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John Cragg, Ma. ABS – Executive Director
John has been the Executive Director of Long Island Youth Mentoring for 33 years. Previously, he managed a tire store for ten years while starting his family and finishing his education. John has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. He briefly taught a few courses in communications at a college in Spokane Washington. John has a life calling for the fatherless and a love for men’s and marriage ministry. He and his wife Kay live in West Islip, NY and have three married children and ten grandchildren. Kay is a fourth-grade school teacher. They have both mentored several children over the years.
Larry joined the Long Island Youth Mentoring staff 20 years ago in June 1999 and is the Executive Operations Manager. Before that time he owned and operated an insulation contracting company for 12 years. He has had the privilege of mentoring his LI Youth Mentoring friend, Jeffrey, for over 17 years. He has served on the boards of the Suffolk County Evangelical Ministers Fellowship, The Long Island Family Coalition, and the West Sayville Christian School. Over the years he has taught mentoring at the Christian Mentoring Institute, served his church as a youth leader, men’s ministry leader, family ministry leader, and has participated in numerous local and overseas missions trips.
Larry is a lifelong resident of Long Island, has been married for over 33 years to his lovely wife Gina, and together they have been blessed with six children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, three grandsons & five granddaughters!
Beth has been a Case Manager at Long Island Youth Mentoring for 25 years. She currently supports mentoring relationships in the One-to-One ministry, The Mother’s Ministry, as well as the Bridges (matches in group homes). Throughout the years, Beth has also been a mentor to 3 different girls at different times. Beth was born and raised on Long Island; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University and in 1998 received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Stony Brook. Beth has been married to Len for 18 years and is the mother of their two children, Noah and Hannah. She has been a member of the Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church for 18 years as well and has served in the Sunday school ministry as well as the nursery and Mothers of Preschoolers when her children were young. Currently, she enjoys overseeing the Youth Mentoring Homework Club at her church.
Vince has been involved with LIYM as a mentor and activities volunteer for 25 years. He joined the LIYM staff full time in 2006. His Long Island Youth Mentoring duties include: 1) Screening and training prospective volunteers; 2) Intakes on referral families; 3) Organize and execute group activities; 4) Support and oversee the Homework Club program; and 5) Support and Oversee match relationships.
Vince taught religion at LI Lutheran School in Brookville and led a basketball ministry to teens in Babylon. For the seven years before that he served with LI Youth for Christ. His role at YFC was to assist teens in starting Christian Bible clubs in public schools and organizing youth leader networks to work together as well as support the ministry on their campus. Vince was ordained in 2001 and has served as a Youth Pastor and then a Missions’ Pastor for 17 years. Vince is now on the Missions’ Committee at Axis Church in Medford. He and his wife Diane lead mission’s teams and teach a weekly bible study. Vince and Diane have both answered God’s call to help serve children, Diane is a Director at Long Island Head Start, and together they are foster parents to troubled kids in Suffolk County.
George has been the Director of the Bridges Ministry with LIYM for 11 years. As such he has worked with more than 35 group foster homes in Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens Village finding matches for the teenage residents of these facilities. Before that, he worked for Zurich Insurance for over 30 years as a senior vice president where he oversaw their accident and disability operations.
George has also been the affiliate pastor at Central Presbyterian since the mid-1980s. He currently resides in East Northport with Fran, his wife of 50 years and has two grown children and six grandkids. George is an avid softball pitcher, playing in national senior tournaments around the country.
God graciously brought George to faith in His Son through the “wordless book” when he was a young boy. He echoes the words of the psalmist: “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5 Today, the Lord is still George’s hope and confidence as he has the privilege to preach in numerous churches across Long Island and recruit prospective volunteers for our mentoring ministries.
Laurie Golan – Office Manager
Laurie has been the office manager of LIYM for nine years. Laurie first answered God’s call to this ministry to be a mentor. After going through the training and being matched to a young girl, Laurie told God she would love to work for the ministry. The next month she saw and answered an advertisement that read: Low pay, long hours and an excellent opportunity to impact the kingdom of God. Two weeks later she left her job as the office manager for an orthopedic practice where she had worked for 12 years and before that, 20 years as the office manager for an employment agency. Laurie lives with her husband of 30 years in Valley Stream. She has one daughter and a four-year-old grandson. Laurie enjoys reading, crocheting, gardening, walking, and spending time with her family.
Cathi joined the Long Island Youth Mentoring staff 7 years ago. She has been a case manager here for the past 7 years. Her 25 + years of experience in the area of Human Services: Child Welfare, Substance Abuse Counseling, Homeless Advocacy & Transitional Housing Services and Supported Employment are invaluable to her work as a case manager.
Cathi also has 40 years of experience as a “foster care” provider for displaced teens.
Ken Fleury – Case Manager
Ken was brought on staff as a Case Manager in June of 2016. He uses his background in Biblical Studies and certification in Life Coaching to support the work of mentors and needs of the young people and families involved with Long Island Youth Mentoring. Ken particularly enjoys being a part of the Brentwood Homework Club that serves 1st – 4th graders in the neighborhoods that surround the Long Island Youth Mentoring Ministry Center.
Ken and his wife, Brittany, are happy to be knee-deep in a “fixer-upper” and spend much of their time turning it into a home for their present and future family. Ken and Brittany have a toddler son.