Youth Education/R.E.C. Room Staff

Anna Meredith, Youth Health Education Program Manager
AnnaReturning to Alaska after a splendid dairy farm childhood in New York State, I settled into the community of Homer working and learning in various fields from fishing, carpentry, land stewardship, behavioral health, and now I pleasantly find myself working with teenagers once again as the Youth Program Manager at KBFPC.

My job is to ensure KBFPC’s ever-providing style through serving the needs of Homer’s most valuable assets, our youth.  My work day glides between R.E.C. Room programming/hosting and the Promoting Health Among Teens sexual education/healthy relationship program where we work out in the community educating youth.  I’m proud to represent KBFPC working side-by-side with youth Peer Educators via the Homer Peer Education program.  Youth fulfill the sense of capability, growth, and right to be responsible which this program hopes to make available to young people in our community and surrounding areas.

In the rest of my life, I’m spending much time out and about with my family and two pups that rally through the country side.  We seek good times from barrels to peaks!  We’re currently building a house and are appreciative to have a constant connection with this community.

Connor Schmidt, Peer Education Coordinator
As a newbie to Alaska, I have found myself a great community of people at the R.E.C. Room. I began my position as Peer Coordinator in August 2017; my primary mission is working with the peer educators to teach Homer teens about healthy relationships, the adolescent brain, and safe sexuality. Collaborating with dedicated youth is one of the best ways to develop a community, and I am already thoroughly impressed by the creativity, enthusiasm, and brilliance that teens bring to the table. I am extremely excited and honored to be working with such wonderful people at KBFPC while fulfilling my dream to educate youth in life changing ways.

I am originally from Colorado and found my way to Alaska in July 2016. Before moving here, I supported Hispanic families across the greater Denver area. I came to Homer for the first time just a month into my Alaskan adventure, getting my start at K Bay Caffé. Not long after, I found myself employed at Haven House organizing the Green Dot Homer campaign and Homeless Assistance Program, which I still do concurrently with my position at the R.E.C. Room.

Outside of work, I often find myself reading, video gaming, playing volleyball, watching hockey, biking, hiking, hosting trivia, and listening to podcasts. Languages are another passion of mine, I am conversational in both Mandarin and Spanish, and a beginner in French.

Kyla Dammann, R.E.C. Room Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator
Raised in the town of Ashland, Oregon, I grew up running barefoot around the Oregon wilderness. The tight knit community I was brought up in taught me to value empathy, compassion, and Non-violent Communication, tools I take with me wherever I go. I fell in love with Alaska the second I stepped of the plane. As a fresh transplant to Homer, I can’t wait to get to know this beautiful place and the people in this community.

After high school I moved to Portland to study African Studies and London to get my MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development, always staying deeply connected to the people and places I love in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve worked as a challenge course facilitator and after school teacher in Portland, providing safe spaces for young people to talk about their struggles and joys.

My passion has always been in working to create a better world by making sure young people grow up with empathetic, compassionate role models. I am excited to dive into work in the R.E.C. Room and with KBFPC, getting people excited about what KBFPC has to offer and being the best resource I can be for the people who come through.

In my free time, I like to get creative and keep myself healthy through cooking and movement. I love healthy food, rock climbing, dancing, cycling, hiking, yoga, and mindfulness. I love getting out of my comfort zone and am honored to jump into my new life in Alaska.

Chloë Pleznac, Lead Peer Educator
Chloë was born and raised in Homer, where she is currently attending Homer High School as a senior. She has been working at the R.E.C. Room since April of 2016, where she enjoys the opportunity to teach her peers and travel across the state meeting other interesting and passionate youth. In love with the idea of learning, as well as helping others, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in psychiatry after high school. In her spare time Chloë writes poetry, reads psychology textbooks, and listens to obscure indie bands

 

 

Lia Jacobsen, Peer Educator
Lia was raised in Homer and is currently attending Homer High School as a Junior. Lia is planning on pursuing a life with animals and having many dogs. In her free time she likes to swim, help others, and listen to a variety of music while following her goal in life of being happy.

Parker Gibson, Peer Educator
Parker was born and raised in California for the first 10 years of his life, until he moved up to Alaska in 2012. He is currently attending Homer High School as a sophomore, where he is attempting to graduate early and earn a doctorate in astrophysics. He first visited the R.E.C. Room in February of 2017.

Ethan Smith, Peer Educator
Ethan was born and raised in North Eastern Ohio, and moved to Homer when he was 14. He attends Homer Highschool as a junior, and hopes to enlist in the Marine Corps. He enjoys fishing in the Inlet, and spending time with his friends. He has been working at the Rec Room since the fall of 2017.