Meet The Staff

<mark w“I am very excited when I see our participants help themselves and others through service. Whether college graduates or high school drop-outs, all can learn, develop and grow by helping those in the community.”-Mark Altmar

ClayeuxT Trina Clayeux joined NEWESD 101 as the director for the Center for Future Pathways in May 2014. Trina oversees the Next Generation Zone, YouthBuild and The Spokane Service Team. She earned a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Prior to this position, Trina’s experience was heavily concentrated as an administrator in postsecondary career and technical education and workforce development. She started in this career path managing an employment readiness program for low-income adults at a community college, administered a National Emergency Grant serving Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) affected military members and families at a workforce board, oversaw K-16 workforce programs at the Community Colleges of Spokane district office before moving into an assistant dean position at a campus with a mix of academic and professional technical programs.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this work is to be involved in the continuum of service with our youth: from high school diploma or GED, to education and/or training programs to employment in their field of interest. You get to witness firsthand how different facets of a community band together to change one young person’s life. “ – Dr. Trina Clayeux


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Mandy Edwards serves as the program manager for YouthBuild and the Spokane Service Team. She received a BA in Education and certification in elementary education and 4-12 English from EWU. She was one of the first graduates of the Leadership Forum for National Service Executives at the University of Washington. Mandy has years of experience managing AmeriCorps programs. She started her career in national service in 1997 managing the Tonasket Literacy Corps and wrote and managed the 21st Century after school program with the Tonasket School District. She moved to Spokane in 2003 and supervised a Washington Reading Corps team before assuming her current role as program manager for the Spokane Service Team in 2006 and YouthBuild Spokane in 2009.

“It has been such a blessing to work in this field. Each year I learn and gain inspiration from the AmeriCorps and YouthBuild members in our program. Together, we are making a difference in Spokane.” – Mandy Edwards

lacy-kangasLacy Kangas joined the team in September 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator through AmeriCorps. She graduated in 2016 with a BA in Biology and in Environmental Studies from Gonzaga University and strives to pursue graduate education in Teaching as well as Environmental Science. Before joining AmeriCorps, she spent her outside of school hours building experience in child care and development with local Northeast Youth Center. There she was part of a team that provided culturally enriching and stimulating educational and recreational activities that helped the community’s in-need youth build life experiences while enhancing their self-esteem. With a desire to continue helping in-need and at-risk youth, she joined YouthBuild in hopes of pursuing her love for youth, community service, and education.

“I am honored to give back to the Spokane community that has housed me for the last 5 years, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to continue working with its youth. I look forward to being a part of the YouthBuild team and hope that I can play a role in, and be able to witness, the incredible transformations these youth will experience” –Lacy Kangas

alex-sainsAlex Sains is an AmeriCorps member who joined the team as the GED Tutor. He is an NCCC alum and has a passion for national service. He previously served in New Orleans rebuilding homes for those who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and helped run an after school education program for an underperforming elementary school in California. He is dedicated to helping students find what they’re passionate about and helping them figure out what life options there are that would allow them to follow their passions. While working on his BS in Geology at Central Washington University he worked as a student tutor and TA where he taught math and science. After he graduated he worked as a Rock Archivist at his university and then as an Engineering Tech with a local firm. He has a passion for teaching others (especially about rocks) and hopes to become an educator in the future.

“I’m so excited to serve with YouthBuild and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store. I love encouraging students to think and solve complex problems on their own by relating things that may affect their lives. I struggled in my high school years and was only able to graduate with the support and mentorship of one of my teachers. I’d like to become that mentor myself and help youth get an education and find a path to their future.” – Alex Sains

Sean Thayer joined the team in October, 2013 as the case manager. He has a BA in Sociology from Western Washington University and many years of experience in case management. Previously, he served as Reach Case Manager as a member of the King County Drug Diversion Court Team. He assisted Drug Court participants with obtaining resources in an effort to meet some of their basic needs and to assist them with their educational and employment goals, all while they worked to graduate from the King County Drug Diversion Court program. Prior to that, Sean was first a Case Manager and then a Career Coordinator at YouthCare’s Orion Center, in Seattle, which serves Seattle’s homeless/at-risk youth population. He assisted youth with obtaining resources related to their basic needs and also assisted them as they worked towards their employment and/or educational goals.

Professional Pic“I am proud to be a part of a strong, established YouthBuild team. It is a privilege to be able to serve Spokane’s youth through our program. To be a witness to the improvements they have made in their lives and to see them achieve goals they made for themselves, is truly a gift. I strive to be a positive influence in the lives of youth we serve while they are in the program and upon their graduation.”