CHRISTINA SAUNDERS | Executive Director
Christina comes to ACES from KIPP Minnesota where she was the Special Education Coordinator for three years. A native Minnesotan, she ventured out east after high school and graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Public Policy and Law. Following college graduation, she became a New York City Teaching fellow in the South Bronx. She taught both elementary and special education, and went on to be a founding member of the School for Environmental Citizenship, also in the South Bronx.
ZONG VANG | Staff and Hiring Manager
Zong brings to ACES over 9 years of experience as a Program Director for Community Education Programs in Saint Paul. She enjoys working with both families and students to achieve their full potential in becoming future leaders. She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education Social Studies with a minor in Special Education from Concordia University in St. Paul. She currently resides in Woodbury, MN with her husband and two boys' ages 7 and 9. She loves the Twin Cities for their historical value, and is proud to live in a place that has given generations of immigrants' opportunities to flourish and live their dreams.
MISHA EVERTZ | Development and Evaluation Manager
Misha Evertz grew up through the Saint Paul Public School District before heading west to Whitman College, graduating in 2013 with a degree in biology and geology before returning to Minnesota to serve a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation. Joining ACES shortly after, Misha has grown within the organization and is now the Evaluation and Grants Manager, working to develop and revise curriculum, train and coach staff, write grants, and evaluate program impact for the students ACES serves across Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Misha is an avid sports fan, soccer player, and geology nerd.
ANNY VANG | Finance Manager
Anny began working with ACES in 2011 as a freshman at Hamline University with an interest in tutoring. She never left and has worked her way up, first as an Academic Coach, then as a Site Leader, and now as the Operations coordinator with roles spanning from program support, to accounting, to HR. She graduated in 2015 with a degree in Economics. Outside of ACES, you can find Anny babysitting her nieces and nephews or spending time with family.
CLARE EISENBERG | Program Manager
Clare was born and raised in Minneapolis. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and her M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota. Previously, Clare has worked with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, College Possible, and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Outside of work and school, Clare enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and volunteering.
KRISTA MEHRL | Curriculum and Instruction Manager
Krista is a converted Minnesotan who grew up in a southern suburb of Chicago. As an education major at the University of St. Thomas, Krista joined the ACES team in 2012 in pursuit of developing her classroom management skills. Having worked in several positions with ACES, Krista now focuses on using her experience to develop curriculum and coach staff in implementation and instruction. Krista is an emotionally-invested sports fan who also is always on the go - enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
CLAIRE BARTHOLOMEW | Development Coordinator
Claire grew up in Washington, D.C but fell in love with the Midwest when she attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and English Literature and taught third-grade in St. Paul before joining ACES. As the Development and Communications Coordinator for ACES, Claire supports annual revenue goals and manages the organization's marketing and fundraising activities. Outside of ACES, she enjoys biking around the city, reading, and baking.
SARA SCHMIDT | Site Coordinator
Sara was born and raised in northern Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where she majored in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services and minored in Family Services. Sara has worked in various youth programs including resorts and camps. Outside of ACES, Sara enjoys walking around the lakes, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
CLAIRE WILLIAMS | Site Coordinator
Claire graduated with a culinary degree in 2007 and has spent time working in both restaurants and bakeries around the country. Seeking a career change, she began with ACES in early 2015 as an Academic Coach and is now working as a Site Leader in Minneapolis. In her spare time Claire enjoys biking around the city, listening to live music, and crafting.
LUKE HOFFMAN | Site Coordinator
Luke grew up in Indiana, but has been living in the Twin Cities for several years now. He graduated from Bethel College with a degree in International Business. Luke has worked with youth and children from around the country the last six years while facilitating and planning cross-cultural service trips. He played tennis in college, but brings with him a passion for all sports and helping students succeed.
JANYESHA JACKSON | Site Coordinator
Janyesha grew up in the historic Rondo community in Saint Paul. As a child, she loved being a part of after school enrichment programs. She knew that was the type of work she wanted to do and started her first, of many jobs working with youth, at age 15. She has worked with ACES since 2011 and graduated from Metropolitan University in 2016 with a degree in Organizational Communications and a minor in Sociology. When she is not working, Janyesha’s hobbies include singing, drawing, and traveling.