PATCH Coaches enjoy working in close partnership with those replicating PATCH programming to ensure programs meet the needs and priorities of youth in their area. We work to provide a solid programmatic foundation and robust mentorship throughout all aspects of program planning, implementation, and evaluation. This ranges from providing the actual programmatic materials and resources to training to answering questions to real-time troubshooting to cultivating a community of practice amongst all our various partners...and everything in between.

AND! We love serving as youth engagement experts for anyone interested in having youth involved in their own work. We have years of experience in broad and diverse areas of youth work and love to share our stories, best practices, and lessons learned!

Please do reach out if you think we could help support you and/or partner in your efforts: staff@patchprogram.org.


PATCH Founder and Executive Director: Amy Olejniczak
PATCH Director of Youth Engagement: Erica Koepsel
PATCH Director of Impact and Evaluation: Chelsea Aeschbach
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Amy Olejniczak, MS, MPH

Amy (she/her) launched PATCH back in 2010 and has remained at the helm through program growth and replication. She is a key contact when it comes to organizational agreements, financials, and other formalities. She’s also always available to offer extra support and insight and is happy to share many years of lessons learned.


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Erica Koepsel, MA

Erica (she/her) started with PATCH in 2015. While she always loves working alongside youth, the very best part of her job is coaching other adults (like you?!) in authentic youth engagement and all things PATCH! Erica often is the first-person people turn to for any PATCH-related programming and implementation questions. If she doesn’t know the answer, she can definitely connect you with someone who does!


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Chelsea Aeschbach, MPH, CHES®

Chelsea (she/her) has been with PATCH since 2016 and is our evaluation champion. Her deep dedication to data collection informs our continuous quality improvement and makes PATCH better every year!