• Amanda Perry Leadership Specialist

    Amanda Perry: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    I grew up in Dallas, TX and as a student the Lord used LeaderTreks trips and relationships with youth workers to challenge me in my walk with Him. In May 2017, I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Bilingual Education and am now part of the Summit program at LeaderTreks. In my spare time, you can find me teaching fitness classes, listening to musicals or reading.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love student leadership development because I love seeing students pushed outside their comfort zone. Through these challenges, there is a moment when it clicks for students and they realize that the Lord wants to use them in a way that glorifies Him.

  • Brooklyn Sumovich Leadership Specialist

    Brooklyn Sumovich: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Growing up in Waverly, Nebraska, I was an avid participant in athletics and outdoor activities. It was through mentoring relationships that I began to build my own personal relationship with Jesus. While pursuing my degree at the University of Nebraska in Elementary Education, I began working in Youth Ministry. It was through this ministry that I fell in love with investing in students. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in the Spring of 2017, I came to LeaderTreks and began working on the Summit Team. I’m eager to continue to work with students through LeaderTreks, and help them to see their potential as leaders and disciples of Christ.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love watching students realize their potential as leaders and the influence they can have because of that knowledge in their communities. Until a student experiences leadership, they will never know the potential that God has for them in the Kingdom of God.

  • Emily Devries Leadership Specialist

    Emily Devries: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    As a kid, I grew up surrounded by friends and family who taught me the value of community, leadership and a personal relationship with Jesus through both word and experience (even when it pushed me out of my comfort zone). From summer camps and small groups, to schools clubs and performing on stage, I witnessed firsthand how much influence I held as a student.

    I attended college at Gardner-Webb University, in my home state of North Carolina, where I continued to see leadership development and discipleship at work around me and in my own life. I graduated in 2016 with degrees in Communication & New Media and Spanish, and a minor in Graphic Design. After graduation I worked with partnering US mission teams at an orphanage in Bolivia before coming on staff with LeaderTreks Youth Ministry.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I believe that those who lead well inspire others to do the same. As followers of Christ we have the opportunity to lead others not only in day to day life, but also to encourage and sharpen one another in our faith. It is my desire to see students recognize and embrace their role as a leader and a disciple.

  • Lauren Newman Leadership Specialist

    Lauren Newman: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Raised in Sumter, South Carolina, I discovered a love for adventuring with the youth group I grew up in. My involvement with my youth group developed me as a leader and a disciple. As we annually attended Salkehatchie Summer Service, a desire was created to be a part of a God-movement to help further the Kingdom. I never had intentions of going into full-time ministry, but God had other plans for me. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A in Health Communications and a minor in Religious Studies, I had the blessing to work with Teen Challenge. It was there that I realized how much joy I felt when leading and pouring into students. I’m excited to continue to work with students through LeaderTreks, and I know God is going to do immeasurably more through this season.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    My desire is to see students grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord and grow as leaders in a way they never saw as possible.

  • Marissa Kuuskvere Leadership Specialist

    Marissa Kuuskvere: Leadership Specialist

    About Me
    Born and raised on the West Coast in Spokane, Washington, the outdoors were a natural draw from me. My church family pushed me to pursue God in a new way, and after I graduated high school, I attended a Spiritual and Leadership Development program at Camp Spalding. That summer connected my two loves of Jesus and the outdoors. I grew and developed my skills as I went through college at Whitworth University and explored the areas of climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, and Nordic skiing. Since graduating, I have come to LeaderTreks to pursue a life lived for the Kingdom of God.
    Why do you love student leadership development?
    Without the influence of Christian mentors in my life, I would not be in the place I am now, and I want everyone to experience the joy that comes with living life with Christ. There is so much to learn and discover in Junior High and High School, and I want to be there to steer students towards Jesus.
  • JG MOTTICE Editor

    JG MOTTICE: Editor

    About Me

    Raised in Tallahassee, Florida, my family always encouraged me to take advantage of new opportunities and adventure. Aside from meaning that I didn’t spend much time indoors, it meant that I was exposed to several coaches, counselors, teachers, and youth pastors; and the ones that faithfully followed Jesus changed my life. When I came to Wheaton College, I saw the other side of discipleship in my time as a camp counselor, and then that experience became refined to a passion as I saw the power of the gospel in my daily relationships. Following my desire to see the gospel imparted to others in faithfulness has led me to LeaderTreks, where I hope to be used in a way similar to those who impacted me.

    In my spare time, you will likely find me running around with a frisbee, writing rap parody hits in my closet, eating bread, or hanging out with my local church’s youth group.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    At some point, all leaders come to the realization they can’t do it all. I love student leadership development because I get to see when a student gets to this point, discovers Christ’s total sufficiency for them, and then rises to lead with bold freedom that is founded solely in our God.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • Jud Aulie Media Coordinator

    Jud Aulie: Media Coordinator

    ABOUT ME

    Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, my four siblings and I had loving parents who brought us all up in the Faith. They always encouraged us to expand our world and take advantage of opportunities to serve and study oversees. Through some of these experiences, I was able to see the importance of not only meeting the physical needs of people but the great need for the Gospel. Seeing how much joy and fulfillment the Gospel brought to people who had very little physical possessions showed me the importance of the Great Commission.

    During my time at Wheaton College, I learned about LeaderTreks and how they train youth leaders to develop students as leaders and disciples to go out and fulfill the Great Commission! I had the opportunity to intern at LeaderTreks and shortly after graduating I was able to come back and serve as the Digital Marketing Specialist. I currently live in Wheaton with my wife, Alicia, and our two daughters, Esme and Wren.

