Meet the Team

Janice Deguchi
Executive Director

Janice is a not so recent graduate of Rainier Beach High School one of CfY’s partner schools. A lifelong south Seattle resident, she brings her passion for her community to Community for Youth. Janice has served in numerous leadership roles including as Executive Director of Denise Louie Education Center, a birth-five preschool/Head Start program serving South Seattle and South King County. Prior to CfY, Janice worked at Keiro Northwest, a senior health care organization where she oversaw seven programs aimed at maintaining seniors’ health and wellness. Janice is a proud parent of four young adults. Her son, AJ is a senior at Franklin High School, a CfY partner school. Janice holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and Masters in Education from Seattle University. She enjoys good food, hiking and dancing.

Stephen Song
Director of Programs

Stephen Song has a deep personal and professional passion for social justice-centered youth development and college-access work. Stephen’s background in this field came first as an “at-risk” young person himself, then as a volunteer tutor and mentor, a researcher, and now is thrilled to continue this path as a CfY staff member. Stephen firmly believes in the power of mentorships to be a conduit for both mentor and mentee to learn, to grow, and to heal. And that this healing and relationship on the individual level ultimately impacts the health of our community.

Hayley Nolan
Outreach and Partnership Coordinator

Hayley Nolan, CfY’s Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, started her journey with Community for Youth in September 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program Liaison. Originally from the Chicago area, Hayley was in Missoula, MT for several years before relocating to Seattle to work at Community for Youth. After seeing and feeling the powerful impact of the CfY community, Hayley knew this organization was something she wanted to continue to be a part of. As the Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, Hayley gets to grow CfY’s presence in Seattle while getting potential students and mentors motivated to join our community. When she’s not at CfY, Hayley loves reading, wandering through thrift stores, seeing live music, practicing yoga, gardening, being in nature, and cooking and eating delicious food.

Elizabeth Thompson
Data and Communication Administrator

Elizabeth Thompson is a down-to-earth Midwesterner, originally from Flint, MI. Before moving to the beautiful city of Seattle, Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and started a position in the Education Department at Seattle Opera shortly after graduation. After that position, Elizabeth moved on to become the Data and Communication Administrator at Community for Youth. This position allows Elizabeth to promote and raise money for the students and mentors that CfY serves, and she could not be more grateful for that opportunity. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to read, try new restaurants with her boyfriend, and bake.

Justin Burgess
Program Liaison Americorps

Meet Justin Burgess, our new Program Liaison Americorps. Before moving here from Wyoming for this position, Justin worked as a clinical social worker and part-time manager of a local pizzeria & pub. With mentors having played a big part in his own development, he felt that “the chance to encourage others through a similarly life-changing process was an opportunity that I could just not pass up.” Justin has a proclivity for cooking and sundry outdoor activities. He also loves to learn through varying mediums including books, community activities, podcasts, and more. Looking forward in his work with CfY, he hopes to learn alongside, connect with, and share service-oriented experiences in the company of members of the CfY community.

Erica Merritt

Erica Merritt is a Seattle native and has been in the field of Youth Development for over 20 years. Her passion and devotion to empowering youth is unwavering. Erica combines her love for youth and commitment to social equality to promote self efficacy, self love and self worth. Erica’s mantra is “Keep stepping and you will undoubtedly reach the destination of your dreams.”

David Quigley
MSW Foundation Practicum Student

David was born and raised in New York City but has spent the past three years living in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Seattle in the fall. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Washington, and is excited to keep exploring the beautiful Northwest. David started his position with Community for Youth in September and is excited and looking forward to engaging with the incredible students, mentors, and staff throughout the year!