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

Allie ChristensonAllie Christenson, Director of Development

Allie's passion for youth ministry started with her youth group leaders and mentors pouring into her showing her how to life a life striving after Jesus. Because of her love of development, she has taken on the role of Director of Development where she will work to expand and diversify YL’s channels of support and manage all fundraising events to accomplish annual fund goals. When she is not working, her free time is spent reading books, taking walks, and spending time up at the cabin. |contact Allie

Daniel Luedtke, Marketing Intern

Dan loves people. Volunteering with jr/sr high students for over 10 years, he's grateful to see them become flourishing individuals and families. As YL's Marketing Intern, he's using his unique skillset to execute and implement several marketing projects that connect people with our organization.  |contact Dan

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, Office & Events Manager

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, as well as at a teen center. Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at YL implementing training events, conferences and the online certification program. 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 completed the 3 day, 60 mile Susan G. Komen walk. |contact Carolyn

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

Lisa Rykken Kastler
Prairie Lutheran Church | Director of Congregational Life

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