Education Town Hall Meeting: College Edition

Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals

Education Town Hall Meeting: College Edition


Sharick LaMay

Sharíck LaMay is the founder of LaMay Day Productions, a proclaimed and sought after “Creative Correspondent” media specialist and Chair of the Special Events Committee for LAULYP. Sharíck LaMay dedicates her life and career to lifting the veil of gossip and negativity from over who she believes to be our most valuable; the “creative”. As a red carpet correspondent, host, journalist, web series personality and having an extensive background in music, dance, and theater arts as well as a degree in Communications from California State University Los Angeles, Sharíck has spent years nurturing relationships in the entertainment scene lending her talents to major entertainment companies such as BET and Clear Channel. She has also spent years joining forces with like-minded and talented young people, via event production, creative directing, and marketing as a means of growing her creative circle and brand. In 2015 Sharíck launched her own digital media company, LaMay Day Productions, what she calls her “love letter to creative and artistic souls” as a means to not only grow her brand but to create a platform for others to showcase and be introduced to rising upcoming and extraordinary talent.  Sharíck strives to create content that gives back to the creative community, and displays positive and innovative messaging.”



Kristi Eddy M.Ed

Kristi Eddy grew up in San Pedro, CA with her mom and attended San Pedro schools until she graduated high school from Mary Star of the Sea and began attending California State University, Long Beach in 2005. She graduated from CSULB in 2009 (B.A. Intercultural Communication), UCLA Graduate School of Education in 2011 (Masters in Urban Education), and UCLA Grad School of Education in 2013 (Masters in Educational Administration). She has been working in the field of Education for 10 years. Kristi started as a College-Bound counselor for 1st generation college students, and then began teaching high school Government and Economics in 2009 in South Los Angeles. She was a high school teacher in South LA from 2009-2013 where she worked at Crenshaw High as well as ICEF Public Schools. In 2013 she began working in Watts at Alliance Simon Technology Academy High. Although she started there as a teacher, her work with data on the school’s Long Term English Learner population led her into the role of Assistant Principal at the same school site in 2015. Kristi’s most noted work has been in systematizing interventions for students facing severe mental health or family crises that affect their attendance as well as restructuring Secondary English courses to meet the needs of students struggling with Academic English. Last year, her background in education took on an additional path in the area of health education. In July 2016, Kristi founded the Women’s Ovarian & Medical Education Network Incorporated, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit dedicated to alleviating the fertility risks faced by women through education, advocacy, and research. To advance this cause of women’s health advocacy, Kristi entered the Mrs. California-America Pageant and was crowned Mrs. California 2017 this past June.

Anahi Godinez

 Anahi Godinez serves as Vice President, Development and Strategic Partnerships, for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  In this role, she is responsible for managing and increasing HSF’s national network of advisory councils in over 25 markets. She also fosters the cultivation and stewardship of HSF’s strategic partnerships and engagement with key stakeholders, including corporate partners, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and academic institutions, in support of HSF’s mission and major initiatives.

Anahi began her career in the energy industry, as a Talent Acquisition Associate for Arizona Public Service, the largest electric utility in the state. In this role, she created pipeline programs educating college students about careers in the energy industry and providing internship opportunities within the company. The experience also sparked her interest in the field of education and led her to the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF), where, as the Director of College Access Programs, she oversaw programs and supported partnership development and expansion efforts.   During her tenure at BALF the program grew from 60 students in one school district, to a pipeline of eight college access programs serving over 3,000 students across 19 school districts throughout the State of Arizona

Anahi has served on the board of Arizona State University’s Hispanic Business Alumni Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance.

She attended Arizona State University, earning her Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Management from the WP Carey School of Business. She attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she earned her MEd in Education & Non-Profit Management Studies. She is also a proud graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and Valley Leadership’s Leadership Institute.


Allyson Gayle Hill

Allyson earned the A.B. degree in English literature with a minor in secondary education from Oberlin College and a M.A. degree in higher education administration from The Ohio State University.

As a college and university administrator with more than 25 years of experience, Allyson has worked at The Ohio State University (OH), Denison University (OH), Southern Methodist University (TX), UCLA (CA) and Pomona College (CA). She coordinated the mentor program for college admission professionals in California and Nevada and has been a popular speaker at local high school and community college programs, career days and college counselor training events. In addition, she has conducted presentations at regional and national admissions conferences and has traveled throughout the U.S. recruiting students for undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Allyson joined USC in July 2001 as the director of admissions at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where she is now associate dean of admissions. Helping students in the college/university selection process is her mission in life and she loves it!

Allyson is married and has two young adult sons. The family resides in Los Angeles, CA.


Kerry Neal

Kerry Neal is the Vice President for External & Alumni Relations at Claremont Lincoln University where he has been employed since 2015. Kerry’s charge is oversight for all fundraising, alumni engagement and serves as the community liaison to the University. Previous universities and Colleges that Kerry has worked for are UC Irvine, Cal State San Bernardino, Art Center College of Design, USC, UC Riverside, Pacific Oaks College and The Chicago Education System. Kerry is currently working on his second Master’s degree studying Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Claremont Lincoln University.

Kerry received his undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton and majored in Psychology. He also attended University of La Verne and received his Master of Science in Leadership and Management degree with a concentration in Organizational Development.

Other Panelists Include:

Rakin Hall, MEd, Associate Director, Admissions, University of Southern California




Tracey Lincoln
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