Meet Our Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND  FOUNDER

Rebekah TenBrink is the Founder and Director of LIFT Teen Center. Raised in Holland, MI and transplanted to Leelanau County in 2012 after a series of travel and social service jobs. Setting roots in Northern Michigan, Rebekah found a great need for youth services. She attended Spring Arbor University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Family Life Education; a model which builds a stronger community by fostering partnerships that engage families in a participatory process leading to self-efficacy. As a vibrant and passionate soul Rebekah is always striving to “be the change”.

REBEKAH TENBRINK

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Audrey grew up in Suttons Bay and graduated from Suttons Bay Schools in 2011. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Michigan in 2015. After graduating, Audrey lived abroad in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua for three years, teaching English to children living in underserved communities. She is the Associate Director of LIFT and The Friendship Community Center.

AUDREY SHARP

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Kiley grew up in Leelanau County and has spent most of her life backpacking through Central America and returning to her home in the summer to work in Outdoor Education. She was most recently the Co-Director of the Pathfinder School Summer Camp and has joined the LIFT team as the Director of the Middle School Programming. She has three dogs, three cats, a crow, and a raven.

KILEY HARRISON

Our team comprises dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to seeing and guiding LIFT students to become bright, active, and compassionate members of our community. Each team member brings unique talents, strengths, and gifts to share with the program and is encouraged to grow both personally and professionally within the inherently nurturing and empowering environment of our organization. Interested in joining our team?

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BRAND MANAGER

Claire grew up in Northern Michigan and has lived in Traverse City for over half her life. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in Professional Writing and stumbled upon the LIFT Teen Center after writing an article about them for a local newspaper. She has been volunteering ever since and is now the Social Media Manager for LIFT.

CLAIRE PALMER

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GENERATION PERSPECTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-HOST

Ian grew up near Ypsilanti, MI, but moved to Fife Lake in his early teens but considers himself as being from Northern Michigan. He has been sous chef and sushi chef throughout his career at a few sought-after restaurants in Northern Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys comedy, reading literature, and listening to podcasts. Ian co-hosts and produces our podcast, Generation Perspective.

IAN GRUCELLA

VOLUNTEER AND COFOUNDER

GERALD TENBRINK

Gerald was raised in Holland, MI. He is a first-generation college graduate from Grand Valley State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Gerald is currently a Nurse at Munson and when he isn’t working with patients or youth, you can find him outside building or adventuring.