Staff

We are blessed to have a dedicated staff passionate about serving our local youth!

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (620) 723-2727

Meet our Staff

  • Joel Williamson
    Executive Director

    Joel Williamson started volunteering for YFC-SCK in 2002, and became a part-time Campus Life director in 2004 while attending college.  He graduated from Barclay in 2007 with a degree in Bible/Theology and a minor in Youth Ministry. 

    In October of 2007, Joel stepped into full-time ministry with Youth for Christ.  In March of 2010, he became Executive Director. Besides being an Executive Director, Joel is involved in direct ministry in Pratt.

    He lives with his wife Jewell and daughter, Lilliana, in Haviland, KS. 

  • Caitlin Laha
    Executive Assistant 

    Caitlin started volunteering for YFC-SCK in the fall of 2012 when she began school at Barclay College. In 2013 Caitlin became a part-time office assistant. She graduated from Barclay in December 2015 with her Youth Ministry degree. In June 2016 Caitlin started as Executive Assistant. 

    Caitlin currently lives in Iuka, KS with her husband Luke and three dogs.   

  • Deborah Factor
    Development Director

    Deborah began her ministry to youth in Bucklin, KS as the leader of a ministry called "CLC" in 1992. When Youth for Christ was founded in 1995, the ministries merged.  She graduated from Barclay College with a degree in Missions, Bible, and Specialized Children's Ministry the following year.  

    In 1998, Deborah became Executive Director of the chapter. In March of 2010, she changed roles and became the Development Director.  She lives with her husband Tony and son Caleb in Greensburg, KS. 

  • Tricia Oren 
    Executive Assistant 

    Tricia Oren joined the YFC staff in March of 2016 as a part-time employee specializing in time management.  She is a 1998 graduate of Barclay College and holds a dual degree in Business Administration and Bible.

    Tricia is a long-time resident of Haviland, KS where she lives with her husband Ryan and two children, Kaden and Cindy.

  • Sheryl White
    Development Coordinator

    Dr. Sheryl White is the Development Coordinator for Youth for Christ South Central Kansas. Sheryl has ministered to children and youth in a professional ministry position for 22 years, served college students for 8 years, and volunteered with youth and children for an additional 10 years. Sheryl has also written a historical fiction book, Underground Angel. She has degrees from Mid-America University,  Anderson University, and Houston Graduate School of Theology.

    Sheryl currently lives in Pratt with her two Cocker Spaniels, Gabe & Gabby.

  • Tony Factor
    Regional Campus Life Director

    Tony Factor has been working in the Kiowa County ministry since 2001.  He graduated Barclay College in 2000 with a degree in Youth Ministry.  He married Deborah in March of 2000. 

    Tony serves as the Kiowa County Ministry Director, our chapter's video producer, and worship leader.  He also leads a Christian band that has performed around the area for many youth groups and community functions. 

    He lives with his wife Deborah and son Caleb in Greensburg, KS.

  • Sarah Patterson
    Teen Center Director

    Sarah started as a YFC-SCK student as a Junior in high school in 2007.

    When she graduated in 2008 she became a volunteer. In 2010 she was an intern and in 2011 she was a Barclay Liaison.  She graduated from Barclay with a degree in Youth Ministry.

    She now serves as the Teen Center Director and Pratt County Campus Life Co-Director

    Sarah lives in Haviland, KS.

  • Philip Trad
    Kiowa Campus Life Assistant 

    Philip was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2009 he felt called to Youth Ministry. He attended Barclay College to pursue his calling. Philip volunteered at YFC in Greensburg throughout college, during his Junior year he felt a strong calling to the youth of Kiowa County. Philip graduated Barclay College in May 2016, and began working for Youth for Christ in June 2016.

    Philip currently lives in Haviland, KS. 

  • Tyler Bousman
    Pratt Campus Life Director

    Tyler started volunteering with YFC in Pratt in 2003 while attending Barclay College. He graduated from Barclay in 2008 with a degree in Youth Ministry and special emphasis in Pastoral Ministry and Missions. He joined YFC-SCK full-time as the Pratt Campus Life Director in the fall of 2016.

    Tyler is passionate about his relationship with Christ, family, friends, youth ministry, camp ministry, travel, music and the great outdoors. He is married to Cristine and has an awesome family; three grown children, Abby, Ali, Jordan, a son-in-law, Alex, one still at home, Adia, and two phenomenal grandkids, Aiden and Anberlin. 

    He lives with his wife and daughter Adia in Haviland, KS.

  • Heather Nystrom
    Pratt Campus Life Assistant

    Heather volunteered with YFC in 2002 while attending Barclay College. She graduated from Barclay in 2007 with a youth ministry degree. Heather now works part time at Pratt Campus Life.

    Heather currently live in Pratt, KS with her husband Adam and three sons, Luke, Owen, and Seth. 

  • Cathy McFall
    Circles Coordinator

    Cathy started working for Youth for Christ in October of 2014 as a Circles Coach and also works on special projects as needed. She has an Associates degree in Medical Record Science.  After 33 years, she retired from Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, as the Human Resource/Materials Management Director, she went searching for a new way to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Cathy was born and raised in Greensburg and returned home to raise her family.  She and her husband, Gene, have three grown daughters, Lacey, Lindsey & Leah, and two grandchildren, Malia and Asa.

  • Jennifer Albright
    Kingman County
    Mentor Director


    Jennifer joined the Youth for Christ staff in November of 2013. She runs the mentoring program in Kingman County. Jennifer worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters before joining the YFC mentoring team. With both programs and Reno County CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates), she has almost 10 years of mentoring experience and 20 years experience working with youth and families. Jennifer graduated from Washburn University with an Early Education Degree.

    Jennifer lives outside of Kingman with her husband Mike and three children, Jordan, Tanner and Deveney.

  • Kelsie Nauman
    Pratt County Mentor Director

    Kelsie joined the YFC staff as Mentor Director in November 2015 after graduating the University of Kansas with a Masters of Social Work.  Kelsie has four years of experience in working with families and youth.

    Kelsie lives in Pratt with her husband, Kyle, and daughter, Laikynn.

  • Debi Escalera
    Kiowa County Mentor Director

    Debi graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2015 and is continuing her education at Barclay College.  She is following her call to pursue a Missions degree while working with YFC.  She moved to Kansas in May of 2016 to seek God regarding this journey.  Debi feels "called" to Spiritual Nursing and healing and therefore had pursued Nursing for over 4 years as a C.N.A..

    Debi is the empty-nester of three grown children; Jason, Corey and Ariana (and Grandmother of one; Donny).  

    Debi resides in Haviland, Kansas.    

  • Tami Raber
    Mentor Coach

    Tami has a daughter, Haleigh, that is involved with the Youth for Christ youth group on Wednesday evenings, which is how she personally became involved. Tami has been working for Youth for Christ since May 2014 as a Mentor Coach in our M.A.T.C.H. program. She is also a mentor in the M.A.T.C.H. program.

    Tami currently lives in Greensburg, KS.