Site Coordinator at Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon

René was born and raised in Mount Vernon, the heart of the tulip industry in the United States. He loves that for one month, every year, the Valley is flooded with bright, beautiful colors.

After graduating from MVHS, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Saint Martin’s University. He enjoyed a short stint as a professional soccer player for the then Seattle Sounders affiliate, Kitsap Pumas, before focusing on his non-athletic career. Before traveling to Spain on a medical fellowship, René spent two years with Sea Mar Community Health Clinic helping patients living with chronic diseases navigate the healthcare system. He returned to the U.S. for a one-year term with AmeriCorps, engaging with at-risk youth in East Central Spokane. While in Spokane, he joined the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team and accumulated over 1800 hours of community service in initiative programs like the Walking School Bus and the YMCA Reach & Rise program. Following AmeriCorps, he completed a medical scribe program and subsequently got into coaching high school soccer. He spent two years as the head coach for the Cheney High School boys’ soccer program and is now heading the girls’ soccer program at Mount Vernon High School. Over the last year, he has also been a substitute teacher in the Mount Vernon School District for all grade levels.

René says “Ironically, growing up, I did not know any exemplary mentors who looked like me or were from my town. Fortunately, I now represent and share perspectives with many who form this community. As a product of the Valley, I have always had a desire to serve diverse communities. I hope that my community engagement positively impacts and ensures the next generation has an example to follow.”

René’s pastimes include playing the guitar, designing graphic art, and playing with his dogs. You can also find him in the gym six days out of the week and playing for Bellingham’s semi-professional soccer team, Bellingham United.