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 speaks English, Russian and German. She is a member of the Fieldstone Leadership Network and holds a Certificate in Volunteer Management, Executive Directors Leadership, and Nonprofit Management. Lina has served as the Executive Director/CEO of The Youth Center since January 2010.
    Lina served on the Boards of Directors of the Precious Life Shelter, Los Alamitos Education Foundation, P4S Family Resource Center, and Rotary of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach. In 2010 Lina Lumme was honoree of Life Time Achievement by NPDOC. In 2015 Lina was awarded by LAUSD for her outstanding contribution to Every 15 Minutes Program. In 2017 Lina was acknowledged by Senator Nguyen and US Congress for her contribution to the youth of local community.

  • Program Director - Jamie Lyn Harris

    Jamie Harris obtained her bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Long Beach State in 2015 and holds certificates in Performance Management and Nonprofit Management. She brings over 15 years of experience working with children. During her previous employment, Jamie helped launch an on-demand babysitting boutique and built a team of qualified child care providers. In March of 2019, she joined The Youth Center as a part-time after school site supervisor. Within a few short months, Jamie was promoted to Program Director and 2020 Camp Director. Jamie’s dedication and commitment to her role was not only acknowledged by The Youth Center management, staff, and parents, leading to her new position, but she was also featured in local newspapers for her outstanding service to children. As an advocate for youth, Jamie is one of the founding members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamitos. In 2019, Jamie was honored as an alumni in her pursuit of excellence by CSULB.

  • 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.

  • Office Manager - Gina Phillips

    Gina is an Administrative Professional with a background in customer service. Her affiliations with the Lions Club, Seal Beach Police Foundation, Chamber of Commerce and Every 15 minutes program were the precursors to becoming an employee. She has years of experience working with the public and has volunteered for numerous Youth Center events. She has achieved many awards for her volunteerism and was voted Seal Beach 2019 Citizen of the year.