A little about me: I joined Boomerang in March 2021. I was most recently Executive Director of the Coastal Women’s Shelter in New Bern, NC where I managed five agency and service locations, led a staff and volunteer team of more than 75 people, and designed and implemented trauma-informed program strategies for survivors of violence. Prior to that, I was a Program Coordinator for a Duke University program in eastern NC focused on addressing adolescent health disparities and a Program Director at a 21st Century Community Learning Center. My career has prepared me to lead Boomerang in its current form and to grow the organization to better reach and serve young people in Orange County who may be in the process of disconnecting from school and community. I hope to lead Boomerang to continue to serve young people who will most benefit from the connections, services and mentorship our organization provides.
Katie Van Loon, Student and Operations Coordinator
A little about me: I joined Boomerang in July 2021 and have youth work experience with vulnerable youth in nonprofit and academically-aligned organizations throughout the Triangle, including serving as a Graduate Consultant for Table, Porch and ICH and Sex Educator for Classroom to Community in Durham, NC. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science: Kinesiology from Central Michigan University and will complete a Master’s of Public Health degree at UNC-Chapel Hill this year.
A little about me:
I am a graduate from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on religion and culture and minoring in Nonprofit Administration. After graduating in 2017, I completed two years of Americorps VISTA in Sewanee, Tennessee and Durham, North Carolina. My focus has been on working with nonprofits serving children and young adults, specifically around program development, supporting students socially and emotionally, and with college and career readiness.
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