Meet The Staff

Walt and Lisa Mueller

Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. As a result of his work with CPYU, Walt has become an internationally-recognized speaker and author on contemporary youth culture. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of the following books: 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers (Group Publishing, 2010); The Space Between: A Parent's Guide to Teenage Development (Zondervan, 2009); Opie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Where Faith, Family, and Culture Collide (Standard Publishing, August 2007); Youth Culture 101 (Zondervan, June 2007); I Want to Talk With my Teen About Movies, Music & More (Standard Publishing, September 2006); Engaging The Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews To Christian Truth (InterVarsity Press, February 2006); and the critically acclaimed Gold Medallion Award winner, Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (Tyndale House, 1994). He is also a regular contributor to numerous journals and magazines. A graduate of Geneva College (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Walt earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell in “Ministry to Postmodern Generations.” Walt has served in ministry with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and as a youth pastor in churches in Johnstown, PA and Philadelphia. Walt's wife Lisa has served behind the scenes since day one as CPYU’s secretary. A graduate of Geneva College who has a background in radio, Lisa’s voice can be heard on CPYU’s daily Youth Culture Today radio spot. Walt and Lisa live in Elizabethtown and have four children.

Clifford Frick

Clifford Frick is CPYU’s Vice President of Administration. Besides handling administrative duties, he also coordinates donor relations, the CPYU speakers bureau, fund raising, all CPYU conferences, training seminars, and events. Cliff has over 20 years experience in non-profit and event management.  Prior to joining CPYU in 1996, he was Director of Communications for a Harrisburg, PAnon-profit think tank and previously worked for public policy non-profit organizations in Washington,DC. Cliff received his B.A. in Communications and minor in Political Science from Messiah College. Cliff and his wife, Mary Pat, have two daughters.

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Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner is the Media and Research Specialist for CPYU. His major focus includes web site management and production of CPYU's Youth Culture e-Update, as well as researching and writing for CPYU’s newsletter and web site. He also plays a role in the production of CPYU’s video resources. Before joining CPYU full-time in January 2004, he served as an intern with CPYU while a student at Geneva College. He received his B.A. in Youth Ministry from Geneva College in December 2003. He and his wife, Beth, live in Elizabethtown, PA and have two sons and a daughter.

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Kenton Hock

Kenton Hock is the Creative Media Assistant for CPYU. His main focus is the media projects at CPYU such as the Youth Culture Matters podcast along with other audio and video resources. He also assists with the research and updates across CPYU's various websites. Before starting full-time in August of 2016, he served as an intern with CPYU during his time at Lancaster Bible College. Kenton received his B.A. degrees in Student Ministry & Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College in May of 2016. He and his fiancée, Kelsey, are getting married at the end of December, 2016.

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