Staff

The TOPS family has grown to include some of the most knowledgeable, caring, and fun people imaginable! We are all here to put teens, their families, and their babies first! Please take a moment to meet the staff at the location nearest you.

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Laura Pedersen, RN, MSN

Chief Executive Officer

I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services. As a former Obstetric Nurse, I directly witnessed pregnant teens experiencing poor outcomes with their pregnancies and newborns. This experience is what encouraged me to start TOPS. I am currently the Project Director on a Health and Human Services Pregnancy Prevention Research Study, which is evaluating the effectiveness of the TOPS program on preventing a second pregnancy in adolescent mothers. At the completion of this study, I am confident that TOPS will show excellent results and earn an evidence-based practice status. I have been married for 29 years, have five children and six grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy hiking; swimming; riding my horse, Ranger; as well as knitting and sewing.

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Michelle Craig

Chief Financial Officer

I started with TOPS in April of 2013. I presently oversee the day to day accounting, finance and human resources for the organization. I received my bachelor’s from the University of Arizona and my graduate degree from the University of Phoenix. My previous experience is in the field of sales, marketing and human resources. I love working for an organization that has the ability to impact such an important part of our communities. I am a native Tucsonan and when I’m not working I love staying active with my family and friends, and enjoy traveling.

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Sara Wildenborg

Chief Operations Officer

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Communication Studies and Business Management. Before moving to Arizona, I worked in non-profit management in central Iowa for four years. I joined the TOPS team during the summer of 2012 and could not have asked for a more rewarding career. What I enjoy most about my job is interacting with our teens and their children at special events. Outside of work I enjoy yoga, spending time with my husband and our 2 dogs, cheering on the Hawkeyes, traveling, crafting, and trying new recipes!

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Lance Spears

Gila County and DCS BRF Regional Manager

Lance Spears joined the TOPS team in the fall of 2015 as East Valley & Gila County Regional Manager. Lance brings to TOPS a wide range of expertise and experience. He earned his BA in Mass Communications/Public Relations and holds an M.A. in Professional Counseling. He is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Master! Lance founded the Diaper Bank of Northern Arizona, has owned and operated his own businesses, and has worked extensively with children and families. When he is not at work, Lance loves to spend time with his wife, 4 wonderful children, and 6 grandchildren.

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Allan Stockellburg

Pima County Regional Manager and TOPS DAD Program Manager

I started with TOPS in September of 2012 as it became increasingly apparent that Teen Outreach needed to provide more support for our Teen Fathers. I am a Tucson native with a background in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. I enjoy the math and sciences as well as all things science fiction and anything based on a comic book. My knowledge base is very well rounded, so I can answer questions on a variety of topics including computers, immunizations, fantasy football, cloth diapers, DIY projects and child development. It is my strong belief that we fathers are not simply the “other parent”, rather we are the co-parent, we are the yin to the mom’s yang, we are dads! Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. Join me in the Fatherhood Revolution!

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Gina Knox

Grants and Communications Coordinator

I joined the TOPS team in April 2017. Originally from New England, I hold a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling. I'm interested in guiding and supporting young families through education and independent living skills. You can bet that I am a Patriots fanatic, and when I am not working, or cheering on me favorite football team, I am baking up a gluten-free storm, and teaching others about the healing powers of healthy foods!

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