We are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff passionate about serving our local youth.

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (209)522-9568
  • For specific questions, please see the staff directory below

 

Meet our Staff

  • Rick Fritzemeier- Executive Director

    rjf@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 113

    Rick is serving in his 27th year as the Executive Director of Stanislaus County Youth for Christ in Modesto, CA.  A vital and strategic ministry to lost youth, Rick serves as the senior staff member and CEO of the organization, including significant responsibilities for long term planning, resource development and staff training. With a staff team of 23 and nearly 200 volunteers Stanislaus County Youth for Christ is reaching nearly 8000+ teens every year with the life changing message of Jesus Christ.

    Prior to his service with Youth for Christ Rick served 9 years with Campus Crusade's Athletes in Action track ministry.  Due to his All-American status in track and field while at Fresno State, Rick has enjoyed and still enjoys numerous speaking opportunities both to teens and adults.  Both humorous and to the point, Rick has seen many seriously consider their need for a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

    With recent certification in both Development and Strategic planning, Rick looks forward to many more years of ministry and service.

    Rick resides in Modesto, CA with his wife of 37 years, Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, herself an accomplished author, & speaker with a speciality in Child Development and Restorative Justice. Rick has two grown daughters, Kristen and Michelle, two great son-in-laws Jeremy and Kory and most importantly of all three AWESOME grandkids, Parker, Khloe and Kylie!
     

  • Christie Berlin- Director of Operations

    cberlin@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 111

    Christie has been with Youth for Christ for 5+ years.  She is currently the Director of Operations and also serves on the YFC National NALDA (National Administrative Leadership Development Advisors) group.  Christie has over 20 years of administrative/management experience.  She moved to the Central Valley her 8th grade year, and is a graduate of Beyer High School.  Christie and her husband, Gary, have been married for over 20 years. They have two amazing boys, Matthew and Jake. Matthew graduated high school in 2016, and is pursuing a Biological Sciences degree (and is a published author in his spare time). Jacob is in middle school and developed his own outreach ministry to the homeless called Project Show God’s Love.  Christie truly loves being the "mom" of the office and having the opportunity to speak God’s truth and life into the kids that come to the office.

  • Marty Villa- Director of Family Concern Counseling 

    mvilla@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 112

    Marty Villa has been at YFC for 35 years. He is currently the director and head therapist for Youth for Christ's Family Concern Counseling Center. He specializes in youth and family counseling and has ample experience in marital and family relationship counseling as well. His compassion and gentle heart are evident in his work and personal life.

  • Kourtney Kauffman- Director of Family Concern Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern #88940

    kkauffman@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 122

    Kourtney has been involved with YFC for over 9 years, both as a Campus Life volunteer in Shasta County, and as Tapestry volunteer staff in Modesto, before joining our team of therapists as a volunteer trainee in 2012. Kourtney has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simpson University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in counseling, and spent 7 years working as a case worker for a foster family agency in Merced, CA. She has experience and training in Restorative Practices, leading circles and groups, and has a love for working with children, youth, adults and families who are stuck in problematic and destructive cycles.  Kourtney has worked with many struggling youth and children, and has a particular passion for helping people overcome histories filled with pain and trauma. 

  • Ken Sylvia- Chief Ministry Director & Director of Next Step Mentoring

    ksylvia@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 127

    Ken Sylvia participated as a young leader in the Equal Access Clubs at Modesto High, and has now been on staff for over 11 years. He is our Director of Next Step Mentoring & Chief Ministry Officer. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources, and his Master’s Degree in Youth Ministry Leadership. Ken has grown up in the Modesto/Ceres area, and resides in Hughson with his wife, Tene’, and his son, Gabriel. He enjoys being a light to the junior high and high school students that he works with, as well as leading such an incredible team of mentors and staff. His passion for mentoring stems from the desire to see all young people experience life to the fullest, both now, and forever. 

  • Ben Wheeler- Director of Juvenile Justice Ministries/Chaplain

    bwheeler@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 117

    Ben Wheeler had been a probation officer in Juvenile Hall for over 10 years prior to his joining us this past year as a Chaplain, Ben has plenty of experience working with hurting teens. Standing at what seems like 15 ft tall, he is full of energy and keeps us all on our toes.

  • Samantha Van Horn- Marriage and Family Therapist, Intern #75741

    svanhorn@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 121

    Samanthahas served as a therapist with Youth for Christ for two and a half years under the ministry of Family Concern Counseling.  She earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013 from Simpson University.  Samantha has been a Christian since she was a child and participated in her church’s youth leadership teams, her high school’s Fellowship of Christian Atheletes SALT leadership team, and has a passion for missions.  She has gone on missions and lead teams to Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic.  Samantha hopes to be a vessel for God’s healing power and light as she works with children, teens, couples, families and individuals in her time at Family Concern Counseling. She provides training for local schools, community based organizations and churches. She has also facilitated emotional health and wellness workshops at high schools and junior highs to reduce violence on campus and increase empathy among students. She is currently the on-site clinician at several local schools working with students in elementary school to high school. In her time prior to Youth for Christ, she served as a Refugee Resettlement Coordinator for World Relief, a Christian organization, working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and case management.

  • Ruby Valenzuela- Family Concern Administrative Assistant

    rvalenzuela@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 118

    Ruby joined Youth for Christ as the Family Concern Administrative Assistant, but quickly became the go to for projects and events.  Previously Ruby was in retail and medical office management.  Ruby has been married for 15 years and has four precious boys ranging in age from 9 - 1.   With four children, attending college when not working, Ruby is the queen of time management.

  • Sue Kopulos - Administrative Assistant

    skopulos@scyfc.com 

    209-522-9568, ext. 119

  • Tyesha Sullivan- Marriage and Family Therapist, Intern

    tsullivan@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 125

    Tyesha has been a part of Youth for Christ, Family Concern Counseling since 2011. She started as a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee and has since graduated to intern. Tyesha received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and her Masters in Counseling in 2012. Tyesha has served as an onsite therapist for several schools through Family Concern. She has also worked with families, couples, individuals, and really enjoys working with children.

  • Sandie Maness- MS, PPCI/LPCC Intern #1224

    smanness@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 126

    Sandie has served as a therapist with Youth for Christ Family Concern Counseling for four months.  She earned her Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling in 2014 from California State University Stanislaus.  Sandie has worked with teens and individuals in her time at Family Concern Counseling. She has led small group sessions for a local school addressing social skills and grief. Mrs. Maness is a member of California Association for Licensed Professional Counselors As well as her work with Youth for Christ; Sandie currently mentors new educators, provides administrative support services to staff and families for Modesto City Schools, and teaches full-time.  

  • Jaci Carpenter - Bookkeeper

    jcarpenter@scyfc.com

    209-522-9568, ext. 100

    Jaci graduated from Biola University with a degree in Business and Communication. She has been married to her husband, Robert, for 25 years this February (2016). They have three amazing kids: Reece, is a full time missionary in Mexico for YWAM, Rachel is married to our son in law Chad (one of the pastors at Shelter Cove Community Church), and our youngest Janay, is a student at Grand Canyon University. Jaci is also greatly enjoying being a grandma to Isaac Daniel who was born this past October 2015. Her greatest joys are being a mom and grandma (and babysitting little Isaac as much as possible), spending time remodeling their recently purchased older home, and working out in the yard. Of course, they also find any time they can to enjoy their trailer, and find some peace and quiet out of town. Her favorite verse is Lamentations 3:22-24.

  • Christina Reeves - Marriage and Family Therapist, Intern #97041

    creeves@scyfc.com 

    209-522-9568, ext. 121