Toubee believes in the power of education and the impact it can have on a person’s life, which is why he is happy to be working as a Scholar Advisor. Prior to Wallin EP, Toubee worked at two different universities on opposite coasts; Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and California State University, Fullerton in Orange County, CA. At both institutions, Toubee primarily advised student organization leaders and Fraternity & Sorority Life members on leadership development, risk management, and values-based recruitment.
Toubee was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to the US with his family when he was 3 months old. He grew up in Michigan and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University as well as his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. When not working, Toubee likes to get brunch, catch a movie, attend a group exercise class, or spend time with family – he loves it when he can do it all in one day.
Toubee Yang serves as Scholar Advisor
As the Development Associate, Celina supports development efforts of our fast-growing organization. She is excited to get the opportunity to help individuals, families, and corporations see how impactful and meaningful philanthropy can be by helping to facilitate joy, passion, and meaning in their lives by making college graduation possible for Minnesota students and their families.
Celina is a former Wallin Education Partners Scholar. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (GO BADGERS!) where she earned her B.S. in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Legal Studies. In her free time, Celina loves to scream at the tv screen to cheer on her favorite sports teams, be outdoors with family and friends, and travel.
Celina Her serves as Development Associate
As a Scholar Advisor, Rachel feels honored to help students process what they’re learning through their college experience by navigating both the details and the big picture goals of their experiences and plans.
Rachel grew up in Colorado and Iowa but came to Minnesota to study at Bethel University for a degree in TESL. Undergrad is where she fell in love with the college experience because it was where she learned the value of curiosity by being around some inspiringly curious people!
After college, Rachel spent some time teaching internationally and then went on to get her MA in Higher Education while working as a Resident Director. Most recently, she has experience helping college students plan and process how their college experience can best transfer to a fulfilling professional life in her role in Bethel’s Career Office. Throughout her time working with college students, Rachel has developed a passion for understanding the nuances around how students develop spaces of belonging within their campus communities.
Rachel lives in Minneapolis with her family and stays pretty busy exploring the city with them. She also enjoys playing games, reading, gardening, biking, making things, and keeping up with good Netflix shows or podcasts!
Rachel Hundt serves as Scholar Advisor
As Finance Manager, Duke brings a lot of experience in financial management from the nonprofit world. He has worked for different nonprofit organizations abroad in accounting and financial management. His expertise in financial systems, strategic planning, and policy formulation is instrumental in promoting the mission of Wallin Education Partners.
Born in Kenya, Duke received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi and his CPA from the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examination Board (KASNEB). Upon his move to the United States, he pursued his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in Finance from Bethel University, Saint Paul, graduating in August 2018.
In his free time, Duke enjoys watching American football (NFL) and movies, listening to music and cooking.
Duke Mochama serves as Finance Manager
Originally hailing from the East Coast, Abby studied Sociology and French at Grinnell College in Iowa before moving to Seattle for a year of service. Eventually, graduate school brought her to Minnesota, which she has now called home for 10 years.
At the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Abby studied Sociology, focusing specifically on youth, culture, identity, education, and inequality. She has held a variety of jobs, ranging from tutor to coach to program coordinator. Throughout her career, Abby has enjoyed working in partnership with folks to help discern a path to get them where they are going and is excited to continue this journey at Wallin EP.
Most recently, Abby worked as Assistant Director of Admissions for Macalester College, focusing on multicultural recruitment and managing the Questbridge National Match program. Professionally and personally, she is interested in access, inclusion, equity, and success in education, and is always looking for opportunities to grow.
Abby enjoys reading (autobiography and YA literature), hanging out with her cats (a.k.a. The Best Cats Ever), and spoiling her nephew (also The Best Ever). She is a fan of making/consuming coffee, ice cream, and baked goods of all kinds. She also loves discussing personality tests and will happily engage in the Nature vs. Nurture debate for hours on end.
