Community Center for Education Results Board
Michael Heinisch, President
Mike has been the Executive Director of Kent Youth & Family Services since October 1999. Previously, he was at Highline West Seattle Mental Health Center (Navos) as Director of the Children and Family Division, preceded by various management positions at Catholic Community Services as Children’s Mental Health Programs and Foster Care Director and Family Counseling Program Manager.
He serves on the Kent Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and is a current City of Kent Human Services Commission member. He is also a member of the King County MIDD Advisory Committee, Pacific Hospital Preservation Development Authority Governing Council Chair and Co-Chair King County Alliance for Human Services. Mike has a master’s in counseling from Seattle University and is a Wisconsin native. He and his spouse, Gail, have resided in Burien the past 32 years.
Favorite place in the Road Map Project region? All of South King County, of course!
John Kim, Secretary
John Kim was recently the Executive Director of Seattle Jobs Initiative and the Chief Operating Officer at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association before that. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. After working in New York, Boston, and Seoul, he earned his law degree from New York University.
John moved to Seattle in 1997 to become Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. After a stint in Panama, John returned to the area and joined the boards of Seattle Jobs Initiative, Dale Turner Family YMCA, Shoreline Breakfast Rotary, Northwest Community Health Education and Simulation Center, and took a leadership role with Richmond Beach Congregational Church UCC.
Suzanne Dale Estey
Suzanne Dale Estey is Principal of Dale Estey Partnerships, Strategy & Results, a public affairs consulting firm. Most recently, Suzanne served as President & CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, and Economic Development Director for the City of Renton. A Seattle native with more than 25 years’ experience, Suzanne has a unique public-private understanding of policymaking.
Suzanne also serves as a board member of the University of Washington Alumni Association, Washington Economic Development Association, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Renton Technical College, and Seattle Colleges Advisory Councils. Suzanne received a bachelor’s from Whitman College and a master’s from the Evans School at UW. She volunteers with Seattle Public Schools, and she and her husband, Mike, have two active school-age sons.
Her favorite place in the Road Map Project region is Coulon Beach Park in Renton.
Javania Cross Polenska
Javania Polenska recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Career Solutions for Educurious, a Seattle based education non-profit. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, she held strategy and management roles in both private and non-profit sector at organizations such as, General Mills, IBM, University of Minnesota – Office of Admissions, Chicago International Charter School, and Kids First Chicago.
Javania holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota.
Her favorite place in the Road Map Project region is South Seattle and Renton because of the diversity of the people and all the great hair stylists.
Israel Vela is Kent School District’s Chief School Operations and Academic Support Officer. He was previously the Southwest Region Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools and the Director of Student Services and then Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services for Kent School District. He is Chair of the Bilingual Education Advisory Council.
Israel knows how critical it is to have support and high expectations in place that ensure all students are prepared for life beyond high school. He was a classroom teacher for more than a decade in Moses Lake and Lake Washington School districts. His bachelor’s degree in elementary education is from Central Washington University. Israel and his family have lived in Kent since 1999. His children Carly and Cameron are both Kentwood High School graduates.