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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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

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?
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.

EMILY WORDEN

SUMMER PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Chloe grew up in Highland, Michigan, and graduated from Fenton High School in 2016. Chloe then traveled to Shanghai, China where she enrolled at East China Normal University to study Mandarin. For the next three years, Chloe traveled, studied, and volunteered at a local orphanage in Shanghai. She returned to Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Social Impact and a minor in Mandarin in December 2021.

CHLOE KOTARAK

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.