Trina Gadsden, Executive Director
With close to 40 countries under her belt, Trina's wander and wonder lust soul can often be found in remote parts of the world with camera in hand. When not connecting dots in the community, she has been spotted deep in her Father’s orchard, collecting wood from old cherry trees she turns into bowls, paying tribute to her Father, childhood and her love of nature.
Leland Swarts, Teaching ArtistIn his spare time, Leland can be found in the kitchen baking bread or making dumplings. He enjoys traveling to Belgium.
Bryn Mooney, Teaching ArtistA humanitarian at heart Bryn is passionate about empowering youth voice and providing them with tools to harness their own creative power in a supportive and safe environment. She is fueled by nature and color and believes in face-to-face communication, rather than screen time. A sun chaser, she is an enthusiastic bundle of energy who can be caught zipping around town on her bike.
Emily Rieman, Teaching Artist
Jamie Lisagor, Board President
Cassandra Soltis, SecretaryLinkedin Profile
Elena Chernock, Program Director
Elena holds a Masters of Fine Arts, Arts Leadership from Seattle University and has a background in developing and directing artistic programming for educational nonprofits in Nicaragua and Guatemala. She has been a teaching artist for the seven years, including at the Seattle Art Museum and the Yesler Youth Media Project. Elena strengthened her skills in program evaluation and strategic planning at MEM Consultants. She works to foster a space that highlights the strong connection between arts access, equity, and community.
Hannah Swanson, Youth Outreach Coordinator/Teaching Artist
Tara Champion, Teaching Artist
In her spare time Tara loves to hike, camp and generally be anywhere near the ocean as often as she can. She is inspired by how inquisitive human beings are. She has a never ending passion and quest to explore and explain everything. Tara is inspired by that passion and loves being around others who are striving to visually explain the world around us.
Jen Smoose, Teaching Artist
Daniel Lieberman, Vice President
Ashley Mouldon,Development and Administrative Associate
Ashley is a Midwest transplant and loves everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She is inspired each and every day by the students served at Youth in Focus and is excited for the program's growth. When she's not in the office, you can find her trying new recipes in the kitchen and planning exciting excursions, ready to explore the world around her.
Daniel Bassett, Teaching ArtistWhen not exploring the great Pacific Northwest by river or rope, Dan can be found sharing his passion for photography and storytelling at Youth In Focus. He finds his inspiration from students, adventurers, and photographers who focus on social and environmental issues. He also dreams of exploring Asia and puts hot sauce on everything.
Adrianna Santiago, Teaching Artist
Megan Bent, Teaching Artist
Tim Studlack, Treasurer
Walter Bodle, Founder
Contact us: 206.723.1479 yif(at)youthinfocus.org 2100 24th Avenue South, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144