Johanna Bergan

Executive Director

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Johanna serves as the Executive Director and her work keeps her in close contact with Youth MOVE Chapter Member Network, spread across the United States.  Ms. Bergan is a youth advocate and a voice for young people in systems, with a special focus on the mental health system.

Experience as a young adult and young mother has allowed her to see the need for positive systems change. Through her past work as a board member, Vice President and Membership Committee Chair of Youth MOVE National, Ms. Bergan has found that the most effective change stems from conversation and dialog with individuals with lived experience. 

Through work with Youth MOVE, she has become an experienced speaker and presenter on the importance of youth voice and input throughout all levels of system change. Johanna's philosophy is that of a whole-being wellness outlook to life for herself, her family, and the community.

Contact Johanna at jbergan@youthmovenational.org

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Michael Collado

Communications Coordinator
 
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Michael Collado is the Communications Coordinator at Youth MOVE National. He is a graduate of Florida International University, located in Miami, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication.
 
Michael first joined the Youth MOVE family as an intern for Youth MOVE Miami in March 2014. During his time there he has designed promotional material, produced outreach videos, run social media stigma reduction campaigns, and has led workshops for youth on using multimedia as a means of advocacy.
 
He hopes his background and, admittedly, tech-inclined approach brings a certain value in social marketing TA, and is excited to continue his efforts at a larger scale.
 
Contact Michael at mcollado@youthmovenational.org 
 
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Marieke Johnson

Director of Member Services
 
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Marieke serves as the Director Member Services and in her role supports a chapter network of youth advocates spanning 38 states. Her work includes providing technical assistance and support in the areas of youth engagement, positive youth development, youth peer support, youth voice in advocacy and policy, trauma informed care, and more.

 

Prior to joining Youth MOVE National, Marieke was involved in the growth and development of Allegheny County’s Youth Support Partner Unit and served as a Supervisor/Coach and Program Manager. She a is credentialed Youth Support Partner Coach for High Fidelity Wraparound through PA’s Youth & Family Training Institute. Through this work, Marieke has seen the tremendous positive impact that youth voice can have on all systems that serve adolescents and young adults. She is a strong advocate for youth peer support and believes that sharing lived experience is a key component to creating a culture of change.

Marieke has combined her personal, professional and educational experiences to support and mentor youth support staff and has presented and provided technical assistance on a variety of topics related to sustaining and supporting the professional development and personal wellness of youth peer support. Marieke strives to bring a trauma-informed care approach to all of her work. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Marieke recently completed her Masters in Professional Counseling at Carlow University with a focus on trauma-informed counseling.

 
 
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Brianne Masselli

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Brianne Masselli is the Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation for Youth MOVE National, Ms. Masselli serves as a lead for Children's Mental Health Initiatives, coordinates technical assistance to providers, organizations and communities seeking to become youth guided and trauma informed in order to better serve the needs of family and youth who are experiencing challenges with behavioral and emotional health issues.

Prior to joining the leadership team at Youth MOVE National, Ms. Masselli was the Director of Technical Assistance and Continuous Quality Improvement as well as past Youth Coordinator for THRIVE, Maine's Trauma Informed Systems of Care and was instrumental in the promotion of youth guided care and youth advocacy. Under her leadership, THRIVE's youth committee successfully completed local, state and national tasks which resulted in the youth committee becoming a Youth Move chapter in Maine. In addition to this, Ms. Masselli has also received recognition as a consumer advocate who has firsthand experience as a former youth consumer of mental health services. This experience allows her to connect with youth, families, and service providers who struggle to create bridges to one another.

Ms. Masselli, in the role of national youth advocate and past consumer, has participated on national and local learning collaborative on evidence based practices, has been a plenary speaker at a national research conference, is an advisor to the national evaluation efforts of federally funded systems of care, and is a past board member of Youth MOVE National.

Ms. Masselli received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Johnson & Wales University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health from the University of South Florida. Ms. Masselli's master's degree is in Leadership Studies and Organizational Development from the University of Southern Maine.

Contact Brie at bmasselli@youthmovenational.org 

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Lydia Proulx

Youth Program Specialist 

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L.proulx-picLydia is a Youth Program Specialist for the Technical Assistance and Evaluation Office. Prior to joining the Youth MOVE National Leadership Team, Lydia worked as Youth Coordinator and Youth Program Manager of Youth MOVE Massachusetts at the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL). While at PPAL, Lydia oversaw Youth MOVE Massachusetts’ development and implementation of peer support youth groups, young adult groups, youth trainings and speaking engagements, and annual summer internship program. They are excited to continue their advocacy work with Youth MOVE National, particularly around improving systems and service delivery for LGBTQ2S youth.

Lydia’s own lived experience with mental health, school, and youth leadership drives their dedication to authentic youth engagement, advocacy, and education. Lydia earned their Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies from Worcester State University in 2012. In their spare time, Lydia volunteers on a local farm for hunger relief and teaches comprehensive sexual health education to youth and young adults.

 

Contact Lydia at lproulx@youthmovenational.org

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Kristin Thorp

Quality Impovement Coordinator
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Kristin is the Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Technical Assistance and Evaluation office. She supports the implementation of national evaluation of Children’s Mental Health Initiatives, provides internal quality assurance practices, and works with the Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation in strategic development and implementation of 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 services that will improve the lives of young people.

Contact Kristin at kthorp@youthmovenational.org 

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Alice Topaloff

Office and Operations Manager
 
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Alice joined Youth MOVE National in January 2017 as the Office and Operations Manager. She provides administrative and operational support to ensure efficient operation of the YMN virtual offices.

Alice was born and raised in France, where she studied food and agriculture systems. Prior to joining Youth MOVE National, she helped grow the Local Foods program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach from 3 to 15 staff members. While working at ISU, she co-led a gardening program at a women’s prison, got a Mental Health First Aid certificate, and expanded her interest in mental health and systems of care. Alice believes systems change happen from the ground up, and is excited to support YMN’s mission from the backend so folks can transform passion into action.

 
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Internships

Youth M.O.V.E. National Internships

Youth M.O.V.E. National frequently works to match current projects and programs with individuals who are searching for opportunities for hands-on learning opportunities, including opportunities to match internship work with education requirements.  Please reach out with inquiries to see if we can work together!

Madeline Zielinski

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Madeline Zielinski began her work with Youth MOVE as the State Coordinator for Youth MOVE Indiana beginning in 2014. In that time she has gained the credential of Certified Youth Care-Associate level, completed her Associate of Science from Ivy Tech Community College, and has received training on a variety of subjects ranging from suicide intervention to sexual assault prevention for youth, and is even certified to train others on how they can recognize and prevent suicide.

A survivor of a suicide attempt at a young age, she sought social supports to help her build resilience. Madeline got her start in advocacy attending an LGBTQ+ drop-in center in Indianapolis called Indiana Youth Group. This sparked a desire to bring more understanding and education about LGBTQ issues and how stigmatization has a dramatic effect on the mental wellbeing of these young people. Through her work with Youth MOVE Indiana, Madeline has served as a youth representative on the IN-Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, the State LGBTQ+ board, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children, and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Indiana Systems of Care Youth and Family Subcommittee. She also has a passion for Pearl Jam and eggs benedict.

ContactMadeline at mzielinski@youthmovenational.org 

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