YouthLinks’ Steering Committee

Youth Links began in 2005 as the brainchild of a circuit court judge, the head of child welfare and YMCA leadership.  Nearly a decade later, the court and welfare systems remain active in helping to guide the program.

  • Hon. Richard Jordan, Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit
  • Lisa Merkin, Director, Child Welfare Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Douglas Powell, Supervisor, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
  • Karyn Gross, Court Liaison, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Fred Evans, Board member and mentor, YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • Meredith Smith, Associate Director of Youth Development, YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • Ottoniel Perez, Mentoring Coordinator, YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • Laura Brown, Mentor Recruitment Specialist, YMCA Youth & Family Services