Jesse Steed

YOUTH EXCHANGE OFFICER

 
Jesse is a Realtor with Edina Realty in Northfield. He loves making international connections, having lived in France and Israel during college. He has called Northfield home since 2010 and joined Rotary in 2017.

Janice Lehmkuhl

OUTBOUND COORDINATOR

 
Janice is devoted to helping Northfield's high school youth become outbound exchange students. She joined Rotary in 2017.

Virginia Lorang

HOST FAMILY COORDINATOR


Virginia provides support to Northfield's host families and also serves as a club counselor. She joined Rotary in 2019. 

Vicki Dilley

CLUB AMBASSADOR

 
Vicki joined Rotary in 2005 and the world has been the better for it. Vicki has served as club president, YEO for 11+ years, North Star YEO Coordinator, and more, always a force for good and a strong advocate for the inbounds and outbounds.

Mark Abbott

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
20 year Rotarian, father of a 2003 outbound, hosted 4 inbound students, current club counselor and International Director on club board.
Drawn to Rotary by our international reach.  Bringing people together in service makes for a more peaceful world.

Diana Abbott

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Diana and Mark have hosted 4 inbound students and are Club Counselors for Faroe Islands.

Rich Lorang

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Rich joined Rotary in 2006 and is Club Counselor for Belgium.

Barb Wornson

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Barb joined Rotary in 2018 and is Club Counselor for Spain.
 

Sebastian Burset

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Sebastian joined Rotary in 2022 and is a soccer coach for multiple Northfield institutions. He is the Club Counselor for Uganda.

Rick Estenson

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Rick joined Rotary in 1999. He served on the North Star District Committee from 2003-2018. He has been Country Officer for Spain, Denmark, Italy, and Argentina. He also served as the North Star District Chair from 2015-2017.

Kris Estenson

CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Rick and Kris have hosted RYE students from Denmark, Dominican Republic, Japan and Spain. Their son went to Japan (2009-2010) and their  daughter went to Argentina (2010-2011) as RYE participants. Kris has served as Club Counselor for students from Spain and Norway.

Eric Johnsrud

COUNTRY OFFICER

 
Eric has served as YEO and is vice chair for North Star.

Jill Fisher

COUNTRY OFFICER

 
Jill Fisher is a relatively new member of Rotary, however, she was first introduced to Rotary Youth Exchange when she participated on a short-term exchange to Finland at the age of 16. She then participated in a long-term exchange to Denmark during a gap year. These experiences shaped her life and a desire to pay it forward. Since 2015, Jill has volunteered at the district level with North Star Youth Exchange as the country officer for Denmark Faroe Islands and Sweden, working with students going to and coming from these countries. She became a member of the Northfield Rotary Club in 2022. 

Kari Nelson

COUNTRY OFFICER

 
Kari joined Rotary in 2016 and is Country Officer for Brazil.

Jim Holden

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Jim is a retired high school English teacher who has had an interest in travel abroad since he and wife lived in England in 1965-66.  So he joined Rotary in 2011, in part to become involved in the YE program. 

Emily Fulton-Foley

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Emily joined Rotary in 2019.

Jan Stevens

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Jan joined Rotary in 1994 and has served in many areas of RYE.

Charlie Kyte

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Charlie is a senior consultant for Rebound Partners. Charlie has held positions as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Charlie and his wife, Dianne, reside in Northfield where they enjoy staying involved and supporting the
local community. 

Ann Richards

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Ann joined Rotary in 2020.

Scott Richardson

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Now retired, Scott spent 38 years in the business of communications, first with the Northfield News and then with Northfield Hospital & Clinics. He and his wife, Pat, raised three children in Northfield and are grateful to have landed here. 

Larry Vorwerk

OUTBOUND CLUB COUNSELOR

 
Larry joined Rotary in 2018.

Dorothee Ischler

TEAM MEMBER

 
Dorothee joined Rotary in 2016.

Jim Pokorney

TEAM MEMBER

 
Jim joined Rotary in 1997.

Lee Dilley

TEAM MEMBER

 
Lee joined Rotary in 2007.

Wendy Sivanich

TEAM MEMBER

 
Wendy has served as YEO and has hosted several inbound students.

Meredith Galdeen

TEAM MEMBER

 
Meredith joined Rotary in 2017.

Youth Exchange Officer

YEO
 
The YEO oversees the youth exchange program in a Rotary club. The YEO recruits volunteers, host families, inbounds and outbounds, while managing all the moving parts on a broad scale. The YEO works closely with the youth exchange team members and other club members who assist with various events like excursions such as sporting events trips to the zoo, host family orientation, student orientation, graduation party, etc. The YEO works closely with school officials, host families, inbounds and club members and also handles the required paperwork and its processing for inbound and outbound students.

Outbound Coordinator

OC
 
The OC oversees the outbound students including presentations to the high schools in the fall, helping with the applications, organizing the preliminary interviews at the club level, recruiting correspondents, organizing practice student presentations, etc.

Host Family Coordinator

HFC
 
The HFC works closely with the host families throughout the year assisting the YEO with the student binders such as the traveling notebook, the host family binders, and assists with the host family interviews.

Club Ambassador

CA
 
Every program needs a champion. The Club Ambassador is a strong voice of support and advocacy, a valuable source of experience, providing advice and guidance, helping establish the vision for the program.

Club Counselor

CC
 
The CC works one-on-one with an inbound student as their advocate and confidant throughout their entire exchange year which begins months before their arrival. The CC maintains regular contact with the student and host families and files monthly reports in the HUB.

Youth Protection Officer

YPO
 
The YPO is a North Star resource, providing advice on serious issues relating to safety or of a criminal nature.

Outbound Club Counselor

OCC
 
A club member that agrees to communicate regularly with an outbound, usually monthly, and provides occasional reports at club meetings or submits updates to the newsletter. This is our primary method of connecting outbound students with our club. The OCC should spend time connecting with the student and family prior to departure and provide advice on exchange and reminders to utilize the Rotary network, especially the CO, for help with issues while abroad.

Country Officer

CO
 
North Star volunteers, the COs coordinate exchanges with their counterparts overseas.
 

Team Member

TM
 
A member of the RYE committee, a voice for the inbounds and outbounds, offering assistance with event planning and general program support.
 
 
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