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Darrin Duty

Program Director

Darrin Duty

Darrin is the Program Director, and has been the creative brain behind GA’s youth programs since 2011; devising program strategy and measuring effectiveness, working with and speaking to youth, and directing his team of staff, interns and volunteers.

Darrin has 25 years of experience working with youth as the Director of Spokane Youth for Christ Campus Life, as a Youth Pastor, and now with GA. He took a four-year hiatus from youth work (as a Regional Sales Manager representing Comcast and Time Warner for American Marketing and Cable Services) before returning to his true calling at Generation Alive. A graduate of Whitworth University, Darrin is a proud Spokanite and father of three sons.

Fun Fact: Darrin is a professional photographer and hot sauce enthusiast, once eating a pepper so hot that his eyes literally swelled shut.

Kathy Jacobson

PR/ Events - Bay Area

Kelly Warren

Business and Events Manager

Kelly Warren

Kelly keeps a mindful eye on the budget, makes sure everyone gets paid, and manages the many details it takes to run a successful organization. Don’t be fooled by the “Finance” title; her responsibilities extend far beyond that and include a number of HR related items, as well as support of all things fundraising.

Prior to joining GA in 2012, Kelly worked as a provider contractor and agent in the insurance industry, and as a dental office manager. Having two teens herself, she knows firsthand how important an organization like GA is in positively influencing young people to be difference makers. Kelly and her husband, Steve, are proud parents of three children.

Fun Fact: Kelly’s guilty pleasures include popcorn on a rainy day and Hot Tamales candy…not to mention spending time with her 27 nieces and nephews!

Cassandra Williams

Program Coordinator

Cassandra Williams

Cassandra started her first year at GA in 2017 as an intern. Now, as Program Coordinator she works to creatively manage GA’s social media, head the Defend Free Program, lead the intern program and work with youth. She loves all the different aspects of her role; everyday is a different adventure!

Cassandra graduated from Whitworth University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Before GA, she worked at Dutch Bros for almost three years to serve the community coffee and kindness. She was born and raised in Spokane, understanding the importance of empowering youth in our community. Her and her husband, Drew, are the proud parents to their fur babies, Paisley and Cooper.

Fun Fact: Cassandra is an avid baker, a coffee connoisseur and got engaged in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

JJ Vancil

Chief Executive Officer

JJ Vancil

JJ has a passion for empowering the next generation and this has spanned the majority of his life. Ever since he was a child, he envisioned working with young people and helping them discover how they can make a difference in this world. As a graduate from Whitworth University in 2005, he has served with several youth serving organizations — most recently as the Executive Director of Seattle Area Youth for Christ. Generation Alive is the perfect confluence of his passion and calling and he is humbled to serve alongside an incredible staff.

JJ has been married to his wife, Katy, for 15 years and together they have two kids: Owen (age 10) and Nora (age 5). They live on the South Hill in Spokane, WA, and enjoy skiing as a family, playing board games, eating good food, and laughing a lot. In his personal time, JJ loves reading (often 3-4 books at a time), having coffee with friends, playing any and every sport, and watching football.