Operations Team


Kayla Andrews

Kayla Andrews

Director of Operations

Ms. Andrews is a Brooklyn native with a love for education, learning, and kids. She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education/History and M.S. in Special Education. As a proud member of the Teach for America New Jersey region, she spent three years at her placement school teaching History and students with exceptionalities, before transitioning into the world of operations! Ms. Andrews has served schools in Harlem, Newark, and the Upper West Side to implement strong operational systems in service of providing students a world-class education.












AbreuYarissa Abreu

School Aide

Ms. Abreu was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She graduated from Norman Thomas High School in 2000 and at this time began working in retail banking. In 2008 she started on podcasts, with friends, as a hobby. This later led to her working with various radio stations and other podcasts, both in NYC as well as in the Dominican Republic. Two of these radio shows assigned her the news segment. Ms. Abreu liked this experience so much that she decided to go back to College and major in Journalism, graduating from CUNY in 2018. Ms. Abreu joined MESA in June of 2022.












JDJuana Diaz

Senior Manager of Operations

Ms. Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She moved to New York in 2016. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from UASD University and a Postgraduate in Human Resources from APEC University. She has started her work at MESA three years ago as Operations Associate, and was recently promoted to Operations Manager. She is passionate about doing community service and helping others, that's why she is an active volunteer teaching for children every Sunday at St. Brigid Formation Program. Ms. Diaz is a fluent Spanish speaker. She is married and a proud mom of two beautiful daughters which are her world!. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with family, also loves dancing and exercising with zumba and yoga! 






LOLiseth Ortega

Office Manager

Ms. Ortega was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents moved to the Dominican Republic when she was 9 months old. She moved to Brooklyn from The Dominican Republic and grew up in Bushwick. In 2002, her parents moved to Florida and she attended Palm Beach Community College. She moved back to her hometown in Brooklyn and loves being part of the MESA family. Ms. Ortega is passionate about helping her community and serving as a role model. She is a proud mother of three beautiful children.











MRMoises Rivera

Operations Intern

Mr. Rivera has lived in the Bushwick neighborhood since he was born. He is a Mesa alum graduating in 2018. He is a former MESA basketball player, playing all four years at the school. Mr. Rivera recently graduated from LaGuardia Community College and is now attending Baruch
College for his bachelor's degree. His hobbies include playing sports, riding bicycles, working out, and eating. He is also a proud Boricua!












BTBayley Tuch

Data and Analytics Manager

Ms. Tuch was born and raised in the SF Bay Area but has been on the east coast since her time at the University of Pennsylvania. Moving away from home hasn't changed her sports allegiances though – she's a Warriors fan through and through. Prior to being MESA's Data and Analytics manager she was a middle school math and science teacher in Harlem. While no longer in the classroom, she's excited to support the students and staff at MESA in all things data! When not looking at spreadsheets, Ms. Tuch can be found training for her next marathon, listening to her favorite podcasts, or sitting on her couch with a cup of tea and a good book (please send book recs her way!).