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

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

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. 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

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

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

Julie Schoniger

Julie just moved back to the Redding area after being gone for several years. In her spare time she loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She also loves spending time with her kiddos and hiking with her two dogs.

Julie is very thankful for the opportunity to work with the awesome mentors at Catalyst Mentoring and is looking forward to spending time with all the amazing young people in our area!

Julie Schoniger

School Liaison

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 is the mom of four boys. Jenney loves community and building healthy relationships. Jenney has a variety of administrative experiences from working in education, healthcare, owning her own business with her husband, and partnering with other nonprofits. Whenever she can Jenney loves to spend time at the beach. The ocean is one of her favorite things. 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

Carolyn Lihn
As someone who grew up spending summers in Redding, Carolyn has always felt like Redding was “home.” She moved around a lot as a kid which carried over into her adult life. So, naturally, “home” became more about the consistent adults and family members in her life and less about a place. This is what has fueled her love of working closely with kids, from summer camp cook and camp director to juggling her godkids and nephew. Being a positive, open, loving, curious and consistent person in a kid’s life makes a difference! Carolyn’s background is in the food industry and silversmithing. She loves cooking for her family, both chosen and related, cooking for people with food sensitivities, she loves to bake, hiking, swimming, skiing, making art, reading fantasy novels, dancing and always makes time to be silly.

Carolyn Lihn

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

Jerrod Vanlandingham

Jerrod has been back in Redding since 2020 after living in Colorado for the past 25 years raising a family and having a successful career as a firefighter. He is currently the Fire Chief for the City of Redding Fire Department. His passion for service has been a life-long adventure. While in Colorado he worked with several non-profit organizations including a mentoring program similar to Catalyst. While raising his three sons, he saw the need to connect with other dads who could mentor his own kids from time to time. “We all know that sometimes a child will listen and learn better when it comes from someone other than their parents”. Jerrod believes that parents, guardians, mentors, and teachers need to be intentional about spending quality time with our youth in order to connect and build true trusting relationships. “It’s only through relationships that we get a sense of belonging, and all humans want to belong to something”. Jerrod holds a MBA and serves on several local, and state boards within the fire services industry and has a platform from which to spread the word about all the great programs and services Catalyst has to offer.

Jerrod Vanlandingham

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

Jeremy Rosten

Jeremy Rosten is President and CEO of Cronic Disaster Restoration & Construction.  His company specializes in new construction and remodels after a disaster strikes.  They are the largest restoration company north of Sacramento with offices in Redding and Chico. Cronic Disaster holds an annual charity golf tournament where 100% of the profits go to support Catalyst Mentoring. Jeremy was born and raised in Shasta County.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from National University. He and his wife Holly, have been married over 20 years and have 2 boys.  He loves coaching his kids little league teams, golfing, and country music.

“Having 2 young kids myself, I know how important stability and guidance is for our youth.  Being on the Catalyst Board allows me the opportunity to support our mentors however I can and make a positive change for the future of our youth.”

Jeremy Rosten

Board Member

Leah Roadrunner

Leah Roadrunner

Board Treasurer

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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