Our Team

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Elaine Tymchak

Founder & Executive Director
Elaine is a Brazilian native with over 18 years of philanthropic and community development experience across much of the world. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Social Transformation, and has a Masters of Arts in International Development. Through teaching, advocacy, and challenging the status quo, she has dedicated her life to changing how the world does charity. An avid lover of people, knowledge, and the world’s diversity of culture, she is using her talents, experiences and networks to build a global movement through Cultivate.

Rebecca Morse

Program & Communications Manager
Rebecca graduated with a bachelor’s degree in World Politics. Prior to joining Cultivate, she volunteered with international students and refugee organizations for almost 20 years, and worked in the non-profit sector for 5 of those years. Her travels have led her to serve communities in the Dominican Republic, Bosnia and Tanzania.

Vanessa Edwards

Operations Specialist
Vanessa brings over 26 years of nonprofit experience to her role with Cultivate, along with a Masters in Community Ministry Leadership. Vanessa has a passion for serving people on the margins. She gives of her extensive managerial and organizational skills to help Cultivate thrive.
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Ryan Hertel

Board President | Fundraising Commitee
Channel Sales Manager at SUEZ
People gather for an opening event at the new United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities facility in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 11, 2019.  Photo by Angela Jimenez for UTS

Jennifer Freeman

Founding Board Member | Fundraising Committee
Professor of Arts & Theology at United Theological Seminary
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Erik Minter

Board Treasurer | Program Committee
Head of Direct Retail Fulfillment & New Business Development at Spreetail

Alexa Peters Posner

Board Member | Fundraising Committee Chair
M-HRIR Candidate at Carlson School of Management
Anthony Boaten

Anthony Boaten

Board Member | Program Committee
Senior Program Manager/Director of Community Outreach at Amazon
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