Charlie Rice

Program Manager/Career Development Specialist

Charlie joined the YOOP team in 2011 after 21 years as a teacher working with students in grades K-12. He joined YOOP “to make a difference in the lives of young people and help them be all that they can be.”

As an avid walker, you might see him during the noon hour when he is out getting in his daily two miles. During his free time, Charlie enjoys watching Action/Adventure movies and reading Sci-Fi. Quote of significance: “Everything’s better with popcorn.”

Give him a call or stop by our office if you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in YOOP.

Rachael Newell

Supervisor/Career Development Specialist

Rachael joined CYFS in January of 2016 and then transitioned into the YOOP Team in the summer of 2016.  Rachael went to college at Eastern Oregon University. Rachael is a long time resident of McMinnville and knows that community like the back of her hand. She is a mother of 8 children and really values the role a supportive mother can have on a person.  Rachael uses her relational and communication skills to help empower and give tools to the youth to better their lives.  She loves her job because she has seen over and over again how YOOP is making an impactful difference in the youth’s lives.

If you see Rachael out in the community, don’t hesitate to call her over because she loves connecting with people and sharing her passion for YOOP with just about everyone.

Tierney Ferguson

Career Development Specialist

Tierney joined the YOOP team in 2022 after three years of successfully managing the local McDonald’s Restaurant in McMinnville. Tierney is currently attending Chemeketa Community College working towards her degree in social work. Tierney has experience with trauma and addiction as well as recovery. This life experience is of therapeutic value to our youth and young adults to know life can change for the better. She says, “I thank God for saving me from myself; I was on a bad path.”

She adores being of service and helping those in need. If you happen to see Tierney out in the community feel free to stop and say hello. Many people have said she is a “social butterfly.”