National Leadership Team

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Johanna Bergan

Executive Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Johanna leads and guides Youth MOVE National’s work to ensure all young adults in youth-serving systems are seen as leaders. As a young mother, she saw the need for positive systems change and was one of the many young adults on the frontlines of Youth MOVE National’s founding. She believes strongly that change stems from dialogue between individuals with lived experience. You wouldn’t believe this about Johanna, but she’s an introvert. She can be seen frequently recommending niche podcasts to unsuspecting individuals.

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Jasmine Boatwright

Youth Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

Jasmine became interested in youth and family voice once she noticed the limited power young adults have in decision-making. She began sharing her and her family’s experiences in the mental health system in order to advocate for youth. Prior to joining Youth MOVE National, her advocacy led her to become the director of Youth MOVE Michigan, supporting Youth MOVE Detroit, and providing technical assistance to local systems of care and tribal youth groups. When she’s off the clock, Jasmine moonlights as a local entertainment promoter and can put together a playlist of good music you haven’t heard before. One of her favorite movies is the Transformers series because Bumblebee reminds her of her first car she named John Shaft.

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Lydia Proulx

Youth Program Coordinator

Pronouns: They/Them

Lydia’s own lived experience with mental health, school, and youth leadership drives their dedication to authentic youth engagement, advocacy, and education. They’re excited about improving the service delivery model for LGBTQIA2-S youth on a national scale. As the former youth program manager at Youth MOVE Massachusetts and Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL), they led the development of youth peer support groups, youth trainings and speaking engagements, and the internship program. In their spare time, Lydia volunteers on a local farm for hunger relief and teaches comprehensive sexual health education to youth and young adults. Plus, they love antiquing on the weekends.

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Kristin Thorp

Youth Program Director

Pronouns: She/Her

A bit of a jack-of-all trades at Youth MOVE National, Kristin is the Youth Program Director. She supports the implementation of national evaluation of Children’s Mental Health Initiatives, provides technical assistance to the behavioral health field, facilitates engaging youth in research and evaluation projects, and works with the National Leadership Team to develop technical assistance products. In her previous role as the Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator at THRIVE, Maine’s Trauma-informed System of Care, Kristin offered technical assistance, training, and consultation to government agencies, providers, and communities on incorporating and embedding trauma-informed principles and practices. Capitalizing on prior experience working for Youth MOVE Maine, she advocated for and incorporated youth voice into all elements of system change, understanding that the well-being of young people hinges on their participation across all levels of program development and enhancement. She is a strong believer in working with youth as equal partners and pushing for policies and services that will improve the lives of young people. Self-appointed Queen of Slack, Kristin makes sure the #watercooler channel always stays lively and interesting.

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Alice Topaloff

Operations Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

Alice is the master of ensuring everyone’s work at Youth MOVE National actually gets done—and in an organized fashion. A native of France, she moved to Iowa to study food and agriculture and later led a gardening program at a women’s prison. But it was a Mental Health First Aid training that got her interested in systems-change advocacy. If Alice’s “away” status is turned on the office instant messenger, it probably means she went for a run. The one thing Alice needs to do in the morning is spend time with her dogs. When Alice isn’t running the office, she’s an indoor cycling instructor.

Madeline Zielinski

Youth Program Specialist

Pronouns: She/They

Madeline has a huge passion for Pearl Jam, eggs benedict, and youth advocacy. She got her start in youth advocacy attending Indiana Youth Group, an LGBTQ+ drop-in center. This sparked her passion to destigmatize LGBTQ issues and educate on its intersectionality with mental wellness. Prior to Youth MOVE National she was the state coordinator for Youth MOVE Indiana and served as a representative on the IN-Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, the State LGBTQ+ board, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children, and the Vice-Chair of the Indiana Systems of Care Youth and Family Subcommittee. She holds the record of sharing the most memes in our office instant messenger. Madeline considers dancing onstage with Snoop Dogg to be her greatest achievement to date. She also loves spending time with her two god babies, one of which is named Madeline! Follow her on Snapchat: @MadelineYMN.

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Matt Leavitt

Communications Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him

Matt started doing youth advocacy and educational programming when he was 18-years-old through the Upward Bound Program at the University of Maine. As a former student, Matt utilized his experience to work with youth who were low-income and first-generation achieve their educational aspirations. After 10 years of working with Upward Bound, Matt graduated with his with a Master’s in Intermedia with a focus on mental health and art as well as a Master’s in Education with a focus on accessto education. Using both professional and educational experience, he went on to work with Youth MOVE Maine as a program coordinator working with youth around the state in systems of care to provide peer support and community integration services. Eventually, he became the operating manager for the statewide program, overseeing staff, training, and contracts. Matt now serves as the Communications Coordinator at Youth MOVE National, working on branding the message of youth voice in everything that YMN and YM Chapters do. When Matt is not at the computer, he can be found in an escape room, a concert, in front of the TV with a video game controller, or on an adventure with his family.

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Tamara Manzer

Youth Program Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her

Tamara’s journey with leadership and advocacy work began at Youth MOVE Maine with Maine’s Trauma-Informed System of Care Initiative, where she developed and coordinated statewide programming that served youth involved in systems. Tamara comes to Youth MOVE National with a lens of having faced adversities of her own, and she wholeheartedly believes in the power of supporting youth towards wellness and resilience. Tamara served on Maine’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) as an advocate and member of the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee, where she examined racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system. She has a plethora of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Tamara has experience at an innovative education organization as part of a school turnaround around initiative for education reform. More recently, Tamara also spent some time working at MaineHealth’s Center for Health Improvement. Tamara is passionate about the rights of young people, racial equity, and thriving communities. In her free time, she enjoys life with her family and embraces fitness.

Joshua Calarino

Youth Program Specialist

Pronouns: He/Him

Joshua’s journey began with Youth MOVE Miami. He had gone the first time to simply attend a Salsa dance class. It was through the arts that Joshua became connected with himself and his peers. From there he slowly got out of his shell and learned about the Youth Movement. It was there that he found his voice and learned to use it. He slowly became a leader who used his lived experience to advocate for local, even state, policy surrounding systems of care. It was through his passion and dedication that he became a national leader speaking at conferences and affecting change all over the country. His hope is that youth can become leaders just like he has become. To give to others what Youth MOVE gave to him. A voice and a message to spread. On his off time Joshua loves to travel and eat new foods!

Samantha Skinner

Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her

Sam has two deep passions in life: social justice and climate justice. She has a history in various environmental science projects ranging from netting and i.d. banding wood ducks to collecting biological samples of chacma baboons. She has become more focused on youth advocacy in the past few years due to first hand systems involvement. As you could imagine, Sam is a big supporter of group hikes and wild lands education in youth treatment. She is a huge fan of playing volleyball, birding, and creating smol polymer clay earrings and charms. Her current favorite is that of a hamburger, though she is ironically vegetarian!