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 is a Brazilian native with a Masters in International Development, and has over 15 years of philanthropic and community development experience. Through teaching, advocacy, and challenging the status quo, she has dedicated her life to changing how the world does charity. 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.
Rebecca

REBECCA MORSE

Executive & Programs Assistant
Rebecca graduated with a bachelor’s degree in World Politics. She has volunteered with international students and refugee organizations for 15 years, and worked in the non-profit sector for 5 of those years. Her travels have led her to serve communities in the Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Tanzania, and Thailand. Her true passion is to serve and help others. She is excited to be a part of helping others find their true potential in leading their communities with Cultivate International!

Board of Directors

Brad

BRAD TETZLOFF

Board President
Partner at Saint Dinette Restaurant
Ryan

RYAN MCDOWELL

Board Treasurer
Assurance Senior at EY
Alicia

ALICIA THOMPSON

Board Secretary
Learning & Development Specialist at Foss Swim School
Jen

JENNIFER FREEMAN

Board Member
Assistant Professor of Arts & Theology at United Theological Seminary
Busi

BUSISIWE HANDS

Board Member
Family Achievement Coach at Northside Achievement Zone
Alexa

ALEXA PETERS POSNER

Board Member
311 Customer Service Agent at City of Minneapolis
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RYAN HERTEL

Board Member
Chanel Sales Manager, Suez

Advisory Members

Anthony

ANTHONY BOATEN

Programs Committee
Supply Chain & Manufacturing Team Leader, Genesis Alkali
Christy

CHRISTY MORRELL-STINSON

Programs Committee
Founder, Significant Advantage

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
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Bill Warner

M.A. Management, Northwestern University
Ella

Ella Brunsman

B.A. Public Policy, U of Southern CA, 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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HANNAH LIFTIN

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

Master of Development Practice Candidate 2020, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Grace Lan

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 Rebecca at rebecca@cultivateinternational.org.