OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
"To provide a safe and positive environment, quality programs, and life-long learning skills for all school age youth in Vancouver and its surrounding areas, with special concern for those who need us most."
FRANCISCO BuenoExecutive Director
Francisco started his first stint with the organization in 2008 as an AmeriCorps member and worked in several capacities in the organization until 2013. After a five year break that included graduating with a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame and helping launch a metro area branch for a national education-focused nonprofit, he is back and excited to lead this amazing organization.
LIZ McClananDirector of Finance
Liz joined our organization in 2017 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in financial management.
JORDAN PfeiferAdministrative & Accounting Manager
Jordan joined our organization in 2012 shortly after graduating from Western Washington University. She oversees payroll and accounting.
ALISON LauderdaleArea Director
Alison joined our organization in 2004 as a summer staff while she was going to college. After graduating, she worked her way through several different positions, including: Assistant Club Director, Club Director, and most recently, Area Director. She oversees the operations of all elementary programs.
ERICA NicewongerArea Director
Erica joined our organization in 2014 as the Gang Prevention & Intervention Manager. After establishing our Prevention & Intervention Program, she moved into the Area Director position and now oversees the operations of all teen programs.
CHELE DiffenbaughEvents Manager
Chele joined our organization in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. In 2018, she became the Events Manager. She coordinates and executes all of our events throughout the year.
ARI SmithCommunications Manager
Ari joined our organization in 2015 as a summer program assistant at our Washington Elementary Club. He has since held multiple Lead Staff positions. After graduating from college in the summer of 2018, Ari joined the Administrative Team.
ASHLEY FortnerAdministrative Assistant
Ashley joined our organization in 2018 as the Membership Specialist at our Elise Menashe Teen Center, before joining the Administrative Team as the Administrative Assistant.
ALENA FridleyMembership Services and Operations Coordinator
Alena first came to our organization as a member of AmeriCorps in 2017, working as one of our Volunteer Coordinators. After her AmeriCorps term was completed, she stepped in as Interim Club Director at our Teen Turf Club. Now, she joins the Administrative Team as the Membership Services and Operations Coordinator.