Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of caring, engaged leaders who are passionate about reaching the lost and hurting youth in our local community. They provide direction, oversight, and vision for our Executive Director, Mike Chaplinsky. The Board meets monthly for prayer, ministry updates, strategic planning and are active in their support of Suncoast Youth for Christ.

Meet our Board

  • Sharon Otis, Vice Chair

    Ed.D. Ph.D. Clinical Director

    I have spent the majority my life working with children. I wanted to be on the YFC board so I could be part of an organization that was committed to the hurting youth of our communities . I wanted to help pray for, and make decisions for, an organization that seeks to provide resources to bring children to a saving relationship with Jesus, one child at a time. This organization brings hope to hurting teens and I want to share in this. 

  • Rev. Steve Baran
    President | National Christian Counselors Association
    Since arriving in Florida in 2002, my service in full-time pastoral counseling ministry has truly allowed me to see the needs of our community. Society plays a role in the development of our Youth. That role can be positive or negative. Youth for Christ is committed to being a positive influence as we actively and passionately seek out the Youth of today. Through these efforts, we are developing Ambassadors of Christ whose foundation is built upon Jesus and cannot be shaken! I consider serving with Youth for Christ a privilege that allows me to be a part of this Great Awakening!

  • Frank Brunner

    Founder of Operation VICTORY (a G62 ministry) | Elder @ Faith Bible Church | Former Manatee School Board member

    I’m involved in YFC because I’m passionate about ensuring our young people know the Truth (NOT as a concept, but rather as a Person…Jesus!)    For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the Truth that is in you, just as you walk in the Truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 3-4 

  • Marcie Martin

    Founder, H.O.P.E. Outreach Ministries

  • Ailish Murphy

    President and Founder, Murtech Consulting

    As a wife, mother of 3 teens, and business owner, I want to give back to the community.  Youth for Christ is a wonderful organization that recognizes hurting youth and introduces them to hope and having a loving relationship with Christ.  I’m honored to be a member of the Board and contribute in anyway I can.

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