348 N. Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, WA
Sara has been with the Y for over 10 years serving as a home school program coordinator, camp counselor, assistant camp director, Youth Development Director and now a Regional Director for the Eastside Y’s. She is in her 8th year serving youth and families on the Eastside for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Sara received her BA for Human Development Family Studies. In her spare time, Sara is playing basketball or running marathons.
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Emily has lived and worked for the YMCA in a several locations throughout New England. She moved to Seattle in late October and was the program supervisor for our after school program at Tillicum Middle School. Teen work is my passion because of the energy and inspiration inherent in this population.
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Natasha is our Program Coordinator at KTUB. She has a Master’s degree in Education and is a WA certified counselor. She has been actively involved with the Y for many years both in her home country, India , and in the US. Natasha also serves as a Career Resource Specialist. Recently, she initiated a multicultural program for teens, Youth For Diversity with the aim of raising cultural awareness among teens and to develop cultural competency skills to incorporate in school, world and life.Natasha understands that being a teen is often difficult and they deserve support, encouragement and guidance in their endeavors to become confident members of society.
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KAYLA “MISSILE” GASKA
Kayla is from Seattle but now lives in Kirkland. Kayla attended the Art Institute of Seattle majoring in Film and Audio Production. She enjoys working with teens because they are fun, real, and outgoing! Kayla is also a Rat City Rollergirl, she is on the Throttle Rocket team.
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I have a passion for audio, and through that passion, I have been able to maintain a certain aspect of quality throughout all of the projects with which I am associated. My goal as a professional in the audio world is to maintain that quality without compromising the creativity needed to fuel the task at hand. I have a strong background in live production, as an actor, musician, and technician, but my focus remains on studio work; creating and helping others create art is a wonderful feeling.
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Matt is currently the Booking/Music coordinator at KTUB. After spending a year in Nashville, TN studying Music Business, he transferred to Seattle Pacific University to peruse a degree in Business with a minor in Music. He is a local singer/songwriter and is currently is in the band “Step One” (yourstepone.com). He has a passion for growing young musicians and helping them reach the next level.
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Eliud Atondo was born in Mexico and grew up on the border South of San Diego. Since he was a little kid he really enjoyed listening to country music. During his teens he created a Spanish country band with a couple of his friends. At age sixteen he started working at a recording studio and began producing music. He was also constantly invited to play with different bands and to perform with his band in Mexico and in the states as well. At age nineteen he began to work as a youth mentor for music production at various churches. When he moved to the state of WA he joined and produced a Blues band called the Randy Oxford Band, and as a result was awarded “Best Produced Blues Album” by the Washington Blues Society. At present, he continues to produce music from his home studio and teaches music lessons in a couple of schools around the area. Now he is proudly working for our very own KTUB.
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Sam AKA Smash has been working with the YMCA for about 2 years, she started working as an after school program coordinator at Stevenson Elementary in Bellevue. She now works as the program coordinator for the KTUB Cafe and job skill training class. She has worked for years in food service and in outdoor education. She is super passionate about working with youth and more importantly helping youth fine tune their skills as barista’s and leaders. She looks forward to getting the KTUB cafe up and running this year and integrating outdoor leadership programming back into KTUB. In her free time she loves to spend her time outdoors, drinking coffee, teaching people how to do head stands, making brunch and writing.
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My name is Brandon and some ppl call me BranDON. I grew up in an imbalanced home, been though some sucky suff, and made some terrible choices. Paid some grave consequences in response but thankfully I was able to discover my potential and purpose in this world… I have been working w/youth for 10 years, earned a masters in clinical psychology with honors even tho I didn’t do well in high school or have plans to attend college. I am a licenced mental health and drug and alcohol counselor. One of my dreams is to work w/youth and utilize action sports that I love as part of the therapuetuic process. “If you don’t respect that, your perspective is wack.” -Jay Z
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