California Coalition for Youth

If you are a youth or family member in need of resource referrals or crisis counseling, please contact the California Youth Crisis Line directly.  The Crisis Line is open 24/7 at 1-800-843-5200.

paul head shot_split otnePaul A. Curtis
Executive Director

Paul comes with over twenty years of experience working in both the for-profit and non-profit world in Sacramento. He has an extensive background in developing businesses, non-profits, community programs and partnerships;  directing fundraising, public relations, marketing, and public advocacy efforts; and building strong relationships across the non-profit, for-profit and government sectors. He has been very active in empowering and mentoring youth, especially among LGBT homeless and foster youth. Paul joined CCY as Executive Director in February 2013. [email Paul]

teryn_split toneTeryn Heckers
Program Coordinator, California Youth Crisis Line

Teryn volunteered with the California Youth Crisis Line for 11 months before joining the staff in 2012. In addition to her regular job duties, Teryn represents the CYCL on the Leadership Team at WHY Sacramento and as a member of Child Helpline International’s Youth Advisory Council. Outside of work, Teryn enjoys volunteering with her local rape crisis center to help educate high school and college youth about healthy relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The number one thing on her bucket list is to visit all 50 states. [email Teryn]

maryMary McCormack
Community Outreach Coordinator

Mary started her journey with CCY in July 2011 as a volunteer crisis counselor. After her position as Lead Counselor on the CYCL in 2014, she was promoted to the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for fostering relationships with statewide and community organizations and agencies to develop collaborative partnerships to help raise awareness of the CYCL. Mary holds a Bachelors Degree from Sacramento State in Psychology, and has a goal of returning for a Masters Degree. In her free time, Mary loves traveling, wine, spending time outdoors and on the beach, reading, dancing with friends, and cuddling with her cats. [email Mary]

matt3Matt Bryant
Membership & Communications Coordinator

Matt joined CCY in 2014 after a long career in broadcast and online media. He’s responsible for the growth and maintenance of our member relationships as well as CCY’s outward-facing communications to the general public via internet, print, broadcast and social media. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and cycling, and staying up late to play video games. [email Matt]

bianca_for_webBianca Christian
Lead Counselor

Bianca started with us summer of 2014. She recently graduated from Sacramento State University in the Fall of 2013 with her degree in History and Psychology. Her passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of others whether it is through her work or in her personal life. In her free time she enjoys studying historical and political events, music, reading, writing fiction and hopes to gain the courage to self publish one day. She is also addicted to singing, and is always doing so. One of Bianca’s life dreams is to perform on a Broadway stage one day. [email Bianca]

annie_tinted_finalAnnie Clark
Administrative Coordinator

New to the CCY team, Annie is responsible for the general management of the administrative processes and clerical duties for CCY and acts as the administrative liaison between the Executive Director, Board, staff and the public. After working with an established Northern California-based respite agency for developmentally disabled individuals for many years, she gained experience in multiple fields including direct client services & care, accounting, and human resources. Annie holds a BA degree in English from Sonoma State University and when she’s not working, spends all of her free time reading, writing, and analyzing works of fiction for fun. [email Annie]