CAYM Team

  • Peter Vanacore

    Executive Director

    Peter began ministering to youth in 1978 through Youth for Christ on Long Island. In 1981 he joined the staff of Long Island Youth Mentoring and worked as an Area Director for mentoring ministry. He helped develop a mentoring ministry with incarcerated juveniles and later served as the Field Staff Supervisor. In 1996 Peter moved to Massachusetts to become the New England Director for Straight Ahead Ministries. In 2000 he became the National Field Director where he helped develop the School of Juvenile Justice Ministry.

    After leaving Straight Ahead, Peter started the Christian Mentoring Institute in 2003 under the leadership of Long  Island Youth Mentoring. Along with his duties at CMI, Peter was a part-time faculty member at Gordon College from 1999-2008 where he taught courses in counseling and at-risk youth.  CMI merged with CAYM in 2005 and Peter became the Executive Director two years later.  Peter has a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.

    Contact Peter Vanacore Email Phone: 508-870-0876
  • Donnovan Karber

    National Field Director

    Donnovan is our National Field Director and lives in Wichita, Kansas. Donnovan works with mentoring ministries throughout the country and oversees many of our Core trainings. He has mentored multiple at-risk youth over the past 18 years. He was on staff with Youth Horizons for almost 12 years where he was a house parent in their residential program for 3 years, mentoring supervisor for 6 years, and mentoring director for 3 years. Donnovan has worked with CAYM for the past 5 years where he has trained hundreds of mentoring ministry staff and has helped start many new mentoring programs. Donnovan has a passion for helping new mentoring ministries get up and running and helping existing ministries become more effective and efficient. 

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    Contact Donnovan Karber Email Phone: 316-708-9107
  • David Parsons

    Regional Representative, North Carolina

    David is a missionary with the North American Mission Board and works with youth and young adults in the North Carolina area. He and his wife are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and are involved in their youth programs. Using the CAYM training model, he educates churches and establishes one-on-one youth mentoring programs. David's passion is in giving struggling kids a life changing "hero" and the opportunity to grow in a nurturing environment utilizing sporting events, games, adventure activities, camps, and conferences.

    Contact David Parsons Email Phone: 366-793-0687
  • Kathy Lee

    Regional Representative, Florida

    Kathy Lee is the CAYM Field Representative for the state of Florida.  She trains and consults churches and ministries that are interested in starting or further developing a mentoring ministry. Kathy is on staff at Calvary Chapel, St. Petersburg, FL as Outreach Coordinator and Youth Mentoring Director.  Through participating in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Christmas Outreach, Kathy recognized the need for year-round ministry for at-risk youth and started a one on one mentoring ministry, focusing on children of incarcerated parents, fatherless children within the church, and children in foster care.  Kathy oversees the mentoring ministry and has been involved in training, screening and supervision. 

    Contact Kathy Lee Email Phone: 727-577-7705
  • Vivian S Grubb

    Regional Representative, New York City

    Vivian Grubb is a native of Brooklyn New York with a Jamaican ancestry. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Baruch College in New York City and a Master of Arts in Urban Missions from City Seminary affiliate of Westminster Theological Seminary. For over 14 years, Vivian had a successful career on Wall Street, working as an Assistant Vice President in Internal Audits, for Merrill Lynch. More recently he has worked as a New York State Field Director for Prison Fellowship Ministry.

    As well as being the pastor of a great church, he is married to Beverly, his wonderful wife of 20 years and has 3 beautiful children Gabrielle, Christian, and Majesti. Vivian has been the Senior Pastor of True Holy Church in Brooklyn since 2006.



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