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.
SARAH HIEGEL — TASC MENTOR
My name is Sarah Hiegel. I am a Senior at the UofA but, I will probably be in Fayetteville a little bit longer than one year. #victorylap. When not working at TASC or going to school, I spend my time as president of the ASL club, riding my bike, hiking or making a nice dinner
MAXIMILIANO PEREZ — TASC MENTOR
This is Maximiliano Perez. He's a Junior Latin American studies and Anthropology student at the U of A #WPS!! When hes not working or being a student you'd most likely find him at a coffee shop with a good book, or a Thai restaurant. Even though he's probably craving Mexican food. He also enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dogs.
MELISSA ENDICOTT — TASC INTERN
Melissa is a counseling intern at TASC who is working to finish her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Play Therapy from John Brown University. Before working with TASC, she was as a teacher at the University of Arkansas’ Child Development Study Center where she did research and taught on how people develop in their early years. She also did work in school-based mental health services for pre-teens and teens at Dayspring Behavioral Health in Northwest Arkansas. Melissa did her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family sciences. While doing this, she developed a heart for teens. She worked and volunteered in many organizations such as: the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Elizabeth Richardson Center, and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outdoors.
COCO VASQUEZ — TASC INTERN
Coco is a senior at Rogers New Technology High School and a sophomore at Northwest Arkansas Community College, where she is working towards her Associates Degree in Fine Arts. She enjoys singing, dancing, acting, and writing in third person about herself in her free time. She’s an active member of Keystone at the Boys and Girls Club, Hispanic Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Skills USA, and Upward Bound. Coco is unbelievable grateful for this opportunity to be an intern at TASC. She’s excited to aid teens on their missions to impact and assist their community.
MIGUEL MARIN — TASC INTERN
Miguel Marin is currently attending his junior year at Springdale High School. He is part of the IT Academy, where he plans to receive his majors in business administration, accounting and finance, and supply chain management. He finds mathematics very interesting just like music. He is currently a part of the Springdale marching band, he is an officer for FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), he is part of junior class council, Upward Bound, and National Honor Society.
KENDALL MCCRARY - RESOURCE COORDINATOR
Kendall hails from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a specialized minor in Education. She believes in the empowerment of any human being—beyond age, ethnicity, gender or circumstance. She believes in the genuine power of community and that every person has the potential to unlock a life journey unique and all their own. Profound impact grows from the smallest of decisions, the simplest acts of kindness, and openness to the world unknown.