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Madi Hutson, Executive Director

Madi is the Executive Director at TASC, where she leads a fanTASCtic group of humans who are passionate about seeing Northwest Arkansas teens empowered to succeed. She believes teens can and do succeed when given the skills and opportunities to do so. Madi’s personal mission is to empower those around her to find personal significance and serve “in their lane.”

Madi worked with TASC for nine years as a volunteer, board member, and Group Facilitator for Girls Circle, before becoming the Executive Director in 2015. Madi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art with a minor in Psychology from University of the Ozarks. Prior to Madi joining TASC, she spent eight years working as a Special Programs Coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs of Abilene, a Program Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County, and traveling 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.

Madi currently lives in Bella Vista with her husband and four children. She enjoys art, reading, and outdoor activities.

You can reach her at madi@tascnwa.org

Dawn Spragg, MS LPC, Founder

Dawn is the co-founder of the Teen Action and Support Center (with husband Greg) and currently serves as Director of Therapeutic Services. She 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.

You can reach her at dawn@tascnwa.org

Aron Shelton, Director of The Station

Aron is the Director of The Station, TASC’s social innovation lab in downtown Springdale. Before his current position, Aron was the Director of Community Service for two years. Prior to TASC, Aron co-founded a local organization called Seeds That Feed and spent three years working in the Northwest Arkansas startup space.

Aron is a collaborator and connecter. If you are interested in learning more about The Station, you can reach him at aron@tascnwa.org

Alyssa Snyder, Director of Community Service & Engagement

Alyssa is the Director of Community Service & Engagement for TASC, working 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 at alyssa@tascnwa.org

Jennifer Krein, Development Director

Jennifer is the Director of Development for TASC, where she responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Before joining TASC, Jennifer spent 10 years as a Psych Tech and Case Manager at Vista Health. After a successful career working alongside adolescents and their families, Jennifer now empowers Youth Engagement Specialists to walk alongside teens on their journey.

Jennifer enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, cooking, and playing board games.

You can reach her at jennifer@tascnwa.org

Michele Hoyt, Administrative Director

Michele is the Administrative Director for TASC, where she provides staff support, office management, client scheduling, assistance on special projects, and any area where she is needed.

She has over 20 years of banking, operations, training, management, and administrative experience. She spent 15 of those years at Arvest Bank.

While she has a natural knack for details, coordinating, and communicating, she also has a heart and empathy for people. Michele believes that everyone has a story behind the scenes, and behind the screens, and that folks are dealing with so much that others often know nothing about. People need to know that someone is for them and that they have purpose and potential. She is grateful to be a part of an organization that is positively impacting, empowering, and investing in teens.

Michele finds joy in Jesus, spending time with family, getting together with friends, volunteering & helping others, learning new things, attending concerts & sporting events, reading non-fiction, playing the piano, and traveling.

You can reach her at michele@tascnwa.org

Cat Rosenschein, Director of Education and Resources

Cat is our Director of Education and Resources for TASC where she assists teens with tapping into their individual "power stream" and ensures the teens have constant access to community resources that can help them reach their goals to success!

Cat has over 15 years of experience which includes extensive case management, working with teens in crisis, placing foster children in certified homes, as well as working in the TAY division with teens that need housing/resources once they have aged out of the system.

Cat has her MA in Psychology. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, attending church, and going to plays/movies.

You can reach her at cat@tascnwa.com

Kelly Hauser, Accountant

Kelly is the Accountant for TASC. Prior to her joining Teen Action & Support Center in February 2018, Kelly worked in numerous areas of accounting. She has a wide range of experience, including the management of teams specializing in audit/forensic accounting. She is a native of Rogers/Lowell and was drawn back to the area after obtaining her B.B.A. in Finance with an emphasis in Accountancy. Through the years she has proudly served on several nonprofit boards in Northwest Arkansas.

Kelly and her husband have a son, Brett, who is nearing college completion and a daughter, Taylor, who is nearing high school completion. She enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, attending concerts, and entertaining family and friends.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelo -

You can reach her at kelly@tascnwa.org

Darcy Castaneda, Administrative Specialist

Darcy is the Administrative Specialist for TASC, where she works behind the scenes to make sure the organization runs smoothly on a daily basis.

Darcy graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May 2018 with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. GO BEARS! She is currently a graduate student at UCA, obtaining her M.S in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Darcy eventually wants to use her education to serve others in the community and help them achieve their goals in life, no matter how big or small. Darcy’s love for working in nonprofit began when she interned at a Children’s Advocacy Center where she was fortunate to witness first hand how people have endless compassion and support for others in the community. Working at TASC has given her another chance to see the different programs in action to encourage and empower teens in Northwest Arkansas. Darcy hopes in the future she is also able to make a difference and leave a mark for others to lead by example.

