Our Staff

Executive Director

Delan Hilliard is a professional educator with over 15 years of classroom experience in California elementary schools. After receiving her BA from UCLA, she returned to California State University, Long Beach to earn her Multiple Subject Credential. Years of classroom experience equipped her with the necessary tools to create child-centered curricula that aligned with the California State Standards to nurture student achievement.  

In the past ten years, Delan segued into broader areas of education and community involvement. She merged her interest, skills and passion to work toward providing a warm and caring environment that is stimulating, encouraging and responsive to the varied needs of children and families in areas suffering from disinvestment.

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Computer Lab

Tony Figueroa began working with children in 2003 at Moffett Elementary School in Lennox School District providing intensive reading intervention support services and teaching music.  Tony has managed the Computer Lab at St. Lawrence Brindisi School since 2006.  He helps students in grades K-8 master basic computer skills such as typing, PowerPoint, video and music production.  Tony has been and intricate part of Friends’ Literacy Center since 2006. He combines his knowledge and background in reading intervention with computer skills.  

Program  Coordinator

Karina Bermudez grew up in the Watts community.  She has a great fondness for the people and their resilience and tenacity. Karina benefited from the support of Friends through out her primary and secondary education.  She knows firsthand how education can break down systemic barriers.  Because she takes pride in her neighborhood she wants others to see how wonderful the people who live there are. 

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Literacy Tutors

Each year, Friends hires 25-30 teenagers from the Watts neighborhood.  These hired tutors, who know firsthand the obstacles of living in the inner city, are working to improve the lives of the children they work with while reaching educational goals of their own.  Our program is centered around these positive role models and the relationships they build with their students.

We take applications during the summer from local Watts teens/young adults who are enrolled in school (high school or college) full time.  Interviews are held during the month of August before the new school year begins.  You must go through the mandatory training to be considered for a position.

Our next round of hiring will begin in the summer of 2023.  Applicants can get a form in the St. Lawrence Church Office at 10122 Compton Ave., L.A. 90002 or email Delan Hilliard for a copy