Our Staff


Sarah McLeester – Program Coordinator
Lift Board of Directors – Secretary
There is tremendous power when we show up in the lives of our kids and communicate that they matter and that they belong. At Lift we show up day after day and demonstrate in real tangible ways the love of Christ to these kids. What a privilege it is to be a part of the story God is writing for these children.”
Bio: Sarah is currently the Program Coordinator at Lift, having served in this position for 3 years. Formerly an intern with Lift for two years, she worked closely with the Director to lay the frameworks of the new program. She is passionate about mentoring and has been a mentor through Kids Hope U.S.A for the past 5 years as well as informally through her church for over a decade. Sarah graduated from Taylor University in 2016 with a BA in Social work. She is currently working on her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Grace College.

lainieLainie Gegner -Fourth Grade Team Leader
“I believe that anything that instills dignity in someone is something worth doing.  Lift is an organization that seeks to truly see each child: to see their full potential and instill in them a confidence that they are capable and brilliantly created.  Every time I show up at Lift, I get the honor of creating a space that instills dignity.  A space where children feel seen, heard, and capable of success.”
Bio: Lainie has worked with Lift since it began in 2014 as a volunteer, an intern for two years, and recently joined the staff as a Team Leader for fourth grade.   She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Taylor University in 2018 and plans on pursuing a career as a counselor, serving vulnerable children.  She recently had the opportunity to live and serve as a preschool teacher in a foster home in Beijing, China.  Lainie has a strong demonstrated commitment to caring for vulnerable children around the world.


Krissy White – Third Grade Team Leader


Judy Sutherland – Second Grade Team Leader