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

Sarah Strickland

MPD Coaching Director

Sarah Strickland MPD Coaching Director About Sarah Strickland I love Jesus and it is an honor and privilege to work with a team who’s goal is to glorify Him! I started with Youth Dynamics in 2001 as an intern—and have never left. I love what we do and why we do it! I’ve done a…

Susan Lange

Development Director

Susan Lange Development Director About Susan Lange I have a Visual Communications degree from the Art Institute of Seattle and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Western Washington University. Since 2008, I have worked in nonprofit development which perfectly blends my background in graphic arts and human services. It is amazing how God…

Aleia Haslett 2022

Accounting & Office Assistant

Aleia Haslett Accounting & Office Assistant, Support Services About Aleia Haslett Over 10 years ago I gave my life to Christ while attending a youth group where Jeremiah 31:3-4 was spoken over me: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and…

Tom Davis


Tom Davis President About Tom Davis Tom became President of Youth Dynamics on March 13, 2017. He has been involved in youth ministry for nearly 20 years and is passionate about helping young people know the good news of Jesus Christ. Before Youth Dynamics, Tom served as Executive Director for Seattle Area Youth for Christ,…

Melissa Stewart

Office Administrator

Melissa Stewart Office Administrator, Support Services About Melissa Stewart Contact Info (360) 757-1337 Support Youth Dynamics! Youth Dynamics Close

Josh Van Dyk 2021

Finance Director

Josh Van Dyk Finance Director, Support Services About Josh Van Dyk I am the Finance Director at Youth Dynamics. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago until I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan for college where I got my degree in Accounting. In 2021, I moved from Michigan to Washington State as I felt…

Rick D'Atre

Program Director/Wilderness Manager, Stonewater

Rick D’Atre Program Director/Wilderness Manager, Stonewater About Rick D’Atre I first heard about Youth Dynamics at an Urbana Missions Conference in 1996. My wife and I decided to come out as Summer Staff the following summer with the intent on becoming full-time staff. That summer wasn’t without its struggles and disappointments, but it was seeing…

Sean Sallis

Area Director, Moses Lake

Sean Sallis Area Director, Moses Lake About Sean Sallis As a teenager, I faced challenges at home that left me looking for answers in the chaos. I was invited to a youth group at First Baptist Church of Moses Lake by a group of friends and I was very nervous about attending. It was through…

Katelynn Kazen 2021

Staffing Manager, Stonewater

Katelynn Kazen Staffing Manager, Stonewater About Katelynn Kazen I was born and raised in Arlington, WA in a Christian home. My parents started volunteering with Youth Dynamics back in the early 1990’s as raft guides so I grew up around the river and wilderness ministry. I have so many fond memories of that time. Growing…

Kelly Shattuck

Regional Director, SW Idaho

Kelly Shattuck Regional Director, SW Idaho About Kelly Shattuck During registration as a freshman at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, I met Eric who invited me to attend “an investigative Bible study on the life of Christ.” Hoping to meet some new girls at that study, I, instead, met the Lord Jesus Christ through my brother,…