Our Team

We're people who are passionate about making this world a better place for all. 


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ELAINE TYMCHAK

Founder & Executive Director
Elaine Tymchak founded Cultivate International in 2016, after dreaming and hoping for its creation for many years. A Brazilian native with a Masters in International Development, she brings over 14 years of nonprofit management and community development experience while serving communities worldwide, and building relationships with global community leaders. An avid lover of people, knowledge, and the world’s diversity of culture, she is using her talents, experiences, and networks to build a global movement through Cultivate.

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BRAD TETZLOFF

Board President
Brad is a restaurant owner & butcher, a father, he's focused, and the most talented cook you'll ever meet.

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RYAN MCDOWELL

Board Treasurer
Ryan is a financial advisor, a husband, he's dedicated, and his quick math skills will impress you!

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ALICIA THOMPSON

Board Secretary
Alicia is dedicated, a hard worker, insightful, and driven. Her openness, warm personality, and genuine love for people are the first things you'll love about her.

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JENNIFER FREEMAN

Board Member
Jen is a professor, an artist, a mother, and avid lover of food. Among her many talents, her contagious commitment to Cultivate makes her invaluable.

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BUSISIWE HANDS

Board Member
Busi is a community development professional and is committed to making this world a better place for all. She's a South African transplant who luckily hasn't yet lost her beautiful accent!

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CHRISTY MORRELL-STINSON

Board Member
Christy is a consultant, a networker, a mother, and she tirelessly gives of all she has to those she loves.

Past and Present Interns

Our past and present interns have been an integral part of our programs and growth. We're so grateful for their dedication to our mission!


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ABIGAIL NICHOLS

B.A. International Economics, Georgetown University

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ALEX ALBRECHT

B.A. International Relations, Colgate University

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ASIA MARTINEZ

B.A. Global Studies, University of Minnesota

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Bethel Kebede

B.A. International Studies, Crown College

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Ella Brunsman

B.A. Public Policy, U of Southern CA, Price School of Public Policy

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Frieda von Qualen

M.A. Dev. Practices for International Dev., Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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GRACE GOBEY

M.A. Public Administration, Mankato State University

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HANNAH LIFTIN

B.S. Sociology & Criminology, U of WI River Falls

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KALEB MAZUREK

B.A. International Studies, Macalester College

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Maddie McElhenny

M.A. International Business, Tufts University

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MEG HINSON

B.A. International Studies, Macalester College

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NIKA ISSAENKO

B.A. Public & Nonprofit Management, University of Minnesota

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YAQING LAN

B.A. International Studies & Japanese, Macalester College

 

Need to chat with someone on our board?
We ask you reach out to our board members only with questions or concerns about Cultivate's governance, financial matters, or other matters that necessitate their involvement. Contact them at cultivateboard@gmail.com.

Got questions about our program, our partners, upcoming events, or anything else? Reach out to Elaine at elaine@cultivateinternational.org.

Thanks!