Kristen Cline

Managing Director

A rural upbringing drives Kristen Cline’s passion for providing young people the support they need to gracefully handle life’s hurdles and the transition into adulthood.

Her involvement with Alexander Hamilton Scholars began as an attendee of the Hamilton Leaders Gala in 2014. Thereafter, she quickly became a regular volunteer and board member, eventually leading her to the role of managing director. With nearly two decades of experience in diverse roles and various aspects of the real estate and construction industries, Kristen uniquely brings both big and small for-profit business perspectives to AHS.

Beyond her work with Hamilton Scholars, Kristen enjoys running, hiking, watching football, and spending time with close friends and her husband. Their dog, Lucky, often tags along wherever she goes, including the office.


Amelia Moore

Program Director

As a former community college English teacher, Amelia Moore is committed to providing equal access to higher education to all young people. Amelia also has a background in nonprofit work focused on youth development, and is proud to be a part of the important work Hamilton Scholars does in closing the opportunity gap. Amelia received her BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in English literature from Mills College.

Serving as program director for Hamilton Scholars aligns with Amelia’s commitment to support future leaders who will generate meaningful change in American society through public service and civic engagement. She loves working with the inspiring young people of Hamilton Scholars and is constantly amazed by the exceptional work ethic and spirit of giving that they all possess.

Amelia lives in West Seattle with her husband and two daughters. She loves camping and hiking with her family, reading, and watching scary movies and sports.


Darlene Germino

Program Specialist

Darlene Germino’s upbringing as the daughter of Filipino immigrants and background in youth development instilled in her a passion for building a more just and equitable society through education. Darlene gained extensive experience tutoring and mentoring youth in Seattle Public Schools while pursuing her BA in Humanities for Teaching at Seattle University. After earning her degree, Darlene served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia and later engaged in nonprofit work developing programming to increase secondary and post-secondary education access for out-of-school youth.

As program specialist, Darlene is dedicated to strengthening Hamilton Scholars’ network of support and mentorship to facilitate their growth as leaders who positively impact their communities and the world. She is humbled and inspired by the Scholars’ incredible resilience despite adversity, drive to excel, and commitment to service.

Darlene enjoys hiking and photographing nature. When she is not outdoors, she can usually be found indulging in the Seattle foodie culture, listening to epic film scores, or spending quality time with loved ones.


Lynell Engelmyer

Program Advisor and College / Financial Aid Counselor

Lynell's education experience came from the admission offices at Union College (NY) and Hartwick College (NY) and as the Director of Financial Aid at Lebanon Valley College (PA). She has also worked for The College Board before beginning her own college counseling practice.

Lynell graduated summa cum laude from Albright College (PA) and earned a master´s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Administration (where one of my most difficult tasks was getting her own student loan processed!). She has been involved with private college counseling for 10 years, and she has volunteered at various college admission and financial aid programs including several which assist underserved populations on the road to college. Lynell loves writing and teaching students about the writing process. She is married and the mother of two children who she hope will someday acknowledge her skill in this field when it´s their turn for college!


Kelly Herrington

Senior Advisor and College Counselor

Kelly first witnessed educational inequity while attending a large and diverse public high school. Since college, he has been devoted to helping America's most talented but under-supported students attain the opportunities they deserve. He was drawn to Hamilton Scholars due to the fact that it is more than just a scholarship organization; a career educator, Kelly knows how important it is to mentor students during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Kelly Herrington is a graduate of Union College, where he worked as an Associate Dean of Admissions and Director or International Admissions for seven years. For the past six years he has served as the Director of College Counseling at University Prep in Seattle, WA. Kelly received his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelly's articles on college admissions have appeared in the Washington Post, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Journal and most prominently in his grandmother's scrapbook. He helped create Camp College, an early intervention and access program for students of color. He has served on National Association for College Admissions Counseling's (NACAC) Human Relations Committee. He was the recipient of NACAC's rising star award in 2003 and the John Muir Editor's Award in 2005. 

In his spare time Kelly enjoys running, biking, triathlons and hiking. In 1998, Kelly biked across the country with his father in a charity ride for the American Lung Association. An avid reader, a good book and a large Coca Cola make him very happy.