CAP’s team is dynamic and smart and fun -- and deeply committed to the fundamental value that college can change lives.
Mo HymanExecutive Director
As one of CAP’s founders, Mo can’t think of anywhere else on earth she’d rather be. The students she meets everyday inspire her to work hard and laugh a lot. It’s easy for her to be passionate about college: it was as an undergraduate at Michigan State University receiving a BA in English that Mo developed into a scholar, became a community advocate, and made the friends of a lifetime. She has since gone on to obtain an MA in English from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Public Administration from USC and spent nearly two decades teaching community college English, which helped to build her passion for educational equality and access. CAP allows her to combine these passions and work shoulder-to-shoulder with the most amazing students, staff, board, and community she could have ever imagined.
In addition to her role at CAP, Mo proudly serves on the Leadership Council of Collaborate PASadena, a shared initiative of the Pasadena Public School district, community organizations, and the city/local governments of Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. She also serves on the board of Action Kivu, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with local nongovernmental organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and invests in Congo’s women, children, and communities through vocational training and education, creating paths toward peace and prosperity.
Sarah PromnitzDirector of Programs
A native of San Bernardino County, Sarah earned a B.A. in United States History from California State University San Bernardino in 2009. From there, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue graduate studies at UCLA, earning a Master’s degree in US History in 2012. Sarah first came to the CAP family in 2013, serving for more than a year as a Program Development VISTA to enhance existing programs, promote parental involvement, and expand alumni engagement opportunities. After a brief tenure as a college adviser in South Los Angeles, Sarah returned to CAP as Director of Programs and is excited to be working toward educational equality in Pasadena, and is eager to share her experiences as a teacher, mentor, and advocate with CAP’s amazing students.
“Why CAP? Because I believe in the mission. Students in PUSD deserve top-quality college counseling, and they deserve a designated place on campus to get it. Ultimately, I adore my work because of them. I see them changing their communities, campuses, and lives every single day, and every single day I'm inspired.”
-Sarah Promnitz, Director of Programs
Joanne DoDirector of Outreach & Engagement
Joanne is a Southern Californian through and through. She grew up in Orange County before moving to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, earning a B.A. in American Literature and Culture. After a stint working in the entertainment industry, Joanne went on to earn an M.A. in Literature from Loyola Marymount University, where she served as a Graduate Assistant for the English Graduate Program, a Graduate Writing Instructor with the Engineering Graduate Program, and a Summer Research Fellow to execute the English Graduate Program’s inaugural service learning project. These experiences in addition to her academic work reinvigorated her passion for service and action. Prior to taking on her current role as Director of Outreach and Engagement, Joanne committed a year of service to CAP as a Program Development VISTA.
“CAP isn't cookie cutter. We're people-driven. We understand that people are wonderfully complicated, reliably unpredictable, and utterly unique, so we adapt: to community needs, to student needs, to each others' needs. I love CAP because we don't try to fit into other people's molds and we don't try to fit our students into molds. We take stock of our ingredients and try to come up with a recipe for what we have, doing our best to highlight the special ingredients and believing that a cookie cutter isn't necessary for cookies to be tasty.”
-Joanne Do, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement
Lina Calderón-MorinCollege Transition Counselor
& Program Specialist
Lina has been CAP ‘s #1 fan since she was first recruited as a volunteer back in 2007. She has held various staff roles since 2011 while pursuing her own educational goals and returned to CAP in 2015 as the Program Specialist and College Transition Counselor. Lina loves getting to know each unique student in PUSD’s high schools as well as at Learning Works Charter School and their partner site with Homeboy Industries. Working with such diverse groups of students -- from students attending traditional high schools to adult learners enrolling in college for the first time -- has solidified Lina's passion and dedication to making college accessible to all. Lina holds a BA in Sociology and Public Policy from the University of San Francisco and an MSW from USC and is a member of the American Counseling Association. She considers herself lucky to work with the best students and best staff in the world.
Natasha MahoneMiddle School & Parent Engagement Program Manager
Natasha Mahone joined CAP in the Spring of 2016. Born and raised in Southern California, Natasha graduated from California State University Northridge with double major in Psychology and Pan African Studies.
With over 20 years of experience in youth leadership and community programs, Natasha is committed to preparing students and families for college. Her wealth of experience spans from Director of Programs to individual academic counseling. Her passion to fulfill the need of our community was acknowledged by the Pasadena Unified School District, which awarded Natasha Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Natasha knows that striving for higher education is challenging and not sought by all students, but she believes all should be afforded the opportunity. Natasha is thrilled to serve the parents and middle school students of PUSD in her role with CAP!
Jane LeongProgram Coordinator
Jane received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in French from UC Irvine and her M.A. in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University. She aspires to bridge the gap for college accessibility and has worked for federal TRiO programs such as McNair Scholars and Upward Bound. Prior to joining CAP, Jane has had experience teaching in various school districts as well as in schools internationally. She is honored to serve the students and families of Pasadena Unified School District as a Program Coordinator.
Elena ArellanProgram Assistant
Elena has found her passion for helping youth in the community to reach their academic and personal goals. As a first-generation college graduate and a former PUSD student, the CAP program hits home. Elena would like to begin giving back to the community that helped mold the young, vibrant lady she is today. She would like to continue and inspire youth to broaden their academic paths to be successful in life-changing careers. She too would like to continue her path in pursuing higher education. Elena is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands and previously attended John Muir High School, where she regularly attended CAP.
Roki CoulibalyProgram Expansion VISTA
Roki was born and raised in Queens, New York. During her middle school years, she began volunteer projects with the local community center. After participating in events like the AIDS walk and volunteering at a soup kitchen, Roki’s love for giving back began to grow. Roki is a second generation college graduate and has was very engaged in community service while attending SUNY Onoenta. Upon graduation, she worked with two non-profits as an Americorps VISTA member. Roki recently graduated from The New School with a Master’s in Media Studies. Being a part of the CAP family allows Roki to execute her passion in giving back, and she hopes to inspire students in following their college dreams.