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Our Team

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.

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REBEKAH TENBRINK

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”.

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EMILY WORDEN

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Born and raised just a block from The Center, Emily has been a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan, attending elementary and high school at Lake Leelanau St. Mary and then obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Communication. After spending a little more than five years as a corporate volunteer coordinator, she decided to switch to the nonprofit world and now serves as The Center’s Program Development Director.

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AUDREY SHARP

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 now lives in Cedar with her fiance, Alex, and their dog, Sage. She is the Associate Director of LIFT and The Friendship Community Center.

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CODA MIX

SUTTONS BAY MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Coda was raised in Benzie County and graduated from Frankfort High School in 2017. She received her Associate Degree from Northwest Michigan College before transferring to Ferris State University to continue her education in Social Work. With a desire to serve others, Coda has worked in social services and mental health for the past five years. She has always wanted to work with youth and is excited to be a part of the LIFT team.

STEFANIE MURPHY

GLEN LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Stefanie grew up in Leelanau County and her journey working with teens began when her own children came of age. She applied for a special educational paraprofessional job at Glen Lake Community Schools for a second-grade student. Working as a paraprofessional and becoming a Family, Student, and Support Specialist ignited her interest and dedication to helping young minds thrive. Working with kids and teens is not just a job, its a calling. Stefanie joined the LIFT team in Fall 2023 as LIFT's first-ever Middle School Program Coordinator at Glen Lake Community Schools.

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