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STLF is supported through the dedication of Staff Members.  See below to learn more about each staff member.

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ISAIAH ALLEN - Executive Director (Development and Communications)


Hometown:
  Austin, MN
Alma Mater:  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (undergrad); North Park University, Chicago (graduate)
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited: Denver, CO
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You: I love learning about leadership. 
Favorite Quote: I can never settle on a favorite. All my books are marked up with underlines, highlights, and margin notes because there is so much that I find inspiring, insightful, and challenging. 
Best part of STLF: The people. Everyone from staff, to participants, to Core Leaders, to community supporters are phenomenal people.  


AMANDA "CASH" CASHMAN – Director of HR 

Hometown:  Bismarck, ND
Alma Mater:  Minnesota State University Moorhead - Undergrad
Western Illinois University - Graduate school
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited:  Milan, IN
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I’m a big Oprah fan!
Favorite Quote:  "Aspire to inspire before you expire"
Best part of STLF: Hearing STLF’s impact through the stories of our students!

SHELBY COUCH – Director of Programs

Shelby and pup Hometown:  Dryden, MI
Alma Mater:  Michigan State University- Go Spartans!
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited:  Washington, DC
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I'd love to get coffee with you at our new office location!
Favorite Quote: “Success reflects the strength of the core”
Best part of STLF: Our students

AKHILESH "AKHI" MENAWAT – Grants & Communications Associate

Hometown:  Canton, MI
Alma Mater:  Michigan State University
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited: Charleston, SC  
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I'm a poet and am working on a novel. 
Favorite Quote: "I slept and dreamt, that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Best part of STLF: The mission, vision, and understanding of leadership; knowing the power of youth.

GARRETT KUBISCHTA – Senior Programming Fellow

Hometown:  Dickinson, ND
Alma Mater:  University of Mary
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited: Gary, IN  
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I have a running list of movies that I need to watch. Ask me about them!
Favorite Quote: "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
Best part of STLF: The relationships. I’ve met some of my closest friends through STLF programs.

LINDSAY PLUGER – Senior Programming Fellow

Hometown:  Shawano, WI
Alma Mater:  University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited: Frankfort, KY  
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I love trying new foods!
Favorite Quote: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Best part of STLF: The ability to create and maintain long-lasting friendships through tours or just by knowing someone was involved with STLF.

THELMY MALDONADO – Programming Fellow


Hometown:  Bakersfield, CA but Minnesota has been home the last 16 years.
Alma Mater:  University of Minnesota Duluth
Favorite STLF Community I’ve Visited: Charleston, WV
What’s One Thing We Should Know About You:  I love to laugh, especially when it comes to puns! Tell me all the puns!!!
Favorite Quote: "You will not find a way, you will create one!" - Ana M. Belstra (my mom)
Best part of STLF
Seeing our youth realize the positive impact they have on communities and finding the leader within themselves.

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