TeenWorks Team Expands

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Garry Moes as Executive Director and Renée Kelsey as Program Coordinator. Mario DeLise and Jon Mahanna were recently appointed to the Board.

Mr. Moes joined our team in September 2017. He has had a long, multifaceted career, most recently in non-profit development, recruitment, management and communications work. He holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University and worked as a political reporter for The Associated Press for 21 years.. He lived in the Mother Lode area for more than 23 years and spent seven years in South Carolina before returning to California in June 2017. He and his wife Karlinda have five children and 26 grandchildren. Garry, Karlinda and three of their children are members of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, a TeenWorks ministry partner.

Mrs. Kelsey joined the TeenWorks team in March 2018. She is a first-grade teacher at the Christian Family Learning Center in Angels Camp, Calif. For two years, she worked at the Bret Harte High School Special Education Department as a classroom resource. She trained for work with pregnant teens at the Modesto Resource Center and as a teen herself worked as a volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Tracy. She has served at her church as a youth and vacation Bible school leader. She and her husband Bill live in Copperopolis, Calif. and have four children.

Mr. DeLise has served as a chaplain at the Sonora Regional Medical Center (Adventist Health) since 2016. He has a Master of Divinity degree and board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains. While in seminary, he was an assistant youth pastor. Mario has worked as a chaplain to youth in a psychiatric facility. He has served on boards for the Interfaith Coalition on Poverty and Neutral Ground, a mediation organization. He and his wife Melissa have two young children. 

Mr. Mahanna is a long-time professional ski instructor and has worked for many years at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort in Tuolumne County. He has more than 50 years experience in the ski and golf industries, including years in leadership and management of resorts. He has worked with children in this capacity and other endeavors. He came to Christ at a Promise Keepers event some years ago. He has been instrumental in organizing TeenWorks's annual fund-raising golf tournament and currently serves on the tournament organizing committee. He and his wife Suzanne live in Columbia, Calif.