MADI HUTSON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Madi is passionate about seeing the teens of Northwest Arkansas healthy and active in the community. She believes teens can and do succeed when given the skills and opportunities to do so. She has worked with TASC for the last eight years as a volunteer, Board member, and a Group Facilitator for Girls Circle, and currently serves as Executive Director. Madi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a minor in Psychology from University of the Ozarks, and over the last ten years, Madi has worked as a Special Programs Coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs of Abilene, a Program Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County, and most recently, travelled as a consultant with Just KYDS, LLC on an advancement team that provided turnaround and transformational services to organizations across the nation. She has trained nearly 1,000 youth development professionals on how to develop and sustain impactful programs for youth. She currently lives in Rogers with her husband and three children and enjoys art, reading, and outdoor activities.
DAWN SPRAGG, MS LPC
CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, CERTIFIED MEDIATOR, JUVENILE DIVISION
Dawn is the co-founder of the Teen Action and Support Center (with husband Greg) and has worn many hats as the Executive Director, Board Member, and most recently, Director of Therapeutic Services where she invests in teens through counseling and mediation services. Prior to opening TASC, Dawn served as the Director of Youth Ministries for Central United Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a certified mediator. Dawn is passionate about the positive impact teens can make in their schools and communities. Her hope is that all teenagers will have access to the support they need to believe in themselves and realize their full potential. Dawn and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities and spending time at the lake.
JENNIFER KREIN— DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND RESOURCES
My areas of responsibility include First Steps, The Closet which includes Christmas Teen Initiative and Day of Promise. The opportunity to encourage and empower the teens of today is something I feel very blessed to be a part of it. This job provides me a direct way to impact our teens on a daily basis. The fact that the future is full of infinite possibilities to make a positive difference in the lives of our teens is what I am most excited about. Thank you for this opportunity to serve.
ALYSSA SNYDER- DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
An avid volunteer beginning at the age of 3, Alyssa could frequently be found tagging alongside her mom on her multitude of community endeavors. Even at such a young age, Alyssa realized this is where she felt most alive. After graduating from the Walton College of Business in 2009, struggling to find meaningful employment, and unfulfilled by her day job, Alyssa’s early roots began to reach back out to her. Front porch conversations amongst friends began to shift from what the world wasn’t giving them, to what they could give to the world. By 2011, Alyssa had co-founded Seeds That Feed — an organization that mobilizes and redirects overflow produce from area farmers to those that need it most. Closely after in 2012, Alyssa was selected to participate in the ARK Challenge’s inaugural business accelerator for technology startups — working to bridge the gap between millennials looking to give back, and the organizations and causes who need their help the most. Flash forward to today, constantly intrigued and drawn in by the people and the moments around her, Alyssa is excited to weave her experiences into an evolving TASC, feeding her knowledge and passion to NWA’s next generation of community leaders
ARON SHELTON- DIRECTOR OF THE STATION
Former Director of Community Service and Engagement for TASC, Aron has moved into a new position as Director of The Station. A community strategist with over 5 years of experience launching and running social campaigns for local and national nonprofits, civic organizations, academic institutions, and various startups, he brings a deep understanding of how the digital world melds with and affects the communities we live and serve in. He brings a deep passion for implementing social engagement strategies that appeal and connect to the younger generations. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can SERVE.” As a personal mantra, this statement put Aron on a path that led him to this position and he feels incredibly grateful to continue this journey with TASC.
AMY PEREZ — TASC INTERN
Amy is a senior at Rogers New Technology High School. She is enjoying her recent position with TASC as an intern. She is an aspiring social worker in hopes of one day being able to serve and give back to her community. She enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with her family, volunteering and going to LifeTeen at her church. She is an active member of the Hispanic Ambassadors, NWACC Upward Bound, and National Honors Society. As a teen and an intern with TASC, Amy hopes to learn more about community involvement and take that knowledge back with her to get her peers more involved in all the opportunities around them.
ANDREA SWANSON — TASC INTERN
Andrea is a counseling intern at TASC who is working to finish a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Arkansas. Prior to TASC, she was as an intern at University of Arkansas’ Counseling and Psychological Services where she walked alongside young adults transitioning into the college atmosphere. As an undergraduate, Andrea found a passion for working with teens through volunteering with various organizations such as Freedom for Youth and Youth and Shelter Services while she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa State University. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and playing sports as well as participating in outdoor activities.
JOY LINDON— 'COOLEST' OFFICE MANAGER ON THE PLANET
Joy ensures that everything stays in order! When she isn't answering the phones, scheduling appointments, keeping the office tidy, and fulfilling various other office duties—she is imparting little bits of wisdom to each of us. She keeps us all on 'TASC' and with her on the team TASC is all the more AWESOME!