The Foundation awards the following scholarships to graduating seniors:
Selections are made at the May board meeting and announced at Graduation
The Puget Sound Skills Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Kristina Hayek, Ed.D., PMP, SHRM-CP
Dr. Hayek is the U.S. Instructional Design and Development Manager, for Hexcel Corporation. She is the Chief Education Officer for Career Awareness Education and Resources that provides education and tools to empower kids to dream about their future careers.
Prior to joining Hexcel, her positions included: College Center Director, Instructor of Business Management, Director of Human Resources, Staffing Manager, Consultant and Project Manager.
In the past she served as Philanthropy Chair for the Board of Directors for Future of Flight and Seattle Chapter President along with Washington Regional Director for Society for Human Resources Management.
Kristina holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Master’s in Educational Administration from Seattle University. She has certifications for Project Management Professional (PMP) and Society for Human Resources-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP.)
Steve has had a career in the greater Seattle-Tacoma market area serving for twenty-one years as a vice-president of marketing for a retailer with locations throughout the western region of the United States. Having taught at Seattle University as well as at Raisbeck Aviation High School, he has brought his experience in education as well as the business arena to his duties on the foundation board of Puget Sound Skills Center.
Steve holds degrees from Washington State University (BA) as well as Seattle University (MBA). Steve is a product of the Highline School District having attended grade-school, junior high and high schools within its borders. Both of his children attended PSSC as well as universities and are now in fields directly related to their PSCC experience.
Captain Michael D. Francisco, NOAA (ret)
Mike has sailed as a deck officer on NOAA ships Discoverer and Miller Freeman and as Commanding Officer of NOAA Ships John N. Cobb and Oscar Dyson. His shoreside assignments have included managing habitat restoration projects in Elliott Bay and the Duwamish River, a tour in D.C. as a Congressional Affairs Specialist and several assignments in NOAA fleet operations. Mike’s last assignment with NOAA was as Executive Officer of the NOAA Marine Operations Center Pacific. Mike has been a member of the PSSC Marine Science and Technology Advisory Committee since 1998. Mike holds a B.S. in Zoology and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.
Kirstina is a lifelong Burien resident who has been an active volunteer at her children’s school and at the local animal shelter. She works as a Finance Specialist with a career in government and uses the experience and skills to manage the foundation’s funds; ensuring expenses and income are accounted for in accordance with standard accounting procedures. Kirstina has been Treasurer of PSSC Foundation since 2003. A memorable highlight of her tenure was accepting a donation of $180,000 to the Foundation. It has been exciting for Kirstina to see the funds grow, knowing that the funds will be used for great things.
Kendra is an Alumni of PSSC having attended as a student of the Engineering Design Technology class (now Aerospace Manufacturing/Engineering) and VITAL from 1998-2000. Following her time as a student, she has served as an advisory board member of the Aerospace Manufacturing/Engineering and Foundation Board for a combination of more than 19 years. PSSC was a pivotal turning point in Kendra’s earlier years, launching skills in leadership that she has applied throughout her career in various Human Resource roles. Her passion is to see this program grow with students feeling supported, supplied with tools for success, and to see their confidence grow is why she continues to support this program.
Steve began his career as a Radioman in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1975. Duty stations included the Philippines and the USS Bolster, where he did two deployments to Vietnam. After his discharge he worked as a seaman aboard the NOAA ships Discoverer and Fairweather. He attended Highline Community College, graduating from the Diving Technology Program. Steve has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. While at Wisconsin he was a diver and an engineering technician for Sea Grant and the University of Wisconsin’s Marine Science Center, where his work included reclaiming whitefish habitat and Great Lake current studies. After graduating he returned to the U.S. Navy as an ocean engineer, and principal engineer for man-rated launch and recovery systems for underwater vehicles and diving systems. Steve retired in 2017 after 35 years with the Navy. Steve has been a member of the technical advisory committee for the PSSC Marine Technology Program since 2017 and a member of the PSSC Foundation Board since 2018. Steve is a volunteer diver at the Seattle Aquarium and a divemaster for Exotic Aquatics dive shop on Bainbridge Island. He also is a volunteer member of teams that monitor salmon in the fall and invasive European green crabs in the summer.