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.
Brad

BRAD TETZLOFF

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

JULIANNE RAATIKKA

Board Secretary
Julianne is an attorney, a mother, and everyone who knows her, is glad that they do.
Jen

JENNIFER FREEMAN

Board Treasurer
Jen is a professor, an artist, a mother, and avid lover of food.
Wendy

WENDY ZEULI

Board Member
Wendy is an advertiser, a mother, and is always giving of her talents & resources in the most creative ways.
Ryan

RYAN MCDOWELL

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

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!

Abigail Nichols

ABIGAIL NICHOLS

B.A. International Economics, Georgetown University
Alex Albrecht

ALEX ALBRECHT

B.A. International Relations, Colgate University
Asia Martinez

ASIA MARTINEZ

B.A. Global Studies, University of Minnesota
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Bethel Kebede

B.A. International Studies, Crown College
Ella

Ella Brunsman

B.A. Public Policy, University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy
Frieda

Frieda von Qualen

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

GRACE GOBEY

M.A. Public Administration, Mankato State University
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KALEB MAZUREK

B.A. International Studies, Macalester College
Maddie

Maddie McElhenny

M.A. International Business, Tufts University
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MEG HINSON

B.A. International Studies, Macalester College
Nika

NIKA ISSAENKO

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

YAQING (GRACE) LAN

B.A. International Studies & Japanese, Macalester College

Want to join us?

Apply to our Board of Directors or as an Intern!

 

 

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!