It is with high regard and consideration that Junior Achievement has elected its 2022 Year Awardees
Lisa Herbert – Volunteer of the Year Award, 2022
Lisa Herbert personally volunteered for JA Job Shadow, JA Finance Park, and JA Girls Empowerment Summit, for a total of 15 instructional contact hours! She has served more than two decades in senior marketing, strategic communications, and sales management roles across a variety of financial services, fintech, and B2B technology productivity firms. She sits on the Philanthropy Committee for Women in Institutional Investments Network (WIIIN) as the lead liaison to the ESG Committee and has played an integral role in facilitating volunteers for JA through Girls Empowerment. It is also worth noting that Lisa co-organized JA’s first Girls Empowerment Summit in Finance. Lisa explains her enthusiasm for volunteering by saying, “Helping the next generation gain the financial education they need to pave their own path to success is incredibly rewarding. Whether mentoring kids to solve real-world budget problems in real-time or sharing insights into skills, roles, and building blocks that make sense across different career paths, I’m always inspired by their creativity, tenacity, and humor.”
Araceli Morfin – Educator of the Year Award, 2022
Araceli Morfin is an Assistant Principal at Woodrow Wilson High School located in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Previous to working at Wilson HS Araceli Morfin worked at Roosevelt High School as a Coordinator when she established her partnership with Junior Achievement in 2010.
Araceli Morfin is a first-generation Mexican American Latina first in her family to graduate from college. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Chicano Studies from Eastern Washington State University. Masters’s degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist from USC and two credentials in School Psychology and Counseling from USC. Pupil Service and Attendance and Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Her philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is her desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. These attributes are desirable, required resources, and personal skills necessary to increase students’ 21st Century college and career readiness. Students must be able to transfer their academic skills into real-world critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Araceli Morfin believes Junior Achievement shares the same passion and value system. The continued collaborative effort between JA and Wilson High School (LAUSD) can “inspire and prepare young people for success” – the concept that it takes a village solidifies the continued effort to inspire others through our own hard work and dedication.