals of Tomorrow Coordinator
CET Mental Health & Healthcare Professionals of Tomorrow Coordinator
Monica Manna (she/her/hers) was born and raised in northern New Jersey, with strong ties to her Spanish and Italian heritage. She recently graduated from Bentley University where she double majored in Marketing and Health & Industry. Highlights from her Bentley experience include working at the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center and creating her capstone project on Patient Navigation for Mental Health Patients. Now, she has moved back to Waltham to be WPY’s Mental Health and Healthcare Professionals of Tomorrow Coordinator! Outside of work, Monica loves spending time with friends, reading, and traveling to new places. Feel free to stop in at the WPY office to meet her and chat!
Magali Garcia-Pletsch (she/her/hers) is originally from the border town of Laredo,
Texas, though she has called New England home for the last 12 years. Magali is a
proud graduate of the Global Studies department at Providence College and the
University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she focused on the intersections of migration, social-emotional well-being, youth development,
and education. She comes to WPY after working with young people in K-12
education, social services organizations, and higher education. As a self-proclaimed
organization nerd, and a creative, inquisitive, and driven individual, Magali is very excited to work with the WPY team as the Director of Programs & Operations, and enjoys being a part of the vibrant community of Waltham!
As a proud first generation daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Marlen
Godinez (She/her/hers) demonstrates love for her culture through her passion for language and solidarity to the Latinx/Hispanic community. A Washington State native, Marlen has called Massachusetts her home since the age of three. Marlen is an alumna of UMass Boston where she earned a B.A. in Latin American & Iberian Studies with a concentration in Translation Studies, minoring as well in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Marlen previously worked as a Spanish Translator/ Interpreter & Liaison within a public school district in Massachusetts. She focused the
majority of her time assisting LEP (Limited English Proficient) families & students establish efficient communication and welcoming them to the district. Marlen utilizes her learned experiences within academia and the community to provide resources to other first generation students & families that are paving their way, especially for young adults that have
migrated to the United States. Having the privilege to serve as a Coordinator for the Welcome Center at WPY, Marlen works to ensure that those new to the Waltham community establish themselves with the
learnings of advocacy and educational resources. Marlen is a coffee lover who enjoys spending time with her family, capturing moments with her camera and of course visiting Guatemala.
Mary joins WPY as the Educators of Tomorrow Specialist. Mary is passionate about building positive relationships with young adults and providing resources and opportunities to promote their personal, academic and social growth. Mary comes to WPY with youth development and education experience in a range of settings and roles including LGBTQIA+ youth health and housing navigation, adult English as a second language instruction and immigration legal assistance, in-school and after school career workshops for youth with disabilities, and middle and high school classroom co-teaching in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright Fellow. Mary majored in Latin American Studies at Bates College with concentrations in Equity Studies, English and Spanish. Mary loves being outside, taking in new information through audio media, and attending queer events in the Boston area.
Olivia’s career to date has been focused on enabling young people to thrive through strengthening educational nonprofit programs; she brings this passion for addressing inequity in opportunities to her work as Executive Director of Waltham Partnership for Youth. Olivia earned a Masters in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked in nonprofits for 20 years, most recently as Executive Director of Girls on the Run Greater Boston, and previously as CEO of the national children’s literacy organization, Read to a Child. Her work with both organizations included Waltham school-based programming, which fueled her drive to bring more opportunities to Waltham’s youth through her efforts at WPY.
Olivia attended Brandeis University, where she majored in English and explored the Waltham area through her involvement in the Waltham Group. After spending a year with WPY as a Brandeis Board Fellow, she knew how much she loved working with the team and was eager to come back to Waltham. Olivia has a background in education and special education, and connecting with students is one of her favorite things. When Olivia isn't working, you can find her cooking and baking, reading, hiking, ice skating, and trying to keep her plants alive!