Youth Ambassador Association

Youth Ambassadors are a diverse community of committed and inspiring students, ranging from eighth grade to university level, all of whom are also past recipients of the Foundation’s Christian Service Award.

Their commitment to faith and service are guiding principles as they continue their service to our parishes, schools and community, constantly seeking new and effective ways to give back.

YAA Mission: To engage and connect Catholic youth by demonstrating Christ-centered behavior and pioneering the development of young Catholic philanthropic leaders who effect positive change in their schools, parishes and communities.

The YAA was formed in June of 2010 to:

  • Empower youth to make decisions, which will not only benefit themselves but also future generations of CSA winners, community leaders, young philanthropists and other non-profit organizations;
  • Provide a direct line of resources through the Foundation, for example: volunteer opportunities, events, business mentors, nonprofit knowledge, professional development, job/intern opportunities etc;
  • Assist in the development of their understanding of planned and charitable giving;
  • Strengthen the relationships and possibilities of the Foundation’s student cohort and provide an open forum for communication, and;
  • Spread awareness and help cultivate the next generation of Catholic philanthropists.

The YAA meets several times a year and are proactive decision makers in their own volunteerism, fundraising and grant-making efforts.

The Catholic Community Foundation welcomes and applauds the 55 individuals who are members of the YAA and looks forward to updating you on their future accomplishments.

2017/18 YAA

Executive Officers

  • John Ferrara, President
  • Mary Long, Vice President
  • Katie Holmes, VP of Social Media
  • Gillian Vaughn, VP of Membership & Alumni Relations
  • Matthew Scheller, Secretary
  • Rileigh Walsh, Treasurer
  • Lennon Audrain, Immediate Past President

Board Members

Taylor Abeln Sarah Bentzin Kaleo Bolosan
Alex Fessler Kyle Gunzy AnnaMarie Heslin
Nicole Jasinski Ryven Mangundayao Tatiana Rosales
Anne (Murphy) Wuycheck Sebastian Sandoval


Axenia Alo Ashley Banaszak Joseph Barton
Tatym Bonheimer Adam Boyer George Boyer
Stephen Buckel Andrew Cardellini Clare Carlson
Sydney Chavez Grace Clark Alyson Cleland
Caitlin Cordovana Madysen Couture Brooke Czerniski
Isaac Faulkner Jaiden Gatson Paige Gehringer
Willie Gerkensmeyer Harrison Geryk Felicity Hacker
Joey Hensel Bridget Hodges Rachael Jasinski
Bridget Kelly Carson Kurtz Lucy Lawler
Alexis Lopez Izzy Mancilla Michael Minniti
Luke Morreale Brady O'Gara Daniel Petersen
Meghan Pipitone Victoria Ramirez Kelli Rasmussen
Sophie Reed Madison Reinhart Andy Ruiz
Aidan Sanford Allison Scardello Evan Schewbridge
Patrick Schramm Anna Sera Kelly Spinner
Hannah Sullivan Jacob Sullivan Thomas Sullivan
Sophia Sweiss Savannah Wasson