Coletta Jones Patterson, Executive Director

Coletta Jones Patterson was raised in Northwest Arkansas and attended Springdale Public Schools. She graduated from Tougaloo College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration before returning “home” and attending the University of Arkansas where she graduated with her Master in Business Administration. Coletta has 15+ years’ experience working with youth and adults in various capacities.

Coletta returned to Northwest Arkansas in 2015 and worked for LifeSource NWA as the Development Director where she secured funding for operations, expanded programming and built collaborative partnerships across the community. She is also a certified professional and executive coach (life strategist) in which she excels in helping others identify destructive thought and behavioral patterns that inhibit forward movement.

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Dawn Spragg, MS LPC, Founder

Dawn is the co-founder of the Teen Action and Support Center (with husband Greg) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Family Mediator.

Dawn has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. 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.

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Jacqueline Perez, Director of Operations

Jacqueline coordinates, develops new opportunities, trains staff, and more.

Jacqueline has her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Spanish, and Latinx American Studies from the University of Arkansas. She has worked with a multitude of nonprofits in the Northwest Arkansas area, such as Catholic Charities Immigration Services, Peace at Home Family Shelter, and Ozark Guidance.

During Jacqueline’s free time she enjoys partaking in social justice movements, reading, binge-watching TV shows, and constantly educating herself.

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Alyssa Snyder, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Alyssa works to connect youth with meaningful opportunities to discover more about themselves, and the world around them, through curated community exploration and service projects.

An avid volunteer since her pre-school days, Alyssa could frequently be found tagging alongside her mom as she managed cases at the local food bank, delivered food to homes she knew were struggling, and modeled the power of what one individual can do to affect those around them. Even at a young age, Alyssa realized this was what made her spark.

After graduating with a degree from the Walton College of Business in 2009, struggling to find meaningful employment, Alyssa drew upon inspiration from her early years of community exploration. In the years to follow, Alyssa would go on to co-create multiple community based startups, bridging gaps between what exists and what could be possible --- realizing that the most effective way to affect change, is to create it.

When not working (yes, there are times!), Alyssa enjoys having a great meal, sitting on a back porch with friends talking about all the things, traveling whenever and wherever possible, and being a mother to several fur children: Skooter, Tatters the Catters, and the late Oskar (who was the original TASCot).

Alyssa would love to know you. You can reach her by clicking here. 

 

Rachel Holmes, Director of Education & Resources

Rachel Holmes coordinates and leads the First Steps, Teen Thrive, and The Closet programs.

Rachel earned her Associates degree in Sociology from San Antonio College in Texas and her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology from FHSU in Kansas. Her background is in volunteer and program management.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theater, playing board games, having adventures, reading, and binge-watching TV shows. She also loves volunteering and giving back to the community.

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Evelyn Sosa, Director of Arts & Cultural Programming

Evelyn has a passion for helping others and has coordinated fundraisers for Seven Hills through music events and yoga donation classes. Evelyn also works at Seeds that Feed, a non-profit helping provide access to fresh food to food pantries, shelters and elderly patients who face food insecurity. She believes that the best way to impact your community is by helping provide basic necessities and resources. She hopes to continue to create connections and opportunities to get involved in the community.

In her free time Evelyn enjoys traveling, tending to her plants, listening to music, DJ-ing and is currently teaching herself Japanese in hopes of traveling there someday.

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Brittany Moody, Director of Program Design and Development

Brittany provides support to staff for program growth, development, and assessment.

Brittany has her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Arkansas and will complete her Master’s degree May 2021 at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Brittany provides support to program staff to ensure that they are following best practices and meeting the needs of the teens in the community. She believes that through community and persistence all teens have the ability to make a difference.

In her free time, Brittany enjoys reading, painting, hiking, and hanging out with her pets.

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Kara Zenner, Director of Development

Kara leads the fundraising efforts for Teen Action and Support Center. She focuses on building community relationships and collaborating with donors to help raise awareness around the impact that TASC has on teens in our local area. Prior to her current position Kara volunteered for TASC and led our All In NWA Event for 6 years.

Kara grew up Iowa and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Kara has over 11 years of Consumer Goods experience, with expertise in the Frozen Foods category. Kara has merchandising experience at Sam’s Club as well as experience in the supplier community.
 
Kara enjoys spending time with her family. She has a husband and 2 daughters. She loves to cooking, entertaining, playing the piano, and traveling.

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Coco Vasquez, Youth Engagement Ambassador

As the Youth Engagement Ambassador, or Y.E.A for short, Coco creates events for teenagers in the area and connects teens to programs within TASC and beyond. Over the years, she has gained many interests and hobbies, such as singing, songwriting, acting, crafts, thrifting, and skating. 

Coco connected with TASC during her sophomore year in high school when she began volunteering and creating service projects. During her senior year of high school, she interned at The Station to learn in the ins and outs of a non-profit organization.  She is currently a junior at the University of Arkansas, completing her Bachelors in Communications.

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Marcela Perez, Inservice Specialist

Marcela helps guide youth and families through the Inservice Program. She has a passion for working with and for the community and is able to do both through her role at TASC.

Marcela is currently a junior at the University of Arkansas where she is pursuing degrees in Social Work and Latin American Studies.

Marcela’s interests include photography, reading and writing poetry, and listening to music.

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Abby Schoeppe, Youth Engagement Specialist

Abby works with teens in the Thrive program to provide services and support. She believes in the power of building relationships to connect with teens and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Abby is a former math teacher, who taught in Springdale and Rogers for 12 years.  She realized during this time that her true passion was working with her students to help them navigate the sometimes difficult road of growing up. Abby holds her Bachelor’s degree in Middle Level Education and Master’s degree in Teaching, both from the University of Arkansas.  

In her free time Abby enjoys hiking, reading, baking, binge watching TV shows, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with her family and friends.  

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