Staff and Advisors


Photo on 9-10-14 at 1.15 PMAlaina Kozma

Where do you work and what is your role?

I’m the Createch Studio Manager.

What drives you in your work with/for youth?

I believe strongly that all youth should be treated with the same respect as adults. I don’t like when people talk down to kids as if they are subhuman.

Teenage Dreams:

I grew up in a very small, very rural town. I knew I wanted to see more of the world I read about in book after book, and so I moved a week after I graduated. Two of my favorite movies were Heathers and Pump Up The Volume, and I can’t decide if that’s because the stories resonated so much with my angry idealism or because Christian Slater just completely rocked my world.

 

Photo on 8-28-14 at 2.32 PMMarika Staloch

Where do you work and what is your role?

I’m the Youth Services Coordinator at the Saint Paul Public Library. I work on dreaming big and taking small steps toward making these dreams a reality.

What drives you in your work with/for youth?

I’ve been a youth worker since the age of three, when my first sister was born. Ever since then, I’ve believed that people are people no matter the age. I’ve always seen it as a disservice to teens when adults can’t figure out how to connect and communicate with them. My passion lies in helping teens connect to opportunities that may make their life better, easier, and enhanced.

Teenage Dreams:

I was a loving and angry teen. My deep-seated convictions for social justice made me an active community member but also very concerned when I saw injustices.  I was a group hopper — from the athletes to the drama-geeks. I loved dance, choir, and band and hanging out with my friends. My celebrity crushes were awkward and misguided. I loved music and would fall in love with any John Hughes movie or overly emotional rock-love ballad.

Teresa Little - Hazel PkTeresa Little

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am the Community Recreation Specialist at Arlington Hills.  I manage the recreation center and implement programming at the rec center.

What drives you in your work with/for youth?

What drives me most is seeing our youth participating in all sorts of recreational activities, and finding out what they’re good at.  Making a difference in young peoples’ lives is so rewarding!

Teenage Dreams:

To become a WNBA player and to teach young girls and boys how to play basketball.

IMG_3386Dala Chang

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am a Community Recreation Leader at Arlington Hills Community Center.  I work with several programs: Rec Check (afterschool program), Spring Blast, Summer Blast and Winter Blast (out-of-school programs) and work with the Girls Volleyball teams.

Teenage Dreams:

Author, artist, business woman, teacher, and many, many more…

 

Regina Harris

Where do you work and what is your role?

Arlington Hills Library Manager

What drives you in your work with/for youth?

Youth bring great energy to the work I do. I have learned so much from the youth I have worked with during my career.

Teenage Dreams:

When I was a teenager I dreamed about becoming an artist, an architect or a cinematographer. I never expected to become a librarian but I enjoy the work I do every day.