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.

Meet Our Employees 

Our staff strive to create a safe environment for the youth of Kittitas County through mentorship and leadership 

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Alice Nelson

Executive Director

Hi, my name is Alice Nelson. I am the Executive Director at Youth Services and have been with the organization since January 2019. I served in the United States Marine Corps honorably for 5 years and have a background in workforce development, psychology and child development. I am passionate about being a part of a community that empowers all youth to live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.

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Taylor Hillius

Lower County Program Coordinator

Hi, my name is Taylor Hillius and I am the Lead Lower County Program Coordinator. I have been with Youth Services since July 2019 and I love it! I just recently graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Social Services as well as a Law and Justice focus. I knew I wanted to continue to work with kids so I could not have asked for a better job to jump into after graduating.

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Stephanie Bohman

Upper County Program Coordinator

Hi, my name is Stephanie Bohman. I am the Lead Upper County Program Coordinator and have been a part of the Youth Services Team since August 2019. I had owned and operated a childcare in Alaska for the majority of my career. When moving to Ellensburg in 2013, I took time away from any career to help my family settle into this wonderful community. I was welcomed to join the Youth Services Mentoring Program as the Lead Upper County Program Coordinator after leaving Dr. Bridgeman’s practice. I enjoy living in Kittitas county for it provides the best of both worlds; small town living with easy access to the big city life only a few hours away

McKenzie Knowlden

Community Coalition Coordinator

Hi, my name is McKenzie Knowlden. I am the Community Coalition Coordinator for the Cascade Prevention Coalition based in Upper Kittitas County, and have been with Youth Services since August 2020. In a nutshell, my title means that I get to work closely with community organizations and agencies, community members, and students in the coalition’s goal to prevent youth substance use and its consequences. I graduated from Central Washington University in 2018 with a B.S. in Public Health emphasizing in Population Health and am a Certified Health Education Specialist. I have worked in Kittitas County doing prevention and health promotion throughout my undergrad and beyond with experience in the university, county, and non-profit sectors. I love this community and am passionate about making it a healthier home for our youth.

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Cassey Henrickson

Program Administrator

Hi, my name is Cassey Henrickson. I have been a part of the Ellensburg community for over seven years now. I recently graduated from Central Washington University with a master’s in education. Before becoming the program administrator for Youth Services, I worked within the Kittitas Superior Court Clerk’s Office. I love Ellensburg and the surrounding area. I am ecstatic to have the chance to make a difference within the community.