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.


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.


Brianna is the Arts & Culture Director at TASC. 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 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 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. 


Arlynn serves as the Administrative Assistant at the Teen Action and Support Center. She assists with all office operations while providing program support. Arlynn is passionate about working with goal-driven organizations like TASC. 

Arlynn graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a minor in Spanish. During her time at the university, Arlynn interned at the Multicultural Center and La Oficina Latina. She assisted with event programming and improving Latinx student engagement during the pandemic. Arlynn also has experience working in family support services within the state of Arkansas. 

As a first-generation college graduate, Arlynn is passionate about promoting academic excellence among Latinx and other underrepresented groups in the community.


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. 


Sarah coordinates the Adult Mentorship Volunteer program for the Youth Support Services at TASC.

Sarah earned her Associate of Arts and her Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences from NWACC. She then transferred to the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work.

As a first-generation college student, Sarah was unsure of college and felt intimidated by the idea of it. In her senior year of high school, she participated in the summer LIFE program at NWACC, where she was guided and inspired by her mentor to pursue higher education. After enrolling in college the following year, Sarah became a mentor for the LIFE program, where she experienced the impact that she had as a mentor to other first-generation college students.

Sarah believes that successful mentoring can have a continuing lifelong positive experience for an individual. She knows that mentoring has many benefits, including building confidence, trust, and resilience. Sarah hopes to incorporate relationship-building into the mentoring program at TASC and build and inspire a generation of strong, confident, and empathic teens. 

Sarah has worked with children and youth for 8 years in various schools and nonprofits like the Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Private School, and Monitor Elementary. She has also participated as a mentor at Saving Grace NWA Nonprofit Organization and a youth group called EDGE. Sarah is currently a LIFE Legacy mentor.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and children. During nice weather, you will most likely see Sarah working out, going on long walks, or playing sand volleyball. 


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.  


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.


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.


Kiley Torres

Kiley is currently in her last year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Arkansas. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the U of A. Kiley was inspired to intern at TASC after learning about the infusion of culture, creativity, community engagement, and mental health emphasis for teenagers in the NWA area. She feels passionate about engaging in creative and supportive therapeutic work with teens and creating safe spaces to heal, grow, and reconnect with oneself and others.

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!

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