Our Board Members

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Board Member

Mary Bynum

 I graduated from CSUB in 1973 with a BA in Sociology.   My early career was with the Kern County Welfare Department as an Eligibility Worker for AFDC, and subsequently as an Operation Analyst with the Social Security Administration.  I am co-owner of a family owned business, Bynum Inc., a real estate development company.   I have been a member of the Youth Connection Board of directors since 1994, having served previously as its Program Director for four years.  I am involved in various other non-profits in Bakersfield and currently enjoy my work as a community volunteer.  

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Board Member

Lynn Krausse

Originally from Orange County, Lynn has lived in Bakersfield since 1986.  She is a practicing Certified Public Accountant specializing in taxation.  Lynn joined the Youth Connection board in 1993 and is a past board president.  For many years she has served as the board treasurer. A wise client once advised Lynn to always keep her children busy so they stayed out of trouble. Youth Connection promotes involvement in sports, the arts, team building, and community.  These positive activities are a lifeline for the children we serve. 

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Ryan La Febre

Had lived in Bakersfield almost his entire life. He graduated with an Art Degree from Cal State University Norhtridge in 2006. He has worked for North of the River Recreation and Park District since 2013 as their Desktop Publisher. He joined the Youth Connection Board in 2019.

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Penelope Fulton

Is a retired community volunteer.  She spent 35 years working for Kern County financial institutions and has been on the Youth Connection Board for over 20 years.  Along with her Youth Connection service she is also a member of the Taft College Foundation board and a 30 year member of Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club.  

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Pam Holiwell

Is the Assistant Director responsible for the management and the provision of services in Child Protective Services(CPS).  She has worked for the Department of Human services for over 35 years and in the past has been the Assistant Director over Employment and Financial Services and the Program Support bureau.  Child Protective Services provides a wide array of services county-wide which includes but is not limited to: Court Services, Family Services, A. Miriam Jamison Children’s Center and Emergency Response.  CPS works to ensure that children are safe, healthy and live in a permanent environment where they can grow and thrive.

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Board Member - President

Brent Stratton

Is born and raised in Bakersfield and has worked at the Bakersfield Police Department since 2004. He has been a board member of Youth Connection for approximately 5 years and currently serves as the organization’s president. Brent believes in Youth Connection and the ability to positively impact the lives of kids in our community. 

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Board Member

Larry McCurtain

Is currently a Chief Deputy Sheriff with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Larry was raised in the Kern River Valley in Kern County and enjoys the great outdoors and coaching youth sports. Larry received his BA degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University. 

Youth Connection exists to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system.

Email: info@mysite.com

Phone: (661) 868-4131

Registered Charity: 77-0264875

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