About Us

Catalyst Mentoring is a vision to invest in our community’s youth to invest in our community’s future through the power of mentoring. No one gets to the finish line of life having done something great without the support and guidance of great mentors along the way. Unfortunately, for many kids in our community, there is no one showing up in their story and left to their own problem-solving abilities our youth are repeating the stories that they are seeing with their lives.

Our community is facing challenges that are shocking when you look at the statistics. We have double the state average in ACE’S scores (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and double the national average. This means the youth of our community are facing tremendous hurdles, alone. These hurdles leave our youth more likely to use drugs, solve their problems with physical violence, and drop out of school. Add in the Carr fire and a year full of Pandemic and our kids are being set up for disaster.

We envision a brighter future for our community than these statistics report because we KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that there is something we can do to change the trajectory of a young person’s life, and that is for them to have a mentor.

Our Team

Jenna Berry

Jenna is a wife of 14 years and mother to four rambunctious kiddos. She has a Master’s degree in social work and a background of working with child-focused non-profits. Jenna is very aware that children are our future and recognizes how important it is that we are investing in them now. She has spent time investing in youth through 4-H as the superintendent of Equine 4-H on Whidbey Island, through time as an instructor and wrangler at Exodus Farms, as a foster parent, and now as an adoptive parent. Jenna joined the Catalyst Mentoring team as the school liaison and became the executive director in October of 2020. Jenna is very passionate about the youth of our community and loves that her role at Catalyst allows her to advocate for them.

Jenna Berry

Executive Director

Jessica Tippetts

Jessica is from Florida, but moved to Redding in 2020. She has a degree in Public Health with a minor in International Studies. Out of a deep sense of empathy and because of her passion for health and wellness (especially mental health) along with raising 4 kids, and extensive travel in developing countries, she is particularly drawn to improving the lives of the marginalized and vulnerable youth by providing a community where they feel safe, included, and seen. She enjoyed her time volunteering as a CASA, and so when the opportunity arose to join Catalyst it felt like the perfect fit. She is an avid quilter and loves spending time outside, but especially with her chickens, rabbits, and dog.

Jessica Tippetts

School Liaison

Dan Slavin

Dan has lived in Northern California most of his life. Outside of his work life he enjoys nature, the ocean, traveling, good movies, and playing and teaching the drum set. He grew up in a home where he was taught talking about emotions and the unhealthy events that occurred wasn’t ok. After years of re-educating himself and he has become good at communicating, interacting, and taking care of himself. Dan believes in standing up for what we believe is healthy and right for us as individuals, and he hopes to be able to encourage others in unhealthy situations to understand they are allowed and able to speak, educate themselves, make decisions, set boundaries, be happy, and plan for the future that they desire.

Dan Slavin

School Liaison

Renee Reed

Renee was born and raised in Orange County, CA and moved to the SF Bay Area as a freshman in college. She worked in the food and beverage industry in Oakland, CA, for 9 years and learned how to do everything from cook farm to table meals, source produce, manage staff and appreciate working hard for something she loves. She moved to Redding this fall 2021 with her husband, 7 month old daughter, Charlie, and her Border Collie mix Harvey to settle down and be closer to nature. After the birth of her daughter, Renee decided it was time for a change, so when she found Catalyst, she jumped all in, bringing a heart for bettering childhood outcomes and a drive to show up for her community.

Renee Reed

Mentor Coordinator

Jenney Mason

Jenney is originally from Los Angeles, she and her husband moved to Redding in 2004 and have called Redding home since then. She and her husband are raising four boys here in the Northstate. Jenney has a passion to see people step into their full identity. She loves community and building healthy relationships. Jenney has a variety of administrative experience from working in education, healthcare, owning her own business with her husband, and partnering with other nonprofits. She loves bringing solutions, organization and efficiency so that quality and excellence are a part of every experience. Joining the Catalyst Mentoring team was an easy yes as it brings together her love of community, healthy relationships and the ability to partner with a nonprofit to see young lives positively impacted.

Jenney Mason

Administrator

Tammy Belikov

Tammy has lived in Redding most of her adult life, working and volunteering at area schools while raising her 2 children with her husband of 22 yrs.

