About Us

The Youth Leadership Association works to prepare the next generation of community, civic, and business leaders in Ohio and West Virginia. Our five pillars are: Leadership, Character, Service, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy. Through our local YLA Chapters and a variety of engaging programs, we provide opportunities for leadership and service to anyone who joins.

Our organization traces its roots back for over a century, and our programs have continued to make an impact on the lives of young people across Ohio and West Virginia. Our goal is to continue to provide valuable opportunities for youth to succeed and to prepare to lead their communities in the future. 

Our Mission

“We believe that helping youth achieve their full potential is our primary mission. We seek to help youth develop leadership and citizenship skills for a lifelong commitment to service through character-building programs for all that strengthen spirit, mind, and body.”

Our Team

David King

Executive Director
(304) 614-9924
[email protected]

Alicia Ridenour

Administrative Manager / Fiscal Officer
(304) 675-5899

Leslie Barton-Howell

Horseshoe Administrative Coordinator
(304) 478-2481
[email protected]

Mary Smith

Quilt Camp Coordinator
(304) 478-2899

Sonny Morgan

Cave Lake Operations Manager
(937) 588-3252

Kate Perkins

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer

Madison Adkins

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer

Colton Gibbs

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer
[email protected]

Payton Shreve

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer

Lauren Clagg

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer
[email protected]

Sophie Slaughter

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer
[email protected]

Anna Goldizen

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer
[email protected]

Ella Mehring

AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer
[email protected]

Board of Directors

David Runkle


Aaron Stockmeister

Vice President

Lynne Crow


Joe Caltrider


Jarred Cannon

Angie Domico-Cox

Tess Elshoff

Michael French

Clare Gordon

Jessica Greathouse

Chris Hamilton

Riley Keaton

Conrad Lucas

Sean McCabe

Karen Price

Steve Volk

Mark Cannon


Charles Creamer


Ellen Goodwin


Sarah Minear


Gordon R. Thorn


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3309 Horseshoe Run Rd, Parsons, WV 26287

(304) 478-2481