Our Staff


Daniel Lai
Metro Director, San Francisco
Daniel, who is originally from Richmond, CA, has been on staff with Young Life since 1999. He began as Staff Associate in Claremont, CA and moved up to Area Director in the same region. He then relocated to SF in 2014 to serve as Area Director of North SF, and now serves as Metro Director of San Francisco. What Daniel loves most about being on Young Life staff is being able to coach sports at local high schools and by doing so, serve the kids of this wonderful city. Daniel and his wife, Becky, have two little boys named Andrew and Henry.                                                                                                                                       You can reach Daniel by text or phone: 415.696.1985

Sarah Bingham
Coordinator (young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities)
Sarah is from Roanoke, Virginia but began working in 2014 for Young Life Capernaum in Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah moved to SF in 2015 and couldn't be happier about the opportunity to continue building up the Capernaum ministry in the city. She loves seeing how kids of all abilities light up when they hear and talk about Jesus. She also loves that there are kids and volunteers from a multitude of backgrounds coming together through Young Life.
You can reach Sarah by phone or email:
540.793.1662 or sarahbinchina@gmail.com
Dan Chung
College Coordinator
Dan is a San Francisco native who’s been on staff since 2006. Over the years, Dan has served in a number of roles and worked with students of various age groups - middle school, high school, and now college. He loves taking college students on adventures, and is thankful that camping, skiing, rafting and surfing are all fun opportunities to build relationships and effectively share Christ. Dan and his wife, Esther, are parents to Hannah, and Dan is also an ordained pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.
You can reach Dan by email:
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Steve Chung
Associate Regional Director

Steve has been on the YLSF staff for 38 years! He was involved in Young Life himself when he was in high school in Salinas, and after college, he moved to San Francisco in 1979 to start Young Life work in Chinatown. He continues to enjoy Friday YL clubs, and loves watching students' lives be transformed as they follow Jesus Christ. Steve is also thrilled to see fresh leadership and second-generation kids flourish in both his beloved city and in this ministry.
You can reach Steve by phone or email: 415.297.9066 or teamchung56@gmail.com
Joanna Clark
Area Director, North SF
Joanna is a native to the Bay Area from Livermore, CA. She has been working for Young Life and living in San Francisco since 2014. Joanna loves learning about kids in the city and how growing up here is unique and influential in so many ways. She also values that YL is an organization in which people get to play and be themselves, while learning more about who Jesus is and why He matters.
You can reach Joanna by phone or email: 925.784.0535 or joaclark@westmont.edu
Kristen Garanton
Coordinator (pregnant and parenting teenagers) and Regional Administrator
Kristen is from Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in SF since 2010. She came on staff in 2011 and loves seeing how God uses Young Life to draw kids, leaders and staff towards Him. It has been a blessing for her to witness how His amazing love affects every student, teen mom, and child with disabilities each in a unique way. Kristen and her husband, Roy, have two children named Gideon and Rue.
You can reach Kristen by email: kristengaranton@gmail.com
Ann Moon
Metro Administrator
Ann grew up in Queens, NY and moved to SF in 2004. Ann joined the YL staff in 2016 after working in the education field; she taught high school English in Boston and then worked for many years in college admissions counseling and private tutoring in San Francisco. She's thankful and proud to be able to work "behind the scenes" for such an amazing organization that ministers so powerfully to high school kids, the age group she's most fond of. Ann and her husband, Andy, have two children, Antonia and Atticus.
You can reach Ann by email: mrsannmoon@gmail.com

Yvonne Padilla
Mission Staff (The Bayshore School WyldLife, Student Staff Training) 
Yvonne hails from Southern California, born and raised in the Inland Empire! Yvonne started as a Young Life volunteer in 2004; she then worked as the YL Administrator in Orange County before moving up to SF in 2013. Yvonne loves showing the kids she works with that life can be full and fun, that God cares about every part of their life and that He loves them right where they're at.
You can reach Yvonne by phone or email:
949.294.9656 or yvonnepadilla.yl@gmail.com
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Laura Thorson
Staff Associate

Laura moved from sunny Southern California to the foggy summers of SF in 2013. Three years later, she became a volunteer leader and was so passionate about the mission of Young Life that she decided to leave a corporate job in tech to join staff in 2017. Laura loves teaching high schoolers how to cook, practice handlettering, or sing, but most of all, she cherishes the privilege of walking alongside them as they discover who Jesus is. She is recently married to Matt, who fortunately loves YL as much as she does.
                                                You can reach Laura by phone or email: 650.575.6642 or lauraethorson@gmail.com
Josh Whiteside
WyldLife Coordinator
Josh is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, started volunteering with Young Life upon moving to SF in 2013 and joined the staff in 2015. Josh enjoys taking kids out on adventures such as surfing, hiking, fishing and camping - activities they may not have ever had the opportunity to experience before. Josh is also a middle school teacher, which similarly allows him to be in a place where he can build tangible relationships with kids to share with them the everyday adventure of living life with Jesus.
You can reach Josh by email:

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