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It's Time You Got To Know Us

Updated: May 7

Just like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz, we present to you "The Extraordinary Humans Who Run the Show at LIFT." We each come from different backgrounds and experiences but fused over the bond of empowering teens to discover their self-worth.


We figured it was about time you learned more about the people who run the show, so here's a bit of background on each of us. We've included some get-to-know-you questions that are just a little bit wacky… like all of us.

First up, we have Bekah Tenbrink. She's the genius behind the entire operation and the bright light of creativity that we all follow.


Where did you grow up: Holland, MI


When You Began Volunteering with LIFT: 2017, I birthed this baby.


A Hidden Talent/ fun fact: I cannot burp.


Favorite Memory Volunteering with LIFT: There truly are too many to pluck one favorite out. Any interaction I get with the teens is top 5 for me, but I especially LOVE laughing with them. Let me tell you; there are a lot of opportunities for laughter.


Go-to Coffee Shop Order: Decaf Salted Caramel Latte


Favorite Holiday: My Birthday


Favorite Type of Cheese: Brie


Next up is Audrey Sharp. Without her, we would be lost and unorganized, and there would be papers everywhere.


Where did you grow up: Suttons Bay, MI


When You Began Volunteering with LIFT: 2018


A Hidden Talent/ fun fact: I boarded down a live volcano in Nicaragua once


Favorite Memory Volunteering with LIFT: My favorite LIFT memory was a spontaneous car wash outside in Spring 2019. We had so much fun!


Go-to Coffee Shop Order: Just a regular coffee with a little bit of cream!

Favorite Holiday: Halloween


Favorite Type of Cheese: Goat cheese


Our third human in the lineup is Claire Palmer. Dubbed the "social media guru," she's the words behind LIFT and always has something to say.


Where did you grow up: Traverse City/Benzie, MI


When did you begin volunteering with LIFT: Fall of 2019


A hidden talent/ fun fact: I was stranded in Switzerland and nearly was kicked out of a train station by Switzerland police.


Favorite Memory Volunteering with LIFT: Restaurant Night 2020! It was so amazing to watch both the kids having fun and the people enjoying themselves. I grew up serving in restaurants, so it was normal for me, but these kids never experienced something like that, and it was cool to watch them blossom.


Go-to coffee shop order: iced oat milk latte with honey


Favorite holiday: the entire Christmas season from Dec 1st- Jan 1st


Favorite type of cheese: Burrata


The last, and anything but least, is Ian Grucella. He's the "man behind the mic" in our Generation Perspective Podcast and an all-around epic human.


Where did you grow up: Ypsilanti/ Fife Lake, MI


When You Began Volunteering with LIFT: December of 2020


A Hidden Talent/ fun fact: I can eat an entire box of oatmeal cookies in one sitting


Favorite Memory Volunteering with LIFT: The first podcast. Show up and do something that's brand new that super fun, kicking it with the kids. All I do is laugh.


Go-to Coffee Shop Order: Shot in the dark with a splash of cream or a mocha if I'm feeling fancy


Favorite Holiday: Halloween


Favorite Type of Cheese: Extra sharp cheddar


We love what we do and look forward to the change we can create every day. If you want to donate or join us in making the world a better place, one teen at a time, click here.



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