GREAT PEOPLE.
GREAT WORK.

The incredible team that brings our mission to life.

OUR FACILITATORS

RITCH HOCHSTETLER

Ritch leads the staff and board in articulating and pursuing ULEAD’s mission and vision. In addition, together with the board, Ritch gives oversight in strategic and operational planning. Ritch is a graduate of Goshen College and Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in Talent Optimization, Appreciative Inquiry, True Colors Personality Temperament, and Servant Leadership. As an aspiring mystic and servant leader, Ritch thrives on engaging individuals and teams in playful exploration, learning, and growth. When Ritch isn’t dreaming up new ways to stretch people’s comfort zones, he loves to engage in adventures with his grandchildren, paddle a kayak, and write songs accompanied by a vintage Martin guitar.

Ritch leads the staff and board in articulating and pursuing ULEAD’s mission and vision. In addition, together with the board, Ritch gives oversight in strategic and operational planning. Ritch is a graduate of Goshen College and Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in Talent Optimization, Appreciative Inquiry, True Colors Personality Temperament, and Servant Leadership. As an aspiring mystic and servant leader, Ritch thrives on engaging individuals and teams in playful exploration, learning, and growth. When Ritch isn’t dreaming up new ways to stretch people’s comfort zones, he loves to engage in adventures with his grandchildren, paddle a kayak, and write songs accompanied by a vintage Martin guitar.

Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.

TYLER
HUSTON

Tyler helps ULEAD both develop and deliver our best training services. His work is often a split between the “behind the scenes” logistics as well as the “people” work of facilitating our valued youth and youth worker communities. Tyler attended Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He has over a decade of work experience serving youth and college students in the outdoor recreation and experiential education fields. Tyler’s career path has led him to serve with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Second Nature (Wilderness Therapy) and 9 years as the Director of Experiential Learning at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys any opportunity to canoe a river, bike a trail, or camp under the stars. Tyler also considers himself a hobby farmer in the making and pursues the grounded consistency of raising chickens and gardening with his wife and four young children. His guilty pleasure is donuts (most specifically an apple fritter from the local Amish bakery Rise’n Roll).

Tyler helps ULEAD both develop and deliver our best training services. His work is often a split between the “behind the scenes” logistics as well as the “people” work of facilitating our valued youth and youth worker communities. Tyler attended Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He has over a decade of work experience serving youth and college students in the outdoor recreation and experiential education fields. Tyler’s career path has led him to serve with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Second Nature (Wilderness Therapy) and 9 years as the Director of Experiential Learning at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys any opportunity to canoe a river, bike a trail, or camp under the stars. Tyler also considers himself a hobby farmer in the making and pursues the grounded consistency of raising chickens and gardening with his wife and four young children. His guilty pleasure is donuts (most specifically an apple fritter from the local Amish bakery Rise’n Roll).

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

KAILEY
PASZKO

Kailey helps ULEAD by spearheading the marketing, development, facilitation, and expansion of inclusive and dynamic training experiences for youth, educators and youth workers. In addition, she passionately builds and maintains relationships with schools and youth serving organizations.Kailey attended Bowling Green State University earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She has since earned the Emotional Intelligence Practitioner Certification (EQPC) from Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network. After working in mental health, relational development and adolescent developmental programs; Kailey’s career has focused on empowering folks to nurture their inner light so they can become change agents in the world.Outside of ULEAD, Kailey serves as a high school soccer coach and can be seen catching flights in effort to collect as many stamps on her passport as possible. Her guilty pleasure is eating desert before dinner- or whenever; and performing full blown solo concerts in the car.

