PAL Plus Program Staff
Roxanne Bilby, PAL+ Program Director
Roxanne Bilby, director of the PAL+ Mentoring Program at Volunteers for Youth, is a native Oklahoman. She was born and raised in Tulsa, graduating from the University of Tulsa in the spring of 2018 with a degree in sociology. Directly following graduation, she worked for a nonprofit in Tulsa prior to transitioning to the Claremore area. She is passionate about the mission of Volunteers for Youth, to positively contribute to the lives of youth in Rogers County. She sees great potential for each and every child she encounters. When she is not working alongside her cherished co-workers toward a better tomorrow, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, gardening in the spring and summer seasons, and reading books about leadership and following her dreams.
Cindy Wilson, PAL+ Evaluation Specialist
Cindy Wilson, Evaluation Specialist of the PAL Mentoring Program, is a native to Oklahoma. She was born and raised in Claremore and graduated from Bryan Institute as a Medical Assistant. Following graduation she moved to Wichita where she began working for an OB/GYN office. She has lived in Wisconsin and Louisiana where she worked in OB/GYN, Family Practice and Dermatology. Upon moving back to Claremore she worked in OB/GYN until she became a stay-at-home mom. She volunteered in several areas at Westside Elementary as well as being a substitute teacher. She began working part-time with Volunteers For Youth in the fall of 2019 and became full-time in June 2020. She also worked part-time with Rogers County Youth Services in the U-Turn long term suspension program.
Mendy Stone, PAL+ Training Coordinator
Melynda (Mendy) Stone is a lifelong Claremore resident. She earned a degree in Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Tulsa. She and her husband Gary have two married children and two granddaughters. Mendy started the PAL Mentoring Program along with of a corps of volunteers dedicated to enriching the lives of young people. She spent 20 years leading the Volunteers for Youth organization as it grew to include several other programs aimed at positively impacting youth and now holds a part-time position as the PAL+ Training Facilitator. She is a nationally recognized leader in the mentoring field.
Darlene Passmore-Armstrong, PAL+ School/Community Liaison
Darlene Passmore-Armstrong is a life-long Claremore resident, graduating from Claremore High School in 1978. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1984. Darlene married Bobby N. Armstrong, Sr. in 1992 and they were married just shy of their 22nd Anniversary when he passed, due to PSP-Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (a Parkinsonian disease) resulting from exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Step-son BJ Armstrong, his wife Rachel and their two boys, Owen and Hayden, are some of those in which she is most proud. Darlene was a founding member and the Drummer for the PRCA Entertainer of the Year (during several years in the 1980s & 90s) group the StoneHorse Band for 23 years. She was also the Human Resources Director for Fleming Building Co., Inc. for almost 25 years. Darlene loves animals, kids, the great outdoors and art, and began serving in October 2019 as the Project Specialist for the Partnership for Success in efforts to further awareness and prevention of opioid misuse and underage drinking in ages 9-25 in our Rogers County community. Another Volunteers for Youth door opened in October 2020 just after the funding for PFS ended. It was in the PAL+ Mentoring program as the Community/School Liaison accompanied by the Volunteers for Youth Furry Ambassador and Community Liaison, PawLea PawPAL. The duo will be helping with children throughout the County, specifically those at risk of opioid misuse.
How To Get Involved
The PAL Program is a site-based mentoring program that matches a Rogers County public school student with a caring adult mentor. The mentor strives to be the student’s friend, role model, motivator, and personal advocate. The mentor’s purpose is to build self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth in the student while building a friendship. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, and people who want to help young people discover their strengths. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the Volunteer Application. Opportunities to mentor within a group setting are also available.