Our Staff

Our staff possess a wealth of experience and education in youth education and development. Additionally, our staff are trained and certified periodically via:

  • Darkness to Light Training (preventing and recognizing child sexual abuse)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (responding to and recognizing youth mental health crisis)
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Training  (responding to and recognizing physical distress or health crisis)


Interested in working with Teen Advisors, Elevate, or Velocity?

Click here to complete and submit our online Employment Application!

We have part-time openings available with start dates in July 2021.

Now Hiring:

Part-Time Field Staff (Velocity Program)

Part-Time Field Staff (TA High School Program

Part-Time Digital Media Specialist (24 hours a week)

Teen Advisors Board of Directors

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Cathy Alford – Past Board Chair

Sally Baker – Co-Board Chair

Molly Baker

Susan Barnes – Staff Representative (non-voting)

Nick Cash – Co-Board Chair

Louise Davidson

Starla DeSaussure

LeighAnn DiCesaris – Staff Representative (non-voting)

Jon Ebert

Richard Green

Kristie Griffin

Brad Jiles

Jacque Leerssen

Heather Lipp

Colt Miley

Brandi Morris

Skip Perkins – Treasurer

Derik Roberts – Executive Director

Cindy Sargent – Secretary (non-voting)

Anna Sims

Playol Shippey

Admin Team

Derik Roberts

Derik Roberts

Executive Director

Cindy Sargent

Financial Director,

Office Manager,

Volunteer Director

LeighAnn DiCesaris

LeighAnn DiCesaris

Development Director

Susan Barnes

Special Projects Director

Jen High

Administrative Assistant

Teen Advisors Team

Aaron Wall


Tabata Boyd

Associate Director

Evan Amon

Field staff

Abby Grace Moore

Field Staff

Julie Gutierrez

Field Staff

Elevate Team

Kathryn Means


Rafael Torres

Field Staff

Marie Arballo

Field Staff

Maddie Wenndt

Field Staff Intern

Velocity Team

Amelia McCardle


Cason Stone

Associate Director

Riley Higgins

Field Staff

Ellie Lamb

Field Staff

Chloe Boyd

Field Staff

Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley

Field Staff