Meet Our Staff

We feel extremely lucky to have a powerhouse staff leading the GREAT Summer Youth Academy.


Officer Zack is an enthusiastic Officer that has a passion for positively impacting the children of Nevada County. Officer Zack has worked with the Grass Valley Police Department for over 12 years and  during the summer, Officer Zack is dedicated to the GREAT Summer Youth Academy where he continues his mission to educate children with leadership skills and tool for success. Officer Zack has worked as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Police Detective and Corporal for the Grass Valley Police Department. Officer Zack has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chico State University, is a certified GREAT Instructor and is the Director of the GREAT Summer Youth Academy.

Halli Ellis-Edwards has a passion for youth and has worked in various youth programs for the last 10 years, receiving extensive training in positive youth development. Her experience ranges from Co-Founder & Director of NEO, Site Supervisor of the Lyman Gilmore After School Program, GREAT Summer Youth Academy Counselor, Teen Center Facilitator and basketball coach for the Boys and Girls Club.  In 2008, Halli Co-Founded NEO.  In 2013, Halli received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Sociology.