WHO WE ARE

Teen Students
​MISSION AND HISTORY

Established in 1979, Staircase Youth Services is an outreach that provides youth and family intervention services in Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Oceana and Wexford Counties.  The staff strives to provide support, guidance, and hope to all we serve.

With early intervention, the staff at Staircase Youth Services can help youth and their parents prevent the trauma that a crisis situation creates.  Personal problems can be prevented from becoming legal or possibly life-threatening.  We can help to counsel youth, develop effective coping skills, and offer a safe place to discuss problems in confidence.  We are LGTBQ-friendly and will not discriminate those who come through our doors.  

MISSION STATEMENT:  To be a leader in the delivery of supportive, preventive, and homeless services for youth and families at-risk or in crisis.

 

"The secret of getting

ahead is getting started"

-Sally Berger

STAFF
 

EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR

OCEANA

COUNTY

MANISTEE

COUNTY

WEXFORD &

MISSAUKEE COUNTIES

MASON &

LAKE COUNTIES

KERRY VANHOUTEN

Executive Director

kterryn@staircaseyouthservices.org

Emily Merten
Youth Specialist

emerten@staircaseyouthservices.org

RITA MCCANN

Youth Specialist

rmccann@staircaseyouthservices.org

LEEANN FRATTINI

Youth Specialist

lfrattinni@staircaseyouthservices.org

DAKOTA MORRIS

Youth Specialist

dmorris@staircaseyouthservices.org

AUBREE NEWHALL
Youth Specialist

anewhall@staircaseyouthservices.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 

MATT SOMSEL

PRESIDENT

JIM KURTS

VICE PRESIDENT

KELLY BUSSON

SECRETARY

ROB BEDNARZ

TREASURER

STEWART NASSON

MARK OTTO

JENNIFER COPENHAVEN

JENNIFER TARANKO

MATT KIEFER

ERIC HARVEY