Kristin Prinn, MSW, LCSW
Executive Director & Founder
Kristin founded LUCY (“Lifting Up Camden’s Youth”) Outreach in order to address the challenges that Camden’s youth face daily including teen delinquency, gang and drug recruitment and involvement, substance abuse in the home, teen pregnancy and a struggling public school system by filling the void created by these issues through educational, social, spiritual and service-oriented programming.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Joseph’s University, Kristin served a one-year mission with Associate Missionaries of the Assumption along the United States-Mexico border in the Mexican colonia Chaparral in New Mexico. She stayed two more years to study and work and volunteer in the border region. As a missionary, she worked with gang involved youth in the community, schools and juvenile prison. In those years, she earned her master’s degree in social work from New Mexico State University and became fluent in Spanish.
When she moved back to Philadelphia, she looked across the Delaware and thought Camden would be a great fit for the next chapter of her life. She worked in youth ministry at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, while completing 4,000 clinical hours as an in-home therapist, working with Camden’s highest risk youth.
In 2012, the program officially became known as LUCY Outreach, though the impact of LUCY has been present much longer than the name. Since 2008, 170 of the program’s participants have graduated from high school. All of them are enrolled in some form of higher education or active-duty military service. In her own words, “I am committed to providing love, support and resources to this population, in hopes of someday, them having the opportunity to choose an alternative to life on the streets, as every child deserves.”
*Above text adapted from SJU Alumni entry
As a college senior, Dan first stepped through the doors of LUCY as a weekly service site coordinator for Saint Joseph’s University campus ministry. His role was simply to gather a group of students once or twice a week to come and participate in evening programs with the youth. Little did he know that this simple task would develop into a strong, lasting relationship with the organization. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s in 2011 with a BS in Decision and System Sciences (now Business Intelligence), he began a career in IT consulting and auditing. Dan continued to volunteer on weeknights and for weekend trips, all the while strengthening his ties with LUCY’s youth, staff, and volunteers. Aside from helping out in-person, he devoted his time and expertise in the technological realm remotely when possible.
After working in his post-graduate position for two years, Dan moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked at a Montessori school, teaching and interacting with the young children, maintaining three separate garden properties, and caring for the school’s numerous animals (including building an entire chicken run!). From a distance, he remained in contact with the program and continued to provide support. Due to this continued relationship, Dan felt the calling of a great opportunity when a new opening was created. He excitedly assumed the Operations Coordinator position and is glad to be able to grow and contribute to LUCY from within!
Youth Program Coordinator
Tanesha McQueen is a California native who moved to New Jersey her senior year of high school. She attended Rutgers University –Camden where she was an EOF student, student athlete, and an Honors College student. Through the Honors College she did multiple independent studies with GEAR UP at LEAP Academy University Charter High School; tutoring and mentoring LEAPs first graduating class.
Just over a year after graduating from Rutgers she enlisted into the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician (IT); she served 6 years on active duty and 5 years as a Reservist. While in the Navy she held the collateral duties of Divisional Career Counselor, Unit Career Counselor, and Leading Petty Officer. She was expected to help guide junior Sailors in their careers.
She looks forward to contributing to LUCY in every way possible.
College Prep Coordinator
Donna is excited to join the LUCY family and take this college prep journey with us and our incredible scholars! Born in Texas, she grew up in the mountains of Idaho and attended Boise State University until relocating to the East Coast in 2004. While at Boise State, she studied political science and worked in the admissions office as part of her work-study. In 2011, she was married and she and her husband have three daughters ages thirteen, three and one (and a dog named “Foxy”).
Donna’s career experience includes working at an organization that owned and operated 52 career colleges, nursing schools and an Online University around the country. Her primary role was building high school recruiting teams and she did that from 2006 to 2014 in markets such as Philadelphia, Newark, Trenton, Houston, Dallas, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Akron. Donna built the framework of admissions departments and the processes that allowed for students to smoothly transition through financial aid and start school. In 2014, Baines College Consulting opened its doors as a private independent consulting firm built by her and her husband. BCC offers individual college planning services and group workshops on achieving your dreams. Instead of working for the colleges, I have been working for families to maximize their acceptance options and explore all financial opportunities. Taking the time to get to know students and their families has made her especially successful in overcoming some of the challenges they face. With all the information available online, students are often overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
Everything Donna offers in her private business she plans to bring to the LUCY community. She will conduct workshops on filling out applications, choosing careers, interviewing for admissions, essay writing, and much more. Donna believes that “if you fail to plan… you plan to fail.” She will lead by example and help show LUCY’s youth the way. We’re excited to have you, Donna! Welcome to the family!
Jill Levey is a grant-proposal writer and researcher for LUCY Outreach and is excited to be working for the organization at this time of growth. Jill has many years of experience working in the non-profit industry and has worked for organizations in the fields of youth development, education, disabilities, the arts, and social services. LUCY is excited to welcome Jill and the expertise she brings and will continue to provide going forward!