Tami Silvera, Program Specialist
Tami Silvera (she/hers) has worked in the field of prevention education since 1997 and has been a part of the EGUSD Youth Development Office team in EGUSD for 18 years. Tami is proud to lead an incredibly dedicated team of individuals and support their unique talents and skills. She is dedicated to providing quality programs, supportive services, resources and training to EGUSD staff, students, and families. Tami holds a degree in social work, and teaching and administrative services credentials. She is a 24-year resident of Elk Grove and parent of an Elk Grove Unified student. Raised in South Lake Tahoe, she enjoys returning to her roots in the woods and at the lake. In her down time, you can find her in her garden, hiking, traveling and doting on her chickens, cats and her goofball dog Olive.
Simret Negash-Lillard, Program Assistant
Simret Negash-Lillard has been with the Youth Development Office since 2019. In her position as a Program Assistant, she supports the various programs and services offered by the Youth Development Office serving our staff, students, families, and community. Simret holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Human Resources. She was raised in the Bay Area and has been a resident of Elk Grove for 9 years. In her off time, Simret enjoys spending time with her family, music, movies, and traveling.
Megan Sladen Parent, YDO Resource Teacher
Megan Sladen Parent began her EGUSD career as a high school teacher in 1996. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English as well as teaching credentials in both English and Health. In 2003 she earned a Master’s in School Counseling. She was very fortunate to be able to join the Youth Development Office in 2013. Megan works one on one with 6th – 12th grade students who are using substances as well as teaches a variety of student, staff and family workshops. She is certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid and Question Persuade Refer, a suicide prevention curriculum, and is passionate about improving the mental health supports students have in the district and throughout the community.
Yvette Jackson, YDO Counselor
Yvette Jackson has been a vital part of the Youth Development Office team since 2006. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Sociology and Ethnic Studies and holds a Master’s in Business Administration. Most recently, Yvette earned a Master’s in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Originally on the path to running a nonprofit, Yvette found a home with the YDO team and has made a lasting impact on EGUSD students ever since. Yvette specializes in working with pregnant and parenting teens as well as providing group and individual counseling on a variety of issues affecting our students including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Yvette is passionate about helping all young people recognize and reach their full potential, and works tirelessly to support all our students across the district.
Amy Yen, Project Implementor
Amy Yen, has been with the Youth Development Office for almost 2 years, and has enjoyed working in alternative education for 15 years. In addition to her position of Project Implementor, she is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In her off time, you can catch her enjoying the gym, pilates, hiking, biking, and archery. She has an 11 year-old calico cat named Peanut, and loves cooking vegan food!
Ingrid Morales Valdez, Project Implementor
Ingrid Morales Valdez (she/her/hers) joined the Youth Development Office in 2018. She is a Valley High School alumna and has worked at EGUSD for about 8 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. Ingrid provides substance use prevention, intervention and education services, individual case management to foster youth, and is the GSA advisor at Daylor High School. In addition to her position as a Project Implementor, she is certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid and Question Persuade Refer, a suicide prevention curriculum. Ingrid was born in El Salvador and in 2005 immigrated to Sacramento where she has resided since. Outside of work, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her spouse and five pets (her dog Pongo, her cats Luna and Chiquita, and her chickens Boba and Coffee), gardening, hiking, cooking and listening to music.
Jenn Brisco, Project Implementor