Meet Our Staff

Wayne Patterson
Regional Director
Wayne is from Evansville, IN where he was on YL Staff for 18 yrs before moving to Salem, OR where he was the Metro Director for 13 yrs. He joined the Mt. Hood Region in 2016 as Regional Director and now lives in Wilsonville with his wife Laura.  They have three grown kids Nathan & wife Chanel, Jacob & Emma.  His hobbies include golf, bass fishing, camping in his Airstream & anything Bruce Springsteen.  He's most recently become a "Doodle Dad" and is proud of his Golden Doodle named Tucker!!
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Nate Emhoff
Associate Regional Director

Jana Kelsay
Regional Administrator

Jana was born and raised in Portland, OR and was introduced to Young Life in 2007.  She was on Student Staff for 2 years while at George Fox University and then became a Volunteer Leader in Portland Central Young Life from 2009 – 2015. She joined Regional staff in 2013 and has enjoyed working and serving with all of our areas/staff.  She currently still resides in Portland, OR and is married to her husband, Aaron for 8 years.  They have 2 children – Declan and Levi.  She enjoys spending time with her family, eating at the various popular Portland restaurants and attending Broadway shows.​
Kari McNamara
​Regional YoungLives Coordinator

Kari was introduced to YoungLives after volunteering as a nurse on YoungLives Camp medical team.  This initiated a passion for working with teen moms and she has been involved in various capacities with YoungLives since 2011. She joined our regional team in 2017. She lives in West Linn and  has been married to her husband Tom for 29 years. They have 4 chil​dren-Jacob, Meg, Kate and Thomas and 2 sweet dogs.  She enjoys the beach, traveling, coffee, chocolate, and spending time with her family.​
Erin Olinger
​Regional Innovation + Health Coordinator

Erin was born and raised in St. Augustine, FL, went to college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and eventually came on Young Life staff in 2008 in the NW. She has been an Area Director in Camas, WA, Tigard, OR and has been on Regional Staff as the Health and Innovation Coordinator since 2018. She is married to John and mama to Jude and Kai with another baby boy on the way. She loves making people laugh, time with family and friends, coffee, the beach and sunshine. She is passionate about helping Young Life area’s get to a healthy place of ministry as well as be creative in their approach to reach and disciple students!

Young Life Mt. Hood Region | PO Box 66868 Portland, OR 97290-6868

Phone: (503) 498-8188

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