In her free time Tammy enjoys kayaking with her children, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs and snuggling the best cat in the world, aka, Jasper.

Tammy is looking forward to having fun and making a difference in students lives as she joins the Catalyst team this school year.

Tammy Belikov

School Liaison

Nikki Kaufmann

Nikki was raised here in Northern California. She has spent the majority of her adulthood working in the nonprofit sector, closely with families in crisis. This work has always been a labor of love for Nikki and so much more than just a job. Getting the opportunity to partner with other people who are committed to positively impacting the children in our community makes coming to Catalyst everyday purpose filled and exciting! When Nikki isn’t at work you can find her outside on the trails with her 3 Daughters and dog!

Nikki Kaufmann

Program Coordinator

Monique Reynolds

Working with children has been one of Monique’s passion since she was in high school. From camp counselor to preschool teacher to elementary school librarian, she has experienced first had how important being a consistent presence in a child’s life can leave a lasting impact on their future. Along with the experience, Monique has an education in Child Development that has aided her understanding of the kids she works with. When Monique is not a work, you can find her swimming or biking with her two kids or running on the beautiful trails that surround Redding.

Monique Reynolds

School Liaison

Julie Schoniger

Julie Schoniger

School Liaison

Our Board

Ken Waite

Ken Waite has been with Cresco Equipment Rentals for 18 years.  He started out by sweeping the floors and washing equipment then gradually moved up in the ranks. Mr. Waite managed the Oakland Cresco and has  been in Redding for almost 8 years running this operation. Ken started with Cresco right out of high school, and had a great mentor to help him grow up in the company, and life in general. He believes it’s important for kids to have someone they can trust and rely on. This is what brought him to Catalyst Mentoring. As a Catalyst Board member, Ken looks forward to helping Catalyst grow, so we can help as many kids as possible. Ken spends his free time working on his house and spending time outdoors with his wife of 10 years and their 8 year old son. 

Ken Waite

Board President

Michelle Nystrom

Michelle is the Regional Director of O2 Employment Services and a Shasta County native. She started with Catalyst as a presenter for our Life Skills Academy prior to joining the board. She is passionate about working with non-profits in our community to help them grow and expand their services. She recognizes the strong need for organizations to have solid business practices and to be connected within the community in order to be successful. She has three grown children and a high maintenance cat.

Michelle Nystrom

Board Member

Moya Kombrinck

Moya is a Child & Adolescent and General Psychiatrist.  She is a passionate advocate for children and has a desire to help restore families one child at a time.  Her and her husband strongly support mentorship and have seen firsthand its positive benefits.  They live in Georgia with their 2 children.  Moya loves Catalyst Mentoring because of the real impact they are making in the North State community.  However, she desires to serve Catalyst Mentoring as it continues to do strong work within the Redding community while expanding its borders and serving as an effective template for other mentorship programs.

Moya Kombrinck

Board Secretary

Katie Luther

Katie Luther

Board Member

Leah Roadrunner

Leah Roadrunner

Board Member

Erin Hull

Erin joined the team at the Redding Chamber of Commerce in June of 2018 as a third generation female Chamber professional, after staying at home with her four boys for nearly a decade. She has a background in health and wellness, administration, marketing, photography and business. In addition to her primary role at her Chamber she plays an active role in the local entrepreneurial and start-up community, within Redding’s destination marketing organization, and in local and state government affairs. She is passionate about helping the city of Redding to reach it’s fullest potential as the result of economic growth, an engaged business community, robust arts and culture, and constant collaboration. Knowing that support for our youth and families is vital to the health of our community, she is honored to be of service to Catalyst Mentoring.

Erin Hull

Board Member

Our Programs

Training Mentors

We have found that people are often intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of mentoring. So we have created trainings that…

School Mentoring

In the fall of 2019 the Catalyst team launched the School Mentoring Program on 5 local campuses; Turtlebay, Mistletoe,…

Office Mentoring

When the pandemic hit and schools shut down Catalyst could no longer serve students the way we had in the past…

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