Meet the People who give their heart to this cause
Youth Driven Space
Executive Director and Founder
My name is Courtney Osterfelt and I am the director of The Launch Pad. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education, a Master of Arts 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.
Project Launch Director
Hi, I’m Denise Herst and I have been the Director/Instructor for Project Launch (a workforce readiness and summer intern program) since 2017. I’m a native of Arizona and so is my husband. I earned my Executive MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, and my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. My husband and I retired from Intel Corporation in 2016, and we have been enjoying Prescott full time ever since! I’m grateful to have found The Launch Pad Teen Center where I can help teens discover the secret sauce to success, from my 35-year work experience at Intel. I believe that each new day brings a new opportunity to “begin again”…..and achieve!
Director of Operations
Hi, I’m Suzanne, Director of Operations at The Launch Pad. I guess you could say that I’m a student of life who’s own lived experience led me to a place of wanting to support others in their individual lived experience. I worked as a behavioral health technician with adults before finding my way to the wonderful world of teens. Little did I know what they would teach me. Being a part of The Launch Pad Teen Center has enriched my life in ways I never imagined.
Director of Fund Development
Hello, I’m Catherine Robbins, Director of Fund Development for The Launch Pad and mother of three. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing Management. I am originally from the small mountain town of Felton, California, which is in Santa Cruz County, about 75 miles south of San Francisco. When my husband brought me to Prescott in 2015, I fell in love with this city. Just under one year later, we moved here with our two youngest children. As a parent, I recognize the importance of providing teens with safe places to gather and opportunities to learn life skills that will help them become involved, successful, confident and empowered young adults. I am honored to have the opportunity to take part in the mission of The Launch Pad Teen Center. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, practicing Yoga, and crafting.
Howdy, my name is James Malek! I crawled out of a black box theater in Santa Rosa, California, newborn at the age of 19. Then, somehow, I managed to find myself attending Prescott College, with a cat and motorcycle, working at the Launch Pad only a few years later! I learned about the Launch Pad through a class offered by PC, and wanted to be as involved as possible as soon as I first entered the space! Day to day, I’m typically found trying to convince the Launch Pad teens to talk to me about Godzilla, or working diligently to teach them the all-important life-lesson that is juggling.
Also: my cat’s name is Reggie… In case you were wondering.
On Site Learning Coordinator
Hey y’all! My name is Reed and I go by they/them pronouns. I’m the on-site learning coordinator for our Houston Digital Learning Space. After pursuing performance in my undergrad and another degree in health & wellness a couple of years later, I’m now attending graduate school at Prescott College in order to obtain an MS in counseling with an emphasis in somatic (bodywork) counseling and adventure-based psychotherapy. I learned about The Launch Pad earlier this year through my work with one-n-ten, an Arizona-based non-profit that serves LGBTQIA+ youth ages 11-24. I enjoy working with teens because I truly believe that they are our future and have the power to create much-needed equitable and systemic change within our current social framework. When I’m not at The Launch Pad, you can find me in my kitchen, on my yoga mat, or on any local hiking trail.
Youth Program Facilitator
Hello! My name is Keira Long. I grew up in the distance land of Michigan and found my way to Prescott through working an internship for YBBBS. I have a Bachelors in Recreation and Event Management from Central Michigan University. Catch me at TLP teaching hula hoop tricks, dancing goofily or creating art with teens. I love being a part of The Launch Pad to empower youth to express themselves and to make a difference in our community!
Youth Program Facilitator
Howdy y’all, name is Sean Armstrong, but I prefer to go by Grizzly. My educational background is in psychology/sociology as well as adventure education. I love the outdoors and I’m working my way up to being a survival instructor. I’ve lived here in Prescott for the last two years but I am originally from East Taunton, Massachusetts, a town a little ways from South Boston. I learned about The Launch Pad from some friends and instructors at Prescott College and knew it was a place I wanted to help out and give back to the youth of this community.
Youth Program Facilitator
Hey there, my name is Katie Farnsworth. I recently just graduated NAU with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. I enjoy spending my time in other countries learning about other cultures and the diversity among them. I have a passion for being involved with nonprofit organizations, helping others (and myself) grow and learn. As part of my love for traveling and nonprofits, I had the opportunity to intern for TAO, a nonprofit organization in Easter Island, Chile and have wanted to be involved with other nonprofits since. I am extremely excited to be working with the youth and staff at The Launch Pad Teen Center. In my free time I enjoy jammin’ to music, forcing my cat to cuddle me, and drinking too much coffee.
Fundraising & Events Assistant
Hi, my name is Makenna . I just graduated from Prescott High School where I participated in soccer, choir, and student council. I am planning to study public relations at Azusa Pacific University. I have really enjoyed my time working at The Launch Pad, helping with fundraising and event planning. I was born and raised in Prescott and I really love what The Launch Pad has done for the community. I am grateful to be able to learn and grow through such an amazing organization.
Youth Program Facilitator & Academic Mentorship Coordinator
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.
Co-Vice President, Prescott High School Student
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 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.
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.
I have lived in Arizona for over 20 years with Prescott being home for the last 5 years. My wife Wendy and two boys, Zakary and Marcus love Prescott. I received a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Devry University and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. I held various leadership roles in the Information Technology industry for 15 years and then made a shift to more meaningful work. I now get to help people every day as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. I spent 12 years as a Big Brother and over 8 years (and counting) coaching youth sports. I’m passionate about what The Launch Pad offers to youth in our community and excited for the planned growth to serve even more teens.
Prescott High School Student
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.