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

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,…

Tracy Hamilton

Associate Horse Manager, Stonewater

Tracey Hamilton Associate Horse Manager Stonewater About Tracey Hamilton Horses are a great partner for ministry. My passion is to see students’ lives impacted by horses and transformed by Jesus. What a unique opportunity to parallel God’s desire that we trust Him with our approach of asking these free-spirited animals to trust us. We learn…

Ken Solem

Horse Program Manager, Stonewater

Ken Solem Horse Program Manager Stonewater About Ken Solem Sitting around the campfire talking about Jesus and life after a long day of riding horses, eating good food, and just plain ole having fun, is the best! Perhaps its because I gave my life to Christ around a campfire at a camp when I was…

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

Director of Development and Communications

Susan Lange Director of Development and Communications 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…

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…