Ann Craig – Executive Director
Ann has been the Executive Director since 2005. Her business experience includes 14 years at Hewlett-Packard, ten of those years as a marketing manager. While staying home with her three children for several years, she worked as a freelance business planner and marketing consultant. She currently serves as Treasurer/Secretary on the Board for the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs and Board member of Oregon Coalition of Housing and Homelessness. She has a BA in Journalism and a double minor in French from Auburn University.
KendraSue Phillips-Neal – Program Director
KendraSue is responsible for overseeing all Shelter and related services for youth – including managing around-the-clock shifts of Caseworkers who supervise youth 7 days a week and maintaining and developing programs and services. She has been with Jackson Street since 2003, and has a B.S. from Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Youth and Family Services and a double Minor in Sociology and Spanish. Before working at Jackson Street, KendraSue gained experience working with a variety of ages at a family development center in Douglas County. What draws KendraSue to this kind of work? There is a quote that sums it up for her…“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Andrea Myhre — Associate Director
Andrea is the Grants Officer for JSYSI and is responsible for writing and submitting grants as well as tracking the reporting process. She started her grantwriting career at Jackson Street as a volunteer helping the organization purchase the shelter on Jackson Street in 2007. Andrea has a wide variety of experiences as a political organizer, environmental educator, researcher, college instructor and trainer, and nonprofit director (as well as a singer, radio DJ, catering server, house renovator and Mom) with national and local nonprofit organizations. Andrea also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia 1999-2000. Through it all, her main interest is in helping people doing good work get what they need to make positive change happen in the community. A proud Minnesotan turned Oregonian, she graduated from Hamline University in 1997 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science and completed a M.A. in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University in 2007.
Catherine Huang – Development Manager
Catherine is responsible for implementing best-practices in donor engagement, cultivation, and stewardship and be a positive community spokesperson for the mission of the organization. Originally from Orange County, California, Catherine moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where she graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Public Health with an option in Health Management & Policy and a minor in Business & Entrepreneurship in 2016. Outside of Jackson Street, Catherine loves playing video games, watching Netflix, cooking new recipes, and spending time with her cat. Fun Fact: She is a certified SCUBA diver.
Cathi Roberts – Business Manager
Cathi joined the JSYSI staff in June 2008. Her primary responsibility is to manage the organization’s finances and payroll. Working with the Executive Director and Board Treasurer, she helps develop and track Jackson Street’s annual budget, processes donations and grant revenues, and prepares bill payments and paychecks. A background in non-profit development (14 years as Development Coordinator at the Benton County Historical Society & Museum) also allows her to assist the Executive Director in preparing grant proposals and fund-raising letters. Cathi has an MBA from Oregon State University and also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Corvallis Public Library.
Site Supervisors, Program Coordinators & Case Managers
Salvador Maciel – Albany House Shelter Supervisor
Linda Fenske – Corvallis House Shelter Supervisor
Linda grew up in Atlanta, GA, and lived in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Alaska and Colorado before settling in Corvallis. She has a BA and an MA in English. Before Linda had kids, she worked for 5 summers at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico teaching outdoor skills to youth ages 13 – 21. Now that her kids are older, she’s returning to school for a degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) from Oregon State University. Linda is hoping to continue on to grad school for a Masters in Social Work. Linda started at Jackson Street as an Intern for one of her HDFS classes and was then hired as an on-call Caseworker. She says, “I was so impressed with the deep-hearted way that the shelter is run that I didn’t want to leave!”
Chelsea Van Der Zwan – Next Steps Program Coordinator
Chelsea grew up Philomath, Oregon. After graduating high school, she attended Oregon State University where she received her BS in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Human Services in 2013. Chelsea came to work at Jackson Street in spring of 2014 as a caseworker. Chelsea always knew she’d love to work with youth and in the social services field helping others, which combined brought her to Jackson Street. She really enjoys her work especially when she can see the positive growth and change in the youth Jackson Street serves while helping provide a safe space. In her free time she enjoys spending it with her family, reading, traveling and doing whatever her dog wants to do that day!
