Who we are.
Sarah Springfield, Executive Director
Sarah has been with the Siskiyou County CASA program since October 2015 and became Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Siskiyou in April 2018. Her background in journalism has been a breath of fresh air to what can often be challenging work. Her interest in social work began while studying at UC Berkeley and from her time as an after-school program leader for low-income and marginalized youth in Santa Ana.
Sarah is committed to maintaining high standards of service as well as building strong relationships with Donors, Board, Families and all of the Diverse Community Resources we work alongside. Her vision for Advocacy and Fiscal Responsibility are the cornerstones that bring tremendous opportunity for growth and leadership to our at risk youth community.
In 2013 she hiked the California portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, fell in love with the Klamath River area, and decided to stay. She appreciates the unique chance to work in a small program that has a big impact in a rural county.
Robert Cowan, CASA Program Manager
Robert joined our team in July 2019. He was born and raised in Northern California and has a passion for advocating for those in rural and underserved areas. He spent 15 years in Nevada, 13 of which was working in the foster care and mental health fields. Robert’s social work education and many years of experience working with foster children and in the behavioral health field make him a welcome addition to the CASA team.
Briana Myers, Camp Coordinator
Briana joined the team in February 2020- we are ecstatic to have her and grow our camp program.
She grew up in a small town in the mountains of southern California. She got her education at Humboldt State University and Cal State Northridge. She has a Bachelors degree in Recreation Administration and a Masters in Recreation Management.
She's been a camper since she was old enough to go to camp! Having worked all over the United States in many different camp settings she is experienced and passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children and families Y.E.S. serves.
"I am excited to make lasting memories with the campers each summer."
Elizabeth Romberger, Communications Coordinator
Liz joined our team in November 2019. She was born and raised on the East Coast- specifically Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She relocated in to Yreka in October 2019-moving to the West Coast has been a long time goal!
She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She comes from a background of administrative and program assistance. Her interest in advocating for at-risk youth comes from her experience as a teenager. She loves being outside hiking or mountain biking. She is so happy to be working with us here at Youth Empowerment!
Ren Hurst, Grant Assistant
Ren joined our team in June 2020. She grew up near Fort Worth, Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Tarleton State University.
After a successful career as a horse trainer and hoof care practitioner, she decided to take a deeper look at her relationship and responsibility to captive, dependent animals, including human ones. This shift resulted in her leaving her career and Texas behind, relocating to Siskiyou County in 2013 to create a different life for her family.
She has since become an internationally published author and teaches a body of work that helps people address the trauma of their own domestication. She is wildly passionate about animals, nature, and helping at-risk teens, and her future dreams include creating a wilderness-based transitional living program for girls who have aged out of the foster care system. Ren currently volunteers as a CASA and is thrilled to be joining the Y.E.S. team!
Rebecca Super, Visitation Program Manager
Rebecca joined our team in June 2020. She has extensive experience working in social services including previous work as a Visit Supervisor.
Growing up in Siskiyou County she spent time outdoors, fishing, hunting, swimming. When she's not at work she enjoys spending time with family.
Rebecca is excited to be at Y.E.S. and says helping other people is the driving force in her life/career.
Tia Palangvanh, Visitation Facilitator
Tia joined our team in September 2020.
She has an AS-T in Early Childhood Education from College of The Siskiyous, a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and a Minor in Family and Relations from California State University, Chico.
Her previous years of working with children and families have intensified her passions for bettering the lives of others.
She is excited to be a part of Y.E.S. and contribute to such a dynamic, innovative, and creative habitat.