Meet the Directors

Sharon Rowe - Chairperson

A JNC qualified Youth & Community worker, Sharon has worked and volunteered in a variety of children’s, youth and community work contexts for over 16 years, including developing and managing inner city youth and community work, and as a Professional Practice Tutor for the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission. Since November 2009, Sharon has been working for the Methodist Church, first as the Youth Participation Project Manager for the South and South West region, and then as the Church and Community Learning and Development Officer for the South West. Both posts involve the support, training and development of children’s, youth and community work.

Rev. Lythan Nevard - Vice Chairperson

I'm Lythan (it's Welsh but no-one in Wales has heard of it either. Its pronounced like "listen" with a lisp). I'm Minister of Brixham and Furrough Cross United Reformed Churches, situated at either end of Torbay. I've been a Minister for over 20 years but have not been in the South West that long.

I became involved in Youth Genesis through its links to Brixham URC and I am passionate about the way Youth Genesis creates safe spaces for young people to discover more about themselves and spirituality - and have fun at the same time!

I have three almost grown up children which means my husband Phil and I are beginning to experience empty nest syndrome. Spare time is taken up with scrapbooking, cardmaking and singing.

Rev. Roger Whitehead - Company Secretary

I have been the minister of The Strand Church (URC) Dawlish for the past seven years. My main task has been to help the church incarnate its vision of developing its building as a community resource in the town centre, and seeing its delivery supported by practical involvement by the other churches of the town. As the building is Grade 2 this has involved several battles with the listed building authorities.

I am also involved in United Christian Action in Dawlish and District which is a charitable company set up by the local churches through which to engage with the community. It has employed a schools worker one day a week, set up Nightshift (our local 'street pastors'), jointly managed a daily community drop-in cafe in the building, and it is currently seeing to create a coalition of churches in Teignbridge District to provide a much needed second debt advisor with Christians Against Poverty.

I believe that Youth Genesis is a special and exciting Christian youth project, setting an example and standard for youth work by other Christian groups, and I feel privileged to have a very small part in it.

Dr. Chris Roots

I trained as a Biologist and then transferred to a career in Youth Work via working on a Salvation Army Summer Camp in the USA and as a volunteer Biology Teacher in Ghana with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). I worked as a Youth Worker with Torbay Council from 2005 to 2013 and then (with a bit of help from the local authority cuts) went full-time working on my tuition, training and consultancy business, Roots 2 Success. I have been a leader of various church youth and children's groups.

Ann Haley

I've only just become a director of Youth Genesis, but have been a volunteer for the organisation for nearly five years.
I'm a qualified Play Worker, and have worked in a primary school as a class room assistant and play groups. Church activities is another commitment that involves my time during the week be it in the church or visiting those that no longer can get to services for various reasons. I do enjoy being with the young people and joining in with their activities, especially cooking as this is one of my favourite hobbies.

Lisa Ives

I have worked in various local, national and international companies providing Human Resources support and strategies for over twenty years. More recently (well the last four years) I have become involved in apprenticeships, not only managing an award winning company scheme but undertaking a voluntary role as an Apprentice Ambassador. In this role I have helped educate business on the enormous energy, passion and vitality young people bring to an organisation. For me, Youth Genesis provides a unique and safe environment which allows young people to explore, question, develop and grow. As a mum of a young daughter and step mum of two (ever so slightly temperamental) teenagers the work of Youth Genesis feels even more poignant. I am in awe of the team of inspirational staff and volunteers from the whole breadth of our community and the commitment they have to this charity.

Meet the Staff

Jonathan Oliverio - Youth Work Co-ordinator

A JNC qualified Youth & Community worker. Before joining the the project in October 2007, Jonathan had worked for the local authority in Devon. Jonathan's experience involves setting up and managing Detached Youth Work teams, running youth centres, programmes and activities and delivering information, advice and guidance to NEET young people.

Michelle Fascione - Youth Development Worker

Michelle has been involved with Youth Genesis since 2012, and became Youth Development Worker in September 2014. Since then Michelle has mainly developed the work in Brixham and piloted a Youth Volunteer project, but has been involved in the Projects all over the Bay and Dartmouth.

She feels that early intervention is so important for young people as they grow and develop, as is informal learning. Michelle is also a Resorative Practictioner and involved in the Youth Justice Board, working with youth offenders.

Charlie Aston - Volunteer of the Year

Charlie was nominated for Devon Community Foundation’s Children and Young People Volunteer of the Year 2015.

I am truly honoured to have been chosen for the Children and Young People Award. I absolutely love my work with young people and I hope it continues for a very long time. The awards ceremony was a beautiful evening with such inspirational people, a really amazing experience. A massive thank you to my wonderful boss Michelle for nominating me for this award and to everyone who voted for me. And well done and thank you to my fabulous teenagers, without you guys none of this would have happened.

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