    I enjoy spending time outdoors, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, camping, making videos and coffee/donut dates with my little family.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    Students today are the future leaders of the church. Thus, I believe it is vital to equip students to be leaders and to share the Gospel.

  • TARYN SEEMANN Director of Training

    TARYN SEEMANN: Director of Training

    About Me:

    My family has lived in several places throughout the East Coast and the Midwest, but for over the past decade we have called Akron, Ohio our home. Our church in Ohio began to partner with LeaderTreks when I was just entering high school. LeaderTreks trips changed me in many ways and ultimately led me to consider working in ministry. I studied International Development and Spanish at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating in January of 2013, I joined the Summit Team at LeaderTreks. It’s wonderful to be a part of the ministry that had such a huge impact on my life as a student, and I love working with others who want to wholeheartedly pursue the adventure of following Christ.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love how leadership development makes students into Spirit led world-changers. It challenges students to not settle for what the world may expect of them, and it empowers students to realize their God-given potential to influence others toward Christ.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Trip Leader Certification

    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Master Trip Leader

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • JENNY DAAB Publisher

    JENNY DAAB: Publisher

    ABOUT ME

    Born in Canada, I grew up experiencing the joys of snow, camping in all seasons, exploring the rich natural history of the Niagara Escarpment and Great Lakes, and (of course) hockey. I loved being empowered as a leader and learning the value of teamwork while hiking/camping, serving the community, and living out the motto of the Girl Guides of Canada, “Be Prepared.” When I was halfway through high school, my family headed south to seek warmer climes…in Holland, Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000, where I met my husband, Luke. Since 2001, we’ve called the western suburbs of Chicago home. Luke and I are active members of Glen Ellyn Bible Church, where we are both involved in leading worship, and where I have enjoyed leading and teaching in women’s ministries. I love to read book and comics, watch movies, try new recipes, play Nintendo, camp, travel, learn new languages and instruments, neglect the plants in my garden, make stuff and find new ways to goof off with Luke and our two dogs, Rory and Daphne.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I was drawn to LeaderTreks because leadership development permeates everything we do. Leadership development is not just for the students we serve, it’s part of our culture. I love being part of an organization that recognizes that everyone can be a leader, and that leadership development is a life-long process. I love seeing that moment when someone gains a new skill or deepens their understanding of God in a way that brings them greater confidence and purpose. It’s transformational!

  • ANGIE FRANKLIN Director of Operations

    ANGIE FRANKLIN: Director of Operations

    ABOUT ME

    Born, raised, and still living in West Chicago. I now live here with my wonderful husband, Doug, and our dogs, Diesel and Penelope (who we love way too much). I’m a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and I still love to take in the city life of Chicago. (If you ever visit, I recommend the Grand Lux Cafe on Michigan Ave.)

    Much of my focus and time is spent on those who are considered the “least.” The refugees in our community are some of the greatest people I know, and have become some of my good friends.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship
    Journey To Awareness

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I work at LeaderTreks because I see the impact and intentionality of this ministry. Developing leaders is a great way to cause change and make disciples, and multiply influence. If student’s don’t learn to lead now, when will they? My favorite part of the job, though, is getting to support our staff and partners around the globe in the quest of growing kingdom leaders.

  • DAN COLWIN Director of Trips

    DAN COLWIN: Director of Trips

    ABOUT ME

    I grew up in Wisconsin (lifelong Packers and Brewers fan!) in an amazing Christian home and was very involved in youth group my entire life. My wife Clare and I live in West Chicago with our sons Everett and Oliver, and little puggle Roxy. We love our church family (Life Church in Wheaton), and have a true community there. We enjoy spending time outdoors (I love canoeing), taking walks, having fires, reading, building Legos, working in the garden, and watching movies. I love my job because I get to build relationships with youth pastors all day long, while also training our staff on better ways to develop students.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS TRIP

    I love them all! I have to say that, but I really do. From the mountain towns of Kentucky to the rainforest in Costa Rica, all of our trip sites offer students a chance to reach beyond their experience and grab ahold of God’s calling in their lives.

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    Student leadership development is amazing because it challenges students not only to own their faith, but to truly live out the mission God has placed on their lives. When students know and understand the potential they have to create lasting positive change in this world through the power of Christ, they are truly unstoppable.

  • DOUG FRANKLIN President

    DOUG FRANKLIN: President

    ABOUT ME

    I love youth ministry and the people who serve in it. I work with an incredible team creating tools and resources that enable youth workers to develop students into leaders. I want to influence youth workers to challenge students and prepare them for leadership in the kingdom of God.

    I am married to a wonderfully creative woman named Angie Jones. We live in West Chicago, Illinois, but we love to serve those in the world that don’t have enough.

    I am passionate about leadership development in the church. I was a youth pastor for 12 years and during that time I had many different focuses in my ministry: evangelism, discipleship, missions, teaching, community, and service. All were good, but one thing made all of these focuses better: students leading them.

    I’m focused on innovation; when I started LeaderTreks in 1994, all I wanted to do was create exceptional resources and experiences for students to grow into leaders. Not just for the sake of leadership, but because I wanted students to see early on God had something incredible for them, and I didn’t want them to wake up years later regretting all the years they had missed out on impacting His kingdom.

    So here’s the end goal: I would love to see youth ministry move towards preparing students to lead the church by allowing them to be the church now. Youth ministry is not the ministry of the church to students. Youth ministry needs to be the ministry of students to their world.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS RESOURCE

    The Sweet Spot

    WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I want to put students in leadership roles and let them lead. And I mean truly lead, even if it means students will go through failure or the event they are leading will fail.