Our executive team reflects the broader collaborative spirit of Youth Era: only by bringing together people from all sectors of society can we create innovative solutions that address the most complex challenges of our time.
martin rafferty, chief executive officer
Under Martin's innovative leadership, Youth Era has established services across the nation. He believes that one of Youth Era's greatest strengths is the ability to give youth opportunities necessary for a successful transition into adulthood. He maintains that the most effective way to support the young adult population is for young adults to reach out to and support each other.
Martin currently sits on the national board of CAFETY and Reachout.com’s youth board. In 2010, Martin won the Mental Health Award of Excellence from AMH and the OCHH Ma Curtis Award. Now, he continues to work towards improving services and systems that support positive youth development.
jammie Gardner, chief Operations officer
Jammie joined Youth Era in 2009. She has over 15 years of experience in national policy work in both the mental health/addictions and intellectual disabilities field. Her entire life has been dedicated to the betterment of youth who experience mental health and addiction challenges, and she truly has had a lasting effect on them and their families. She has been awarded the Children’s Mental Health Award for Excellence from the state of Oregon, and the Advocate of the Year from Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychology. She currently enjoys a seat on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and is a member of Oregon's Children's System Advisory Council.
tia barnes, chief program officer
Tia has been with Youth Era since 2012 and is looking forward to seeing the organization grow. She enjoys marketing and applying current trends to attract young adults in an effort to break down barriers between systems. She is passionate about creating services for youth that are inclusive and empowering.
She oversees Youth Era’s programming and the marketing department. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in business and international studies at the University of Oregon. She values her education and is grateful to learn from every person she meets and every experience she has. When she’s not working, she can be found spending time with her friends and family, trying new food, or traveling.
kevin bullock, cpa, chief financial officer
Kevin has been a certified public accountant for more than twelve years and has spent over twenty years working with nonprofits in various capacities. He has served on the board of directors, advised, and provided accounting support for multiple nonprofit organizations. He has degrees in accounting, business administration, and marketing from the University of Oregon. Kevin and his wife, Christine, have been married for twenty-five years and have four children together: three sons and a daughter. Kevin is a huge fan of both baseball and football. He considers himself a "bonafide foodie", and says he is known for his original recipes and his ability to recreate dishes from all his favorite restaurants.
lacy dicharry, ms, mba, chief strategy officer
Lacy is an internationally known expert in youth engagement, and has lead the nation in several innovative youth-led programs and helped set standards for youth engagement practice. Over the past 15 years, her work has impacted more than 250,000+ individuals in more than 40+ countries around the world. She was a 2014 VOICE Award winner for her advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement and National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year in 2016.
Prior to this role, Lacy served as the start-up CEO for the Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation and as a Partner and Change Specialist with Change Matrix, LLC a change management consulting firm, and served as the Executive Director of Youth MOVE National, a youth-led, non-profit organization that advocates for and supports youth voice.