Claudia Gallegos – Positive Youth Development Coordinator
Claudia was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Oregon when she was a sophomore in high school. Later on, she attended Western Oregon University, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. While she was attending Western Oregon, she participated in two service learning trips, one to Honduras and the other to Cape Verde, that changed her goals in life. The combination of her life experiences and what she experienced during the service learning trips motivated her to work with youth, which is what brought her to Jackson Street Youth Shelter. She now coordinates our Mentoring, Tutoring, and Activities Programs and supports our Youth Advisory Board volunteers. In her spare time, Claudia really enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and climbing, because of the various opportunities for growth it presents.
Aaron Kratzer – Volunteer Coordinator
Anne Oscilia – Mental Health Therapist
Anne is the Mental Health Therapist for youth who are currently or have at one time utilized services through Jackson Street Youth Services. She is responsible for intakes, assessments, and individual or family therapy sessions. She started with Jackson Street in December 2014 as a case manager then transitioned to her current position. Anne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Arizona and taught English As A Second Language for almost 10 years in Arizona. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University, Anne relocated to Oregon and began her 2nd career as Mental Health Therapist. She has experience working with diverse populations including at-risk youth, the homeless, individuals struggling with substance abuse and individuals with mental illness. Anne’s humor and ability to connect with youth is what makes her great at what she does. Outside of work Anne enjoys playing games, spending time with her family, and obsessing over her 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Brandon Neal – Linn County Outreach Coordinator
Brandon is from the wonderful city of Keizer, Oregon. He graduated from McNary High School, lettering in Theater. Brandon has been working with children and youth since he was 14 years old, including over 10 years’ involvement with the United Methodist Church’s Outdoor Ministries. He considers himself a hobbyist – he plays 7 instruments, LOVES comics and movies, and thinks comic book movies are the best thing ever! He has worked at the Shelter since 2007 and is drawn to working with children and youth who are falling through the cracks. Brandon says, “Jackson Street helps these kids with not only finding their place in the world, but also with finding their voice.” Brandon continues to work against having youth wrongly labeled as criminals. “These kids need help and Jackson Streets gives that to them,” he says.
Kevin Schultz – Benton County Outreach Coordinator
Kevin came to Jackson Street after a 6 month stint at the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis (as an employee, not a client). He started at Jackson Street in April of 2011 as a Weekend Caseworker. Through hard work and a little bit of luck he was able to receive a promotion to a Lead Caseworker within a year. That very same promotion included taking charge of Jackson Street’s Street Outreach Program and all that that entails. Kevin earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work and one in Bible/Religion from Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana. Prior to graduating Kevin spent 3 months in Peru studying Spanish as well as doing service. And even before that he spent nearly a decade attending/counseling at a week-long teen youth camp in northern Minnesota, which he continues to do every summer.
Katelyn Sawyer – Albany Transitional Services Case Manager
Courtney Boyles – Corvallis Transitional Services Case Manager
Courtney grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, but has lived in Corvallis for the past four years while attending Oregon State University. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She started out at Jackson Street as an Intern and was lucky enough to be hired as a caseworker shortly after graduation, in June 2013. Some of Courtney’s favorite activities include camping, cooking, being with her crazy family, and floating the Willamette river during the summer. The thing she enjoys most about working with the youth is opening their worlds to new opportunities, seeing their confidence flourish and helping facilitate a safe place to explore their potential.
Krysta Davis – Linn County Aftercare Services Case Manager
Krysta spent most of her life moving around with a military family, but arrived in Oregon in 2006 and have called it home ever since. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Human Development and Family Sciences major with an option in Human Services in 2016. Krysta started as an intern at Jackson Street a year ago and really enjoys working with youth and helping them work towards their success. In her free time, she enjoys going outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her dog.
Jessica George – Benton County Aftercare Case Manager
Jessica grew up in the small town of Elmira, Oregon but has lived in Corvallis for the past 7 years while attending Oregon State University. After graduating summa cum laude from OSU in 2009 with a degree in Interior Design, she returned in 2010 to pursue a Master’s in Women Studies. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and, as an instructor, taught introductory women studies classes. Jessica started at Jackson Street in September of 2012 as an overnight caseworker and is excited to apply her knowledge to working with youth as she finishes her master’s degree. She credits being a Girl Scout for starting her passion for working in and helping her community. Jessica loves coming up with creative design solutions, dancing West Coast Swing, and is quite a good photographer. She enjoys doing creative projects with the youth because it’s great to see them challenge themselves to learn something new and then succeed at it.