The SED Center has a dedicated team of over 50 professionals, teachers, support staff, and volunteers. Click below to view the following teams:
Martha C. Egas
Mrs. Egas has been with the SED Center since 1979 and has served as Executive Director since 1995. She has worked with SED as a Preschool Head Teacher, Educational Specialist, Bilingual Vocational Training Program Director, Preschool Director, Head Start Director, and Before and After School Programs Director. Under her leadership, SED obtained the NAEYC Accreditation making the SED Center the first DC Department of Human Services Preschool Program and the first bilingual early childhood program to obtain the accreditation in the District of Columbia.
Mrs. Egas has extensive experience managing and supervising government contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, the DC Department of Human Services, the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), USDA, and Head Start, as well as managing grants from private foundations in the area.
Director of Admissions and Office Manager
Mrs. Montalban has been with the SED Center since 1986 and has served as Director of Admissions and Office Manager since 1997. She worked for 11 years as Assistant Director of the Preschool and Before/After School Programs before her current position.
Mrs. Montalban has extensive experience conducting the child intake process under the DC Department of Human Services, the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), USDA, and Head Start, as well as data reporting of the Children's Program, such as enrollment, attendance, terminations, parents’ fee reports, and food reimbursement claims. Mrs. Montalban's areas of expertise also include administrative and personnel management.
Ms. Tamayo has worked with the SED Center since 2002 serving as accountant for the organization. She received her CPA at the University of Medellin and an Associates in Administration & Finance at the Essumer University in Medellin, Colombia. Ms. Tamayo holds vast experience working with various international companies; experience that has helped her excel in the current role she holds at the SED Center.
Juan Sebastian Roa, MPP
Head of Development and Communications
Mr. Roa brings previous administration experience from leadership positions at the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health, coupled with a research background on Common Core, Hispanic poverty, and mitigating the impacts of natural disasters on children and families. He leads SED's bilingual Communication's, Development, and Internship programs, setting strategic goals and using his experience in writing and editing to oversee digital content and public relations. Over $80,000 in funds have been raised through grants, thanks to Mr. Roa's work. His current projects involve building lasting partnerships that bring arts and health opportunities to SED's families and students.
Mr. Roa holds a Masters in Public Policy, specializing in education policy, dual B.A. in Communication and Government and Politics, minor in International Development and Conflict Management, and an Advanced Certification in Multi-Track Diplomacy and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Volunteer Program Director
Mrs. Ruano has been with the SED Center since 1992 and has served as Volunteer Program Director since 1995. The Volunteer Program provides the SED Center with valuable people who contribute to the development and enhancement of the Center’s community programs working in conjunction with The National Association for Hispanic Elderly (ANPPM) and The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA) to provide SED with a permanent group of volunteers who contribute over 200 hours of community service each week.
Volunteers are trained by SED to serve as teacher-aides in the Preschool, Infant, and Adult Education Programs. As a result of their participation, low income immigrant students receive a greater and more personalized exposure to the English language. Furthermore, volunteers contribute to the consolidation of the Center’s role as a community based organization where individuals from diverse racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to meet and learn from one another. More than 185 volunteers contribute at least 10,000 hours per year to the various programs.
Ms. Warren-Brooks has been with the SED Center since 2004 as a Preschool Assistant Teacher and has been in her current position as an Administrative Assistant since 2009. Michelle works in conjunction with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC Department of Human Services, USDA, and United Planning Organization (UPO).She has worked in the field of education since 2000 in several child development programs in the state of Maryland.
Cristina Cotte, MAT
Language Enrichment Program Coordinator
Ms. Cotte has been with SED since Fall of 2014. Currently, she works as the Children's Program Language Enrichment Coordinator. To stimulate early language and literacy skills, Ms. Cotte has designed a Language Enrichment Program focusing on child initiated conversation, story time and sign language. In collaboration with the Communications Team, she has designed the web education program Signing with SED for staff and parents. Ms. Cotte holds an M.A.T. in Museum Education from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Visual Arts as well as a Minor in Sociology from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
Martha C. Egas, Children's Program Director
Charo Montalbán, Director of Admissions
Michelle Warren-Brooks, Administrative Assistant
Raul Hernández, Parent Liaison
Preschool Teaching Staff:
Amanda Sánchez DeGalvez
Ana Patricia Marroquin
Eulogia Ventura (ANPPM)
Corliss Joyner (NCBA)
Infant/Toddler Teaching Staff:
Maciel Feliz Segura
Ana Campos Funes
Martina Zapata (ANPPM)
Maria Melgar ( ANPPM)
Carmen Perez (ANPPM)
Leopoldina Villanueva (ANPPM)
Verónica Edith Aguilar
Jose Gonzalez, Adult Program Director
Lanita Russell, Adult Program Coordinator
David Navarro, Administrative Assistant
Jeanette Villalobos, Administrative Assistant
ESL Teaching Staff:
Dina Aracely Ascencio
Megan Winn Dry
Jeremy Jacob Gutner
Eunice Hernandez Salcedo
Fionna D’mya Jenkins
Cristina Isabel Kouri
Ongisa P. Ichile Mckenzie
David Omar Navarro
Dionne Jasmine Richardson
Charles Edward Thomas