Paul has spent the majority of his adult life as a public servant. A trained psychologist with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University, Paul worked for 14 years as the lead of a therapeutic unit in a setting IV emotional behavioral disorder (EBD) program. He has also served as a City Council member and then as Mayor of Ham Lake.
Before joining YIPA’s staff in 2011, Paul was a member of YIPA’s Board of Directors and served as its Vice President. Paul also volunteers his time to advocate for epilepsy awareness. His goal is for other children to not have to endure the childhood his daughter has experienced as a result of this awful condition. Paul enjoys spending his free time with his family, as well as working on projects at his cabin in northern Minnesota, fishing and golfing. Paul wants you to know you can reach out to him anytime.
Mandy joined the YIPA team in August of 2012 as the Professional Development Coordinator and then moved into the Director of Services role in 2014. She is originally from Michigan and received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, and then continued her studies at the University of Florida where she received her Master of Science in Recreation Administration. Mandy has worked in a variety of settings including nature centers, YMCA camps, city park and recreation departments, and city event departments.
Mandy is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys boating, hiking, swimming, kayaking, camping, mud runs and cross country skiing. She is also a part-time CorePower yoga teacher. Being from Michigan, she is also a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans! Mandy resides in Rogers with her husband, their baby, “MaryYIPA”, and their two dogs.
Maggie Dudley joined YIPA in 2014. She studied history and asian studies at the University of British Columbia and received her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communications, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Her thesis, The Need for Nature: Exploring Youth Leadership Development through Outdoor Activities, highlights two of Maggie’s passions. Before joining YIPA, Maggie was the Dreamline Program Coordinator at The Sanneh Foundation and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Originally from Wausau, Wisconsin, Maggie is the youngest of four. She enjoys camping, canoeing, playing soccer, listening to NPR and running around with her dog, Iris. She currently lives in North Minneapolis. Don’t hesitate to contact Maggie, she’s always happy to help.
Barbara joined YIPA in September 2015. A native Minnesotan, Barbara studied at Winona State University and Minnesota State University at Mankato. She brings to YIPA a multitude of membership and sales experiences in nonprofit organizations and corporations. They ranged from the YWCA of Minneapolis to Thomson Reuters. She is excited to use her expertise to advance the professional standing of youth workers.
While Barbara has spent time living on both coasts, calling San Diego, California as well as Freeport, Maine home for a time, she is happiest here in the heartland. Barbara appreciates Minnesota’s summer months, which includes taking in the annual Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth and hiking the many beautiful state parks.