In her spare time, Darcy enjoys reading a good book, journaling, and watching movies.

You can reach her at darcy@tascnwa.org

Jacqueline Perez, Operations Coordinator

Jacqueline is the Operations Coordinator for TASC at The Station and Poplar Street office, where she 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.

You can reach her at jacqueline@tascnwa.org

 

Brittany Moody, Youth Engagement Specialist

Brittany is a Youth Engagement Specialist for the Teen Thrive and Inservice programs at TASC, where she connects teens with their community and needed resources, through case management and mentorship.

Brittany has her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Arkansas. She works alongside teens to help them achieve their truest potential while helping them make community connections and find resources.Brittany believes that through community and persistence all teens have the power to make a difference.

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

You can reach her at brittany@tascnwa.org

Maximiliano Perez, Youth Engagement Specialist

Max is a Youth Engagement Specialist for the TASC Inservice program. He is an organizer and student of the people, and a community member.

Max is currently a junior at the University of Arkansas studying communications. Max enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his dogs, and loves to try new food.

He is open to questions or setting up a time to meet. You can reach him at max@tascnwa.org

Michele Witschi, Youth Engagement Specialist

Michele is a Youth Engagement Specialist for the First Steps program at TASC where she coordinates resources, conducts case management, and leads school parenting groups.

Michele is a California transplant, but has been residing in Northwest Arkansas for seventeen years. Having earned her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Arkansas, she has experience working with marginalized populations and non profit organizations. It is her goal to empower her clients, helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals. She believes teens have a fresh perspective and much to offer when given the opportunity.

Michele has a long history of volunteer work, and serving as president of her children's PTO. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, and exploring. She also loves gaming and spending time with friends and family.

You can reach her at mwitschi@tascnwa.org 

Kenny Arredondo, Creative Intern

Kenny is a Creative Intern for TASC at The Station, where he offers creative guidance towards the visions and goals of youth in the area, while bringing people together in the studio space, creating art in and for the space, and leading initiatives for the community.

Kenny has been a co-founder of Springdale artist and activist collective Stitches, and has been active in the regional community organizing art shows, workshops, and collaborations with local organizations such as the Workers Justice Center, the Arts Center of the Ozarks, Teen Action & Support Center, and Crystal Bridges. Kenny helps create a more connected community of change making, compassion, and love in the region.

Kenny is a plant and science connoisseur, loves biking and hiking, and is from Springdale, Arkansas.

You can reach him at kenny@tascnwa.org

Larissa Navarrete, Creative Intern

Larissa Navarrete a Creative Intern at The Station. Larissa develops projects within TASC for youth development within Northwest Arkansas and is also involved with Building The Block. She is passionate about helping teens create strong foundations within themselves and their community.

Larissa has partnered with The University Of Arkansas an immersed herself within Social Justice and the Arts as well as a course in arts entrepreneurship in order to better equip herself to be an asset within our team. She also worked alongside Crowne Production group in learning the fundamentals to create large events for our community. Larissa also completed an educational course with Ozark Guidance Center on skills and methods to help connect and understand our youth.

Larissa enjoys hikes and nature photography, and is originally from Los Angeles, California. 

You can reach her at larissa@tascnwa.org

Coco Vasquez, Youth Engagement Ambassador

Coco is a Youth Engagement Ambassador for TASC at The Station. 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.

Coco is now a Youth Engagement Ambassador, or Y.E.A for short. She 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. She is currently a junior at the University of Arkansas, completing her Bachelors in Communications.

You can reach her at coco@tascnwa.org

Dorseyann Tawoj, Youth Engagement Ambassador

Dorseyann is a Youth Engagement Ambassador for TASC at The Station, where she focuses on helping to engage teens in the area with programs and resources through student outreach. She is bilingual in English and Marshallese and is ecstatic to be a part of the team, as she is our liaison with the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas. Dorseyann is ready to change the lives of many teens in the area.

Dorseyann is from Springdale. She is in her first year at NWACC, where she is majoring in primary education. Prior to joining the TASC team, she worked with after school programs in the area.

Dorseyann enjoys babysitting and playing basketball during her free time.

You can reach her at dorseyann@tascnwa.org

Alana Collins, Youth Engagement Specialist

Alana is a Youth Engagement Specialist for the TASC Inservice program. Through her position, she works with youth in the community by mentoring and supervising activities across Northwest Arkansas.

Alana is from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Missouri State University in 2018. She is also TEFL (Teaching English as a First Language) certified through the Council on International Educational Exchange.

Alana has a passion for working with at-risk youth and hopes to study social work in future years. She enjoys traveling, food, spending time with friends and family, and learning about new cultures. Alana is a fur mom to Charlie Drew Chaplin.

You can reach her at alana@tascnwa.org

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