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Monica Kay, Director

Monica joined the LAUNCH team in 2010 as Coach Coordinator and took on the role of Director in 2013. She has mentored young adults for over a decade, serving nationally with Athletes in Action’s University Division for 10 years, and now continues coaching through LAUNCH. Monica received her Masters in French and English Canadian Literature as well as her Bachelor of Education. She has also benefitted from participating in the Arrow Leadership Program. Monica has a heart for helping young people to grow spiritually, in character, and in leadership as they realize their unique God-given potential and make a Kingdom difference. She is married to Greg, a worship and community outreach pastor, and enjoys being a mom to her two little girls. Her passions are ultimate frisbee, art, music, travel and helping others.

e: mkay@yugta.ca

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    Anne Lee,    Associate Director

After completing the LAUNCHee program in 2009 and volunteering as a Coach since 2011, Anne then joined our staff team in 2013. She enjoys getting to speak at conferences, camps and small groups to young people about leadership and spiritual development topics. Anne is passionate about inspiring people to deeper relationship with Jesus. A graduate of Mohawk College and YWAM’s Discipleship Training School, Anne has worked in the marketing industry for 7 years and served as a volunteer youth worker for over 8 years. She is also a certified Life Coach and runs her own LifeCoachAnne business. In her spare time, Anne likes to play badminton, paint, tell stories and spend time laughing with her family and husband Sean.

e: alee@yugta.ca

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Lee Sommerfeldt,
Lead Instructor - LAUNCH Leadership Course

As Lead Instructor for our LAUNCH Leadership Course, Lee enjoys teaching our grade 11 students as they earn a credit and impact their community.  She has a heart for developing young leaders and helping them discover how they can change the world for God's glory! Prior to LAUNCH, Lee taught in high schools for over 12 years. Lee studied at McGill University where she received a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Geography, and met her husband Josh. Together they have 3 children, Sophie, Ben and Adam. Outside of LAUNCH, Lee loves being active, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends!

e: lees@yugta.ca

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Jan D’Angelo,
Team Shepherd

Jan joined LAUNCH as Coach Coordinator in 2006 and has been serving our team through prayer and spiritual mentoring ever since transitioning into her present role as Team Shepard. She is a trained Physical and Occupational Therapist and had her own practice in Toronto for many years. Jan helped establish a Community Bible Study class in Newmarket, serving as its Teaching Director and for several summers, she and her husband were involved in camp ministry at Ontario Pioneer Camp. Additionally, Jan has completed the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, taken several courses at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto on contemplative prayer, and is an Associate at Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, an Anglican convent in Toronto. She's actively involved in prayer ministry at her church, mentors a number of young women and has had the privilege of leading several women's retreats. Jan lives in Toronto with her husband, has 2 grown children, a grandson and grand dog. She enjoys swimming, reading, curling and baking and is always up for a cup of tea and good heart-to-heart!

e: jand@yugta.ca

Dani Hoover,
Coaching Coordinator

Blair Malfara

Blair Malfara,
Leadership Facilitator

After Interning with LAUNCH for a year, Dani has joined the staff team as Coaching Coordinator. Dani will manage and oversee all 1:1 partnerships between Coaches and LAUNCHees. She will recruit and train Coaches all while encouraging young leaders to change the world around them by discovering and walking in their God-given potential. Dani studied at the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies and Sociology. You can usually find Dani in a coffee shop with friends, planning her next trip to a foreign country or curled up with a good book.
e: dhoover@yugta.ca

 

Blair has a passion for inspiring others to fall more in love with Jesus than anything else in the world. He recently graduated from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He works as a Youth Coordinator at the Olive Branch Community Church in Markham Ontario, and also works with LAUNCH as a leadership facilitator, speaking at conferences, schools, and churches. When he isn’t working, you can find Blair on the golf course, grabbing a coffee with his pals, or reading a good book.

e: bmalfara@yugta.ca