California Coalition for Youth

If you are a youth or family member in need of resource referrals or crisis counseling, please contact the California Youth Crisis Line directly.  The Crisis Line is open 24/7 at 1-800-843-5200.

paul head shot_split otnePaul A. Curtis
Executive Director

Paul comes with over twenty years of experience working in both the for-profit and non-profit world in Sacramento. He has an extensive background in developing businesses, non-profits, community programs and partnerships;  directing fundraising, public relations, marketing, and public advocacy efforts; and building strong relationships across the non-profit, for-profit and government sectors. He has been very active in empowering and mentoring youth, especially among LGBT homeless and foster youth. Paul joined CCY as Executive Director in February 2013. [email Paul]

SarahSarah Gerow
Membership & Communications Coordinator

Sarah is the newest addition to the CCY team, joining the Coalition as the Membership and Communications Coordinator. Sarah is responsible for developing and implementing membership recruitment/retention strategies, managing member services, developing/publishing CCY’s monthly electronic newsletter, managing the web site, and planning the annual Taking Action conference. Sarah has 2 years experience in non-profit fundraising and development. In 2011 she received her Bachelor’s degree at CSU San Marcos in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling. Sarah recently moved to Sacramento from Southern California, to be closer to her boyfriend’s family who recently started fostering children. Sarah enjoys being outdoors, loves traveling and learning new things, and loves rooting for her favorite team, the Denver Broncos! [email Sarah]

teryn_split toneTeryn Heckers
Program Coordinator, California Youth Crisis Line

Teryn volunteered with the California Youth Crisis Line for 11 months before joining the staff as Team Leader.  At work Teryn is in charge of scheduling the volunteers, maintaining order in the call center, and recruiting new volunteers.  Teryn graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor’s in Organizational Studies from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.  Outside of work, Teryn likes reading library books, wandering randomly around the movie section in stores, and searching Northern California for the most tasty garlic fries.  The number one thing on her bucket list is to visit all 50 states. [email Teryn]

mireya Mireya Inga
Administrative Coordinator

Mireya recently joined the CCY staff as the administrative coordinator.  She is responsible for managing office operations, providing support to the staff and the board, and assisting the Executive Director with budgeting and strategic planning.  Mireya graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 2010, and is currently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.  She is especially interested in organizational management in the non-profit sector.  In her free time, she loves exploring the world with her husband and their son, who is one. She also likes trying new food, reading Christopher Moore novels, and walking her sweet, but very undisciplined, dogs. [email Mireya]

amandaAmanda Johnston
Community Outreach Coordinator

Amanda volunteered as a crisis counselor for the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) for a year before joining the incredible CCY team as the Community Outreach Coordinator in October 2013. As the core representative, she focuses on initiating and fostering collaborative relationships with statewide and community organizations and agencies for youth to help raise awareness of CCY and CYCL. In May 2012, Amanda graduated from CSU Sacramento with her B.A. in Psychology, with an emphasis in child/adolescent development, multiculturalism and counseling. Her future goals include attending grad school for her M.A. in Counseling Psychology to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). In her free time, Amanda enjoys performing with local community theatres, dancing, and riding her bike everywhere she can. [email Amanda]


Mary McCormack
Lead Counselor, California Youth Crisis Line

Mary started her journey with CCY in July 2010 as a volunteer counselor. As Lead Counselor for the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL), Mary is in charge of assisting in the recruiting, training and staffing of the CYCL call center. Mary graduated from CSU Sacramento in Fall of 2009 with her Bachelors degree in Psychology, and has a goal of returning to school to pursue her Masters in Social Work. In her free time, Mary loves traveling, spending time outdoors and on the beach, reading, dancing with friends, and cuddling with her cats. [email Mary]