Mary Helen Franze, Founder. As a social entrepreneur, Mary Helen is committed to sustainability and holistic health. She comes to us with experience working in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. She has both a Business Management degree from the University of Montana and Early Childhood/Youth Development degree from Pacific Oaks College in California. She has spent 25 years working and volunteering with youth and possesses ebullient passion for the YEA Corps mission. She has held management positions with Thomson Reuters and techies.com. As a consultant, she advised small organizations and nonprofits on business development/operations. She is an educator and was a Director of Aquatic Park Child Care Center in Berkeley, CA. She was a member of a Service Learning Steering committee at the MN Department of Education (2000-2005), and has lobbied in both the CA and MN legislatures advocating for youth.
Tammie Follett, J.D., MBA, Chair. Tammie Follett, J.D., MBA, serves as the Chair for YEA Corps. Tammie has been with Thomson Reuters for 23 years and is the Senior Account Manager and Business Development Specialist for Large Law Firms in Minnesota. She has a B.A. from Lawrence University, J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, and a M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas.
Tammie brings to YEA Corps over 20 years of experience serving on numerous volunteer boards. She serves on the Board of Tubman (formerly Chrysalis), a Twin Cities organization helping woman, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health issues. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Africa Classroom Connection, an organization that raises funds to build classrooms in South Africa, and Books for Africa, that sends books to African countries. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board for Polish Your Star, a Women’s Leadership and Networking Organization. Tammie is on the Executive Board of “Team Women” an organization to assist young women in business, created by Pam Barton, University Of Minnesota Gophers Coach.
In February 2011, Tammie was recognized for her extensive volunteer efforts by receiving the Top Honor from Thomson Reuters, the prestigious Stu Wolfer Distinguished Service Award. Further, in May 2011, she was named as one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Emma Danskin, Strategic Communications. Emma is a marketing professional, specializing in website development, search engine marketing and sales material design and writing. Her marketing background includes project management and over four years account management and sales. She received her degree in Advertising and Journalism from Indiana University.
Zachary Robinson, Operations Director. Zach brings project management, sustainability, and education leadership to YEA. He developed the sustainability program for YEA, and manages and coordinates organizational teaching and operations. He is also an entrepreneur, and the co-owner and VP for Green Circuit - a Twin Cities based renewable energy company performing feasibility, development and construction management for photovoltaic solar projects throughout the Midwest. Additionally, Zach teaches martial arts (Aikido) at the Midwest Center for Movement in Hudson, WI. Zach graduated with highest honors from Indiana University - Purdue University of Indianapolis.
Kris Sibik, Secretary, Treasurer and Technology. Kris has worked as a technical project manager for over 13 years in the healthcare, mortgage and retail industries. She has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Fran Linhart, Grants and Education.