Youth to Youth Administrative Staff consists of certified prevention professional that are responsible for the planning and implementing of both local and national programming. The majority of our staff are “products” of the Youth to Youth program.
We are driven by a dedicated team that is focused on drug prevention and youth leadership programs for middle school and high school students.
Cheryl has been a part of youth-led prevention for over twenty years. She began as a teen involved in a school-based prevention program, became a volunteer upon graduation, and has been a certified prevention professional for over ten years with Youth to Youth International.
Over the course of her ten years as a prevention professional, Cheryl has co-coordinated multiple community youth councils, served on community coaltions, managed and coordinated large national youth training conferences, and coordinated Youth to Youth’s Franklin County Youth Advisory Board (YAB).
Cheryl has also assisted with development and implementation of trainings and provided consultation to new and existing youth-led groups within Central Ohio and outside of Ohio. She has presented prevention workshops at various statewide and national Conferences such as The Ohio Prevention Education Conference (OPEC), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Conference and Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) Conference.
Cheryl graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Elementary Education.
In 2014 Cheryl received the ADAPAO (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio) Advocate Award for exemplary efforts in advancing the mission of ADAPAO.
Jill has been impressed with the power of Youth to Youth since she volunteered as an adult staff member in 1984 at a local summer conference. She joined the Youth to Youth staff in January of 1985. At that time Jill worked directly with the teens running the Youth Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau. Soon Jill was traveling across the U.S. and abroad, training communities to begin Youth to Youth groups and facilitating summer conferences.
In 1989, Jill moved overseas and worked for the US Army Youth Services in creating youth development initiatives. Three years later she was back at Youth to Youth where she directed the Youth to Youth International program. She has over thirty years of experience in coordinating national speaker presentations, conferences, and youth-led prevention technical assistance across the county, state and the country. Jill currently is the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance serving as the contact for those seeking education or training in areas of expertise for CompDrug/Youth to Youth International which includes addiction treatment, prevention and mental health.
Jill has a degree in Biomedical Communications from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist II.
Ty is a “product” of Youth to Youth; he was a member of the Youth to Youth Advisory Board, Speaker Bureau and served as youth staff while he was in high school, so he has been involved in the field of youth development and prevention for over twenty- seven years. Ty is currently the Director of Training for Youth to Youth International and assists communities and schools in their prevention and youth leadership programs by designing and conducting trainings to meet their needs. Ty has developed and implemented trainings with content including decision -making, violence prevention, teambuilding, small group facilitation, public speaking and adult/ youth connections. He is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, who has shared his message of acceptance and inspiration with teens, parents and adults who work with youth all over the world.
As a recognized leader in the field of prevention and youth development, Ty has been called upon to assist in the development of many youth programs, at some of the largest prevention conferences in the country including CADCA and PRIDE. He has also consulted with many international groups in developing their own youth programs including Caymans against Substance Abuse, PRIDE Bermuda, and the U.S. Military in Italy, Japan and Germany. He has developed a brochure entitled iMatter to raise awareness of dating violence and intimate partner abuse among teens. Ty received the ADAPAO Award for Excellence in Prevention Marketing and has authored a chapter in the book Teen Empower entitled “Thank You”. ”. In 2012, he was recognized by the Ohio Department of Drug Addiction Services as the “Prevention Innovator of the Year.”
Ty received a B.A. in Communication from The Ohio State University.
Kevin has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2000 when he attended his first middle school Winners Choice Camp. Kevin stayed involved throughout his high school career volunteering as a member of the Youth Advisory Board, Speakers Bureau, and attending every Youth to Youth camp and conference he could. He knew then that drug prevention was his passion and after graduating high school he began his professional career with Youth to Youth.
In 2010, Kevin had the opportunity to work alongside YAB teens to develop Youth to Youth's first prescription drug misuse prevention presentation, "The pHARMING Effects," which has been presented and trained to thousands of students in the United States and Puerto Rico. Throughout his years as a prevention professional Kevin has been heavily involved in the field and is an advocate for the advancement of prevention. He currently sits on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Prevention Committeee to do just that!
Kevin now serves as the Youth Programs Manager and is responsible for coordinating the Central Ohio Youth Advisory Board, “The CAMP” for Central Ohio middle school students and the Internationals’ Summer Conference.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Capital University where he majored in Communication and minored in Public Speaking.
Nate attended his first Youth to Youth conference in 2002 in San Ramon, California. Throughout high school he attended and staffed their Community Advisory Board, over twenty mini-conferences across the west coast, and the Western States summer conference. In college, he served as Youth Coordinator for the local program and as part of their conference training staff. Over the past five years Nate has been the lead trainer for San Ramon's annual middle-school conference. Nate has been contracted as an expert in youth leadership with city recreation programs, most recently revamping a middle and high school leadership program.
After a few years managing training and onboarding programs in the corporate world, Nate decided to make the jump back into youth development.
Nate is perpetually impressed with what young people do when given opportunity, guidance, and support. He's ecstatic to be working at Youth to Youth International doing just that. Nate’s current focus is the Ohio Department of Public Health's tobacco prevention grant.
Nate holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from San Jose State University.
Geena has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2009 when she was a member of Youth Staff at a middle school Winners Choice Camp. She loved everything about it so she became an active member in the Youth Advisory Board. Geena works with local teens who are members of Youth Advisory Board, coordinates "The Pulse of Youth to Youth" speakers bureau, coordinating youth staff at camps and conferences and assists other events throughout the year. She also worked as a paid college intern for the Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance helping to lead the inaugural Youth Council of the statewide Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network.
Geena is currently pursuing her Social Work degree at Capital University.
Taylor has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2010, when she attended her first Youth to Youth Summer Conference. Year after year, she came back to conference. She continued on to youth staff, A-team, and admin staff. In 2015, Taylor was hired part-time as Summer Staff. Upon graduating from East Carolina University in 2016 with a B.S. in Addictions and Rehabilitation Services, she was hired full-time. During the summer, Taylor serves as the registration coordinator for our summer conferences. Year round, Taylor is the Coordinator of Speaking and Training Services.
Roy has been involved with Youth to Youth since he attended his First Summer Conference in 2006. Immediately after Roy became an active member in Youth to Youth’s local Youth Advisory Board. In May 2013 Roy joined the team as summer staff and soon thereafter was hired part-time as a Prevention Assistant. Roy assists with Youth Advisory Board, summer conference series and other events throughout the year.
Roy is currently in school pursuing a Psychology Degree.
Kai has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2007 when he attended his first Youth to Youth middle school camp. After attending the camp he knew right then and there that this was the lifestyle for him, being drug free. Throughout high school he was part of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and served as a member of the youth staff for the International Conference. Kai currently works part time for Youth to Youth, supporting YAB and summer conferences as well as local and national programming.
Kai is currently pursing a degree in Non-Profit Studies from The Ohio State University.
LeAnn has been involved in Youth to Youth since 2011 when she attended her first summer conference. Originally from the Akron area, LeAnn has been actively participating in various prevention programs throughout the state since she was in middle school. Upon graduating high school she found her way back to Youth to Youth by being on A-Team for two summers and a summer staff in 2017. While a full-time student, LeAnn works part time as a prevention assistant. LeAnn plans to pursue prevention long-term post graduation.
LeAnn in currently pursuing a degree in Psychology of Chemical Dependency Counseling from Ohio Christian University.