The work of Minnesota Alliance With Youth is driven by our three core values: Equity, Quality and Collaboration. This is the team that makes it all happen!
Kori has a great sense of humor and loves to find opportunities in her work. She is a bold leader and is proud to be part of the Alliance team. Kori’s personal connection to and passion for the work comes from her extensive background in youth-centered service. Kori is both an AmeriCorps VISTA and Promise Fellow alum and has a deep love for National Service. Kori loves hanging out with her 15 nieces and nephews, and spending time with her son and wife.
Compliance and Program Manager
Bette is an innovator with a great sense of humor. She is always looking for ways to better support AmeriCorps members, both personally and professionally. Bette brings a competitive nature to her work, but is always happy to lend a hand. A self-described feminist, Bette is also a proud AmeriCorps alum, having served with the Alliance as both a Promise Fellow and VISTA Leader. Bette likes to cuddle with her two cats, train for her next half marathon, listen to podcasts, and is always on the hunt for the best burger in the Twin Cities (hint: it's Blue Door Pub)
Director of Youth Partnerships
Brandon is a big-picture thinker, ideator, and initiative-taker. Brandon is not afraid to question the status quo, and presses for accountability from all parties that he works with. He loves working with young people and facilitating dialogues. He is always looking to preserve the integrity of youth voice. Brandon is an AmeriCorps Public Allies alumni. In his free time, you can find him cooking, playing video games, watching documentaries, or napping.
Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Chelsee is an encourager who cares very much about giving everyone a space to explore and find their passions while fostering their talents. Chelsee is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Last year, she spent served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at Hastings Middle and High School. Now she is the AmeriCorps Vista Cohort Leader for the Alliance. She oversees and provides support to her VISTA members on the ground. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her four legged child Knox (her Husky/German Shepard), going to coffee shops all over the Twin Cities – she wants to open her own one day, sewing DIY projects, additionally, Chelsee is building her own tiny house and is excited for all of the adventures that will come with her minimalism journey.
Maria is the “gatekeeper” of the ins and outs of the office. She is a stabilizer who soothes problems to keep the Alliance on-track. Maria’s flexibility allows her to easily roll with the punches. She has a plastic mind and loves to learn. Maria enjoys long walks through the public library stacks, trying to find pasta that is as good as her mom’s (she’s Italian, so the standards are high), and walking outside as much as possible in the hopes that there are dogs to pet.
Director of Strategy & Engagement
Alexis focuses on organizational improvement through collaboration and solution implementation. He is passionate about children’s rights, grassroots and policy change, anti-racist organizing, and circle-keeping. Born in Jamaica, Alexis grew up in a family of educators and lawyers who shaped his passion for human rights. He tirelessly analyzes systems and works to make them more open and equitable to all. Alexis currently is coordinating projects to raise awareness about racial graduation rate and discipline rate disparities in Minnesota. Alexis is a son, husband, djembe drummer, and circle-keeper.
As a former AmeriCorps member and supervisor, Rachel can easily speak to the impact of AmeriCorps Promise Fellows. Growing up in the Brainerd Lakes Area, she is passionate about promoting educational excellence and equity in Greater Minnesota. Rachel is driven by relationships, and desires to collaborate with others and maximize people’s skills. She enjoys building trust amongst groups and allowing positive impacts to be passed through the community. Rachel is an iced coffee enthusiast, proud (perhaps obsessive) dog owner, and a lover of all things musical. She loves that Minnesota is home but is always dreaming of her next big travel adventure.
Youth Policy Coordinator
Halla is competitive, caring, and empathetic. She is continually inspired by youth power and seeks to drive educational equity in Minnesota. As the Youth Policy Coordinator for the Minnesota Youth Council, she works to build relationships with state legislators and Alliance members. A crossover cosmopolitan, she was raised in Minneapolis but spends most of their time in St. Paul now. Halla graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in psychology. She has a cat named Luna at home who sleeps on her lap after she eats. Halla is politically engaged outside of the office. She runs a school board campaign in St. Paul.
Rosa finds the humor in every situation and brings this to her work. She brings levity to the spaces around her, but is also not afraid to ask the big questions. Rosa served two terms in St. Paul as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible. She worked with high school students across the country. Now she is excited to learn the behind-the-scenes work that goes into supporting members through a term of service as a Compliance Staff member. In her spare time, Rosa likes to listen to podcasts, sing in choir, and hang out with her cats Jack and Lemon, who are named after 30 Rock characters.
