Meet Our Team


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”.



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 Development Director for an international non-profit called Outreach360. Audrey also works part-time for LIFT as an Administrative Assistant.


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 are encouraged to grow both personally and professionally within the inherently nurturing and empowering environment of our organization. Interested in joining our team?



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 Cardiac Care Nurse at Munson and when he isn’t working with patients or youth, you can find him outside building or adventuring.


Joey was born in Southern California where her first job was teaching kids how to surf. She moved to Utah for college where she majored in Biology and Agriculture Science. Right after college she got a job offer from a coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii where she met her husband, Mike. After spending time in Hawaii and California, Joey and Mike decided to move to Michigan (Mike's home state). They now live on a 20 acre parcel of land with their dog Buster. Joey loves spending time in her garden, going for long walks and swimming in Lake Michigan as often as possible. with children and began volunteering at LIFT in 2019.