Our Staff

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Loretta Schouten, Director of Operations

Loretta is originally from Iowa and holds a Juris Doctorate degree. Loretta comes to Youth Empowerment Zone with more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit and grant writing fields. She is a wife, mother of two, lover of sports, Curator of TEDxCosmoPark, self-proclaimed NASA geek, licensed ham radio operator and problem solver extraordinaire.

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Katherine Wilson, Program Director

Katherine Wilson is a woman who believes that no matter what the situation or circumstance, if one never gives up they will eventually succeed. She is the oldest of three children. Katherine has an Associates in Business degree from Columbia College.

Katherine is certified by the Center for Women’s Ministries to counsel abused and at risk women; and is the team leader of her local church women jail ministry. Katherine is also the founder and lead minister of “Divine Women of Valor” an at risk women’s ministry.

Currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is proud to be the first in her family to break the cycle of poverty and to earn a college degree.

Our Board of Directors

Janice Harder

Attorney
Law Office of Janice A. Harder

Ann Merrifield

Director of Business Development
Columbia College

Nicholas Orscheln

Orscheln Farm and Home

Deb Valvo

Columbia Sales Director
Columbia Business Times

Kathy Green

Frank Green

Tom Pauley

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