Supporting Staff

Traci Ganuza
Communications Specialist & Social Media Director

My academic background is in broadcast journalism, communications, and writing. After completing my degree, I worked for Department of Defense as a contractor for Langley Air Force Base Library. There I focused on assisting the children’s and young adult book selections. After that I worked as a reference assistant librarian at the Hampton Virginia City Public. At both locations I over saw and helped organize and promote projects for community outreach and involvement such as – the Freedmen Bureau Project workshops and Summer Reading events. 

After leaving Virginia my family and I moved to Georgia. There I began working from home as a foreign English teacher virtually as well as teaching preschoolers in person. I enjoyed working with children and saw the benefits of building strong bonds with young people of all ages. Within the my community I volunteered with young women ages 11-18 with developing their inner strengthens and personal character, finding and building a supportive network, and learning how to adapt and react to real world experiences. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the different young people I have worked with and helped shape. 

I am beyond excited to be part of the KP catalysts team and the work of building equity in all settings for young people to thrive and find their inner strength. It is a pleasure to work as their Social Media Director for Changing the Odds Remix Podcast and as a Communication Associate for KP Catalysts.

Yazmeen Mayes
Executive Assistant & Operations Coordinator

I am a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University. In 2021, I started working with returning citizens earning college credit and high school graduates in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, which ignited my interest in youth services. I also worked at the Center for Sustainable Journalism, the home of Youth Today, where I was introduced to the KP Catalysts team. I am excited to support them as the Executive Assistant and Operations Manager.