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Who We Are

Board of Directors


Yolanda Klemmer, MSN, MPH, DrPH

Founder & President

"Talent is distributed equally across society, however, opportunity is not" has been one of the most unforgettable sayings that I have heard.  In the field of public health, social determinants of health are focused on in attempts to change health outcomes and decrease health disparities.  CTGY seeks to address and minimize some of the determinants that lead to disparities by fostering hope, exposure, and opportunities.

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Art Scanlon


My passion for helping others and seeing people grow to their full potential drew me to the mission of CTGY.  I've had the benefit of experiencing personal growth through taking a Gap Year and serving as a big brother and mentor to those in need.  

After I graduated from Penn State University,  I enjoyed an award-winning career as an executive in the hospitality industry.  It only felt natural to apply my heart to serve others by joining CTGY where there is a focus on helping others through the power of God. 


Richard Klemmer


Everyone has the ability to succeed in life, whatever their area of desire, if they have the willingness and opportunity to explore their abilities, expand their experience, and embrace their purpose.  Closing the Gap Year is missioned to do just that for disconnected youths and young adults.  I’m excited that I can be a part of that purpose.

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Michelle Wilson

Board Member

It is with pleasure that I serve as a board member for Closing The Gap Year. The mission and values of this program are ones that I value and live by in aspects of my own life.  


As a professional in healthcare administration for over 20 years and a faith based entrepreneur and coach, some of my passions include helping people discover who they were created to be and soar.  This program is designed to help young adults discover and thrive in their purpose. I am thrilled to be part of the program helping to shape and change lives, one connection at a time.  

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