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Meet The Team

Kathy Farland

Executive Director

Hi!  I love my work, helping our youth move towards becoming more self-sufficient all the time. 


When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my husband, and 3 kids.  (Not really kids - they are 32, 31 and 28). I also have an awesome grand-daughter who is almost 3, and is, of course, perfect!  I also love theatre, geo-caching, learning new things and my puppy, Takoda.

Zach Paone

Development and Communications Coordinator

Zach Paone: As the Development and Communications Coordinator, Zach's job is to fundraise, coordinate with volunteers, plan future projects, and spread the word about Stepping Stones.  A former English teacher and Drama Coach, Zach loves that at Stepping Stones he still gets to help young people reach their dreams while pursuing his passion of writing--grants, blogs, and online copy. 

Rebecca Mitchell

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Mitchell came to Stepping Stones in April of 2022. She has a background in education and working with individuals with disabilities. She is currently the Program Coordinator and also does Case Management. Rebecca loves working directly with the youth to help them reach their goals as well as planning center activities. 

Melanie Ribak

Administrative Coordinator

Melanie is the Administrative Coordinator for Stepping Stones. Melanie’s background was working with youth in residential care as a Residential Counselor. Melanie looks forward to working with the youth in the community and help foster positive change overall.


Sarah Nich

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah started with Stepping Stones in January of 2023 after being a volunteer. She is now the volunteer coordinator and works on case management. She loves working with the youth and getting everyone to laugh while they're here. When she's not at Stepping Stones she enjoys going to the park with her dog and reading.

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