Youth Ambassador Association

Youth Ambassadors are a diverse community of committed and inspiring students, ranging from eighth grade to university level, all of whom are also past recipients of the Foundation’s Christian Service Award.

Their commitment to faith and service are guiding principles as they continue their service to our parishes, schools and community, constantly seeking new and effective ways to give back.

YAA Mission: To engage and connect Catholic youth by demonstrating Christ-centered behavior and pioneering the development of young Catholic philanthropic leaders who effect positive change in their schools, parishes and communities.

The YAA was formed in June of 2010 to:

  • Empower youth to make decisions, which will not only benefit themselves but also future generations of CSA winners, community leaders, young philanthropists and other non-profit organizations;
  • Provide a direct line of resources through the Foundation, for example: volunteer opportunities, events, business mentors, nonprofit knowledge, professional development, job/intern opportunities etc;
  • Assist in the development of their understanding of planned and charitable giving;
  • Strengthen the relationships and possibilities of the Foundation’s student cohort and provide an open forum for communication, and;
  • Spread awareness and help cultivate the next generation of Catholic philanthropists.

The YAA meets several times a year and are proactive decision makers in their own volunteerism, fundraising and grant-making efforts.

The Catholic Community Foundation welcomes and applauds the members of the YAA and looks forward to updating you on their future accomplishments.

2018/19 YAA

Executive Officers

  • Matthew Scheller, President
  • Murphy Wuycheck, Vice President
  • Rileigh Walsh, VP of Membership & Alumni Relations
  • Katie Holmes, VP of Social Media
  • Sarah Bentzin, Treasurer
  • Ryven Mangundayao, Secretary

Board Members

Zabinia Arvizu Cate Baskin Kaleo Bolosan
Clare Carlson Paige Gehringer Nicole Jasinski
Rachael Jasinski    


Benjamin Aguilar Sophia Alameddin Logan Alvarado
Zabinia Arvizu Reyna Barela Natalie Barnhouse
Joseph Barton Zoe Barton Catherine Baskin
Andrew Cardellini Emily Cardellini Samantha Cardinal
Clare Carlson Caitlin Cordovana Isaac Faulkner
Qiliana Garcia Grayson Gaspard Paige Gehringer
Rocco Gump Regan Gunzy Felicity Hacker
Stephanie Hamrick Katie Harris Joey Hernandez Mena
Haley Hoyle Gavin Kurtz Nico Lanese
Bianca Luna Izzy Mancilla Tommy Maschue
Rian Mercado Brady O'Gara Sean O’Gara
Megan Olson Quoc Pham Reyna Ramirez
Mariana Rodriguez Scott Ruoff John Scheller
Claire Spink Sofia Sweiss Matthew Tanner
Savannah Wasson Zoe Wasson Vianney Zamarripa