directors

COLETTA JONES PATTERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 SPRAGG, MS LPC, DIRECTOR OF THERAPEUTIC SERVICES & CO-FOUNDER

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.

JACQUELINE PEREZ, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jacqueline coordinates, develops new opportunities, trains staff, and more.

Jacqueline has her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Spanish, and Latinx American Studies from the University of Arkansas. She has worked with a multitude of nonprofits in the Northwest Arkansas area, such as Catholic Charities Immigration Services, Peace at Home Family Shelter, and Ozark Guidance.

During Jacqueline’s free time she enjoys partaking in social justice movements, reading, binge-watching TV shows, and constantly educating herself.

BRITTANY MOODY, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

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 will complete her Master’s degree May 2021 at 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.

RACHEL HOLMES, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES

Rachel Holmes coordinates and leads the First Steps, Teen Thrive, and The Closet programs.

Rachel earned her Associates degree in Sociology from San Antonio College in Texas and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology from FHSU in Kansas. Her background is in volunteer and program management.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theater, playing board games, having adventures, reading, and binge-watching TV shows. She also loves volunteering and giving back to the community.

KARA ZENNER, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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.

ISAIAH BELTRAN - DIRECTOR OF ART & CULTURE

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BRIANNA COLE, STATION ADMIN

Brianna is the Station Administrator at TASC, where she assists the Director of Arts & Cultural Programming. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas where she studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. 

Brianna believes that by creating safe, supportive, and enthusiastic environments for our youth, our communities will benefit immensely.

In her free time, Brianna enjoys cooking for her friends and family, getting lost in the Ozarks, reading, writing, and watching football.

ABBY SCHOEPPE, YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

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.  

SARAH SANCHEZ, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Sarah is the administrative assistant at the Teen Action Support Center.

Sarah received her Associates of Arts from Northwest Arkansas Community College and her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Fayetteville Arkansas.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys journaling, practicing yoga, going on long walks, social dancing, and spending time with her family.

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NEAKO RAMOS, MENTOR COORDINATOR

Neako works with teens providing mentorship. He enjoys establishing healthy relationships, building trust, and rapport with teens and to be a safe space where they feel heard and understood. 

Neako is currently studying to complete his degree in Social Work and has dedicated much of his time working with organizations such as Project Play, CASA, and Bridges Family Center. His passions include speaking out against the injustices towards the BIPOC community and fighting to dismantle systems of oppression. 

Neako is the eldest brother of 7 and loves to spend time with his siblings, loving on his dog Canela, playing guitar, going floating on the river, hiking, playing sports, and writing.

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KARINA PENALOZA, ART PROGRAM COORDINATOR, THE STATION

Karina Penaloza helps develop arts and cultural programming for teens at TASC and in the community. Karina is passionate about creating a safe and supportive community for young adults to thrive in. 

Karina first came to TASC as a senior in high school where she began volunteering and planning events. She holds the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy in English and Spanish and is currently pursuing a degree in Hospitality Management at the University of Arkansas. 

Karina’s hobbies include painting, attending music and art events, and spending time with her friends and family.

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ASHLEY WORTHEY, ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS COORDINATOR

Ashley approaches opportunities to serve, teach, and enrich their community ardently. As a Creative Intern, Ashley supports the mission of TASC by facilitating programs and accommodating the needs of students at The Station. 

Ashley was born in Memphis, TN,  and moved to Centerton, AR in 2007 with her parents and two older brothers. They’ve stayed in the NWA area ever since, and moved to Washington county in 2019. 

In their free time, Ashley enjoys roller skating, making mixed media collages, and DJing. Most recently, they have taken an interest in learning practical skills like gardening, cooking, and sewing. 

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BRANDY PONCE, ART PROGRAM COORDINATOR, THE HUB

Brandy Ponce is the Art Program Coordinator for The Hub, where they plan art projects and after-school programs.

Brandy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A in English and a minor in communication. During their time at the university, they directed the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery on campus and served as Visual and Performing Arts Chair on the University Programs board. Brandy has a passion for the local arts community, having interned at Crystal Bridges for some time and now writing as a poet for the Open Mouth Literary Center.

You’ll most likely find Brandy at a gallery launch, DIY show, or walking their dog.

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JASPER LOGAN, CO-STUDIO MANAGER

Jasper is a Co-Studio Manager at the Station, where he helps facilitate workshops, create partnerships in the community, and establish collaborative opportunities and networks with young creatives and local professionals. 

Jasper Logan is a local NWA hip-hop artist who mixes elements of gospel, rap, and many other genres to deliver unique, heartfelt lyrics. In his music, Jasper openly discusses the tragedies and adversities he has faced in life, and hopes that his music will inspire others to do something great and positive for themselves. Jasper is also a community activist, producing community events to engage, uplift, and empower minority groups.

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MATTHEW JOHN, CO-STUDIO MANAGER
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ANGELA LAYCOX, INSERVICE COORDINATOR, THE HUB

Angela Laycox is the In-Service Coordinator for TASC’s Rogers office (The Hub), where she works with local organizations to create an engaging and uniquely interesting variety of community service opportunities in Benton County. 

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. 

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SHERRI GRANDIDIER, INSERVICE COORDINATOR, THE STATION

Sherri attended the University of Arkansas to receive a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. She has always been fascinated by community and how people interact with one another. As an Inservice Coordinator she works to connect teens to their community through service and experience. 

Sherri also works with the disabled community and loves to help people become their best selves. She believes in strengthening the connection between teens and the community, as to help empower them to make the world a kinder, better place. 

In her spare time Sherri enjoys Latin dancing, gardening and spending time with her family and pets. 

 

 

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TERRI OSBOURNE, ACCOUNTANT

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.  

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