Our Board

Melissa Levesque, Secretary- a Prineville native, works as a Registered Nurse at St. Charles in Prineville. She also serves as the Vice President of the Crooked River Elementary PTA and actively works with 4H. She believes that the programs of Central Oregon Youth Development are great assets to the community and that they make a positive impact on our youth. She enjoys serving on the Board to help ensure the success of these programs. Melissa has been a Board member since 2015.

  Duke Klein, Board President- Born and raised in La Grande, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in Wildlife Science. He began his career in Central America as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Duke recently retired as a wildlife biologist after 28 years with the U.S. Forest Service. In the past, he has been actively involved in Little League and 4-H, as well as youth and missions programs, having gone on missions with Mfuge, Casas por Cristo, World Changers, and to the Navajo Nation. Duke joined the Board in 2016.    Contact: PO Box 574, Prineville, Oregon 97754 928-240-8703 / Duke.klein@gmail.com

Katy Joyce, Board Member- grew up in rural southeastern Oregon, and has lived in Prineville with her husband and three children for almost 5 years. Katy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Eastern Oregon University and works as the 4-H program Coordinator in the Crook County Extension office. She brings to the Board many years of experience working with youth from a variety of backgrounds. Her involvement in the Central Oregon Youth Development board stems from a desire to support and work toward meeting the needs of the youth in our community. Katy joined the Board in 2016. Contact: 2781 NE Sugarpine Rd., Prineville, OR 541-740-0610 / katyajoyce@gmail.com

Shawn Waite, Board Vice President- Shawn and her family moved to Prineville in 2000.  She currently teaches at the school district’s Therapeutic Learning Center for elementary aged students struggling with challenging behaviors.  Previously she worked as a Special Education teacher for 14 years at Crook County Middle School. She is a volunteer Leader for Crook County YoungLife / Wyldlife. Shawn has served on the Central Oregon Youth Development Board since 2015. Contact: PO Box 134, Prineville, OR 541-771-8119 / Shawnwaite2522@gmail.com

Kate Klein, Board Member- grew up in southeast Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Forestry. She served as a forester in the Peace Corps in Honduras then began working for the Forest Service from which she retired in January 2015 as the Forest Supervisor for the Ochoco National Forest & Crooked River National Grassland. Over the years, Kate has been a girls’ softball and basketball coach, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor, and a children’s leader at church. In addition to her involvement on the Central Oregon Youth Development Board, Kate serves in the sound booth at her church, volunteers at the Pregnancy Resource Center, serves as a mentor through the Aspire Program at the High School, and is a member of the Prineville Quilt Guild. Kate joined the Board in 2016.                                       Contact: PO Box 574, Prineville, OR 97754                                        928-240-4361 / kswklein@gmail.com

Suzy Yecha, Treasurer- Suzy is a recently retired alternative education teacher for the Crook County School District. She taught for 36 years, most of that time working with students in need of some type of intervention and or remediation. She has worked with students in grades 1-12 and has also taught students pursuing education majors at George Fox University.  She has been a volunteer for Vacation Bible School, Sunday School Teacher, and Young Life leader. She brings a compassion for understanding the needs, struggles, concerns, and longings of alternative high school students and their parents. Suzy joined the board in 2016.

Troy Waite, Board Member –  Troy and his family moved to Prineville in 2000.  He has been a teacher at Crook County Middle School since 1999 and has also been the Athletic Director there since 2014.  He has multiple years coaching experience, particularly with various club softball teams. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.  He began serving as a board member in July 2018. Contact: PO Box 134, Prineville, OR, 541-771-0852