Youth Development Staff Bios 

Carey Garcia-Heublein

Carey Garcia-Heublein

Landfall Teen Center Program Coordinator

Carey grew up here in Minnesota.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from St. Mary’s University and after graduation, she moved to Puebla, Mexico to teach English.  After two years, she returned to Minnesota to obtain her teaching certification and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She has worked as an English Language Learner instructor in the public schools grades k-12 and with adults.


Erin Patchin

Erin Patchin

Landfall Children’s Program (Investigation Station) Coordinator

Erin has an undergraduate degree in English writing and history from Concordia College in Moorhead.  Prior to joining FamilyMeans in 2010, she worked in area school districts as a teacher and special education paraprofessional.


Taherah Shamsulbari-Cobb

Taherah Shamsulbari-Cobb

Cimarron Teen Center Program Coordinator

Taherah brings experience supporting student success at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, serving as an Educational Assistant in Minneapolis Public Schools’ AVID program, and a Program Coordinator for Diversity Affairs at Concordia University-Saint Paul. She has also guided the personal growth of middle school girls as the consultant and facilitator of the G.I.R.L. Initiative within a Saint Paul school. Taherah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Family Studies from Concordia University.


Jaime Staska

Jaime Staska

Cimarron Children’s Program (Kidspace) Coordinator

Before starting the Cimarron program in 2008, Jaime spent over ten years doing youth programming through camps, churches, and childcare settings. She earned an undergraduate degree in communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, followed by a second degree in Spanish Education. 


Tom Yuska

Tom Yuska

Director of Youth Programs

Tom has provided leadership in developing both the Cimarron and Landfall youth development programs. Prior to joining FamilyMeans in 1993, he worked with the Indiana University Healthy Cities Project. In 2008, the Sheltering Arms Foundation presented Tom with their Children’s Leadership Award. He has a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University and a Certificate of Proficiency in School-Age Care from Concordia University-Saint Paul.