National Leadership Team

 

Johanna Bergan

Johanna Bergan

Executive Director

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.

Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: jbergan@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 101

Brie Masselli

Brie Masselli

Youth Program Director

Brianne Masselli is the Youth Program Director 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.

Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: bmasselli@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 104

Jasmine Boatwright

Jasmine Boatwright

Youth Program Coordinator

Jasmine Boatwright is a Youth Program Coordinator with Youth MOVE National. Prior to joining Youth MOVE National Leadership Team, Jasmine worked as the Youth Involvement Coordinator for Connections (Wayne County’s System of Care), served as Director of Youth MOVE Michigan, and provided oversight and support to Youth MOVE Detroit. While working as Youth Coordinator she engaged youth in various capacities. Her work in Michigan includes 13 years with Wayne County’s System of Care, statewide advocacy/committee involvement, and providing coaching and technical assistance to local System of Care and Tribal youth groups.

Jasmine became interested in youth and family voice and choice after noticing the limited power young people had in decision making. She began sharing her and her families experiences with the mental health system to advocate specifically for youth.

Jasmine is excited to join the National Team and hopes her unique lived and professional experiences serves as a valuable asset to the team’s success.

Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: jboatwright@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 105

Michael Collado

Michael Collado

Communications Coordiator

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.

Preferred Pronouns: He, Him, His
Email: mcollado@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 106

Lydia Proulx

Lydia Proulx

Youth Program Specialist

Lydia 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.

Preferred Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
Email: lproulx@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 108

Alice Topaloff

Alice Topaloff

Operations Coordinator

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.

Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: atopaloff@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 102

Madeline Zielinski

Madeline Zielinski

Youth Program Specialist

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.

Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: mzielinski@youthmovenational.org
Phone: (800) 580-6199 x 103

Shai Shay

Shai Shay

Youth Program Intern

Shai is an upcoming third-year student at Luther College in Deborah, Iowa. She’s working toward a major in Russian Studies and a minor in Sociology, after having changed directions from Vocal-Performance-Health to Art to Linguistics. Still being indecisive, Shai likes to encompass a great many diverse inputs in her life, be it diverse friends, diverse food, diverse work/contributions or diverse kinds of education/learning. Shai likes fashion, and especially likes to wear strange outfits with platform shoes to deceive people of her short stature. Shai’s lived experience with youth perspectives and experiences with the systems of the world comes from growing up surrounded by tricky and vague systems that directly affected her personal life and perceptions of the world (cultivating a sociological imagination by nature) as she lived through mental illness in the family and self, cancer and other medical complications that illuminated the many things in the relevant systems that need productive change, or enlightenment perhaps.

Email: sshay@youthmovenational.org