Mimi began working with Determined to Succeed in July of 2011 and has worn many hats in the organization since. Before becoming Executive Director, she served as an academic advisor, writing instructor, class advisor, college counselor, and most recently as Co-Executive Director. Mimi has always been passionate about education and has spent the past 23 years working in the field. While in college at Colgate University, she worked with teens with learning disabilities and developed a tutoring/mentoring program for teens at a local group home. Upon graduation, Mimi earned her teaching credential and began teaching English at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. During her seven years at Belmont, she created a Peer Counseling program to encourage high school graduation and to promote college awareness. She also mentored new teachers, ran a successful book club, and worked in the school’s college office. She eventually left the classroom to work as a college counselor privately and at One Voice.
Carmen Margaziotis, L.Ac.
Health and Wellness Director
Carmen joined DTS in 2017 as the Health and Wellness Director. She is a licensed acupuncturist that has specialized in mental health since 2009 when she started her private practice in Pacific Palisades. She graduated magna cum laude from Emperor’s College where she received a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Carmen has been the lead acupuncturist at some of the best treatment centers in the country. She is passionate about shedding light on the importance of mental wellness and is proud to have been a featured speaker for NAMI. Carmen is currently working on her first book and is the author of the blog “The Healing Arts Enthusiast”, and has been featured in Daily Candy’s Health and Wellness Guide as well as LA Voyage Magazine.
Director of Philanthropy
Diana joined Determined to Succeed in 2017 as a board member after serving on the boards of several arts and education based non-profit organizations in Los Angeles. With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and education sectors, she transitioned into her current role in 2020. She works on behalf of DTS to develop and steward relationships with individual donors, non-profit agencies and business partners. Diana earned a bachelor’s in English at SUNY Geneseo and a master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.
College Access and Success Counselor
Stephanie joined DTS in 2015 and is currently the College Access and Success Counselor. Stephanie is a native of Los Angeles and graduated from Manual Arts High School. As a One Voice Scholar, she attended Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where she majored in Sociology. Stephanie received her master’s degree in Educational Psychology at Pepperdine University. She has years of experience working in the Admissions and Financial Aid departments of private high schools and at the college level, and as a career counselor at a vocational school.
STEM Specialist and Administrator
Emmanuel joined DTS in 2017 as a volunteer tutor and is currently the Math, Science, and Testing Specialist. He began tutoring in high school and continued throughout his time at Pomona College as a tutor for their Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and took his first steps into education as a substitute teacher for LAUSD before joining DTS and starting his private practice.
[The staff] treats everyone equally and gives us the same opportunities to succeed, showing that (and this is going to sound corny) they love us all equally. It is not really a program but a family.” – Isaiah, College Student