Coletta Jones Patterson was raised in Northwest Arkansas and attended Springdale Public Schools. She graduated from Tougaloo College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration before returning “home” and attending the University of Arkansas where she graduated with her Master in Business Administration. Coletta has 15+ years’ experience working with youth and adults in various capacities.

Coletta returned to Northwest Arkansas in 2015 and worked for LifeSource NWA as the Development Director where she secured funding for operations, expanded programming and built collaborative partnerships across the community. She is also a certified professional and executive coach (life strategist) in which she excels in helping others identify destructive thought and behavioral patterns that inhibit forward movement.


Dawn is the co-founder of the Teen Action and Support Center (with husband Greg) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Family Mediator.

Dawn has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. Dawn is passionate about the positive impact teens can make in their schools and communities. Her hope is that all teenagers will have access to the support they need to believe in themselves and realize their full potential.

Dawn and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and spending time at the lake.


Kara leads the fundraising efforts for Teen Action and Support Center. She focuses on building community relationships and collaborating with donors to help raise awareness around the impact that TASC has on teens in our local area. Prior to her current position Kara volunteered for TASC and led our All In NWA Event for 6 years.

Kara grew up Iowa and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Kara has over 11 years of Consumer Goods experience, with expertise in the Frozen Foods category. Kara has merchandising experience at Sam’s Club as well as experience in the supplier community.

Kara enjoys spending time with her family. She has a husband and 2 daughters. She loves to cooking, entertaining, playing the piano, and traveling.


in Brittany provides support to staff for program growth, development, and assessment.

Brittany has her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Arkansas and her Master’s degree in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Brittany provides support to program staff to ensure that they are following best practices and meeting the needs of the teens in the community. She believes that through community and persistence all teens have the ability to make a difference.

In her free time, Brittany enjoys reading, painting, hiking, and hanging out with her pets.



Abby works with teens in the Thrive program to provide services and support. She believes in the power of building relationships to connect with teens and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Abby is a former math teacher, who taught in Springdale and Rogers for 12 years.  She realized during this time that her true passion was working with her students to help them navigate the sometimes difficult road of growing up. Abby holds her Bachelor’s degree in Middle Level Education and Master’s degree in Teaching, both from the University of Arkansas.

In her free time Abby enjoys hiking, reading, baking, binge watching TV shows, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with her family and friends.


Angela has worked with adolescents in the educational field as a Montessori teacher, where she gained hands-on experience guiding the development of youths from a whole-body approach. By creatively considering the needs of our community at large and our teens as individuals, Angela helps teens to obtain community service credit hours while further exploring their own hobbies, perspectives, strengths, character, and yet to be realized skills. 

Angela is a trained Montessori guide, with three years of schooling from the Mid-South Montesori Educators in Little Rock, Arkansas. She holds a CDA (Child Development Associate) certification from Northwest Arkansas Community college, along with years of training in child development and psychology. 


Elizabeth Roman is the First Steps Coordinator for TASC. Elizabeth obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from the Missouri Southern State University, or MSSU, in Joplin, MO and was awarded and part of the Phi Alpha Honors program at MSSU. Elizabeth also has an associate degree in Arts as well as in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a technical certificate in child advocacy from NWAC, Northwest Arkansas Community College.She is also part of the Alumni at the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, SPSFNWA. She is also bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

In her free time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family, going to concerts, camping and the outdoors, watching movies, bowling, shopping and exploring any downtown (love Eureka Springs), and meditation/yoga.


Dany Martinez is the In-Service Coordinator for TASC’s Springdale office (The Station). They dedicate themselves to building ongoing relationships amongst local organizations and teens in the community with great possibilities for collaboration towards uplifting the community and its people. 

Dany has worked with Springdale Schools through the AfterSchool Program since 2019; they graduated with honors from Springdale High School in 2017. “Go, Bulldogs!” They hold an Associate of Science- Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from NorthWest Arkansas Community College, where they completed the Honors Program. They are a current University of Central Arkansas English Major pursuing a B.A. in English and a minor in Teaching and Learning.

