Our Team

  • Executive Director/CEO - Lina Lumme

    Lina Lumme was raised in Russia and received a Master's Degree in Linguistics from Adygh State University, Maykop, Russia. Since she immigrated to America in 2003, Lina has been involved with non-profit organizations serving the local community. She transitioned from volunteering to working as the Program Coordinator for "Partnership4Solutions" Family Resource Center. Since 2005, Lina has served a dual function at The Youth Center. She speaks English, Russian and German. Lina is responsible for the inclusion of cultural enrichment activities during our Summer Camp. She is a member of the California Association of Non-profits and holds a Certificate in Volunteer Management from the Volunteer Center of Orange County and Points of Light. Lina has served as the Executive Director/CEO of The Youth Center since January 2010. Lina served 5 years on the Boards of Directors of the Precious Life Shelter, and is currently on the Board at Los Alamitos Education Foundation, Young Professionals, and P4S Family Resource Center. In 2010 Lina Lumme was honoree of Life Time Achievement by NPDOC. In 2011 Lina graduated from Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute.

  • Office Manager/Program Manager - Julie Rubin

    Julie Rubin brings more than 25 years of business experience working in the private sector in the fields of information technology and relationship management. She holds a bachelor's degree in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has most recently worked as an independent contractor for two internet-based companies and has owned her own business. She volunteered in 2012 Christmas Tree Lot campaign and participated in the 2013 Community Support Campaign. Her son attended camp at the Youth Center years ago. Julie is responsible for office operations and communications, and collaborates with Lina to achieve the goals and objectives of the Youth Center. She has excellent customer service skills and brings a wealth of practical management experience and creativity to her role. Julie is excited about her role at the Youth Center, especially given its important role in the lives of children, young adults, and the community.

  • Community Relations Director - Scott Newton

    Scott served on the Youth Center board in the past, was and still is on our Every 15 Minutes committee since the program started in 1997. He has an MBA from Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Hawaii, and Advance Executive Studies from USC. He is on the Board of SB Police Foundation, Save-our-Beach, Orphanages of Thailand, Cypress College Seal Beach Citizen of the Year Committee, and Vice President of the Seal Beach Lions Foundation. He was named a Man-of-the-Year by the City of Seal Beach, received President's (USA) Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award.

  • Community Relations/Press - Laurie Hanson

    Laurie Hanson graduated with honors from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and wrote for her middle school, high school and community college newspapers as well as for a community newspaper in Gardena, CA. She currently works at the News Enterprise in Los Alamitos as a freelance writer and part-time office assistant. She enjoys writing, and returned to it after years of working for the YMCA as a teacher. Laurie is a resident of Buena Park, lives with her cat, "Harriet Littleton," and is close to her sister, Youth Center Office Manager Julie Rubin, brothers and three nephews. Aside from writing her favorite stories of human interest, she likes to go freshwater fishing with her family.

  • Day Camp Director & Volunteer Coordinator – John Manley

    John Manley, MS has over 25 years of combined experience as an educator, nonprofit administrator, shark biologist, and underwater filmmaker. John became hooked on marine science while an undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000 John formed his own nonprofit, TeamShark. During the height of John's shark exploits he was featured on numerous television shows, film projects, and print journalism. Some of John's TV and film credits include work for Discovery Channel's shark week, MTV, VH1, Fox News, TNT, and Cousteau Productions. John's work with sharks and youth has received coverage in the LA Times, Orange County Register, Marie Claire, and National Geographic. John draws from his years of experience teaching science to integrate more STEM offerings, fun with science, and some unique technology centered activities. John joined The Youth Center staff team in November of 2016.

  • Teen Camp Director - Hans Lumme

    Hans Lumme holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology from California State University Fullerton. He completed his student teaching at Tustin High School and earned his teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. Hans is a full time teacher in a Special Education Department at Monroe Middle School LBUSD. Hans has worked with the Youth Center for 18 years in various capacities. He first attended the Youth Center as a teen participating in sports activities. Hans is skilled at getting youth to participate in group activities and is gifted at developing mentor relationships with our participants. His goal is to create a feeling in the youth that this center is a place that they can be themselves, share their problems, and look to the staff for guidance. Hans likes to connect with the parent(s) to reassure them that their' child is special and being cared for by the Youth Center. Hans also manages 150+ community volunteers during our month-long sale of Christmas trees.

  • Music Director - Daniel Van Andler

    Daniel Van Andler is an accomplished violinist with over 30 years of experience as a musician. He has a music degree from California State University Long Beach with an emphasis in performance / composition, and is a member of the Music Teachers Associations of California. After years of performing in professional orchestras and chamber groups, he has dedicated himself to teaching K-12 kids both in the public school system, and at his studio located in los Alamitos. Teaching kids to love and appreciate music is his passion, and educates them how to share this love for music with others.

    Daniel has recently joined forces with The Youth Center to help create a new and improved after school music program. This program helps bring together kids district-wide that normally wouldn't get the chance to interact with one another. Through the power of music, they will build new friendships and experiences with kids they wouldn't have met till middle school, and in some cases not at all. Daniel also feels that the positive benefits of music are vital to the development of K-12 children, and these benefits help mold them into strong, passionate leaders of tomorrow.

  • Band Director - Tom Mitter

    Tom Mitter is a professional musician with 36 years of experience. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Valparaiso in Indiana. He has given private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute and jazz improvisation (all instruments) for 26 years. Tom held music clinics at the University of Illinois and led a jazz quartet at the Playboy Club in Chicago with Manhattan Transfer singer Laurel Masse. He also played at numerous jazz clubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco with Buddy Collette. Tom traveled abroad to Yokohama, Japan to share his musical talents. In 2005, he moved to the Los Angeles area to raise a family and teach music.