Meet the WYO Team

Our vision is to make all teens feel welcome and accepted for who they are, and feel free to pursue what they are interested in and embrace their talents—in hopes that they lead lives of integrity and service. As a team-oriented organization we are transforming into something that modern-day teens both need and want to be a part of.

Julie Jensen

Julie Jensen

Youth Worker Intern

James Pappadis

James Pappadis

Program Director



Christianne Lariosa

Christianne Lariosa

Outreach Coordinator

What drew Christianne to the Outreach Coordinator position is that it mashes up her love of community organization and non-profit work. She had majored in Communications and minored in Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Chicago, studying to carve a career path focused on humanities. Originally designing and formatting for the WYO’s Instagram and Facebook, she had been hired as the Outreacch Coordinator due to her experience and familiarity with the WYO’s mission and growing love for the organization. The WYO’s motto of providing a safe, informative environment for teens to be empowered and grow, is something she believes all youths to have access to. Christianne aspires to be as impactful to adolescents as her undergrad internship mentors; she hopes to make meaningful connections with teens to help increase their self-confidence and self-love, while increasing their life skill-sets.
Being a creative, it’s hard for her to choose her favorite things of all time, but her recent picks are Home by BTS and In The Mood For Love by Won Kar Wai, for song and movie respectively. Other than art in media – she enjoys biking, trying out new recipes to cook, reading, exploring museums, bopping at concerts, and hanging out with her pets or friends.
OPEN: Youth Worker Intern

OPEN: Youth Worker Intern


We accept applications seasonally for Social Work and Psychology interns annually during the Summer, Fall, and Spring.

Currently recruiting for Summer 2020.

Our Intern Program provides the opportunity to work closely with professional social workers and teachers, who use a strength-based framework while serving adolescents to help them expand on their socio-emotional skills.

Full Job Description: Please click here

Apply: Email your resume, cover letter, and references to our Executive Director at


OPEN: Social Media Manager Volunteer

Are you a college student looking to build up your resume before entering the marketing or communications field? Don’t get turned down due to the lack of experience! The WYO could be a great space for you to learn and grow your skills part-time.

The Social Media Manager Volunteer works closely with the WYO Team to communicate to our target population about the amazing events and programs we have coming up! You will learn how to effectively communicate to teens, their parents, and community leaders through our various social channels and marketing strategies.

Apply: Email your resume, cover letter, and references to our Executive Director at


Board of Directors (2019-2020)

Lynne Levernier, Chair  

Susan Magill, Vice-Chair

John Thomas, Treasurer

Scott Edwards, Secretary

Cari Alexander

Molly Dolkart

Sheila Dolkart

John Hage

David Kelbaugh

Ruth Jennings

Mike Jennings


Advisory Board

Dr. Paul Sally Teddie Kossoff
Wes Baumann

Calvin Tindall

Nancy Randall Nancy Samberg
Zane D. Smith Scarlett Stoppa
Michelle Studl

Stephanie Leese Emrich



What makes a Board Director?



  1. Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings.
  2. Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.
  3. Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
  4. Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  5. Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  6. Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  7. Participates in fundraising for the organization.

Want to Help Out?

Your help is greatly appreciated

Donations are a great way to help the WYO provide our teens with educational programs, technology, and more. Your donation can be  easily made via PayPal. We thank you for your support.

Reach Us

Winnetka Youth Organization

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL. 60093


Winnetka Youth Organization