YAV Staff Information

YAV Office

Blake Collins
Associate for Recruitment and Relationships
(502) 528-5936

Blake was born and raised in Columbia, MD and is a member at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. Blake attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA for both undergrad and grad school receiving degrees in Public Relations, Criminal Justice and Police & Community Relations. Blake served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Lima, Peru (’13-’14) helping to partner the Joining Hands Network with the Evangelical Church of Peru (IEP). As the associate for recruitment and relationships, Blake is charged with spreading awareness about this transformational experience, connecting with alum and developing wider partnerships between YAV and campus ministries, congregations and young adults.

2Lydia Kim
Associate for Administration
(800) 728-7228, ext. 5024

Lydia’s background is in clinical psychology and higher education.  Her professional life began as a psychotherapist (94’-99’) in New York City specializing in trauma and substance abuse.  In 2000, she began working with college students as a student affairs professional.  Lydia joined the YAV program as associate for administration in 2012.  In her current position, Lydia oversees various programmatic aspects including finance, care for applicants, current YAVs, and site coordinators.  Lydia is a 1.5 generation Korean-American and has lived in various places of the United States.  Lydia currently lives in Louisville with her husband, two daughters and a little dog.   Her hope is that by the time her young daughters are participating as YAVs, they will find steps of progress left behind by the generations before them.

BL-photo-collageBridgette Lewis
Mission Specialist, Logistics
(800) 728-7228, ext. 5274

Bridgette has worked with The Presbyterian Church for the last 17 years and with the Young Adult Volunteers office for the last nine years. In her spare time she enjoys making Deco Mesh Wreaths and spending time with her family. Bridgette oversees the logistics & travel for events, insurance, and the application process.

Champaka Srinivasan
Mission Specialist, Finance
(800) 728-7228

A native from Chennai, India, Champaka lives in Louisville, KY with her family. She has served in various offices in Presbyterian World Mission since 2004. She has a background in finance and systems management and will primarily be working on the logistical aspects of program finance management. She believes in Loving All and Serving All and is an ardent fan of South Indian classical and devotional music.

Rev. Richard Williams
(800) 728-7228, ext. 5539

Richard serves as the coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteers Program. It is a program he believes deeply in, because it changed his life; in ’99-’00 he served as a YAV in the Philippines, and in the following year in Nashville, TN. Since then, Richard attended McCormick Theological Seminary, and has served as a pastor in a congregation, as a campus minister, and most recently, as a Mission Co-Worker in Colombia, South America working with our partners there to uplift Human Rights and respond to people suffering displacement and violence.

Within the YAV program, Richard works specifically with building a sustainable financial footing for the program, and working with new areas of growth and expansion of the YAV program. Richard lives in Louisville with his wife (also a 2x YAV alum!) Rev. Mamie Broadhurst and daughter… He bikes to work most days, and is always looking to get more trips on two wheels instead of four 🙂