This category is for permanent staff who are on staff year-round either full-time or part-time.

Stacie Paz

Staff, Columbia Valley

Stacie Paz Staff, Columbia Valley About Stacie Paz Stacie was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Tigard, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Education, specializing in prevention of gang and youth violence. During college, she lead bible studies with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and was on staff helping…

Jessica Ronhaar

Regional Director, Western Washington

Jessica Ronhaar Area Director, Stilly Valley / Regional Director, Western Washington About Jessica Ronhaar I moved from Orange County, California in 2007 to work for Youth Dynamics in Arlington, Washington. I started as area staff, then advanced to become the area Director in Arlington, known as Stilly Valley, and now I am the Western Washington…

Chris Ward

Area Director, Anacortes

Chris Ward Area Director, Anacortes About Chris Ward “Love people and love JESUS.” I was born and raised in North Carolina and moved when the Lord called me to attend Christ for the Nations Institute (CFNI) in Dallas, TX, where I met my wife, Kristen who is from Anacortes, WA. After graduating, Kristen and I…

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Salmon River Adventure Base Director, Idaho

Robert Guerin Salmon River Adventure Base Director, Idaho About Robert “Tex” Guerin Contact Info 509-679-7221 rguerin@yd.org Support Robert Guerin! Robert Guerin Close

Ryan Bentley 2020

Base Director, Idaho

Ryan Bentley Base Director, Idaho About Ryan Bentley Washington Adventure Volunteer 2001-2009 Idaho Summer Staff 2009 Idaho Program Manager 2009-2017 IdahoAdventure Director 2017-Present   I showed up to my first Youth Dynamics adventure trip pretty sure that the Christian rafters would make me use a bible as a paddle or something strange like that. However,…

Teliesha Batuik

Program Manager, Idaho

Teliesh Batuik Program Manager Youth Dynamics Adventures Idaho About Teliesha Batuik I first felt called into youth ministry when I was about 13.  I was in church with my mom and heard someone talk about a treatment center for at risk youth. At that moment I knew I wanted to help teens when I grew…

Ryan Everest

Maintenance, Stonewater

Ryan Everest Maintenance, Stonewater About Ryan Everest I was born and raised in Washington state and have spent most of my life in the Plain Valley. I have a passion for the outdoors, whether it’s cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, or just taking a drive up a mountain road, I love spending time in nature. I…

Julie Johnson

Hospitality Retreat Manager, Stonewater

Julie Hagedorn Hospitality Retreat Manager, Stonewater About Julie Hagedorn Minnesota nurtured, mountain natured. Since high school, I have had a desire to connect and serve the Lord in an outdoor adventure setting.  I am blessed to have served Him in many parts of the world, including Canada, Austria, Germany, and now, here in Washington at…

Tim Nieuwsma

Area Director, Nooksack Valley

Tim Nieuwsma Area Director, Nooksack Valley About Tim Nieuwsma I want to see more young peoples’ lives changed by the love and truth of Jesus Christ. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a joy, privilege, and calling to participate in this work of God. Our part in this work begins with…

Paul Spence

Vice President of Adventures

Paul Spence Vice President of Adventures About Paul Spence “And Don’t Get Wet” were the last words I would hear daily as the screen door was slamming behind me. As a kid in the summer, I was headed into the woods, exploring for critters or more than often following a stream to find its headwaters,…