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 last year 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|

T.B.A. Soon!

Director of Development

This position is a strategic role that will work with the President to oversee the new direction of Youth Leadership, its funding plan and all programs and events. The Director of Development will work to expand and diversify Youth Leadership’s channels of support leading into the 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2017. Identifying and cultivating new prospective donors in all areas is a key to the success of this position.



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 McGrew

Amy McGrew, Office & Events Manager

Amy embarked on a life-long commitment to journey with students at age fifteen when she planned and led a mission’s trip for her church youth group. After 18+ years in youth ministry, she joined Youth Leadership to bring order to the piles of administrative work while planning and implementing Youth Leadership training and events. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean TV shows. |contact Amy|

Trista Marriott

Trista Marriott, Office Assistant

Trista 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 is taking on the role as bookkeeper here at Youth Leadership. With her love of numbers, she will be 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 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 recently completed the 3 day, 60 mile Susan G. Komen walk. |contact Carolyn|

Governing Board Members 

Elizabeth Odegaard, Board Chair
Financial Advisor | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

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

Lisa Rykken Kastler
Prairie Lutheran Church | Director of Congregational Life

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