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.

EVELYN SOSA, DIRECTOR OF ARTS & CULTURAL PROGRAMMING

Evelyn has a passion for helping others and has coordinated fundraisers for Seven Hills through music events and yoga donation classes. Evelyn also works at Seeds that Feed, a non-profit helping provide access to fresh food to food pantries, shelters and elderly patients who face food insecurity. She believes that the best way to impact your community is by helping provide basic necessities and resources. She hopes to continue to create connections and opportunities to get involved in the community.

In her free time Evelyn enjoys traveling, tending to her plants, listening to music, DJ-ing and is currently teaching herself Japanese in hopes of traveling there someday.

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.

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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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