Board of Directors
Dr. Jennifer Edic
Jennifer has spent over 31 years in education committed to creating equitable opportunities for young people to reach their full potential. She began her career as a middle school teacher and went on to work in a broad range of education roles, including serving in the Azusa Unified School District. As a district administrator, her love and respect for the Azusa community deepened, and she became dedicated to providing Azusa’s children with the best opportunities possible as they grow into their God-given potential- an aspiration she holds tightly today. In 2022, she co-launched Academic Solutions Group, LLC, and currently serves as an education consultant for schools and education organizations in California, across the U.S., and internationally. Jennifer also serves in ministry with Literacy & Evangelism International. Her mission-based work includes building leadership and providing instructional support to multiple Christian literacy-based organizations in West Africa. Jennifer is a published author and presenter. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She also has a Master of Education degree and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jennifer attends First Baptist Church Pasadena. She and her husband, Edgar, live in Azusa and enjoy traveling, reading, writing, and learning. She loves all things outdoors, including cycling and golf. Jennifer is also a proud mom of 3 adult children.
Jorge Quintana is the Finance Analyst for Foothill Transit. Before his time at Foothill Transit, Jorge worked as a bookkeeper for his family-owned plumbing business. Jorge has a B.A. in Business Administration from Whittier College and earned an MBA from the University of La Verne in 2021. Jorge is passionate about service to the community as no act is too small. Having grown up attending a program similar to NHH, Jorge is enthusiastic about the opportunity to give back to students who will benefit from a program geared to equip students to be successful in their studies.
Karen serves as the Director for the Center for Student Action at Azusa Pacific University. The CSA works to develop transformational service opportunities for all students to engage locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to working for the Center for Student Action, Karen worked as a U.S.-based missionary and in the fields of public and nonprofit education. Karen is also the Connections Pastor at Vineyard Church Glendora, where she and her family have been pursuing Christ in community since 2003. She earned a D.Min. in Leadership and Global Perspectives from Portland Seminary and her area of research was helping college-aged students integrate their faith and vocation through service. She also earned an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is passionate about community development, transformational service, and helping students understand cross-cultural ministry. In her personal life, Karen spends a lot of time perfecting her sourdough bread recipes, reading voraciously, and raising her two rambunctious boys alongside her husband.
Kim is an educator at heart and in occupation. She is originally from the Midwest, where she completed her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Education. She has taught in Costa Rica, Ohio, and California. Currently, she teaches part time at a learning center. Her career passion is to teach in bilingual environments where she can help both students and families navigate the educational system and succeed in school and beyond. Kim and her husband, Jon, moved to Southern California in 2014 and now live in Azusa with their daughter, Eliana. Kim is proud to be a resident of Azusa and to partner with NHH in their important and transformational work.