Denise A. Coello
The founder and creator of L.I.F.E, Denise Coello, grew up in Spring, Texas while attending Spring ISD schools she graduated from Westfield High School. Denise Coello went to the University of Houston, where she completed her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies, later she returned to the University of Houston to finish her Masters degree in Educational Psychology and currently she is completing a Doctorate in Professional Leadership.
Denise Coello has a profound dedication for volunteering and supporting the community, she has worked with the YMCA as a volunteer for sporting events, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Interfaith of the Woodlands, and Texas Children's Hospital (Texas Children's Fun Run) in their annual recreational activities. Denise has been serving as an educator for the past 8 years.
Board Director of L.I.F.E, Rex Malixi has been serving in education for over 9 years. In 2003, Rex received his degree from the University of Texas A&M. He has been working with adolescent youth for the past 15 years. He has an inherent and natural ability to connect and interact with young adolescents. He has been allowed the opportunity to harvest relationships with young people along with teaching and passing on his knowledge both in the world of academia as well as faith.
Rex Malixi is dedicated to serving his community through 7 years in youth ministry and 6 years in public school education, and the past two years in the Sacred Heart Network schools. Rex grew up in Spring and attended the Spring ISD schools.
Board Director of L.I.F.E., Jill D'Etcheverry has served in education for the past 12 years. Jill began her career as a teaching assistant at Stephen F. Austin University in 2005. Her family relocated to Houston where she began coaching in Spring. From there she added a certification and moved to Conroe where she worked in classrooms with special needs students. Jill currently works for Klein ISD as a Career Portals teacher providing students college and career readiness.
Jill has extensive community involvement through mentoring her students and providing youth support at her church. She collaborates with historical Texas sites for her students to visit during the school year.
Treasurer of L.IF.E., Karla Maldonado, born in the southwest side of Houston received her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University and currently she is completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. As a first-generation American and university graduate, her career has flourished as a family nurse practitioner. Karla has been working as a nurse practitioner for the past 15 years for the communities' under served population at BenTaub General Hospital in Houston.
Karla's parents were immigrants from Guatemala in the 1970's, her parents came to achieve the "American Dream", but found many struggles along the way and settled for jobs as a maid and gardener. From watching her parents working long hours, this motivated Karla to pursue a higher education degree.
Vice-President of L.I.F.E., Nathaniel Welch was raised in Compton, California. After watching many of his neighborhood peers strive for the life of fast money and recognition, he decided to strive for education. As a result, in his early teens,he decided to become a teacher. His goal was to be a positive role model who would encourage students and young men to excel in life: educationally, socially and emotionally.
After graduating from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, he embarked upon a mission to affect the lives of our future. In his time as a leader, he has taken on many roles such as teaching high school English and elementary grades 3rd and 5th. For the past 10 years, he has been teaching English Language Arts in middle school.
Secretary for L.I.F.E., Melissa Mejia studied at Stephen F. Austin University and completed a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and currently she is pursuing a Masters in Nursing. She is a first generation college student and from first hand experience acknowledges the significance of higher education. Melissa currently works for Methodist Hospital and resides in The Woodlands, Texas.
Melissa has participated in many community events such as the Texas Children's Hospital Fun Run and volunteered with the YMCA.
Spring, TX 77386
L.I.F.E. Learning in Full Effect is an equal opportunity educational provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates.