Office of Equity and Partnerships Staff
Director of Family Partnerships
860.645.6041 option #2
Latasha Easterling-Turnquest serves as the Director of Family Partnerships for the Manchester Public School System. She has been serving the Manchester community for the past 15+ years. In her role she has worked alongside families, community members and school staff. Implementing programming for youth in the schools, and building the capacity of adults through a variety of classes and workshops. She has also worked with families that had children under the age of 5 facilitating playgroups, home visits and developmental screenings. Her work focuses on strengthening relationships, building the capacity of parents and staff, and creating opportunities while reducing barriers. Mrs. Turnquest provides oversight of the Manchester Public School’s eight Family Resource Centers, Parent Leadership Trainings, School Governance/Advisory Councils, Community Partnerships, and the Welcome Center, where centralized registration for grades K-8 occurs.
Mrs. Turnquest obtained her Masters in Education Degree at the University of Hartford.
Latasha will tell anyone that she LOVES her job because she gets to work everyday to uplift and support children and families in her community! Her motto is that “The higher you go in position only means the more people that you now have to serve.”
Equity Coordinator PK-12
860.647.3521 ext 70093
Rhonda Philbert is the Equity Coordinator for Manchester Public Schools’ Office of Equity and Partnerships. She provides leadership, communication, and guidance, to educators, administrators students and families district –wide that focus on the elimination achievement disparities by promoting pedagogical practices that will provide equitable opportunities to all students and families .She is passionate and committed to racial equity, inclusion and social justice in the school district and community. She has been a resident of Manchester, Ct for over 20 years. Rhonda began her employment as a Health Educator with Manchester Public Schools in August, 1996. In the past, She taught science and health education for Brooklyn Public High Schools in New York City. She was also employed by the Hartford Health Department as a Perinatal Coordinator and AIDS Educator. Rhonda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Hartford and a Master’s of Public Health Degree from Southern Ct. State University. Currently, she is the co – chair of the Manchester School Readiness Council, Chair of the African American and Black Affairs Council, a Member of the Manchester Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Collaborative and a member of the NAACP (Hartford Chapter). In her spare time Rhonda loves to travel, hang out with friends and family, and play Words with Friends.
Coordinator of Title I Programming & Outreach
Office:860.647.6364 - Mobile:860.985.1565
Prior to starting his work in Manchester in 2014, Moyano spent close to 10 years working as an administrator in higher education. Now on the opposite end of the education spectrum, he enjoys connecting with students and families to help develop life-long learners. Moyano earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southern CT State University and an MBA from the University of Hartford. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with their two children.
Office of Equity and Partnerships Staff
Youth Empowerment Coordinator
Ashley Okwuazi believes that true empowerment and transformation must begin with self. Self-reflection, self-awareness, self-appreciation, and self-accountability. These beliefs were instilled in her as a child, and remain with her as she navigates the world personally and professionally.
Ashley Okwuazi is a Manchester Public schools alumni who experienced firsthand the impact of dedicated mentors and their youth empowerment efforts as a child. As an adult, she wanted to give back to her community and returned to MPS to work as a middle school language arts teacher. Currently, Ms.Okwuazi serves her MPS community as the Youth Empowerment Coordinator. In this role she focuses on centering and amplifying the voices of students, especially those with marginalized identities. Her role also focuses on creating safe collaborative spaces for youth and adults to learn, build meaningful relationships, and engage in intergenerational dialogues that incorporate race, equity, culture, as well as school and lived experiences. Ms.Okwuazi believes that these practices will contribute to true paradigm shifts within public schools and a step toward dismantling racial inequities in the community. She acknowledges that true educational and racial justice must include the voices of the youth, but has to be sustained through the education and continued solidarity of adult educators.
In her free time, Ms. Okwuazi enjoys traveling with her fiance, cracking jokes with her mom, engaging in outdoor activities, watching documentaries, and laughing with friends. She also enjoys connecting with students and their families, stating that, “It’s not work when you’re spending time with people you genuinely love and care about.”
860.645.6041 option #1
Milka is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Equity & Partnerships and District-Wide Registrar for grades K-8 at the Welcome Center. Born in Puerto Rico & raised in Hartford, Connecticut, she has been providing administrative support for over 20 years around the US, including the Wells Fargo Operations Center in Billings, Montana. Although the majority of her experience has been with the corporate world, she began working in education with Manchester Adult & Continuing Education in 2012. Milka and her husband David have been Manchester residents since 2007 and have a daughter, Mekyra, born and raised in Manchester.