YES Prep Public Schools
Militza Stair, Director of Alumni Affairs


New Alumni Transition Specialists

The Alumni Affairs team has grown in 2021. It should come as no surprise that the pandemic has posed many challenges for our students; it has also presented many challenges for our alumni pursuing their post-secondary pathway. In response to these challenges, we now have a team of alumni transition specialists and college success managers that will closely support our alumni.   

Alumni Transition Specialists

Alumni transition specialists (ATSs) support two YES Prep high school campuses, working closely with seniors in their second semester during their transition to their post-secondary pathway. They also work closely with our newest alums during the summer and that very crucial time- the first semester of their freshmen year. 

College success managers

College Success Managers lead ATSs towards results and in turn are also leading the charge in regard to alumni engagement, persistence, and graduation.  

We are here to support our alumni

The Alumni Affairs team believes that a strong start and a strong plan for their desired post-secondary pathway are the keys to success. If you have any questions or would like to be connected with your school's alumni transition specialist, please reach out via email at

Please take a moment to meet the newest members of the Alumni Affairs Team below.

Alejandra Munoz - Alumni Transition Specialist
Alejandra Muñoz

College Success Manager at Home Office

Hometown: Houston, TX 
Alma Mater: Texas A&M University- Bachelor of Business Administration 
Fun fact: Proud YES Prep Alumna, Class of 2004! 
Alvin House - Alumni Transition Specialist
Alvin House 
Assigned campuses: North Central & White Oak 
Hometown: New Orleans, LA 
Alma mater: Dillard University 
Fun fact: I am a member of two fraternities Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 
Amapola Paredes Torres - Alumni Transition Specialist
Amapola Paredes Torres 
Assigned campuses: Southwest & Southeast 
Hometown: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Alma mater: University of Houston-Clear Lake 
Fun fact: I am a sports junky.
Cara Goetz- Alumni Transition Specialist
Cara Goetz 
Assigned campuses: Brays Oaks & Gulfton 
Hometown: Thorndale, TX 
Alma mater: Sam Houston State University & Bowling Green State University 
Fun fact: I've been on the Alumni Affairs Team for three years! 
Cindy Larotta - Alumni Transition Specialist
Cindy La Rotta 
Assigned campuses: Fifth Ward & Northside 
Hometown: Houston, TX
Alma mater: Texas State University 
Fun fact: I’m a first-generation Colombian American. I was president of my gymnastics team in college. 
Emily Buss - Alumni Transition Specialist
Emily Buss 
Assigned campuses: Eisenhower & West 
Hometown: Waukesha, WI 
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fun fact: I have been a tax prep volunteer with BakerRipley's Tax Centers for four years. 
Gigi Martinez - Alumni Transition Specialist
Gigi Martinez 
Assigned campuses: East End & North Forest 
Hometown: Houston, TX
Alma mater: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 
Fun fact: I have 4 dogs! 
Stephanie Hernandez - Alumni Transition Specialist
Stephanie Hernandez 
Assigned campuses: Northbrook & Southside 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Alma mater: University of Houston #gocoogs 
Fun fact: I recently obtained my dual citizenship.

About the author

Militza Stair is the director of alumni affairs. Stair attended both the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Universidad de Salamanca.

Stair began her teaching career with HISD and six years later joined KIPP. After thirteen years in the classroom, she transitioned into the role of director of alumni impact with Teach for America-Rio Grande Valley. Three years later, she joined IDEA Public Schools to serve as the managing director of afterschool programming, where she also launched IDEA-U Brownsville.

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