Vice President of Ministry Operations
Russ and Jen Tappero grew up together in Olympia, Washington at Evergreen Christian Center. They were married in 1991 and enrolled at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Russ graduated in 1994 and was ordained by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1995. Russ and Jen served in youth ministry and associate work in Washington state from 1993 to 2000. They served churches in Edmonds, Sedro-Woolley, Bothell, and Medical Lake. In 2001 Russ and Jen began pastoring Ridgeview Christian Center in Spokane, Wa. During their 5 year tenure, Russ served on the local committee and state board of Pacific Northwest Teen Challenge Spokane Men’s Center. Russ was also elected to serve as Presbyter of the Spokane Section of the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in November of 2004. In Fall of 1989 as a college Freshman, God had a calling on Russ' life for ministry. Russ asked God for direction and immediately the response was found in a Teen Challenge presentation at a chapel service at Northwest. Russ wrote to his grandmother Lois Eldred about the powerful calling to TC in a letter. In the Summer of 2005 Russ found the letter in a file his grandmother had kept. God was stirring Russ and Jen that something different was on the horizon. Within 4 months, Mike Hodges moved from CEO of TCPN to the President of TCUSA, Chris Hodges moved from Executive Director of the TCPN Spokane Men's Center to CEO of TCPN, and Chris asked Russ to be his Executive Director in Spokane. Russ continues to serve on various boards and committees. Jennifer was hired by Spokane Men’s Center in the summer of 2006 and is currently working part time in the office. In November of 2011, Jennifer started her own business, a women's clothing consignment store in Medical Lake, WA called Corner Closet Boutique which serves as a great ministry opportunity in this bedroom community of Spokane. Russ and Jen have 4 children. Micah, Jackson, Bailey, and Carson. Russ is an avid golfer and Jennifer loves to thrift shop. As a family they like to ride motorcycles, go boating and fishing, and root for their favorite college football team, the University of Washington Huskies. In addition to UW Football, the Tappero's are fans of Southwestern Assembly of God University where their oldest son Micah is a Freshman football player. Go Lions!
Vice President of Business Operations
Rodger served for 12 years as a volunteer on a Teen Challenge local committee, then as a corporate board member. In April of 2009, he was hired as the Director of Business Development for Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Centers, bringing with him over 35 years of retail management experience. His retail background and leadership has contributed to tremendous financial growth. It is his desire to serve every student with vocational training while financially supporting the ministry.
Regional Facilities Manager
Charlie has been on staff since 2000. He is the Maintenance and Projects Manager, and he travels to all the centers in the Northwest; assisting the Senior Executive Director and the local Directors in planning, organizing, purchasing and directing the management of facilities maintenance and projects.
Director of Finance
Scott joined Teen Challenge in January 2016 as the Director of Finance. Previously he had been in the hospitality business for 40 years with the most recent 30 years in financial leadership. Scott is a native Oregonian and a graduate of Oregon State University in the school of Business. After graduating college he left Oregon where his travels lead to Hawaii, Arizona and California before returning to Oregon in 2008. He is active in his church and currently captains a parking team as well as having been on a recent mission trip to Ecuador.
IT & Media Director
Dawson began working with Teen Challenge on a freelance basis in 2009 and came on board full-time in 2010. He is responsible for regional media production (including print, video, and web design), and he manages the administration office technology. He loves to solve problems, and proudly accepts the unofficial title of "office geek!"
Scott is a 2006 graduate of Teen Challenge in Arizona. After completing an internship in Arizona, he attended the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Lebanon, Oregon. During his schooling he met his wife—a graduate of Salem Bible College and Elementary Children's Ministry Director at Oak Creek Christian Center. Since 1981 Scott has been entertaining people as an illusionist. Throughout Scott’s career he has had the opportunity to work with numerous magicians such as World Renowned Illusionist André Kole traveling to several different countries on five continents around the globe. Since 2012 Scott has been on staff with Adult & Teen Challenge as a Student Sponsorship Coordinator and currently he is the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute Coordinator. Scott was also part of missions work and staff training in Kampala, Uganda with Teen Challenge Uganda.
Student Sponsorship Specialist
Abigail joined the administration office at Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge in July of 2014 as a Donor Services Specialist working in Donor & Gifts Management. In September of 2015, she transferred to the position of Student Sponsorship Specialist where she now coordinates the Adult & Teen Challenge student sponsorship program. Abigail is passionate about the mission of Teen Challenge and is excited to build relationships with and involve its many supporters.
Donor Services Coordinator
Breanne has been on staff with Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge since 2008. She began working in the Donor and Gifts Management department, while simultaneously attending Oregon State University. She graduated from Oregon State in June 2013 with her Bachelors in Human Development and Family Sciences. She joined our team as Donor Services Coordinator in July 2013. As Donor Services Coordinator she works closely with the Donor and Gifts Management department. Her job responsibilities include, assembling data for donor services, creating and providing donor reports and thank you programs, along with creating and implementing strategies for donor appreciation. She has an enormous passion for Teen Challenge and loves serving with the staff across the Pacific Northwest.
Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable
Catherine has been the Accounts Payable Specialist for the region since January of 2015. She adores every part of her job; especially when she gets to use excel! She grew up in Gresham and still lives and enjoys the area. She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree at Mt. Hood Community College and then later completed her Bachelor of Business Administration at Warner Pacific College’s Adult Degree Program in 2013. She loves Jesus with all her heart and loves being able to serve Him alongside her Teen Challenge team members. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends (especially her niece and nephew), hiking, jogging and playing with her kitty, Phyllis.
Dawn is a 2013 graduate of Adult & Teen Challenge Graham Campus. Upon her completion of the program, she decided to take part in the year-long Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge internship. During her internship, she was brought on as a staff member. Currently, she serves as the Donor Services Specialist processing deposits, mailing receipts, and maintaining donor records. Dawn loves working for Adult & Teen Challenge because she has the privilege of witnessing individual students blossoming into leaders for Christ!