Abby Hagel serves as Scholar Advisor
As Director of Opportunity Pathways and College to Career Initiatives, Matt wears multiple hats managing Wallin Education Partner’s new two-year scholar program, as well as developing and leading career exploration initiatives across the organization to support our 1,000+ current scholars. Matt works in close collaboration with community college and college access partners to strengthen the student supports of our program, while also continuing to build relationships with new donors.
Matt is also an adjunct faculty member of Carlson School of Management teaching a Social Venturing in Action Course and mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. Matt previously has six years’ experience leading strategic development as a Program Manager for the 3M Foundation as well as commodity management experience in Global Strategic Sourcing while leading 3M’s New Employee Network. Matt was a member of the 2018 Leadership St. Paul Cohort and considers himself an eternal optimist and life enthusiast. Matt holds an MBA from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.
Matt Ladhoff serves as Director of Opportunity Pathways and College to Career Initiatives
Carley Saravia brings many years of experience in education and counseling to her position as a Scholar Advisor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota, and a graduate degree in Secondary Language Arts Education from Northern Arizona University. She began her career as a Teacher in both San Diego and Minneapolis, but found her true calling in providing educational counseling to unsupported and marginalized students when she worked with students who were experiencing homelessness at Project Solo – Freeport West in Minneapolis as the Education and Career Coordinator.
She continued her education and completed her Master’s in School Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls because she is passionate about helping students identify educational and career goals and supporting them in overcoming obstacles to achieving those goals.
Most recently, she continued the work of supporting students as both a Teacher and School Counselor at Paladin Career and Technical High School where she coordinated the College and Career Center. Carley understands the complex and challenging nature of navigating the college experience and is honored to provide holistic support to Wallin Scholars. Carley also enjoys reading, creative writing, camping, exploring and spending time with her family.
Carley Saravia serves as Program Manager, Scholar Support for Opportunity Pathways
Liz has extensive experience working with students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and has spent a large portion of her career working to improve the representation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds on college campuses and in the workforce. Having spent over 20 years attending and working in large urban schools and college campuses, Liz has experienced the inequalities often associated with public education and is dedicated to promoting and supporting education for all students. Liz is knowledgeable about the challenges that arise in navigating a campus for the first time and is committed to holistically supporting scholars through their experiences.
Prior to joining Wallin Education Partners, Liz worked as a Secondary Science Teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Upon moving back to Minneapolis, she worked with University of Minnesota Extension as a Science Teacher and coordinated a science enrichment program for secondary students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Liz can often be found running, biking, or skiing on the trails of Minneapolis in preparation for triathlons or other races. She and her husband have two young boys, and love to watch them play, learn, and explore.
Liz Karlen serves as Associate Director of Scholar Programs
Jo completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and American Racial & Multicultural Studies at St. Olaf College and her master’s degree in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout both programs, she maintained a focus on educational equity and community development, working in various capacities with numerous college access organizations and initiatives. Following graduate school, Jo served in a temporary role as Academic Advisor at Des Moines Area Community College; she then went on to work as a Residence Director at both DePaul University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities before joining Wallin Education Partners.
Outside of work, Jo spends a significant amount of time training for competitions in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. She also enjoys baking, eating (especially desserts), playing games, keeping up with a few select TV series, and spending time with family.
Jo Gruenewald serves as Scholar Advisor
As the Scholar Programs Associate, Yuri works in supporting the Senior Project Manager in handling transcripts and reporting. Yuri is involved with the data management of scholars and providing support for the Wallin Education Partners team.
Yuri is originally from Minneapolis and attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis. As a recent graduate of Augsburg, Yuri is excited to be on the team. As a former scholar herself, she understands the benefits of being a part of a program like Wallin EP.
Yuri has a passion for traveling. She spent the fall of her senior year studying abroad in Seville, Spain and hopes to continue exploring the world. Netflix and reading consume most of her free time. She also loves spending time with her nephews and niece who act as her distraction while she works on getting her own puppy!
Yuri Garcia-Pena serves as Scholar Programs Associate