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.

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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]

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]

maryMary McCormack
Community Outreach Coordinator

Mary started her journey with CCY in July 2011 as a volunteer crisis counselor. After her position as Lead Counselor on the CYCL in 2014, she was promoted to the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for fostering relationships with statewide and community organizations and agencies to develop collaborative partnerships to help raise awareness of the CYCL. Mary holds a Bachelors Degree from Sacramento State in Psychology, and has a goal of returning for a Masters Degree. In her free time, Mary loves traveling, wine, spending time outdoors and on the beach, reading, dancing with friends, and cuddling with her cats. [email Mary]

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Membership & Communications Coordinator

Matt is the latest addition to the CCY staff. He’s responsible for the growth and maintenance of our member relationships as well as CCY’s outward-facing communications to the general public via internet, print, broadcast and social media. Matt comes to us after a long career in broadcast and online media, having worked in a number of content, sales and marketing roles. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and cycling, and staying up late to play video games. [email Matt]