Meet the Team

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Brittany and Joseph Kim
Brittany is our direct ministry staff in charge of WyldLIfe and is starting YoungLives in Ramapo HS! She grew up in Malaysia where she was first exposed to Young Life in high school and was an active leader for WyldLife. After moving back to America she joined Young Life Staff in December 2015. Brittany is married to Joseph who is one of her loyal, loving and supportive WyldLife leaders.​
Joseph Kim (YoungLife / WyldLife leader)
Joseph has been volunteering in YoungLife since his high school years. Although not in Suffern, he participated in YoungLife and WyldLife in Malaysia, where he grew up. He was born in Korea; however, moved across the country living in Canada, Scotland, Indonesia and now in New York. After graduating from Nyack College with Music and Education degree, he is pursuing his masters program for Special Education while teaching at Ramapo High School in Spring Valley. ​
  Alyssa Kissel (Wyldlife Intern/Leader)
 Alyssa went to YoungLife in high school and loved everything about it! As a junior in college, Alyssa is majoring in World Religions and minoring in Psychology. She hopes to go to divinity school in the near future. Being on the Wyldlife team has been an amazing experience and she's excited to continue her path with Jesus and the wonderful kids and leaders in Wyldlife.
Mark Hoempler (YoungLife/ WyldLife Leader)
Mark is a leader from Suffern who first discovered YoungLife when he was a senior at Suffern High School. After attending the United States Military Academy and completing 5 years of service as a Captain in the Army, Mark returned to the Lower Hudson Valley in 2017 with his wife, Nicole, to start the next chapter of their lives. Mark immediately got involved with YoungLife and has enjoyed working with the team ever since!
Benjamin Tse (WyldLife Leader)
Benjamin Tse began serving as a leader for WyldLife since the Fall of 2016. Ben was recruited and went through YL leadership training at Nyack College. Ben grew up on a tropical island called Penang, Malaysia and is currently dorming at his college. He is finishing up his senior year and is double majoring in Business Administration and Mathematics. During his free time, he would either be running outside relishing the goodness of nature or be enjoying a cup of tea over a conversation with a friend. 
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Austin and Tara Green
Austin is our Area Director. He and his wife, Tara and their daugther, Ella moved here in the Fall of 2018. Austin came to understand Jesus' love through Young Life on a Wilderness backpacking trip he took his senior year of high school. Tara also works for YoungLife, as the Executive Admin. for YoungLives global. They are overjoyed that God sent them to the Lower Hudson Valley and are surrounded by a great team of volunteers and staff.
Alexis Jacobsen (Teacher Staff/Young Life Coordinator)
Alexis started as a volunteer Young Life leader in the summer of 2014. She is currently on Teacher Staff, and coordinates Campaigners, Club and Camp Trips for the high school. She provides support by building and fostering relationships within the Young Life community. After graduating from Messiah College with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Education, she earned a Master's degree in Biology, and she began teaching high school biology in NJ.
Danny Diaz (Leader) 
Danny joined YL in 2017 after him and his wife, Keri got engaged. He wishes to create mentoring relationships with the kids. He enjoys adventures, playing games, and playing sports. Danny is excited for what God has in store for this new ministry for him and for the kids he will meet.
Keri Diaz ​(Leader)
Keri began leading in 2016 due to a perfectly timed meeting with our formal Area Director Carl in a Panera Bread cafe. She had heard of Young Life before that time but had never been a part of it. She is so thankful to have joined this loving fun community and become friends with so many awesome high schoolers and leaders. She is excited to continue learning and growing in her role and becoming more connected. She graduated in May 2017 from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree. She is excited to start her career. She has plans to stay local to continue to be involved in Young Life.

Greg May (Leader)
Greg May is a leader from Suffern who first became involved with Young Life during his senior year of high school. He then became involved as a leader in the fall of 2015 after graduating from University of Connecticut with a degree in Allied Health Sciences. Greg hopes to reach out to local high-schoolers and help make Young Life as great of an experience for them as it was for him. He currently a medical school student and remains a devoted leader for his high school friends.
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Matthew Moise (WyldLife Student Leader) Matt is a goofy, wonderful and fun leader. He moved to Suffern from Spring Valley in 2012, and is now a Junior at Suffern High School. Matt has three brothers who all share the passion for sports which has pushed Matt to be one of the fastest runners on the track team, and valued member on the football team.​ Matt recently discovered Young Life in the summer of 2016 when he attended his first WyldLife event to help-out, and he has been leading ever since. Matt is an active participant in Young Life club and plays the drums. His favorite color is blue and he loves the show Sponge-Bob so much, he once said he wants to be a fry-cook when he grows up.​
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Mario Parra ​(WyldLife Student Leader) Mario is a Junior at Suffern High School. He was first introduced to YL by a good friend of his and is now a regular attender for YL and a WyldLife leader. Mario likes to play sports during his free time and is part of the Track and Field school team. Mario loves nachos with a passion, andaspires to go to NYU when he graduates​​​​​​​​​​​.
Will Kempf (WyldLife Student Leader) is a Junior at Suffern High School. He is fun-loving, talkative and seemingly friends with everyone he encounters! We are so glad Will is a part of our team!

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Danielle is a fun, loving, and open person with a great sense of humor. She is a sophomore in Suffern High School and is devoted in her grades and sports. Danielle is a proud member of the Suffern crew team and plays basketball outside of school. She started attending Young Life in 2017 when a good friend of hers introduced her to camp.She met new friends and has grown as a person in Young Life. Now she is committing herslef to be a WyldLife Leader. Her favorite activity is going thrift shopping and playing the ukulele during her free time. Danielle has a big heart when it comes to helping people, she hopes to one day acheive her dreams in becoming a nurse practioner.
Doug Klein (Capernaum Leader​)  Doug grew up in Suffern, going to Suffern Middle and High School. Doug has been volunteering with Young Life for 10 years in various areas of the ministry. He currently teaches 5th grade at Cornerstone Christian School in New City. Part of reaching all kids is his heart to begin a local Capernaum, which is a Young Life ministry that reaches kids with disabilities.​
Kathleen Klein (Capernaum Leader)
Kat has been working with kids with special needs since she was in middle school, continuing through High School while working at Camp Venture Summer Camp in Stony Point, NY. Kat became aware about Young Life through her now husband Doug Klein and was elated when she was able to be a part of starting and working with Capernaum in Rockland and Bergen County and continues to love seeing how God is bringing everyone together each Club.
Kathryn Marciano (Capernaum Leader) Kathryn lives in Rockland County. She is excited by the start up of Capernaum. Kathryn has worked as a teacher for young kids with special needs. She is presently finishing up school to enter into the occupational therapy field. She's looking forward to a fun year of meeting more teens and families!
Laquila Manning (Capernaum Leader) Laquila graduated from Nyack College and is excited to join in on all the fun this year in Young Life while leading Capernaum. Laquila enjoys life and having fun. Laquila enjoys a variety of activities from music to the outdoors.

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Liz Marciano (Capernaum Leader) Liz lives in Tappan, NY, and is a Children's Librarian. She is new to Young Life, and is looking forward to getting more involved with Capernaum.
Elena Martin (Capernaum Leader)  Elena is from Suffern and went to Suffern High School where she was first introduced to Young Life. After graduating from Suffern, Elena led high school ministry for 3 years in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Following her graduation from Lehigh University she moved back to Suffern where she is now working in New York City doing medical research. Elena is excited about the challenges and adventures that come with leading Capernaum and is looking forward to seeing the ministry grow! 

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