Teen Challenge Vermont | Staff
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Executive Director                      

Vermont & Connecticut

In 1997 Rick Welch was desperate to change his life after years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Hopeless and destitute, he decided to give Teen Challenge a try.  At the Teen Challenge center in New Haven, Connecticut, Rick found new life and new purpose. Eternally transformed, he longed to bring God’s healing touch to those who are as hopeless as he once was. Upon completion of the program, Rick decided to stay on and serve in the ministry, first as an intern and then moving to a staff position. He soon realized that he would never desire to do anything with his life except to serve God and to passionately bring the inspirational message of the Gospel to the addicted and to their hurting families.  After years of visiting and ministering in Vermont with the Connecticut choir, Rick desired to expand the ministry there and in 2003 he was appointed Executive Director of the first Teen Challenge in Vermont. Today, Rick oversees both the Connecticut and Vermont Teen Challenge campuses.  Rick attended Global University and is credentialed with the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Carrie, live in Morrisville, Vermont with their son, Timmy.

To contact Richard Welch: rwelch@tcvermont.org



Program Supervisor


Well before the doors opened in 2005 on the Vermont Campus, Lloyd Alcon has been working with Pastor Rick to break ground and help achieve the vision of a Teen Challenge campus in Vermont.  Since the days the doors opened he has been faithfully serving in Johnson, helping from the ground up to establish it.  Lloyd walked through the doors of Teen Challenge in New Haven, CT in September of 1999, having lost everything to alcohol and cocaine.  Since graduating in 2000, he has been working in the Teen Challenge ministry and answered the call to begin the work in Vermont. As Program Supervisor, Lloyd is in charge of scheduling, residents’ medical needs, visitation, property maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and what ever else is needed.  A gifted musician and singer, he also leads praise and worship.

To contact Lloyd Alcon: lalcon@tcvermont.org


Development Supervisor


Larry came into the program of Teen Challenge in 2008 desperate to make a change in his life after almost a decade of severe alcoholism robbed him of everything.  He quickly found everything he needed to truly change his life.  At the Teen Challenge Vermont he is in charge of Contract Work, Drug Awareness Teams, Choir Ministries, outreaches to the community, as well as many other areas. It is his heart’s desire is to help those who are feeling hopeless and lost.

To contact Larry McGraw: lmcgraw@tcvermont.org


Program Development


Michael graduated Teen Challenge in 2014. His convictions and commitments have led him to serve full time as staff at Teen Challenge Vermont. Michael truly loves Teen Challenge for the work the ministry does in so many troubled lives. He works in the Public Relations and Marketing Department, establishing professional relationships with local organizations, to promote community participation and awareness. He has a sincere love for God and reaching the lost with the Gospel and is passionate about studying Theology and Christian Apologetics. He wants to continue his education at an official capacity in the near future. Michael will always remain fervently connected to the ministry of Teen Challenge no matter where the will of God takes him, for Teen Challenge is where he found truth, hope and freedom!

To contact Mike Bouffard: mbouffard@tcvermont.org 

mike-duarte-pictureMIKE DUARTE

Resident Life Supervisor


Mike came through the doors of Teen Challenge New England In 1995 from the Dartmouth House of Corrections. In 2003 Mike was instrumental in implementing a full Teen Challenge Program in the same institution that housed him as an inmate.  In 2005 Mike received his ministerial credentials and license diplomas through Global University. After leaving the ministry in 2007, Mike came back to Teen Challenge New England’s Vermont campus in 2015, and has become a formidable pillar as part of the Senior Staff. His function and role directly correlates with his multifaceted gifting of seeing men embrace the call of God through a consecrated lifestyle empowered by the Holy Spirit and grounded in the Word of God.  Now as the Resident Life Supervisor, he is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the program, including: Admissions, Spiritual Care, Learning Center, Recreation, Student Transitioning, and Family Support. He provides pastoral care to residents, interns, and staff in the program through chapel services, prayer, life coaching and mentoring.

To contact Mike Duarte: mduarte@tcvermont.org 


Admissions Coordinator


Robert came to Teen Challenge Vermont in 2015, after spending two years at the Boston Teen Challenge Center.  He walked through the doors of Boston facing a choice of life or death because of his crack cocaine addiction.  Soon, after coming back to Jesus, he found purpose, and a new life. Robert runs the Admissions Department at the Vermont Campus. He screens crisis calls, determines eligibility for the program, and keeps all records up to date.  He is also involved in our Choir ministry, community outreaches, public relations, and organizes physical fitness activities for our men.

To contact Robert Giles: rgiles@tcvermont.org


Administrative Assistant


Carrie has been an integral part in the workings of Teen Challenge Vermont for many years with her husband, Rick. She is a great support to all. She helped establish the Star Tree Program for the men at Christmas time. Carrie officially came on staff in 2014 and works in Administration overseeing record keeping, depositing and tracking donations, bookkeeping, data entry, and check requests.

To contact Carrie Welch: cwelch@tcvermont.org


IT Supervisor – Public Relations


Warren came through the doors of Teen Challenge Vermont in 2016, He was struggling with many addictions and willing to do whatever he could to change his life.  Through Teen Challenge, Warren came to know The Lord, and his life has never been the same. Warren has a heart to serve and help those struggling with addictions, He serves as the IT Supervisor at the Vermont Campus, and also works in the public relations department.
To Contact Warren York: wyork@tcvermont.org


Licensed Clinical Counselor


Paula is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor for the State of Vermont. She provides counseling services for Teen Challenge at the Mens and Womens Campus. She provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilizes Christian approach to treatment.  She is the owner of C3 Counseling located in Barre, Vermont serving children, adolescents and adults. She treats mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, including post-traumatic stress, panic disorders and overcoming addiction.

Kevin Arszyla

Drug Awareness Team Coordinator


Kevin came into Teen Challenge in 2015 after being addicted to heroin for many years. He had no hope of ever becoming sober, after some time in the program he gave his life to God and has never been the same. His passion now is serving as the Drug Awareness Team Coordinator, traveling around the state of Vermont giving people the same hope he received through Teen Challenge.

To Contact Kevin : karszyla@tcvermont.org