Meet the C.R.E.W.

Meet the C.R.E.W.

Dick Young

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.


Ryan McKenzie

Ryan McKenzie is the Director of Program Ministries at Zephyr Point. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies and has fifteen years of experience in youth ministry within the Presbyterian Church. Ryan is passionate about inviting people to discover and engage Jesus Christ and the kingdom He came to inaugurate through His life, death and resurrection. When he doesn’t have his nose in a book, Ryan enjoys coffee with friends, quality time with his wife Nellie, hiking around Tahoe with his Children Naomi, Adelaide, and Caelum, and the occasional practice sessions he can grab here and there with his bagpipes!

Laura Weiss

Laura Weiss is the Guest Services Office Manager at Zephyr Point.

Jesus Preciado

Jesus Preciado is the Housekeeping Manager at Zephyr Point.

Mark Ellender

Mark Ellender is the Maintenance Manager at Zephyr Point.

Dell Martin

Dell Martin is the Food Service Manager at Zephyr Point.

Katie Keith

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. She can also be found on her small family farm making homemade butter and cheese out of the fresh milk she gets from her Jersey cow “Gidget.”

Kerri Wasko

Kerri Wasko is the Youth Ministries Program Coordinator at Zephyr Point.