Board of Directors

Melinda Torres

Board Chair,

Melinda grew up in Bandon and after finishing school she moved back home to better the area that has done so much for her. She has been with the Coos Bay School District working as their Homeless Liaison/ARK Program Manager. Melinda has recently joined the BCYC Board and she holds her MA in Public Health from East Strousdburg University. She has over 13 years experience working with at-risk and homeless youth. Melinda is skilled in grant writing, program planning, and public speaking.

Gen Chrismon


Gen Chrismon joined the BCYC Board in April 2019 after retiring from Bandon School District 54, serving as Business Manager for 26 years. Her family has been in the education field for generations and have a strong belief that all children should receive the best education possible. Gen's previous work experience should assist BCYC with financial planning and budgeting.

Kim Russell

Board Secretary,

Kim has many years’ experience with youth programs serving students of Bandon including Girl Scout leadership, classroom assistant, and has as a BCYC board since 2014. Kim is the Executive Assistant at the local hospital, with previous work experience in the tech industry in Corvallis and at OSU. Kim's husband Troy have two daughters and each attended Bandon schools K-12. Kim feels strongly that Bandon students of all ages can benefit from having more opportunities for positive engagement and academic support previously quite limited in our area. It's a work in progress.

Beth Castro

Board Member,

Beth Castro Joined the Bandon Community Youth Center Board October 2019. Beth is a graduate of Bandon high school and has a daughter who attends the Bandon School system. Beth is currently a student at Southwestern Oregon Community College and enjoys being part of the community.

Marcene Rebeck

Board Member,

Marcene is a returning board member, rejoining BCYC board service in 2018 after a 4-year break. Marcene is a Montessori School teacher with her own school in Bandon for over 20 years. She re-joined the board after seeing the increase in programs and services provided since organizational changes implemented in 2014.

Leeann Fraser

Board Member,

LeeAnn Fraser has been a resident of Bandon for 7 years coming from Las Vegas, NV. Her strengths include being a sincere, emphatic, and diligent team member. She is dedicated and excited to be working as an advocate for a positive educational environment for children to thrive in the community.