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Team

Linda Becker

Linda is Merit America’s Director of Regional Partnerships for the San Francisco Bay Area. She is developing, managing, and implementing Merit America’s expansion strategy, fundraising, and community-building efforts in California, with a focus on the Bay Area. Before joining the Merit America team, Linda led a small San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on helping diverse small…

Pauline Nguyen

Pauline serves as a Program Support Specialist at Merit America. Hailing from Austin, TX, and currently residing in Boston, MA, she brings a unique blend of Southern charm and East Coast hustle to her day-to-day. Pauline holds a degree in Technology Management and Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington, blending her passion for…

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz is currently working as the Referrals Manager at Merit America. Her role involves collaborating with different organizations to refer their clients to Merit America’s program. She is a committed professional with a passion for driving social impact. Alex has worked across various sectors and countries starting in Bogotá, Colombia, where she revolutionized access…

Geo Borden

Geo is an Events Associate at Merit America. She brings almost a decade of experience in fostering inclusive communities in various higher education and artistic institutions working with college students, faculty, and artists from New York to Mexico. She is passionate about developing programs that inspire knowledge and growth.

Brieanna Quinn

Brieanna Quinn is the Director of Individual Giving at Merit America. She has over 20 years of philanthropic development experience, raising record-setting donations at higher education institutions and national nonprofits. After graduating from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with a Masters in Philanthropic Studies, she spent over a decade working for small and large…

Taylor Wells

Hey there! My name is Tay, and my life mission is to empower people to prioritize doing things that bring us personal joy + positive global/community impact. I’ve been a digital marketer and business coach for the last decade, helping people launch and scale impactful businesses + careers that bring them personal joy. I speak…

André Jordan Jr.

André is joining Merit America after serving as the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at UNC Greensboro. Before this, André has worked with student leadership development, Housing and Residence Life, student accessibility, and many other functions within higher education and student affairs. He has worked on many committees and special…

Christopher Rivera

With a background spanning both corporate and Higher Education sectors, Christopher brings a unique blend of experiences to his role as a Program Success Manager/Career Coach at Merit America. He is strongly committed to fostering workplace engagement and driving organizational success by combining his skill set in Talent Acquisition, Project Management, and Leadership Development. Throughout…

Anja Nikolic

Anja lives in Denver, Colorado, but her story started in Belgrade, Serbia. She moved to the United States as a refugee alongside her family. When she moved to Seattle, her family spoke with a career coach – they were so personable, positive, and encouraging that she knew from a young age that she wanted to…

Linnette Cordoba

Linnette is a Program Success Manager and Career Coach at Merit America helping learners prepare for the job field by assisting with everything career readiness such as resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, LinkedIn, and more. Coming from a social work background, Linnette is passionate about seeing others thrive and reach their highest potential. Linnette comes…

Olivia Cunningham

Olivia is the Talent Development Lead at Merit America, part of the Learning & People Experience team. In this role, she strives to create thoughtful, meaningful and impactful learning experiences for Merit America staff across all levels. Olivia joins Merit America from a fintech firm where she served as an Instructional Designer and prior to…

Tamika Doolin

Tamika is a life-long learner, Program Success Manager and Career Coach at Merit America. She aims to provide a tailored, individual coaching experience to learners, focused on the whole-person, while offering the support, guidance and resources they need to succeed and thrive. She believes in the value and importance of values and strengths alignment as…

Whitney Morris

Whitney thrives off of pouring into others. She joins Merit America with ten years of experience serving community college students through academic advising, teaching, and mentorship. She is passionate about encouraging learners as they acclimate and navigate through educational pathways. Whitney strives to impact others through radical love and compassion. Whitney holds a Bachelor of…

Maria Villalobos

Maria joins Merit as a Program Success Manager & Career Coach after 10 years in the field of Education. She is joining us with a B.A. in Psychology from Florida State University and a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. Maria is passionate about social justice and ensuring everyone has access…

Sammie Hillstock

Sammie has over five years’ experience in higher education across various administrative capacities, with a primary background in Career Services and Multicultural Affairs. She earned her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida, and her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Human Services and minor in Conflict Analysis & Trauma…

Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris currently lives in California, but her roots are in Brooklyn NY and Central NJ. She is a wife, a mother of 2 and the product of immigrant grandparents from the British Virgin Islands. Their sacrifice and commitment to the pursuit of a better life is the reason she feels she can pursue her…

Shawn Stewart

Shawn’s role as a Program Success Manager & Career Coach at Merit America is driven by a deep passion for supporting individuals on their path to success. His earned credentials consist of a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling, both from…

D’Angelo Johnson

D’angelo is a Program Success Manager and Career Coach at Merit America. He brings a passion and dedication to career transition and personal development. Prior to Merit America, D’angelo worked in higher education where he focused on college access, career transition, and career coaching for both traditional and non-traditional students. As a first generation graduate,…

Sophia Hain

Sophia joined the Talent Acquisition team at Merit America as a founding Candidate Experience Specialist. She brings professional experiences spanning the nonprofit, corporate, startup, and academic sectors, with her most recent role being a Talent Acquisition Manager in the social impact sector where she predominantly sourced and recruited for tech functions. She has supported career…

Jaime Swank

Jaime Swank is a Job Success Specialist, helping learners find jobs that align with their goals. Before joining Merit America, Jaime worked on political campaigns, going door-to-door to persuade voters and managing volunteers nationwide. For the past four years, Jaime supported and mentored training program participants and alumni, coaching them in applying, interviewing, and negotiating…