Staff & Governing Board

Tiger McLuen, President

Tiger hit three big milestones that give him perspective on life, ministry and leadership.  60/40/20.  He celebrated 60 years, so he has some traveling experience.  But, Tiger still rides his motorcycle, eats at Chipotle, water skis and hasn't fully grown up yet.  He also marked 40 years since his first job in youth ministry. This gives him ministry perspective that he has watched youth ministry change, culture change, families change and the Church change.  He remains passionate about ministry to teenagers and their families, and he tested those waters recently as the Interim Youth Pastor at his home church!  Finally, Tiger marked 25 years at Youth Leadership.  This has given him a perspective on leadership as he has led this organization through many phases.  He is also the author of a couple of book and some articles - but mostly he's a youth leader who loves being in a room full of people who are about the next generation. | contact Tiger

Tony DucklowTony Ducklow, Director of Creative Programming

Tony Ducklow is a ministry entrepreneur based out of Minneapolis. As Director of Creative Programming, he helps train youth leaders and direct Summer Festival Camp--a four-day summer retreat experience focused on sharing Jesus with teenagers. Tony also runs Excited Hippo Creative a youth ministry event and rental company, DJ's weddings, freelances web designs and co-manages Lock and Key Escape rooms.  When he's not entrepreneuring, Tony loves playing batman themed video games, traveling with his wife, and volunteering at his church.

Greg Speck

Greg Speck, Youth & Family Communicator

Born raised in California, Greg Speck is an avid San Francisco 49ers, Giants, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks fan. Please feel free to send him any autographed items from any of these teams. Years ago, he graduated from Bethel University with a major in Sociology and minors in Social Work and Biblical and Theological studies. After graduating he started working with teenagers and has done that ever since. He's been a caseworker for emotionally disturbed and delinquent teens, a youth pastor, a Youth Specialist for Moody Bible Institute, President of Youth Ministries International, and led groups of teenagers on mission trips all across Europe for over 20 years. He thinks he has the best job in the world--traveling around the world speaking to teenagers and families. As a communicator and youth specialist, he reads and respond to every note personally. |contact Greg

Amy McGrewAmy McGrew, Director of Training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. She’s been on staff in small to mega churches—in children’s, middle school, high school and college-age ministries. She has her M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. In addition, she also works with InterServe Ministries at White Bear Lake UMC as the Interim Director of Youth. In her free time she serves on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunties to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows. |contact Amy

Trista Marriott

Trista Marriott, Office Assistant

Trista Marriott is new to youth ministry, starting as a volunteer in the Youth Leadership office in 2015. As she possesses a love of data, she has taken on the position of Office Assistant where she provides administrative support and helps update the database management system here at Youth Leadership. Trista is an avid watcher of cooking shows, but has yet to duplicate their skills in the kitchen, but not from lack of trying. |contact Trista

Carolyn Soper

Carolyn Soper, Bookkeeper 

With over 10 years of experience working in accounting and the financial fields, Carolyn Soper took on the role as bookkeeper here at Youth Leadership. With her love of numbers, she is responsible for overseeing the day to day financial activity at Youth Leadership. Carolyn has volunteered for Youth Leadership many times over the years and loves their mission of training up individuals to minister to today’s youth. She also works at Cooper High School. She spends most of her spare time attending her three teenage son’s music and sporting events with her husband Mike. Her claim to fame is that she completed the 3 day, 60 mile Susan G. Komen walk. |contact Carolyn

Youth Leadership Governing Board

Governing Board Members 

Elizabeth Odegaard, Board Chair
Field Development Specialist | Thrivent Financial

Lori Brown
General Council | Portico Benefit Services

Chris Hilberg
Senior Corporate Council | Best Buy

Gene Ferrell
U.S. Bank | Business Analyst Lead

Melani Howard
3M | Business Transformation Manager - Customer Facing

Brian Norsman
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church | Pastor of Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Catherine Decker
Outsell Corporation | Director, Human Resources

Kim Olstad
St. Paul Interfaith Network | Facilitator and Congregational Event Team Leader