Operations Team

Xai Lewis

Xaila Lewis, School Operations Manager

First-Year Knight

Ms. Lewis has been committed to education non-profit work in the Seattle area for the last 10 years and is excited to direct her focus to students in Tacoma. During her time with Communities In Schools of Seattle, she started as a case manager and ended as a Program Director responsible for school partnerships and the training and support of direct service staff. In her free time, Ms. Lewis enjoys riding her motorcycle and taking her sons on outdoor adventures in the beautiful Pacific NW.


Stefania Appia, Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator

First-Year Knight

Ms. Appia grew up locally and graduated from Federal Way High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington with a double major in Social Science and Communications and attended graduate courses at UW’s College of Education. After working with Tacoma Goodwill Industries as a job developer, she transitioned to teaching in Seattle through an opportunity with Teach For America. She is excited to now be in a role which combines her passion of engaging with families and the community, along with still being able to support students directly.  Ms. Appia enjoys spending free time at home with her family, playing Xbox, and taking pictures of delicious food!


Kasey Villareal, Office Manager

Second-Year Knight

Kasey offers over fourteen plus years of Operations management expertise, Kasey is experienced in a multitude of roles including, management, operations, human resources and safety management. Kasey presently decided  to shift his skills  to serving a higher level in the education field working for GreenDot Public Schools.

Previously, Kasey was operations manager for Harbor Freight Tools, Sears and LAFitness. As the operations manager for many retailers, he was accountable for the day-to-day operations of the company. This included overseeing quality control checks, ordering of inventory, project management, improving company image and more. It was his responsibility to ensure the company was being run efficiently and cost effectively.

In between the hours spent working, Kasey enjoys his time at the gym, working on cars and spending time with his family.

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Destiny Middle School

1301 E 34th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

Phone: (253) 722-5883
Fax: (253) 382-2402