My name is Courtney Osterfelt and I am the director of The Launch Pad. I have an bachelor’s degree in Education, a Master of Art’s degree in Social Change and Community Development, and I have been working with teens for the past 13 years. I founded Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough, a non-profit educational organization for teenage girls in Yavapai County in 2003 and started working on developing The Launch Pad in 2011. I love working with teens because I remember my teenage years being particularly challenging and I want to support teens in becoming who they want to be. I also believe teens are powerful people who can inspire and create great change in our community and it is an honor to support them in realizing their own potential.
My name is Laura Tully and I am the events and community outreach coordinator at The Launch Pad. I have a bachelor’s degree in Critical Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Justice and Human Rights with a focus on community organizing. I truly love working with youth in the Prescott community.
Hi I’m Frank. I’m originally from Phoenix and I moved to Prescott when I was 17. I enjoy playing video games, spending time with family and friends, and kicking it with my adorable dog, Chewy. I’ve been with The Launch Pad since September 2015. I started off volunteering just once a week as a requirement for one of my classes at Yavapai College. I was initially pretty nervous to be working with teens and I didn’t know what to expect. As time went on, I learned that they are bright, positive, and compassionate young individuals that care about important things that affect the world around them. And as it turns out, I’m actually learning a lot from them.
TLP Co-President, Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Photographer, Prescott College Alumni.
18-year resident of Prescott. I believe in kids! Big Sister for over 13 years. Serves on the Launch Pad board since 2014. Recently elected Co-Treasurer.
My name is Cayden Himes. I grew up in Prescott and am currently a senior at NorthPoint Academy. I am a lover of music and nature. My involvement with The Launch Pad has connected me with my community and allowed me to support local musicians.
My name is Andrew Baird. I grew up in Prescott and recently moved back with my wife (Brittany, also a Prescott native) and two girls, Noe and Daisy. I received my degree in Civil Engineering from Arizona State and now work locally here in Prescott. In my free time I enjoy playing with my kids, hiking with my wife, coaching youth sports, and playing any outdoor sport that my now 34 year old body will allow me to play, which let’s face it, is now horse shoes.
My name is Cate Wilson. I grew up on the East Coast but have called Prescott home for the
past 11 years. I believe that investing in the youth of our community is the best way to help
ensure the growth of Prescott. The Launch Pad has given me the opportunity, as a board
member to become part of the community in a personal way and to have an integral role in the
development of it’s future.
My name is Erika Gustafson and I am a senior at BASIS Prescott. I enjoy supporting my fellow teens through the Launch Pad and have already been taught a great deal about their diverse cultures and identities. I hope to help teens who are struggling academically and particularly enjoy studying science and mathematics.
My name is Galen Dennis. I’m a senior at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy. I participate in assorted sports and clubs including basketball and Rotary Interact. I became involved with The Launch Pad through my fellow students. The idea of creating a teen center for the Prescott area is important to me, because it provides opportunity for many high school students that might not otherwise have it.
Hi I’m Mackenzie!
I’m currently a freshman at Northpoint Academy. I love art, music, the natural world, and mathematics. Being a part of The Launch Pad not only has helped me grow as a better leader, but has shaped me into the person I am now. Seeing Prescott from the point of view of a teen is an important aspect of how our town can change as a whole and being part of that mission takes a major roll in the person I become!
My name is Ben Jensen. I’m a senior at Northpoint Academy. I’ve lived in Prescott my entire life. When I heard about The Launch Pad through a friend I thought it was a great idea and have done my best to support it. I currently sit on the TLP Board of directors as a Co-President.