Adrian Ruiz | Executive Director - Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
| Maximizer | Strategic | Woo | Communication | Ideation | -- strengths.gallup.com
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Vicki Stockbridge | Assistant Director
| Achiever | Responsibility | Relator | Arranger | Empathy | -- strengths.gallup.com
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Helen Yee | Gallup Certified Strength Coach - StrengthsFinder Specialist
| Positivity | Achiever | Relator | Activator | Arranger | -- strengths.gallup.com
Ms. Yee’s focus is to apply StrengthsFinder to the workplace to create enhanced engagement and promote strengths-based organizational culture. Her experience includes numerous public and private sector leadership roles, where she devoted her commitment to bringing strengths-based principles to a wide range of community-serving organizations. Full Biography
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Heidi Elneil | Youth Development Specialist/Trainer
communication | connectedness | belief | ideation | individualization -- strengths.gallup.com
Heidi joined YDN as a Youth Development Specialist/Trainer in December 2015. She began her career in youth services with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region and later with Mutual Housing California. As the “youth person” at each organization she advocated or youth engagement and development at every level. She was introduced to YDN when she participated in their Cultural Relevancy Institute and is so excited to be on the other side of the trainings.
Her path towards youth development during her year of service with AmeriCorps where she tutored HeadStart students in literacy. Working with youth 3-4 years taught her how early development starts. She continued her experience with youth while completing her B.A. in Communications at UC San Diego.
Heidi lives in Sacramento with her husband Evan. When they aren’t working, they enjoy trying the diverse restaurants in the area and going to farmer’s markets and making delicious food at home.
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Trao Thao | Youth Development Specialist/Trainer
Includer | Arranger | Responsibility | Learner | Achiever -- strengths.gallup.com
Trao joined the YDN team in November 2015 as a Youth Development Specialist/Trainer. He promoted Youth Development over the past 7 years through his work in the community organizations in the greater Sacramento area, specifically focusing on resiliency, engagement, well-being, and building the strengths of young people.
Before becoming a part of the YDN team, Trao began his journey into youth development as a member of the YouthWork’s leadership afterschool program, a program that fostered the youth development framework. After attending his first Leadership Development camp, Trao went on becoming a Youth Staff, Adult Staff, Youth Staff Coordinator, and Program Director.
Trao’s passion for creating positive life-changing opportunities for youth to thrive and succeed is a natural reflection of his StrengthsFinder Top 5 Talent Themes, with a passion for helping youth at the heart of his work. When Trao is not at the office, he loves to go on hike and spend as much time with nature as he can with his two beautiful Siberian Huskies.
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Elise Fider | Project Specialist
Achiever| Learner | WOO | Input | Responsibility -- strengths.gallup.com
Elise became a part of the YDN team in May of 2015 as the Event Coordinator for their annual fundraiser, Break for a Cause through Board Member, Lilly Rankins. After the event was over, YDN decided to offer her a position as Project Specialist. Elise gladly joined, utilizing her skills of efficiency, sustainability, and branding to the mix of YDN.
Elise lives in Pocket Sacramento and on the weekends, Marysville. Her joys are cooking, horseback riding, Netflix binging, traveling, and spending time with her boyfriend and son.
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