Executive Director, Lorez Bailey

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Lorez is very excited to serve as the new Executive Director of Chop’s Teen Club. She has over 20 years’ experience implementing and managing youth development programs. She brings to the position a passion for creating an environment and opportunities that empower youth to expand their capacity to be confident and well-prepared for whatever future endeavors they pursue. Previous to Chop’s Lorez worked at Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) as the Director of College and Career Readiness and prior to SAY worked at West County Community Services as the Manager of Youth and Adult Education and Employment Services. She has B.A. in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University and M.A. in Education from Sonoma State University. Lorez and her husband are longtime Sonoma County residents and have three daughters.  lorezb@chopsonline.com

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Melissa Stewart, Program & Events Director

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Melissa has been working at Chop’s Teen Club since December of 2001! In Melissa’s many years at Chop’s she has held various positions, and has always excelled. She has been a stable and driving force in helping Chop’s become what it is today—a premier multi-use recreation club where teens can thrive. Her experiences include supervising staff and teens, café and event management, planning, promoting and managing programs and more. As the Program and Events Director Melissa is taking Chop’s programs to the next level. Melissa enjoys living in Santa Rosa and spending time with her husband and 3 sons in the outdoors. melissac@chopsonline.com

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Koy Stewart, Operations/IT Director

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Koy started with Chop’s before the doors even opened to the public. Koy oversees the entire facility as Operations Director, while also managing the IT department. Koy has a strong background in recreation and youth development, and has been an integral part of program development and mentor development for staff. Outside of Chop’s Koy is the head volleyball coach at Montgomery High School Slater Middle School, and also coaches for the Empire Volleyball Club. Koy lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and three sons.
koys@chopsonline.com

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Sierra Castillo, Marketing & Communications Manager

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Sierra Castillo is Chop’s Teen Club’s Marketing & Communication Manager. She has a diverse background in administration, which includes project management, event planning, and grassroots philanthropy serving community-based projects. Sierra was raised in an environment that fostered individuality, creativity and community outreach. She served on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association, and volunteered with Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and Partners for Sustainable Pollination. Sierra is a beekeeper with a treatment-free and biodynamic approach, and enjoys photography and hiking with her husband Chris.
sierrac@chopsonline.com

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Brenda Russell – Finance Manager

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Brenda began her Finance career in St. Louis, MO as a CPA with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and then as a Finance Manager with May Centers, Inc. Her love of outdoor activities resulted in a relocation to Colorado, where she spent 12 years in various financial positions with Hewlett Packard and its spinoff company, Agilent Technologies. She then took some time away from her career to raise a family and subsequently spent several years volunteering with her children’s schools and in the community. During this time, Brenda spent 4 years as an Odyssey of the Mind coach where she was able to see and appreciate how much a teen can accomplish if given the right support and encouragement – things that Chop’s provides its members every day. Brenda lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two daughters.
brendar@chopsonline.com

Taylor Krenwinkel, Program & Outreach Manager

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Taylor is originally from Southern California and made her way up to Northern California to play volleyball at Sonoma State University. Taylor graduated with her BA in Sociology from Sonoma State in fall 2012. During college Taylor coached 3 seasons with Empire Volleyball Club, specifically with middle school aged youth. After graduation she tried playing professional volleyball in Europe and found a home and job in Bavaria, Germany. Taylor got great youth experience working at a Child Development Center on a U.S. Army base stationed nearby for almost 3 years. Taylor loves Chop’s Teen Club because “it is such a positive outlet for teens.” In her free time she enjoys anything outdoors and playing any volleyball she can get her hands on. taylork@chopsonline.com

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Shannon Hagler, Program Associate

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Shannon loves working with children of all ages. Starting her college education with an eye towards pre-med, Shannon soon realized she wanted to make more of a real life impact; not just treating kids, but really getting to know them. She has done everything from after school programs to summer camps, working with kids ages 3-18. Shannon feels lucky to serve in two capacities at Chop’s Teen Club, one as a Supervisor working directly with the teens, and second as our Program Associate, making sure our office runs smoothly. Shannon’s passions include playing roller derby and horseback riding. Shannon says, “I enjoy watching all of our young people grow into adults. I’m proud of the effect I am able to have on how they choose to live their lives. I feel truly blessed to go to a job I love every day!”
shannonh@chopsonline.com

Gabe Hirsh, College, Career & Sports Coordinator

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Gabe is originally from San Francisco. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State where he also minored in History and Psychology. In his free time he enjoys playing football and plans on coaching at the high school level next fall. As the sports coordinator Gabe manages the Chop’s Rock Wall and runs a wide variety of sports programs including, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, floor hockey and flag football. As the workforce coordinator, Gabe teaches Chop’s 10 week Workforce Program which now includes operating the Pretzel Cart at the West End Farmers Market on Sundays.
gabeh@chopsonline.com

Heidi Hebein, Cafe and Culinary Coordinator

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Heidi graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu Program at Western Culinary in Portland, Oregon. A local girl, Heidi grew up in Rohnert Park and has an extensive background as a pastry chef and ice cream crafter, as well as experience working in catering. Heidi loves to share her passion for food with teen members, and strives to open their minds and palates to new foods and culinary experiences. heidih@chopsonline.com

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Maggie Kirk, Art Studio Coordinator

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Maggie is thrilled to be working in a creative and nurturing environment where our teen members can showcase and build on their creativity. Maggie has a background in childhood education and art, having studied at both Colorado State University and the University of Alaska. She has also studied under three professional Sonoma County artists. Maggie enjoys pastel painting and fused glass art. Maggie has an extensive volunteer background, lending her services to PACE, Art Docent Programs in several elementary schools, serving on the Schools Plus Board of Directors, chairing the decorations committee for Santa Rosa High School’s Project Grad, Schools of Hope Literacy Program, and the Sonoma County Human Race. Maggie lives in Santa Rosa with her husband; her son attends the University of Colorado. maggiek@chopsonline.com