Lina Lumme

Executive Director/CEO

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. In 2018, Lina was named Rotarian of the Year.

Maryam Guirao

Director of Development

Maryam Guirao has lived in the Los Alamitos community for over 25 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach & her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management in 2013. Maryam is a Certified Grant Writer through the American Grant Writers Association. Her experience includes many years as the Fundraising Director at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life division, Director of Development at the American Heart Association, as well as Volunteer & Event Consultant and Coordinator for the annual Rossmoor Community Services District, Winter Festival. She has been awarded the Platinum Presidential Volunteer Service Award and has been recognized by both the California State Assembly and local city councils for her outstanding fundraising efforts. In her spare time, Maryam enjoys trips to Disneyland with her daughter & husband, baking, traveling, volunteering in the community, and taking dance classes. She is very excited to join The Youth Center as the Director of Development & build lasting relationships with board members, donors, and community members to further support their amazing mission.

Noreen Lopez

Fundraising Coordinator

Noreen Lopez graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2019 with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. While attending CSULB, she was a Program Liaison Intern at Long Beach BLAST where she provided academic and social support to students as well as assisted with volunteer recruitment and training, facilitating events, and creating social media and marketing content. She has been working for The Youth Center as an After School Program Staff since 2020 and became a Fundraising Coordinator in 2021. She enjoys interacting with the kids and discovering their interests so she can implement them into the daily activities provided at The Youth Center for the kids to enjoy. In the future, Noreen plans to pursue a career in counseling or therapy for children.

Gina Phillips

Administrative Director

Gina Phillips 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.

Kim Lazaro

Director of Youth Programs

Kim Lazaro received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton in 2021 as well as her Human Resources Certification. While attending California State University, Fullerton, she served as a member of the Latino Business Student Association. Kim loves making a difference in her community and helping others. This sparked her interest in volunteering with children from different organizations in 2013 which finally led her to The Youth Center. She has been helping manage The Youth Center’s After School Programs and Camp S.H.A.R.K. since 2018. In 2021, Kim was promoted Camp Director for Camp S.H.A.R.K. and implemented new training and activities for kids that are a big hit.

Hans Lumme

Teen Camp Director

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 Marshal Academy of the Arts in Long Beach. Hans has worked with the Youth Center for 19 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.