Your Board of Directors

Our Guiding Principles

The Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) values the quality organizational guidance and effective oversight its Board of Directors provides. We intentionally seek participation from a variety of individuals who share our vision and support the achievement of our mission. We work to maintain a balanced composition, representative of our diverse membership. The following guiding principles ensure the overall strength of our board and its directors.

Inclusion We believe that diversity of race, ethnic group, age, sexual identity, and other factors are essential for ensuring the services we provide best meet the needs of our members.

Expertise We believe that the different skills and expertise each YIPA director brings to the table makes us a stronger, more well-rounded association. Our board includes individuals from within our association’s membership and individuals whose area of expertise is outside the field of youth work.

Dedication Serving on YIPA’s Board of Directors is a commitment to developing one’s self personally and professionally. It represents a commitment to fostering systemic changes that will improve the lives of youth.

Advocacy Individually, and collectively, our board members wholeheartedly support who we are and what we do. Each director actively advocates on behalf of YIPA to raise awareness and influence others to support our mission, too. Directors share their sphere of influence of friends, business relationships, personal associates, and prospective supporters to advance YIPA’s mission.

Meet Your Directors

Ben Hayle

I have a passion for youth and those who work to give our youth a voice. I believe that it is every generation’s responsibility to make sure the next generation succeeds. YIPA’s mission and core values align with my own.

My Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communication and experience as a news producer and anchor for North Metro TV, helps YIPA better serve you and raise awareness about your work. My wife and I are busy raising two young boys and enjoy spending our free time trying out new fun restaurants, travelling or taking in a baseball game at Target Field.

Email me at or call me at 612-386-0337.

Louis Ochoa Jr.
Vice President

I have a passion for public service and believe that all youth can be successful and productive citizens if given the opportunities that they need. As your board member, you can count on me to support and advocate for our youth and youth programming.

For 21 years I have worked at the Moorhead Police Department and have a bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. My experience and education help me make the right decisions when it comes to positive Youth Intervention programming. In my free time I enjoy camping, boating, fishing, ice fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with my family.

You can reach me by email at or call 218-790-4054.

Dean Uglem

I believe that early intervention in the lives of our youth truly makes a difference. And since I do not work in the industry, serving on the board allows me the opportunity to positively impact young people by working to ensure you and your organization have the proper support and resources you need.

My background is accounting and management. I have run my own business for over 20 years and enjoy working on YIPA’s financial and management projects. As YIPA’s treasurer, my experience is put to good use. I am an avid Minnesota Twins fan and also enjoy fishing and playing with my grandchildren.

Connect with me at or 763-315-0553.

Chris Aldrich

I have a passion for equity and access for young people and I am honored to serve on YIPA’s board. As your board member, I am able to speak directly to the challenges you face and the support you need. Advocacy and raising awareness about Youth Intervention work are my commitment to you.

Having a B.A. in Recreational Leadership, I am currently a Youth Support Program Director with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities where I have served for 12 years. My free time is spent with my wife and son, traveling, and at summer festivals in MN.

Contact me anytime at or 651-321-4966.

Kasia Heurh

Like you, I believe in the potential of all our young people. I benefited from youth workers and want to ensure future generations receive the same support. I believe the field of youth work is an emerging field and YIPA, along with you, are at the forefront of this work.

I’ve worked with young people for over six years. My heart for youth work is particularly for Hmong youth. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work and I’m an avid Green Bay Packers fan. I am married to my high school sweet heart, Susan, and father to our beautiful little girl, Kajnag.

Let me know if I can help you; or 651- 495-1500.

Salma Hussein

I am deeply committed to supporting organizations like yours that provide youth the resources and positive environment necessary for personal growth and self-exploration.

My greatest passion is bringing healing to young people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience using my training as a therapist. I have a Master of Social Work degree and currently work in the field of education supporting youth in their personal, social, and educational development to help them reach their full potential. When I am not working with young people, I can be found playing with my 2 children, Adnan who is 19 months old, and Safiya, 7 weeks old.

Feel free to contact me at or 612-229-8523.

Shalin Johnson

“Action taken before a loss is cheaper than action taken after a loss.” I believe that Youth Intervention is practicing personal risk management and I enjoy being an advocate for your work.

My degree is in Risk Management and Insurance. I bring that perspective to YIPA with over 29 years of experience. I’m active on various Brooklyn Park commissions and a Rotarian. In the past, I was active with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Foundation and served as the treasurer for Bolder Options’ board of directors. My hobbies include attending various sporting events, fishing, golfing, and being outdoors as much as possible.

You can contact me at or 612-598-3883.

Christina McCoy

You and I share a passion and commitment to uplift youth. We work to find innovative ways to empower, inspire, and give hope to young people in need. I enjoy working for you as your board member and commit to never resting until all youth have a chance to succeed.

Currently I serve at the Community Action Partnership. With a Master’s degree and over 20 years nonprofit leadership experience, I am confident my background does help your association remain fiscally sound and vibrant. In my free time I enjoy fishing, painting, traveling and spending time with my family.

If I can help you, send me an email at or call at 612-559-5902.

Mary Raeker-Rebek

As a psychologist, I believe that supportive, nurturing relationships with caring adults are key to a young person’s healthy development. The relationships you have with the youth you serve are key to both their healthy development and our overall well-being as a society.

I value your work and I’m committed to sharing my knowledge and experience in advocating for, and helping to support, your very important programs. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and have worked in higher education in a variety of capacities over the past 30 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.

You can reach me by email at or by phone at 612-312-1297.

Ruth Richardson

I am committed to issues of equity and I believe that every youth should have an opportunity to succeed. I value your work and I’m confident that I make a positive contribution as your board member.

My experience as a Director at MOFAS and my Juris Doctor (JD) degree are leveraged to improve YIPA’s impact. I serve on a variety of councils such as the African American Low Birth Weight Advisory Council and the Minnesota Judicial Branch Committee for Equality and Justice. I am the mother of two and enjoy spending time with family and friends and serve as a volunteer frequently.

If you need to contact me, email me at or call 651-917-2370.

Tim Turner

As a YIPA member for over 10 years, I have benefited from the trainings and the connections I’ve made with great people. I am excited to serve as your board member and I’m committed to ensure you are successful in your work.

After graduating from the University of Iowa and 17 years in the corporate world, I entered youth work in 1999. For 10 years I have been the Youth Development Manager at Northeast Youth & Family Services, overseeing Juvenile Diversion Services. I am married and stay active playing and organizing youth and adult basketball leagues year round and softball in the summers.

You can contact me at or 651-379-3449.