Meet the C.R.E.W.
Dick Young joined the Zephyr Point CREW as Development Director in August of 2019 after a 30 year career as a parish pastor in the PC(USA). Dick was appointed Executive Director in April of 2020.
Dick and his wife, Colleen, moved from Western New York where Dick was Head of Staff at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church for the previous 18 years. Dick & Colleen have three grown children, all living back east, but their little dog Phoebe, as well as Colleen’s Kentucky Mountain Horse, Fitz, agreed to make the move with them. When not taking in views of Lake Tahoe from his desk, Dick enjoys spending time in the mountains, on foot, bike, snowshoe, or snowboard, depending on the season.
Laura Weiss is the Guest Services Office Manager at Zephyr Point. She brings over five years of experience in Retreat and Conference Center Administration and a Business degree from Bethel University to her role in Guest Services. In blending business operations with retreat ministry, Laura aims to foster a healthy and welcoming environment for guests to be inspired by the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Away from the office, she enjoys exploring through hiking, biking, backpacking and visiting new places. As a Minnesota native, Laura especially appreciates the striking Sierra Nevada mountains and sunsets over the lake. A fun fact about Laura is that she’s played handbells for more than 20 years straight.
Katie Keith is the Development Coordinator at Zephyr Point. She has a passion for connecting with donors. She coordinates volunteers, designs and hosts fundraising events, writes grant proposals, and assists with technical and administrative jobs in nearly every department at Zephyr Point. In the last few years through her work at Zephyr Point, and as a member of the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary, she has helped raise nearly 3 million dollars.
Katie grew up in southern California but now lives in Nevada with her husband Kai and eldest daughter. Katie and Kai have 2 grown daughters, Kaylena and Kiyrah. Katie enjoys time with her family, traveling, photography and baking.
Mark Ellender is the Maintenance Manager at Zephyr Point.
Jesus Preciado is the Housekeeping Manager at Zephyr Point.