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Professional Staff

Nereyda Salinas

Nereyda Salinas, Assistant Dean of Professional Development
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Nereyda founded the Stanford EdCareers team in 2012. She is an innovative, education entrepreneur who enjoys building organizations and units that help individuals realize their full potential, especially those committed to high-quality, accessible learning. In her role, Nereyda leads the team's strategic thinking in the areas of career education and professional development to help GSE students, alumni, and affiliates impact the education field. Previously, Nereyda directed the POLS and MA/MBA programs, recruited for MBA Admissions, and worked in K-12 social enterprises. She received her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Stanford with Honors in Education. Nereyda enjoys building bridges across organizations, industries, and sectors.

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Emi Kuboyama, Director of Career Education and Professional Networks
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Emi joined the EdCareers team after ten years with the Policy, Organization,and Leadership Studies (POLS) & MA/MBA Master’s programs.  As the Director of Career Education and Professional Networks she cultivates the exchange of ideas and opportunities between GSE students, alumni, faculty and the fields of education and learning. Emi received her JD from Vanderbilt School of Law, her MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford GSE, and her BA with distinction, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She began her career as a  civil rights attorney, and has worked in MBA admissions and education policy and research. Emi leads EDUC 215, Education Internship Workshop which provides graduate students with an opportunity to link their academic learning to real world experience through reflective activities and conversations.

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Alanna Simao

Alanna Simao, Operations & Outreach Associate
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Alanna joined the EdCareers team in 2018. In her current role, she oversees communications and outreach efforts, and she facilitates career programming and coaching for students and alumni. Through coaching and workshops, she enjoys being a thought partner and guiding students and alumni to determine actionable next steps for their careers. Alanna graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Classics and a minor in Art History. After participating in museum education internships at the Cantor Arts Center as an undergraduate, Alanna knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Education. She worked as a high school tutor before joining the GSE. Alanna has always loved learning and attributes this to elementary school field trips to her local museum.

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Heidi Chang, Director of Professional Learning
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Heidi joined the EdCareers team in January 2018. As the Director of Professional Learning, she leads a team that grows connections and relationships across the Stanford GSE professional learning and research center community, with the goal of sharing the GSE’s professional learning opportunities with the broader field of education and learning. Additionally, Heidi manages the GSE Online team, which designs, develops and produces online professional learning experiences. She is also the Program Manager for the GSE-GSB Stanford EdLEADers professional certificate program, which is a 100% virtual program for nationwide systems leaders. Heidi developed her learner-centered approaches, design thinking mindsets, and cross functional and collaborative teamwork skills during her time at Stanford GSE’s Learning, Design and Technology program where she earned her MA. Her interest in education grew out of serving as a team leader for City Year Boston after completing her BA in chemistry from Wellesley College.

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Alethea Andree

Alethea Andree, Professional Learning Operations Coordinator
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Alethea joined the EdCareers team in July 2021. She provides operational support for EdCareers in a variety of ways, including liaising with the GSE centers providing professional development through the Registration and Operations Bundle (which is run in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development) and being EdCareer’s Salesforce administrator. She received her BA in Mathematics from Smith College in 2004 and then spent 17 years with the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), where she assisted with qualitative and quantitative research, managed logistics for conferences and meetings, and provided a variety of operational support. Alethea has always loved learning and believes education has the potential to change individual lives, as well as the society we collectively build.

Cali Nguyen

Cali Nguyen, Learning Experience Designer 
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Cali joined the EdCareers team in August 2021. She provides learning experience design support to our faculty-led, GSE research centers in designing, developing, and publishing virtual professional learning experiences (courses, workshops, etc.). Prior to EdCareers, Cali worked in higher education providing instructional and technological support for faculty and developing career education opportunities for undergraduate students. She received both her MS in Learning Design & Technology and her BS in Biomechanical Engineering with a minor in Japanese from Stanford. Cali's interest in teaching and learning grew out of her experience as a peer health educator at her high school's health center.

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