Kaitlyn Palividas (THS, '13)
KAITLYN PALIVIDAS, Tomball High School, 2013
For Kaitlyn Palividas, volunteering on community boards and managing a sales team is a natural fit for this former Tomball High School Cougar.
Palividas currently serves as the Manager of Key Accounts and Recruitment, overseeing a sales team of 10, for NES Fircroft, a global staffing company focused on providing technical talent.
Her Tomball story began back in 2006 when her family moved to town. From there, she immediately became actively involved in school activities. During her time in Tomball, she attended Northpointe Intermediate, Willow Wood Junior High and Tomball High School, graduating in 2013.
In school, Palividas was a proud member of Tomball STAGE as well as the WWJHS Choir.
“The Tomball STAGE was a huge part of my high school experience. I made so many friends, both on stage and backstage, who were greatly impactful in my life. I also remember performing with WWJHS Choir at TMEA in San Antonio. It was such an incredible experience to perform in front of such a large group of Texas educators. I definitely look back on those memories fondly.”
Her early success as a professional stems from her preparedness and time learning from her teachers in Tomball schools.
“One of my favorite aspects of Tomball ISD were the coursework and teachers,” she said. “I always felt challenged and encouraged in my studies, which looking back I am so thankful for. My teachers really prepared me for University and I owe so much of my success to them.”
Palividas graduated from THS in 2013 and attended the University of Houston. From there, her community involvement continued.
“I was extremely active on campus through student organizations, ranging from community service to theatre to university recruitment.”
Palividas took advantage of a graduate program at NES Fircroft as a senior in college, and was hired full-time once she graduated and has been with the company ever since.
As an alumna, and in addition to being a University of Houston football and basketball season ticket holder, Palividas volunteers for several UH Boards, including the Young Alumni Association and UH Alumni Association Foundation. She also plays a few intramural sports and enjoys attending shows.
Palividas continues to remain connected to her alma mater where she graduated in 2017 from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and earned minors in History and Leadership Studies.While immersed in her career within the city, Palividas does continue to find time to visit Tomball.
“My parents moved back to Tomball recently so I have been spending a bit more time visiting as well as seeing several Tomball STAGE shows over the years. Tomball is such a family-oriented community and it was a great place to grow up. It offers a small-town feeling that you wouldn’t expect to receive so close to a city as large as Houston.”