310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

Staff

Diane Quast, M.P.A. | Executive Director

As Project ECHO’s Executive Director, Diane is accountable for the overall management and administration of this emerging non-profit organization. Her focus has been on developing the internal capacity of the organization to allow for future strategic growth. Diane’s long tenure in the non-profit community brings expertise in fund raising, board & volunteer management, strategic planning and working with program staff to develop impactful programs. She has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience supporting local Los Angeles youth and education initiatives. She previously worked for Options – A Child Care and Human Services Agency as their Director of Community Relations. In addition to managing a capital campaign that raised almost $2M to build a preschool serving very low-income families, she was accountable for media relations, marketing/fund raising and legislative advocacy. She previously worked with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, Child and Family Guidance Clinic, CSU Dominguez Hills and the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross. Diane earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from California State University and her B.A. in Journalism from the American University in Washington, D.C. She became an entrepreneur in 2005 when she started a publishing company to self-publish her books which currently sell on her website along with popular book stores. Diane is the mom to three school-aged children and in her spare time coaches multiple athletic teams along with leading a troop of lovely tween-age girls as they continue their Girl Scouting adventures. Diane joined ECHO in 2013.

emailDiane Quast | dquast@projectecho.org

Matilda Albano, M.Ed.| Program Director

Project ECHO is proud to promote Matilda Albano to the position of Program Director. Matilda has a long tenure in education and was first a classroom teacher for two decades before moving into educational administration.  She continues to serve as a recruitment executive for a private academy for gifted students where she expertly evaluates students abilities and identifies student potential in the classroom.  In her role as Program Director, Matilda works directly with teachers and their students to on-board them into the Project ECHO program, match MBA and executive level mentors with each classroom, and ensure teachers have the resources available to implement the Project ECHO program efficiently in their classroom.

emailMatilda Albano | malbano@projectecho.org

Suzanne Phillips| Director of Corporate Philanthropy

Suzanne Phillips began her special events career in New York City in 2001 and has produced a variety of editorial, corporate, philanthropic and fashion events throughout the United States. From 2006 to 2017, she regularly produced award-winning events for major resort hotels in Las Vegas including Bellagio, The Palms Resort Hotel and The Hard Rock Hotel, as well as producing events for nonprofit organizations in her home city of Los Angeles. Suzanne’s events have featured rock and roll legends Steven Tyler and Alice Cooper and noteworthy actors such as Benjamin Bratt and Zoe Saldana, among others. Suzanne joined Project Echo in 2018, and is responsible for building relationships with corporate partners and key stakeholders for short and long term collaborative success. Suzanne is creative and energetic and looks forward to helping Project ECHO expand its program offerings to teens across the nation. Suzanne currently resides in Hollywood.

emailSuzanne Phillips | sphillips@projectecho.org

Michael Shiroya, Ph.D. | Research & Evaluation Consultant

 

emailMichael Shiroya, Ph.D. |

Saba Araya, Ph.D. | Entrepreneurship Teacher

 

emailSaba Araya, Ph.D. |