Kristina Hayek, Ed.D., PMP, SHRM-CP
CEO, Career Awareness Education and Resources
Dr. Kristina Hayek 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. Also, she is the Principal Consultant for Impact HR & Training, a consulting practices that partners with businesses and non- profits on HR and learning projects and programs.
Prior to this, she was the U.S. Instructional Design and Development Manager for Hexcel Corporation, a global leader in manufacturing advanced composite materials. Her other positions have included: College Center Director, Instructor of Business Management, Director of Human Resources, Staffing Manager, Consultant and Project Manager.
Kristina serves as the President of the Puget Sound Skills Center Foundation Board. In the past she served as: Philanthropy Chair for the Board of Directors for Future of Flight and Seattle Chapter President and Washington Regional Director for Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM.)
Kristina holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Master’s in Educational Administration from Seattle University. She has certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Society for Human Resources-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP.)
She grew up in Washington State and has two daughters. Her interests include fused glass design, sewing, baking and Pilates.
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.
Amy has lived in the Tacoma area her whole life, with the exception of living overseas in Africa for three years as a child. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Washington University. Amy taught kindergarten right out of college until she and her husband had their first daughter. She stayed home, but would continue to substitute here and there, and eventually would substitute at her girls’ school.
During this time Amy served on the PTA board as President, Vice President and Secretary. She also spent the majority of her days volunteering in the classrooms.
Amy and her husband are now empty nesters and she looks forward to volunteering and giving back to the community.
Erin is the Director of Strategic Engagement for the Aerospace Futures Alliance and Washington Space Coalition. Both organizations partner with businesses and government to provide education, workforce development, networking opportunities, and advocacy in Olympia on behalf of the aerospace industry.
Erin has a history in the medical field, working as a nurse at St. Francis hospital and for the Federal Way School District. She also was a partner in a meal preparation business with franchises in five states.
Erin has held leadership roles for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers International and Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Her son attended PSSC for two years in the Fire Services Program and had a wonderful experience. Erin is looking forward to bringing her experience and aerospace connections to Puget Sound Skills Center!
Laura is the Director of Homecare and Catered Living at Wesley Homes, an organization providing retirement communities and a network of services for older adults. Before this, she partnered to start and grow a homecare agency that was sold to a national franchise.
She has more than 20 years of management experience with Starbucks Coffee Company and the staffing industry.
Laura is a proud mother of an elementary aged daughter. She wants to make a difference in the educational life of children and young adults through serving on the Foundation Board.
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.