Office of Equity and Partnerships Staff

Director of Family Partnerships


  • Latasha Turnquest
    Latasha Turnquest
    lturnq@mpspride.org
    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

  • Rhonda Philbert
    Rhonda Philbert
    b25rphil@mpspride.org
    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

  • Luis Moyano
    Luis Moyano
    lmoyano@mpspride.org
    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

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Coordinator of Program Planning & Development

  • Erin Ortega
    Erin Ortega
    eortega@mpspride.org
    860.645.6041 option #3

    First and foremost, Erin is the mother of two amazing kids, who inspire her to do better every day. She has been married since 2005 and resides in Middletown with her family. Erin loves spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, cooking, dancing, and creating all kinds of art. She received her Bachelor’s from St. Thomas Aquinas College in graphic design and interned at a prestigious advertising agency in NYC. Before moving back to CT, she lived in Brooklyn, NY and worked doing landscape design for Fortune 500 corporations and consulting for higher education institutions with online course design/development. In 2010, she completed her Master's in adult education and training and soon after began working for MPS. She spent 4 years with Manchester Adult and Continuing Education and accomplished so many things there that she will always be proud of. In 2015, Erin transitioned into her current role at the Office of Equity and Partnerships. Her role as Coordinator of Program Planning and Development is a unique one. She works to support many important focus areas, including but not limited to: communications, branding, partnerships/community organizing, data analysis/presentation, equity, youth leadership, and grant writing/management. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in educational technology.

Secretary

  • Milka Frison
    Milka Frison
    mfrison@mpspride.org
    860.645.4061 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.