Our Staff

Heather Goodlett- Executive Director

Heather Goodlett, Executive Director

Heather Brown Goodlett graduated from the University of Richmond in 1994 with a B.A. in Speech and Communications and an elementary teacher’s certificate in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for 4 years, she earned a Masters of Education in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2000. Heather began teaching at Glen Lea Elementary School in the fall of 2000 where she was a Title One-Reading teacher and yearned for real change in the futures of her students. In 2000, Mrs. Goodlett became aware of the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF) and Learning Centers in Washington, D.C. She soon began the process of fact-finding, researching, and relationship building, and in late 2001 attended a National Training Institute for DGYLF to begin launching an affiliate program in Richmond. By September 2002, the quest to establish the organization soon became a full-time position. She resigned from her position with Henrico County Public Schools and began the search for a building in the neighborhoods around Glen Lea Elementary School. The Youth Life Learning Center of Richmond officially began in Delmont Plaza Apartments, a subsidized housing community, in July 2003. Today she continues to invest in the Northside, now her own neighborhood, as Executive Director over YLFR and its four LCs.

 

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Katharine Hunt, Director of Operations

Katharine started as the kindergarten-second grade teacher at the Delmont LC in 2007 after receiving a B.S. and teaching certification in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University in 2006. The children and families of YLFR captured her heart and she was immediately hooked by Youth Life’s commitment to long-term investment through relationships. After six years at Delmont, Katharine moved up with her students who had graduated out of elementary school to start the LC Remix program for middle and high schoolers in 2013. She is thankful for the opportunities she has had to grow as the organization and the students have grown.

 

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Leahna Sullivan, Program Director, Highland Park Learning Center

Leahna has been at the Highland Park LC since its inception in 2008.  Her purpose is to work with kids to see them reach their potential and live the life that Christ has secured for them. Youth Life is the perfect fit for her passions; Jesus and kids. She enjoys music of all kinds, morning glories, the color purple, and resting in the embrace of God’s great grace. She lives in the Highland Park community that she loves.

 

 

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Amber Hartman, Lead Teacher, Delmont Learning Center

Amber taught in a public school classroom for 3 1/2 years but always felt there was a relational and Biblical aspect missing. Many of her former students needed individual attention for both academic and emotional needs that she wasn’t always able to provide because of the number of students in her class and the non-stop daily demands of a classroom teacher. As a Youth Life teacher, she is able to give her students the extra support they need to succeed academically and the individual attention they long for to feel known and loved. She also loves the fact that the Delmont LC is surrounded by the apartments of the families they work with, which provides the opportunity to work not only with students, but also their families. The most important reason she chose to work with Youth Life is that she gets to share the gospel with each of my students on a daily basis and teach them about the love and grace Jesus has for them. They may not all have a present earthly father but they do have a Heavenly Father that loves them unconditionally and that will never leave them.

 

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Nathan graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in International Studies. In August of 2014, he went to live in China for two years where he worked as a history teacher. Prior to teaching full time, he worked eight consecutive summers at local camps ministering to youth of all ages. During all of his time at camp he realized his calling was working with young people. His passion and drive in life is to help students see their potential and understand that God has a purpose for them. He values the work of what Youth Life is doing in the community and is excited to now have a part in it.

 

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Corinne Tucker, Middle School Teacher, LC Remix

Corinne grew up in Maryland and lived there until she moved to Williamsburg to attend the College of William and Mary, where she majored in English, worked at the Writing Resources Center, was involved with Reformed University Fellowship, and played lots of intramural sports. Soon after graduating from W&M, she moved to Richmond and has been working with YLFR at LC Remix since August of 2014. She loves working at Youth Life because of the incredible students she gets to spend time with and the variety of activities – academic, relational, skill-oriented, spiritual, and fun – she shares with them.

 

 

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Avery Torres, High School Teacher, LC Remix

Avery attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He enjoys playing, eating chipotle, working out, and looking at sunsets (come on, who doesn’t). Words that would describe him include: silly, simple, and short. (He also enjoys alliteration). His drive in life is to exalt the name of his beloved savior, Jesus Christ, who died as a ransom for his soul. He is excited to know that one day he will enjoy life in the very presence of God, the creator of all good things, and live happily ever after into eternity.

 

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Charity Smith, Mentor Coordinator, Youth Life Learning Centers

Charity moved to Richmond in August, 2014. She graduated from Wingate University in 2011 and worked in college ministry for several years. As the mentor coordinator for Youth Life Foundation, her primary responsibilities include mentor recruitment, training, and site placement.

 

 

 

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Erin Brown, Assistant Teacher, Highland Park Learning Center

Erin spent a summer interning for YLFR and then became the Highland Park program assistant in 2014. She loves working with the children and feels privileged to be part of an organization that is helping the community.

 

 

 

 

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Anita Williams Holloman, Assistant Teacher, LC Remix

Anita graduated from Virginia Union University in 1977 with a BA degree in Political Science. She worked as a substitute teacher for Richmond Public Schools from 1978 to 2010 and spent 32 years working with Richmond Recreation and Parks. She married Rev. Johnnie Holloman of Norfolk in 1997 and has three children and  thirteen grandchildren. In 2010, she was called by God to minister in the Highland Park neighborhood. In 2015 she was ordained a licensed minister at Healing Hands Ministerial Alliance in Petersburg. She is available to serve wherever God needs her.