Meet the Staff


Devin Hanson

Executive Director

Devin provides the overall direction to youth first with the guidance of the board. She manages community relationships and ensures we are continually reaching more youth who may not otherwise know about our program Devin comes to Youth First with over 20 years of experience in youth development in YMCA camping and after school programming for middle and high school youth. 

When not at work, Devin enjoys spending time with her family - primarily doing activities outdoors or involving creativity. She also spends time volunteering as the PTO President at her children's school and as an adult volunteer with Job's Daughters International. 

Favorite Quote: "You have to grow old but you don't have to grow up." -unknown


Kari Moe

Youth Program Coordinator

Kari is the Youth First Program coordinator serving our programs at Anoka and Andover High School.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Concordia College Moorhead and has over 5 years of youth service experience including teaching in South Korea and partnering with youth and families at a Domestic Violence shelter.


Koua Kha

Youth Program Coordinator

Koua is the Youth First Program Coordinator serving our programs at Coon Rapids High School and Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
His biggest passion is social justice, advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Outside of work, Koua enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and eating. Recently, Koua has taken high interest in music composition and music production.

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Julia Mantey

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Julia is the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow serving at Anoka Middle School at both the Washington and Fred Moore campuses. She holds a bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Augsburg University. She has spent a lot of time with various youth programs including time as a mentor for History Day Minnesota, a substitute teacher for the Anoka Hennepin School District, and coaching volleyball at Anoka High School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, art, and being outdoors.