About Us

About FREE TO BE

Free to Be is a non-profit organization that provides character-based, youth development education for preteens and teens, taught by young adult staff, middle school and high school aged Peer Educators. Our age -and culturally- appropriate programs focus on providing young people with the information and skills necessary to make healthy life choices that will support their future aspirations. Through our educational components, young people realize that there are benefits to avoiding high-risk behaviors and there exists a community to support their decision.

Our Story

In 1992, our program was originally founded to equip teens with life skills to delay sex until marriage and form healthy relationships. Since those early years, Free to Be has reached more than 90,000 young people. We have since developed and expanded our educational materials and leadership program to address additional social-emotional issues facing preteens and teens today.

Meet Our Team
CHRISTY WOHLERT

CHRISTY WOHLERT

Executive Director


Christy has worked with teens for over 15 years in several different capacities. She has many fond memories of adult mentors throughout her adolescence and has always felt compelled to give back to the...Read More

LAURETTA CEJA

LAURETTA CEJA

Office and Outreach Manager


Before coming to work for Free to Be in 2007, Lauretta was a stay-at-home mom balancing family and work as a licensed real estate agent. She ventured into the nonprofit world seeking a way to give...Read More

MATTHEW EASTER

MATTHEW EASTER

Program Team Member


Matthew’s reason for joining the Free to Be team is simple; working with others in the nonprofit sector helps drive his passion for helping others live a more meaningful life. Since Matthew received his...Read More

KATHERINE KRULISH

KATHERINE KRULISH

Program Team Member


Katherine joined Free to Be because of her profound compassion for youth. Since graduating from Pathways Charter School in 2011, Katherine has been working with Junior High and High School students in...Read More

Board of Directors
DENNIS DURHAM

DENNIS DURHAM

Chair


Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church

TAYLER HOCKETT

TAYLER HOCKETT

Vice-Chair


School Counselor at RVUSD

BRIAN REED

BRIAN REED

Treasurer, EVP


Chief Credit Officer at Summit State Bank

SHARON OMAN

SHARON OMAN

Secretary


Retired Maternal Child Health Director

MATTHEW DELANEY

MATTHEW DELANEY

Board Member


Wealth Manager at JDH Wealth Management

MARIA CRANE


MARIA CRANE


Board Member


Teacher

JOE PIASTA


JOE PIASTA


Board Member



Trial Attorney

SUE BISBEE

SUE BISBEE

Board Member


Founder of Free to Be