Meet us

Executive Director and Founder

Courtney Osterfelt

Executive Director and Founder

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.


Staff

Laura Tully

Staff

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 of Arts degree in Social Justice and Human Rights with a focus on community organizing. I’ve been involved with The Launch Pad in many different capacities since its inception. I truly love working with youth in the Prescott community and I feel so honored to work for this organization!

Frank Schrock

Staff

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.

Brittini Ward

Staff

I am the Program Coordinator of The Launch Pad Tutoring Center. I have an bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications/Graphic Design and currently working towards my  Master of Art’s degree in Social Justice and Human Rights at Prescott College. I have been working in youth development  for more than 5 years. I’ve worked with Pre-College Programs in Higher Education, and have been a mentor, tutor and coach for middle school students.

My resume of experience and involvement revolves around social justice and all forms of creative expression. I’ve found that I have a deep passion for healing work and motivational speaking (when given the platform) that would in return change the world. I remember how I felt when I first began walking into my purpose and I would love to give the same experience to the teens at The Launch Pad Teen Center, or anyone who wants it!


Board of Directors

Andrew Baird

Board of Directors

Co-President

 

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.

Mackenzie Schutte

Board of Directors

Co-President

 

I’m currently a student 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!

Cate Wilson

Board of Directors

Co-Vice President

 

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.

Miranda Todd

Board of Directors

Co-Vice President 

 

“Hi!  I’m Miranda, a senior at Tri-City Prep and teen Vice President of the board.  I love music, art, writing, nature, and The Launch Pad!  Being a part of this organization has helped me meet and connect with people from all walks of life.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help it grow, so that it can reach more teens in the Prescott area.”

Ryan Glennan

Board of Directors

Co-Treasurer

 

I grew up in Prescott and moved back to the area in 2007 after college and beginning my career in Phoenix and Milwaukee.  I currently reside here with my wife, Christen, and two girls.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Florida.  I’m currently a commercial banker with Foothills Bank.  In my free time I enjoy camping, four wheeling in my Jeep, watching sports, and spending time with my family.

Royce Viklund

Board of Directors

Co-Treasurer

 

I’m a senior at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and have lived in Prescott for the past six years. With the Launchpad I hope to help teens and Prescott youth achieve their own goals. Currently, I help tutor at the Launch Pad Tutoring Center.

Branden Knuth

Board of Directors
Secretary 

 

My name is Branden Knuth and I’m currently a senior at Tri-City College Prep High School. Being part of The Launch Pad has been an incredible experience that’s not only helped get me in touch with many wonderful members of the community but also grown and shaped me as a person. My main interests are music and film and I also love spending time hanging out with my friends.

Amy Bonney

Board of Directors

I was born and raised in Prescott and am a proud graduate of Prescott High School. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice. I have been proudly serving as a member of the Prescott Police Department for almost twenty years. I love animals, music, and CrossFit and am a proud mom to a young daughter.  I am honored to serve the youth of this community through the Launch Pad.  I believe it is the responsibility of the entire community to help prepare our kids to be responsible and caring adults, and I think the Launch Pad is one great way to help our kids be the best they can be!

Cayden Himes

Board of Directors

I grew up in Prescott and am a recent high school graduate. I am a lover of music, nature, and community engagement. My involvement with The Launch Pad has connected me with my community and allowed me to support local musicians.

Max Wilkinson

Board of Directors

Hello, my name is Max Wilkinson and I have lived in Prescott for as long as I can remember.  I am currently a senior at Tri City College Prep High School and plan on attending the University of Arizona this upcoming fall.  My involvement with the Launchpad Teen Center has allowed me to become more connected with my home-town community and has shaped me into the person that I am today.  If you can’t find me at the Launchpad, then I’m probably snowboarding in Flagstaff with my best friends.

Nikki Amato

Board of Directors

I grew up in Madison, WI and left for the West Coast to attend college in Bellingham, WA. After moving around the country for my husbands career, my family and I decided to call Prescott our home in 2014 and have fallen in love with the area. Since college I have worked in the nonprofit sector in a number of different positions from starting my own nonprofit to more recently being the Events and Community Outreach Coordinator for a few different organizations. In my spare time I love hiking, exploring Arizona, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my husband and three girls!