Sarah Schaefer, M.Ed
Executive Director

Sarah Schaefer (pronouns: she/her)

Sarah comes to MENTOR Minnesota following almost five years as the Program Director at Bolder Options where she simultaneously served on both the MENTOR Minnesota Board of Directors and the MENTOR Minnesota Program Services Council. In December 2019, the US Department of State recruited her to represent the field of mentoring in a professional exchange program with youth development leaders in Northern Ireland.

Sarah is originally from Maine. She has a BA in Religion with a minor in Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Special Education from George Mason University. She taught high school Special Education and English inclusion for three years before moving to Minneapolis to canoe the entire Mississippi River.

She lives in South Minneapolis with her wife and their dog.


Emily Geray
Program Director

Emily Geray (pronouns: she/her)  

Emily grew up in a small town on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. This is where her passion for building positive connections began.  Emily is Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and proud of the beautiful culture that helped weave the fabric of her life.  Emily holds a BA in Human Services & Psychology.  And for nearly two decades she has been dedicated to advocating for young people; working within the public-school setting in both Special Education and as part of a behavior intervention team.  She also served as a youth coach supporting and uplifting young people while also serving as Risk Coordinator where she provided community leadership and collaboration to ensure the safety of youth in tandem with upholding best practices for all stakeholders. 


Emily is ecstatic to be on the MENTOR Minnesota Team as Program Director.  Emily’s vision for her role is to help expand, and support mentoring programmatic opportunities for young people, build strong community partnerships statewide-both in urban and rural communities and facilitate valuable contributions through a lens of cultural humility and authenticity.   


Alli Urevig
Marketing and Development Manager

Alli Urevig (pronouns: she/her)

Alli is the Marketing and Development Manager at MENTOR Minnesota. Alli graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth in the spring of 2020. Alli is excited about increasing MENTOR Minnesota's Event and resource reach to programs across Minnesota as well as connecting with funding opportunities to increase our service capacity to mentoring programs. Alli believes equity and mentoring opportunities should exist for all youth.


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Carolyn Scherer, MSW
Technical Assistance Consultant

Carloyn Scherer (pronouns: she/her)

With nearly two decades of experience working in youth development and fueling the mentoring field, Carolyn is helping to expand mentoring opportunities for young people in tandem with uplifting and supporting programs with her expertise in mentoring best practices.  Carolyn is known for her knowledge, and commitment to walk alongside programs in ensuring effective mentoring experiences for youth and volunteers.  Her vast skillset includes working one-on-one with program leaders, designing tools that meet the needs of programs, as well as creating and providing content that guide programs through the mentoring relationship.  Carolyn is a professional leader with an empathic approach to connecting with programs.   

April Riordan
Technical Assistance Consultant

April Riordan (pronouns: she/her)

April joined MENTOR Minnesota as an expert connector, innovator and strategist. Through her inclusive leadership, and passion for tackling complex system-level problems, she excels at maximizing and celebrating the talents of others through a holistic approach & bold vision. April’s extensive background includes more than a decade of capacity building roles at Habitat for Humanity of MN and MENTOR MN. While at MENTOR MN, April created the collaborative mentoring webinar series led by the National Mentoring Resource Center and was instrumental in the development of Minnesota’s quality mentoring assessment tool, the model for NQMS, the National Quality Mentoring System. April leaned into her experience in youth development & social justice to continue to create mentor trainings focused on social identities and implicit bias aimed at increasing the diversity & quality of mentoring programs for young people in MN. April later joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities as the Vice President Strategy & Innovation where she oversaw the development and implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, lead research and continues to provide leadership in improvement efforts and new strategic initiatives.  Her personal mission is to end work each day knowing she has contributed to creating a more just & equitable world. 

Mandy Arden
Technical Assistance Consultant

Mandy Arden (pronouns: she/her)

Mandy is the Executive Director for Red Wing Youth Outreach in Red Wing, MN. She has worked with youth in various settings: corrections, mentoring, independent living skills, crisis intervention, and life coaching since 2007.  Mandy has worked with the Red Wing community to build connections and a successful mentoring program that matches over 90 youth and adults. The Red Wing Youth Outreach mentoring program focuses on teaching social and emotional skills through caring relationships. Mandy is a professional expert that specializes in helping programs through a holistic lens; developing policies and procedures, program development, mentor recruitment, and mentor training. 

Sarah Gatlin
Technical Assistance Consultant

Sarah Gatlin (pronouns: she/her/they)

Sarah holds a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Her experience in supporting mentoring programs began as an TrueNorth AmeriCorps Vista at Mentor Duluth.  From there she transitioned over to Program Advocate at Mentor Duluth.  Sarah later joined Big Brothers Big Sisters as Match Support Specialist, Assistant Director and Interim Director before deciding to become a full-time mom to her twins.  Sarah is excited to continue to support programs here in Minnesota as a consultant specializing in child safety practices, programmatic policies and procedures, and uplifting the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) for programs around the state.   

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Beverly Gillen
Technical Assistance Consultant

Beverly Gillen (pronouns: she/her)

As a parent educator and business leader, Beverly Gillen brings a unique perspective to mentoring. Beverly founded Partners in Parenting Consulting LLC with a mission of supporting families from cradle to career. She is the author of three books, the latest hitting the shelves in May 2022 (The Gift of Green Time: 50 Ways for Families to Disconnect (and Reconnect) Outdoors – Lake Minnetonka).


Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Beverly spent 25+ years with a Fortune 500 company as an international business leader managing supplier engineering teams in the Philippines, Mexico and Thailand. During her tenure, she also created corporate mentoring programs and introduced a host of family-friendly benefits for the workplace including lactation facilities and on-site parent education programs.


Beverly graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and holds an MBA. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and a certified Leadership Coach. She has enjoyed being a mentor through Girl Scouts and Kinship of Minneapolis.