Kearsten Weeks brings new energy to Youth Services of Kittitas County Mentor program, as their Board Chair, and as a Mentor. Her background in employment recruiting and social media marketing lends to her natural ability to network. Her primary focus (as are all Board Member's) is fundraising, for a causes she believes in. Her motto is, "It is about the kids & the community!". She and her family relocated to Kittitas County in 2016. She sits on many local community centered committees, focused on mental health, children & community development. She can also be heard weekly on Ellensburg Community Radio, with her own program plus a recurring local events announcement. She keeps a busy schedule between volunteering, running a local wedding & events company, and pursuing her TV/Film/Voice-over acting career.
Sara Jones serves as the Secretary of the board of Youth Services of Kittitas County. Sara is a school psychologist, and she has served many public school districts around the central valley of Washington. She has also been a full-time instructor in the Psychology Department at Central Washington University teaching childhood and adolescent development as well as clinical, counseling and community psychology coursework. Her passion is supporting children and families within her community through both her professional and volunteer work. She strongly believes that “it takes a village” to raise a child.
Kimmy Bonjorni joined the Youth Services board in the Spring of 2020. She attended Central Washington University from 2004-2008 and has a degree in Business Administration. Kimmy has worked for Cashmere Valley Bank for the past 11 years. She is currently the branch manager and loan officer in the Cle Elum branch. Kimmy enjoys volunteering in her community and looks forward to making a positive impact on the youth of Kittitas Co through Youth Services.
Molly Jones-Kerchner graduated from Central Washington University in 2015 and quickly found her home in the Ellensburg Downtown Association. Now the Executive Director, she has a passion for Ellensburg and supporting the community. Youth Services is close to her heart as she grew up with many teachers, coaches, and parental figures who helped her navigate the tricky waters of growing up in small town Alaska. Molly believes the more supportive, trustworthy adults backing a kid, the better chances they have of living a happy and fulfilled life.
Kent (not pictured) has been a VALUABLE asset to Youth Services for over 30 years. He was our 2020 "Stan Bassett Dedicated To Youth Award" recipient. Kent has worn many hats during his volunteering. He is currently Board Treasurer.
Carolyn was a dedicated art educator with Kittitas School District for over 27 years. She built an art program curriculum for grades 6-12, established student art shows, and after-school elementary art classes. She curates First Friday Art Walk, displaying county wide youth art work.
Carrie Barr has lived in Kittitas County most of her life. Born and raised in this community she knows and understands the importance of providing pro-social youth programs. Carrie Barr works at Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) as Chief of Clinic Operations. She has worked in healthcare for 25 years, 15 of those at KVH. Her passion for bringing new services and retaining high quality care for the community is a priority. Community involvement is an important aspect of her role. Carrie loves family time, camping, reading and is always crafting something.