Our team is devoted to helping young people find a program that meets their needs.
Omar Aldaco-Silva, Peer Connector
Omar has always been passionate about community service, but it wasn’t until he joined WELS that he got deeply involved. WELS is a residential high school program focused on leadership development, environment education, and academics. His experience with WELS made Omar an enthusiastic hiker and camper, as well as a strong community leader and advocate. Omar is also a former ReOpp client, who re-engaged with his education by enrolling at Renton Technical College! Omar was so inspired by the experience that, then the opportunity to work for ReOpp came up, he did not think twice about applying. He plans on studying Business Administration at South Seattle College, while continuing to change lives all throughout his community!
Tevin Gladney, Peer Connector
Tevin comes to this position after working as a Youth Outreach Specialist at SafeFutures Youth Center and tutoring in Math, and Science and AVID at Evergreen High School. He grew up in the White Center community and has a background working with kids in camp and outdoor settings through Waskowitz Outdoor School in the Highline Public Schools. Tevin has a passion for building the surrounding community into strong and successful leaders. He earned his Associates of Arts degree from Green River College and is on his way to earning his Bachelors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Tevin is excited to continue his work with Reconnect to Opportunity and set an example for this upcoming generation.
Hannelore Makhani, Re-engagement System Manager
Hanne’s personal experience with exclusionary discipline in high school informs her passion for supporting Opportunity Youth get back on track. In her work, she supports re-engagement programs across King County with a focus on helping more youth re-engage, complete programs, and transition to postsecondary education or career training. Hanne holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and a Master’s degree from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the UW. A native of Ecuador, Hanne enjoys playing in the sun every chance she gets.