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Youth Advocate Programs Adds Five to its Executive Team

Harrisburg, Pa. – Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., has expanded its executive team to 10 with the addition of five new members to the agency’s top managerial group. The executive team oversees the national nonprofit’s impact, innovation, philanthropic development, human resources, legal, operations, programming, finance, and marketing and communications functions.

Founded in 1975, YAP is in nearly 150 communities in 35 states and the District of Columbia delivering community-based services as a more effective, economical and equitable alternative to youth incarceration, residential care, and neighborhood violence. YAP also has partner programs in Australia, Guatemala, Ireland, and Sierra Leone.

“The new executive team members will strengthen YAP’s leadership for moving the organization forward to ensure that more youth and families benefit from YAP’s unique community-based wraparound services,” said YAP President and CEO Gary Ivory, who leads the executive team. “These executives will add to the leadership team’s core functions that support our strategic plan, mission and vision.”

The newest members include:

  • Carla Powell, Chief Growth and Development Officer – Powell leads YAP’s development, contracts and budget teams and is working to expand and diversify the organization’s funding. A graduate of Auburn University and Certified Fund Raising Executive, she has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, marketing and fund development. Powell started with YAP in 2007 as a consultant and joined the organization full-time in 2009. Additionally, she served as Regional Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries and as U.S. Communications Director of Hope Unlimited for Children.
  • Patty Rosati, Chief Impact Officer – Rosati has been a leader with YAP since 1989. She served as Philadelphia’s Program Director in 1992 and was Regional Director of Philadelphia for 13 years before being promoted to Associate Vice President of Employment and Program Development. Rosati became Vice President of the Southwest in 2010 overseeing Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Nevada and Utah where she directed youth justice, child welfare and workforce development programs before becoming President of the Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education in 2021 and in 2022 she was promoted again to Chief Impact Officer.
  • Naomi Frazier, Chief People Officer – Frazier has been with YAP since 1995 and is responsible for aligning the nonprofit’s human capital strategies with its mission, business model and company culture. She oversees all human resource functions, including talent acquisition and retention, total rewards, along with development and human capital management systems. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and received certificates in Human Resource Management and Professionalism from Villanova University.
  • Joanne Troutman, Chief Operations Officer – Troutman joins YAP after 20 years of working in non-profit management in higher education, healthcare, and community development organizations. Her most recent role was as Director of Social Impact Programs at eCornell, where she focused on bringing various partners together to create equitable programs and innovative educational solutions. She also served as President and CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way for six years where she began initiatives to address opioids, and mental health and trauma. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Susquehanna University and a master’s in management and leadership.
  • David R. Williams, Chief Program Officer – Williams has been with YAP for 16 years. A Chicago native, he first joined YAP as an Advocate, applying the national nonprofit’s unique wraparound services model to provide mentoring and other support to young people and their families. He has held several positions within YAP including Regional Vice President, Regional Director and Program Director, all prior to becoming Executive Vice President of the West. Williams is credited with helping YAP secure YAP’s partnership with Brightpoint (formerly Children’s Home & Aid) to form Choose to Change™ aimed at reducing the risk of violence among at-risk youth. He previously worked at Hull House Association and earned a master’s degree from Chicago State University.

Powell, Rosati, Frazier, Troutman and Williams join existing executive team members Chief Learning and Innovation Officer Carla Benway; General Counsel Emma Chen; Chief Financial Officer Rick Stottlemyer; and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Kelly D. Williams.

Learn more about YAP at and follow the organization on Twitter @YAPInc


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