Lori has over 20 years of experience working as a nonprofit leader and began work as the Executive Director at YouthCARE in November 2018. She holds a B.A. degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and a M.A. degree in Nonprofit Management from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN. Across the years, much of Lori’s work has focused on leading organizations whose missions were to enhance and improve the lives of youth and families. Previous work has included Winona State University as an adjunct faculty member, Executive Director positions at Urban Roots MN, domestic violence/sexual assault organizations in 3 counties, Family Promise of Anoka County, and the March of Dimes. In her spare time, Lori especially enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing, gardening, and cooking.
Community Programs Director
Kou Xiong became involved with YouthCARE in 2003 as a camper attending Camp Sunrise. Growing up in the organization’s leadership ladder he held various roles within the organization throughout the years and rejoined the YouthCARE family in the summer of 2013 working at McDonough Townhomes as the program specialist. He was named Community Programs Director in September 2017. Kou attended Gustavus Adolphus College pursuing a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. Prior to rejoining YouthCARE, Kou served as an Americorps Promise Fellow with Eco Education serving young people and educators through innovative, culturally-relevant programs that empower young people to improve the health of the environment and their communities. He is interested in exploring the relationships between community development, racial equality, cultural diversity, environmental issues, and education. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, relaxing with his dog, spending time outside, watching movies, cooking home cooked meals, and just stopping to enjoy the little things in life.
Young Women's Mentoring Program Coordinator - Little Earth
Cheyanna Hurd is in her first year at the Little Earth coordinator of the Young Women’s Mentoring Program She started with YouthCARE in 2016 as a Minneapolis program specialist with YouthLEAD. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Robbinsdale. Prior to working at YouthCARE, she was the Administrative Assistant at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and Camp Fire MN as a Club Leader for kids K-5. She has her Associates Degree in Human Service from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She always knew she wanted to work with people, particularly youth, to encourage empowerment and leadership. In her free time, she enjoys playing and talking about sports, spending time with her family, and seeing the world as much as she can! She has a quote that she stands by and encourages others to hear the words, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi.