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 Deputy Director 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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hello, my name is Annie Wilkinson. I have lived in Prescott, AZ for around 14 years, which is as far back as I can remember. I am currently a student at Prescott High School and part of the graduating class of 2021. Apart from The Launch Pad, I also love horseback, hanging out with friends, and wake surfing on Lake Powell. Being involved in The Launch Pad has not only been a catalyst for my growth as a person, it has also allowed me to help my peers and be part of strengthening my hometown.
I’m Indy Dimaano-Simmons and I’m currently a student at Prescott High School. I have lived in Prescott all of my life and enjoy helping my community and school as much as possible. Being apart of The Launch Pad is a very exciting opportunity and I hope to plan and participate in many events an deactivates that change our city for the better. I know I will learn a lot these next few years and hope to bring more happiness in teens lives.
Prescott has been my home for the past 11 years, and it is such a great place to call home! I have been working in the public schools here in Prescott for 10+ years as a counselor, and also just recently opened my private practice for counseling. My wonderful husband of 21 years and I have raised two amazing young adults. Jake is going to ASU this fall and Cassie will be a Senior at NAU. I look forward to being involved with the community’s youth as a board member of The Launch Pad. The empowering aspect of the programs is definitely aligned with my philosophy, especially to be proactive and ahead of the curve. I enjoy kayaking in the local lakes, golfing, hiking with our dog Indiana Jones (“Indy”), and hanging out with my family and friends.