Teen Mentors (staff and volunteers)
Joan Avery (in this photo at work in the kitchen) is our longest standing volunteer and former staff. She cares deeply for our teens and always makes sure our teens are well take care of at the Teen Center and off site. She is a long time Bonner County Resident and her hobbies include traveling with her family and chilling at her home in the woods.
Phyllis Jay (in this photo checking in teens on our attendance device) brings years of experience working for local youth as medical examiner for Bonner County. She likes to learn and teach new skills. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband who is Santa at our December fundraiser.
Kristi Kersey is our main Culinary Program chef and instructor. She is a professionally trained chef from Estonia and has brought a diverse cuisine to our Teen Center. Kristi enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her kids (either in person or on the phone to a land far away). Only the galaxy knows of her future plans but we hope she stays with us for a long time because the teens love her wit and smarts.
Sandi Carter-Scovill (in the photo shows volunteers proper gingerbread house making at our annual fundraiser). Sandi is a Culinary Program cook and instructor and fantastic teen mentor. Sweet, kind, and giving just like the rest of our team. Sandi has a long history of working hard and giving of herself out of the kindness of her heart. She has only been with us for a short time but she is already heading up our teen intern program and so much more!
Jim Payne, our Board President, (in this photo helping teens attract attention during our annual fundraiser Breakfast with Santa). Jim is one our longest attending volunteer teen mentor. His love of staying active and playing challenging games has really drawn the kids out of their shells to learn and try new things. Thank you, Jim, for your many years of service!