Dee Dee Thomson, Area Administrator 
Hi!  My name is DeeDee Thomson, and I have been involved with Young Life for too many years to count!  My grown children were active in YL through their high school years- in fact, my middle daughter currently works full-time at a Young Life camp in Fraser, CO.  Before moving to Broomfield and becoming the Area Administrator for Broomfield/Adams County YL, I worked for 10 years in the training department at YL headquarters.  I love working part-time as the Area Administrator- it gives me extra time to spend with my grandchildren- what fun!  
​Contact me at (719) 494-4781,

Kimmie Bradley, Staff Associate

Hey y’all! My name is Kimmie Bradley and I’ve been with BACYL since 2014. My favorite part of being a part of Young Life is getting a front-row seat to see students experience freedom for the first time. Young Life gives kids a chance to be a kid, to be themselves without judgement. It’s transforming, and getting to watch the process is incredible!! Before coming on Young Life staff, I completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. While being on Part Time Staff for YL, I work at First Watch as a Black Apron, serving breakfast to the masses. I love knitting, the outdoors, coffee, wine and cooking, and hanging with my puppy, Honey.
Contact me at (303) 552-8508 or

Tyler Deines, Associate Area Director

​Hi! My name is Tyler, and I have been involved in Young Life since I was a sophomore at Legacy HS when I met my Young Life leader, Zach Kreeger, and accidentally broke his nose while pieing him in the face, and the rest is history. After two years of part-time student staff and a Youth Ministry degree from Colorado Christian University, I came on full time staff in November 2017 as an answer to a loud and clear calling from the Lord. I also just recently began a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. I met my wife in Young Life (holler!!), and love woodworking and playing spikeball in my free time. I am driven first by a command from Jesus to give this ministry all I’ve got, and second by my own personal experience in meeting Jesus through Young Life and my Young Life leader, and seek to give every kid the same opportunity. 
Contact me at (303) 885-8845,

Cassidy Shelsta, Direct Ministry

Hi there! My name is Cassidy Shelsta and I have been on staff with Young Life since 2012. I am enchanted with the lives of teenagers and am honored by the work I get to do in Young Life and in Broomfield/Adams County. Before coming on full time staff I worked in BVSD, received my bachelors degree in human development from Metropolitan State University, and I traveled the world with the organization Up with People. I love coffee, pop music, french fries, amazon prime, and long-slow family dinners. My young Life girls and many of my friends affectionately call me mom or sassidy.
 Contact me at (303) 884-3824,

Felipe Contreras, Area Director

I have served on full time Young Life staff since 2007, working in Santa Barbara my hometown. In July of 2018 moved to CO to start Young Life in Thornton and surrounding areas. I have a huge heart for Latino communities. I grew up in the Catholic Church. I knew a lot of Bible stories from my time there, but it never meant much to me. In high school I got invited to a youth group where I met the youth pastor. That’s where I learned what it really meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I started being a volunteer leader in 2006 and became the freshman soccer coach the High school I was a leader at. I learned more about Jesus as I saw him move in the lives of some of my high school friends. That next year I was asked to come on Young Life staff. I love the mission of Young Life and am so excited to grow in leadership as I learn how to lead with other staff and in an established area. My wife, Kelly, and I have three daughter: Lilah (6), Macy (4) and Charlee (1). I really do love being on the Young Life staff.  I love soccer, photography and videography, card games, board games, foosball, etc. And good meals shared with friends - especially when it's Mexican food!

      Contact me at (805) 895-8037‬,

Zach Kreeger, Area Director

Hi!  My name is Zach Kreeger.  I’m a father of three boys and husband of one wife.  I grew up in Broomfield, went to BHMS and BHS, and I.Love.This.Community.  I went to Biola University in Los Angeles and after graduating, moved back to Denver.  I wasn’t a Young Life kid, but thanks to a good friend, I got to hear about the heart behind everything Young Life does and came on staff with Young Life down in Littleton where I served for 4 years.  In the midst of that time, I got a call about a potential area that was beginning to stir… the Broomfield/Adams County area.  That stirring turned into my dream job as I now get to serve as the area director.  Thanks to Young Life, I’ve also finished my Masters Degree from Fuller Seminary in Christian Leadership and Theology.  I love fly fishing, backpacking, woodworking, coffee, cold weather, and doing life alongside young men as they discover who they are and what they were created for.  Also, my wife is the best.  Seriously.

      Contact me at (303) 552-8506,

Laureana Ledezma, ELD Staff (left)

Hi friends, my name is Laureana Ledezma, but most people know me as Lo. My favorite things in the world include reading about historical events/people, sitting in sacred spaces with teenagers, and singing like no one can hear you. I graduated from Legacy High School and had the joy of coming up in our very own BACYL club. After finding Christ through the love of this community, I attended Metro State University. During that time I had an intense Jesus Calling and felt lead to build roots in my old home. A love of kids has always taken a huge part of my heart, and living in the community I serve has definitely multiplied that. I now work in a local middle school and am ELD staff with our area. I am very excited to share my passion and elation for our Lord in a greater capacity, especially in the place that Jesus first planted a seed with me. ***Can usually be found with white coffee cup in hand.

You can contact me at (303) 518-7837 or

Carolina Blanco, ELD Staff & Team Leader at Thornton HS Young Life

Hi I’m Carolina and I am so excited about being a part of the team serving students at Thornton High School! I laugh... like a lot, it’s kind of not normal. I love to share my joy with others, I love kids & I love JESUS!

You can contact me at (720) 532-3498 or

Lisa Rivera, Team Leader at ThorNor WyldLife
Hello friends! My name is Lisa Rivera and I have been a Staff Team Leader/ELD Candidate since August 2017! I recently moved back to Broomfield after 2 years in California where I spent most of my time working in Student Ministry at Real Life Church. I am so excited to be back and part of the community that I started leading with back in 2011! I enjoy bringing the Gospel into the most unexpected parts of kids' lives! I also very much love the Chicago Cubs and countdown to Opening Day every year! Finally, I am always available for coffee...I love coffee.
You can contact me at (303) 656-0381 or

Tami Usher, Team Leader at Westlake Area WyldLife

Hello peeps! My name is Tami Usher and I have been on staff with Young Life since August 2017. I have a heart for pre-teens and all their awkward goofiness and I absolutely love working with WyldLife in Broomfield/Adams County. I graduated from Friends University with a bachelors in Music Theatre. I also traveled around for a year with a music ministry team called Youth Encounter. I am passionate about music and love leading worship at my church. I have two fur feline children and their names are Lex and Chloe. Some of my favorite things are musicals, tea, laughing so hard I can't breathe, cat related things, anything with peanut butter and chocolate, and quality time with friends and family.

Contact me at (316) 213-6436 or

Emily Gordon, Student Staff & Team Leader at BHS/ JA YL

Hi! My name is Emily Gordon and I am on student staff with Broomfield/Adams County Young Life. I am passionate about mentoring teenagers, which is why I love what I do with Young Life! I also work as a nanny, and I am currently a student at Colorado Christian University, seeking a degree in psychology and biblical studies. Some of my favorite things include sunshine, cool shoes, and checklists. I am known for saying, “It’s fine. It’s whatever.”
Contact me at (303) 681-6699, or



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