Kailey helps ULEAD by spearheading the marketing, development, facilitation, and expansion of inclusive and dynamic training experiences for youth, educators and youth workers. In addition, she passionately builds and maintains relationships with schools and youth serving organizations.Kailey attended Bowling Green State University earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She has since earned the Emotional Intelligence Practitioner Certification (EQPC) from Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network. After working in mental health, relational development and adolescent developmental programs; Kailey’s career has focused on empowering folks to nurture their inner light so they can become change agents in the world.Outside of ULEAD, Kailey serves as a high school soccer coach and can be seen catching flights in effort to collect as many stamps on her passport as possible. Her guilty pleasure is eating desert before dinner- or whenever; and performing full blown solo concerts in the car.

Why should you knock before you open the fridge door? There might be a salad dressing.

NAKARRA
MURRAY

Nakara helps ULEAD to positively impact individuals lives through the adventure of experiential learning! She champions our mission to inspire, grow, and discover and aspires to build meaningful connections with all our clients and partners. Nakara has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is a licensed Workplace Specialist Instructor. Nakara’s career has been hyper focused on uplifting and empowering others through her work in education and the beauty industry. Nakara loves ALL things beauty and fashion! Nakara’s guilty pleasure is pizza and warm chocolate chip cookies.

Nakara helps ULEAD to positively impact individuals lives through the adventure of experiential learning! She champions our mission to inspire, grow, and discover and aspires to build meaningful connections with all our clients and partners. Nakara has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is a licensed Workplace Specialist Instructor. Nakara’s career has been hyper focused on uplifting and empowering others through her work in education and the beauty industry. Nakara loves ALL things beauty and fashion! Nakara’s guilty pleasure is pizza and warm chocolate chip cookies.

Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two-tired!

OUR SUPPORT STAFF

BRANDY
DAMRON

Brandy keeps track of ULEAD’s finances and manages the office. Brandy attended Ivy Tech and has worked in the accounting/business management field for over 25 years. She has many hobbies including collecting records, knitting, & gardening. Her guilty pleasure is watching classic professional wrestling.

Brandy keeps track of ULEAD’s finances and manages the office. Brandy attended Ivy Tech and has worked in the accounting/business management field for over 25 years. She has many hobbies including collecting records, knitting, & gardening. Her guilty pleasure is watching classic professional wrestling.

I have a joke about pizza…but it’s too cheesy. 

BEKAH
FINCH

Bekah helps team members complete various projects and oversees the processes of program evaluations and writing grant proposals. Bekah attended Ball State University where she received her BS and MA in nutrition and dietetics. Her career has been spent serving youth across multiple fields including healthcare, ministry, and now the nonprofit sector. Bekah finds great joy from being in nature and can often be found gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family. Her guilty pleasure is any dairy-based dessert and scrolling through houses on Zillow.

Bekah helps team members complete various projects and oversees the processes of program evaluations and writing grant proposals. Bekah attended Ball State University where she received her BS and MA in nutrition and dietetics. Her career has been spent serving youth across multiple fields including healthcare, ministry, and now the nonprofit sector. Bekah finds great joy from being in nature and can often be found gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family. Her guilty pleasure is any dairy-based dessert and scrolling through houses on Zillow.

This year’s Fibonacci convention is going to be really special! Apparently it’s as big as the last two put together!

YARA
FONSECA

Aubrey helps ULEAD communicate who we are. She maintains our brand identity throughout the entire organization & implements our brand values in all of our correspondence. Aubrey attended Grace College for Youth Ministry and has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector. She is a serial entrepreneur in the creative industry and has her own photography and social media businesses. Aubrey is an avid thrifter, and is always on the hunt for that vintage find! Her guilty pleasure is ice cream and reality tv.

Yara joins us as an administrative assistant, hoping to contribute to a culture that nurtures long-term change. Yara attended Kaplan University and has worked in the healthcare field for several years. When Yara was asked to join the ULEAD team, she was ecstatic for a new opportunity and eager to discover more about ULEAD. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and friends. Loves to explore new restaurants and traveling. Guilty pleasures  are donuts and caramel iced coffee!

What do you call a sad Strawberry? A Blueberry!

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