They are a writer and ensemble member of the NWA-based LatinX Theatre Project. Through the exceptionally talented ensemble, they have been able to create original art and advocate as a collective on issues faced by marginalized communities in the area & country through art, storytelling, rap, poetry, and theatrical performances. 

Dany’s greatest hope for teens is that in helping their community grow through service, they may realize they grow themselves and that their dedication grows a garden of potential, unity, and healing. 


Rachel Backs is the Marketing Coordinator at TASC. If you ever message us on our social media accounts, she’s who you’re talking to! She provides marketing strategies and support for all our programs and TASC as a whole.

Rachel received a BFA in Graphic Design  from Missouri State University. After a few years of working as a graphic designer post college, her career has naturally shifted into the marketing industry. 

Rachel is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for under-represented communities, especially amongst youth. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside, reading, and watching Love Island.


Terry McNeill is a Creative Coordinator  at TASC, where Terry coordinates art programming for both The Hub and The Station. 

Terry received a BFA in Art Education with an emphasis in community practice from the University of Arkansas. His specific field is Printmaking where he specializes in Screen Printing. During their time at the university, Terry hosted several art shows from his personal practice as well as wrote curriculum and taught at multiple institutions like Crystal Bridges and Life Styles.


Terri serves as Accountant for TASC managing day to day financial operations, grant spending, and working with the Board of Directors. 

Terri graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Marketing and received her MBA from John Brown University. 

Terri retired from Walmart, Inc after 29 years with the company and worked in many areas including Merchandising, Finance, Replenishment, Operations Development, and Merchandise Planning.   She now enjoys working with nonprofit organizations and giving back to the community.

Terri and her husband, Alan, reside in Rogers and have two grown children.  In her free time, Terri enjoys baking and spending time at the lake and beach.  


Kiley Torres

Heidi has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas and is in her last year of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Arkansas. After spending many years in the fashion and art industry, she is excited to be part of TASC, where the benefits of the arts and community are combined to support teens. Heidi has two daughters in college, and they all enjoy spending time with their golden retriever, Haven.  She also enjoys sewing, yoga, and exploring the art community in NWA.

Stacy Alexander

Stacy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at John Brown University. She was drawn to TASC because of its unique focus on enriching and empowering the whole person. Stacy’s passions extend beyond counseling and mental health. Outside of the professional setting, she enjoys running, traveling, being outdoors, spending time with loved ones, and cuddling with her two dogs.


Tucker graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2019. He is graduating in August with his M.S. in Counseling and beginning his PhD in counseling and supervision at the same time. He chose TASC because he worked with teens occasionally throughout his master’s coursework and internship and found a passion for counseling teens. TASC takes a holistic approach to improving teen wellbeing and showcases acceptance not seen in every counseling center in Arkansas which makes him eager to join the team!

Stacy Alexander

I grew up in Northwest Arkansas, and I am currently working towards an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Arkansas. The first time I heard about the Teen Action Support Center was in high school, through friends, and I remember feeling appreciative then of the center’s ongoing commitment to give teenagers a voice and provide them with a variety of resources. I am inspired by the way that the TASC community provides a safe space for self-exploration, personal expression, and interpersonal connection through the interaction of art and culture. The TASC occupies an important and unique place in the region, and I am excited to be able to foster personal development and empowerment within this community. Outside of the counseling space, I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, film analysis, hanging out with my cats, and being in nature. 

Stacy Alexander

Schaeffer Gadberry is currently a senior at the University of Arkansas studying Social Work and psychology. After graduating in May, she will pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and gain experience with complementary and holistic therapy techniques. 

Schaeffer was inspired by the positive impact TASC has had on teens’ mental health and overall well-being in the community. Through her internship, Schaeffer advocates the importance of equipping young individuals with the knowledge and tools to prioritize their mental health.

Stacy Alexander

Meagan is currently pursuing a masters degree in social work at the University of Arkansas, with an undergrad degree in business administration from University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

Meagan was drawn to TASC by their mission of empowering teens to take action in their lives as well as their communities. Through her internship, she hopes to assist in connecting teens with helpful resources.

Outside of the professional setting, Meagan enjoys crocheting, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.

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