A trio of top administrators has joined the MiraCosta College leadership team. Hayley Schwartzkopf is the new Director of Labor Relations & Title IX Coordinator; Evgeniya “Zhenya” Lindstrom is the new Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education; and Dr. Kristen Huyck is the new Interim Director, Public & Governmental Relations, Marketing & Communications.
All three bring impeccable backgrounds and strong track records.
Hayley Schwartzkopf (middle photo) has extensive experience in labor and employment matters both at the state and federal level. Prior to joining MiraCosta, she was an associate attorney with Meyers Fozi, LLP, a Carlsbad-based law firm, where she represented both employees and private and public employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases. Previous to her post at Meyers Fozi, Hayley represented employees in employment disputes regarding wages, hours, and working conditions.
Hayley graduated summa cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and she worked for the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego while at Thomas Jefferson. She also served as the Executive Editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and on the Executive Board for the National Conference of Law Reviews.
As Director of Labor Relations & Title IX Coordinator, a new position with the district, Hayley will be working with labor relations, Title IX compliance for employees and students, professional development programs, management training programs, and other employee training. Hayley is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and women’s studies.
Zhenya Lindstrom (first photo) since 2012 had been Director of the Centers of Excellence in Labor Market Research for the San Diego and Imperial County region. The California Community Colleges system has charged the Centers of Excellence, part of the Economic and Workforce Development program, to identify industries and occupations that have unmet employee development needs and introduce partnership potential for colleges. As Director for the San Diego and Imperial County region, Zhenya provided critical support for the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy program by overseeing detailed labor studies, connecting business and industry with 10 community colleges in the San Diego and Imperial County sector, and advancing their workforce mission.
As the new Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education, Zhenya will provide leadership for career and technical education and workforce development related, but not limited, to Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy, the Strong Workforce program, the Carl D. Perkins Act, CTE Transitions, federal and state accreditation and local accountability, local workforce needs, CTE-related grants, apprenticeships, along with other CTE and workforce development initiatives as they arise.
Zhenya earned her bachelor of science degree in business and her master of science degree in project management from Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service.
Kristen Huyck (last photo) has extensive experience in both education and public policy, having served as an adjunct professor of political science at MiraCosta College since 2009, an adjunct professor at Mt. San Jacinto College since 2007, and a professor of both undergraduate and graduate courses at California Baptist University in Riverside since 2014. She had been working as the Community Relations Manager at the Riverside Unified School District since October of 2016, but left in March when she accepted the Interim Director, Public & Governmental Relations, Marketing & Communications, at MiraCosta College.
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Kristen, a San Diego native, earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in political science and government from Cal State Fullerton, and a doctor of education in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.