We are compassionate individuals giving back to society by helping the youth and young adults of our community, by ensuring they have the necessary tools to becoming productive members of society.
We believe every youth and young adult will become future leaders of the world by embracing the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
Tony Gallegos, MSW - Executive Director and Founder.
Originally from Azusa, California, Tony moved to Washington State as a teenager and has been a resident of Lacey for over 25 years. He is a graduate from Timberline High School, class of 1994. Tony has a Master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California (USC). Tony is involved in various volunteer programs within Thurston county.
Tony likes to take a grassroots approach on advocating for those who are in need of social services and to empower community members through education and learning opportunities.
Trisha Gallegos - Operations Manager
Trisha was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in a military family. Washington became her permanent home in 1991. Trisha is a graduate with the class of 1993 at North Thurston High School and she has her Bachelors in Business and Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. Trisha has been a Washington state employee with 2 agencies, over the last 20 years. She is currently a Vocational Service Specialist 3 with the Department of Labor and Industries.
Trisha loves spending time with her family and friends. She is most excited to support her husband in his dream of this non-profit organization. She knows we will be a positive support for the youth and young adults of our community.
Shane Key - Chair
Shane was born in 1975 in San Bernardino, California. He was raised in Hunstville, Alabama. Being a military kid, he has lived in Maryland, Colorado and Germany. Shane attended Butler high school and moved to Washington State in 1995. His dad was station at Fort Lewis, at the time. Shane later joined the military himself and lived in Fort Irwin, California and Fort Stewart, Georgia. Shane is married, a father of four and granddad to one.
Shane worked for the North Thurston Public schools system for 12 years as a para-educator and high school football coach. During this time he also coached with Thurston County Youth Football League (TCYFL). He is currently working for the Stated of Washington. He is excited about joining Tony and his team, in this journey to bring change of hope and excitement for youth and young adults in giving them the connection and tools to succeed.
Leonard Smith - Co-chair
Leonard Smith (LenHere!) was born December '78 at Madigan Army Hospital (old Madigan). He has lived in Lacey, Washington his whole life. He attended Evergreen Forest Elementary, Nisqually Middle School and River Ridge High School. His class was the first class to attend this high school all 4 years. Leonard played with TCYFL, where he fell in love with teamwork and he transferred to playing football at River Ridge. Leonard was an 8 time Letterman.
Leonard has coached in TCYFL for 15 years and he also won a state championship as a coach with Black Hills High School. Leonard is a proud father of two but an uncle/confidant to hundreds of kids. He lives by two codes: "Hold the line" and "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is good men do nothing".
Veronica Gallegos - Secretary
Veronica was born in Southern California and moved to Washington when she was nine years old. She loves Washington and can't imagine calling anywhere else home. Veronica has worked at a local credit union for over 13 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of financial wellness to whomever is interested.
Veronica is a proud Tia (aunt) and sister and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves music, documentaries and football. Veronica is looking forward to being a part of this very important movement. "Today's youth are our future and it's our job to help guide and prepare them for their journey".
Jason De Los Reyes - Board Member
Jason was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and his family moved to Olympia, Washington in 1980. He is a graduate from North Thurston High School, class of 1996. Jason currently works as a product support engineer for Intel, which he has been with since 2000 minus 5 years in between when he was the owner of a hardwood flooring installation company.
Jason loves spending time with his family, working on house projects, working with kids/teens and enjoying the outdoors. Jason is very excited to be a part of this organization, as he looks forward to helping our younger generation succeed.