Kyle is a match-maker. He connects the right AmeriCorps recruits to the right positions. Kyle works to keep AmeriCorps members happy while building structures and balancing compliance. Kyle is driven by his passion for National Service, and wants to other to have the opportunity to serve. Kyle is a two term AmeriCorps alum, serving with AmeriCorps NCCC out of the Vicksburg MS campus and as a Green Cities Sustainability Fellow in Pittsburgh PA. When he's not being a total "AmeriCorps nerd" he enjoys listening and producing podcasts, exploring the Cities on bike, and completing the NYT crossword puzzle daily.
Marketing & Communications Intern
Raina recently graduated from high school and finished her two-year term as a Minnesota Youth Council Representative. She currently interns for the U.S. House of Representatives and has always had a passion for politics. She likes to be organized and prides herself on her ability to juggle multiple responsibilities with good time-management and organizational skills. She loves catching up on current political events and watching political talk shows, taking pictures of nature (especially flowers in the spring), going to local coffee shops, and going to sporting events with family and friends.
Youth Voice AmeriCorps VISTA
Melina is all bubbly and smiles the first time you meet her. Melina is passionate about serving young people. She has a few years of experience serving young people in her own community in St. Paul and this past year, Melina served as a community-based Promise Fellow and now she is continuing her service as a Youth Voice and Program VISTA at the Alliance. Melina makes it a commitment to uplift youth voices, give them a platform to speak, and be heard on issues that are important to them. She believes that young people are today’s leaders who can make an impact and empower others. Among other things, Melina strongly believe that pineapple belong on pizza and mint chocolate chip does not taste like toothpaste.
Nabil is passionate about creating and building meaningful relationships. As the Training Coordinator, he works directly with our Promise Fellows as they are in their year of service. Nabil is an AmeriCorps Public Allies Alum. He graduated from Augsburg College (Now Augsburg University) with a degree in Sociology. After his term in AmeriCorps, he worked in Residents Life at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University. Nabil enjoys being in the outdoors (only when it’s nice out), listening to music/going to shows, and eating. If you have food suggestions, he would love to hear them.
Chief Advancement Officer
Kate is a communicator with a knack for coherent and succinct writing. She is creative by nature, and is energized by supporting others and making the Alliance successful through her behind-the-scenes work. Kate is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras 2007-09), mama to two boys, gardener, soccer-player, and pie-lover. When not at the office, Kate is volunteering with MN350 and Moms Demand Action.
Sarah France Ullmer
National Service Director
Sarah France Ullmer, “Sullmer” oversees the Alliance's AmeriCorps programs. Sarah does “the work of purpose,” and is mindful of creating space for reflection and healing. Sarah has worked with youth on local, state, and national levels and is a trained life coach. She believes deeply in the power of people to create change for good in the world. She is constantly trying to keep up with her kids as they try to understand the changing seasons, defined by the magic of icicles and blooming trees. She calls Minnesota home, but sometimes — as a Colorado native — gets lost looking for the mountains.
Youth Events Coordinator
Kully likes organization, and streamlines processes for the young people in the Minnesota Youth Council. She performs regular outreach to MYC members to keep people connected. She is good at identifying inefficient practices, then creating and implementing better ones. Kully served two years as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the Alliance before coming on staff. She thrives on collaborating with her teammates. Kully likes to hike, bake, and collect stationary.
Director of Training & Evaluation
Noam is an interpreter of numbers, a problem-solver, and a seeker of continuous improvement. Noam partners with host sites and partners to work through the realities of AmeriCorps service. He is a pragmatic person who helps create effective systems around everyone’s needs. Noam is an avid cyclist and enjoys the year-round outdoor adventures that Minnesota has to offer. He also enjoys spending time exploring the Twin Cities with his wife and pug.
Chief Practice Officer
Kita effectively supports others to feel comfortable while doing their work. She creates safe spaces for people and quells anxieties in the workplace. In her own words, “If you don’t notice me, I’m doing my job successfully.” Kita is open-minded and laid-back. Kita is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum who enjoys spending time with her family. Their favorite things to do includes watching movies, playing board games, and scouring the Twin Cities food scene for delicious French fries.
Director of Operations & Finance Manager
Hannah is the office organizer and information keeper, and approaches compliance with compassion. She strives to make policies and benefits equitable to both AmeriCorps members and staff, and seeks to create an engaging work environment. Hannah values gratitude and motivating others. She is great at big-picture thinking, enjoys strategic systems building, and remembers the small details too. When not reminding people to save to Dropbox, she is often exploring nature, riding her bike, spending time with her cat, or reading favorite books.