The Staff

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Sarah Ray- Executive Director

After receiving her degree in Religious Studies from Drury University, Sarah spent many months in travel and service within the developing world which later inspired her to co-found an international justice organization and fair-trade initiative called Yobel Market in 2008. Through her studies and international travel experience, Sarah cultivated a desire to see individuals set free from oppression and captivity which led to her position as Executive Director for Yobel International, a non-profit seeking to see individuals exit extreme poverty and exploitative labor through business opportunity. Sarah resides in Woodland Park, CO with her husband of 10 years, Brian Ray and young son Niall.

Contact her at Sarah@yobelmarket.com


Lauren DeSutter - Operations Manager

Lauren holds MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies where she focused on international development and nonprofit management. She also holds a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University. She also serves as the chair of the board for the IDEX Young Professional's Group, and is a member of the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. She is passionate about ensuring programs can demonstrate long-term impact. After serving on Yobel's board for a year, she is eager to get Yobel's training curriculum into the hands of those arounds the globe and streamline operations! She brings vast experience as an international development consultant and a monitoring and evaluation specialist and currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and 2 children.

Contact her at Lauren@yobelmarket.com


Mattea Norman - Media and Design Associate

Mattea has always liked to “make stuff.” After graduating from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a degree in Photography, she moved to Colorado Springs for the sunshine and mountains. She became a quick supporter of Yobel’s mission, and began volunteering in the Spring of 2010, utilizing a variety of her passions and experiences. It was only a matter of time until she could no longer ignore the call to work with Yobel. She lives in downtown Colorado Springs with her techy/outdoorsy husband Spencer and golden retriever Sawyer. When she has free time she enjoys being outside, being a photographer, being overly competitive, and making almost anything.

Contact her at Mattea@yobelmarket.com


Maddie Wachtler - Volunteer Coordinator

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Maddie can't remember a time she wasn't fascinated by stories ... discovering them in books, finding them on street corners, or just making them up to entertain herself. It didn't take her long to realize that sharing stories magically turned strangers into friends and faraway places into real-life destinations. So of course, it's no surprise that when she wandered into a downtown shop and heard the Yobel story, she was immediately hooked. Each handcrafted product told its own tale of courage, compassion, and new beginnings. She fell in love with the compelling narratives and joined the Yobel team while finishing her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. Three years later, she can't imagine her life without this passion and these people. The best part? Those amazing stories just keep happening, made possible by incredibly talented friends from all around the world. In her spare time, Maddie's often found adventuring in the outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen, or chasing down yet another story.

Contact her at Volunteer@yobelmarket.com

 

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The Board

Andy Hackett - Voting Member
Born and raised in upstate New York, Andy led Young Life while attaining a B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University.  Heading west after college, Andy landed in Steamboat Springs, CO, found work as a taxi driver and ski instructor in the winter and served on property staff at a Young Life camp in the summer.  Two years later he accepted a position at the Dale House Project in Colorado Springs working with hurting and troubled teens.  While at the Dale House Andy met Ally, fell in love, got married, and started a family.  After more than a decade working with at risk youth, Andy pursued a passion sparked years earlier through an encounter with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and started his own financial advising practice.  A practice dedicated to combining sound financial education with a focus on stewardship.  He resides in Colorado Springs with his beautiful wife Ally, their four children, a couple of dogs and a cat.  Outside of work Andy enjoys camping, biking, hiking, playing sports, and especially fishing with the family.

Grace Rabuck - Secretary
After receiving a B.A. in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University, Grace moved to Colorado to work for Young Life, an international organization with a focus on being the gospel to adolescent. When her job brought her to Colorado Springs in 2011 she was introduced to Sarah Ray, Executive Director of Yobel International, and was excited about the opportunity to help a local ministry provide freedom from injustice in a tangible way through business training. Grace continues to work for Young Life as their E-commerce Retail Manager. In her free time she enjoys kickboxing, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, reading and traveling!

Lauren DeSutter - Vice President
Lauren holds MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies where she focused on international development and nonprofit management.  While there, her specializations sent her to Cambodia and India working on Deutsche Bank projects.  She holds a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University and currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and 2 children.  She works both stateside and in developing nations as a consultant helping organizations focus on monitoring and evaluation of programs to increase impact and effectiveness across various sectors of international development.

Libbie Anderson - President
After receiving a B.A in Social Work, and an M. Div with an emphasis in leadership studies, Libbie served in various ministry settings in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  With a growing desire to see injustice end, Libbie lead an international art and music tour to raise awareness about the dark issue of human trafficking. In 2010, after trading the lakes of Minnesota for the mountains of Colorado, Libbie now resides in Woodland Park with her husband of 10 years, Todd, and their toddler, Lucia. When she is not taking care of her daughter or doing social work, Libbie enjoys hiking, playing and writing music with Todd, traveling, crafting and playing fetch with her golden retriever dog, Sophie.

Lynette Rempel - Treasurer
Dreaming of worldwide travel and what lay beyond the state of Nebraska, Lynette became a travel agent in hopes to see more than just the U.S.. Marrying in 2000 to Shadrach Rempel and moving to Colorado in 2005, God opened her eyes globally.  First through hosting foreign exchange students, and then by becoming a mother of refugee foster children. She and her husband have been foster parents since 2011 and as of 2015, are also hosting an exchange student from Pakistan.

Shad Rempel - Voting Member
Growing up in Omaha, NE, Shadrach was taught from an early age to honor God and have compassion on those in need (Prov. 14:31).  Shadrach now resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife of 10 years, Lynette Rempel.  They are currently foster parents to 5 young Burmese and Nepali refugees.  Shadrach works in the medical industry and is the founder of the Refugee Resource Center. He enjoys music, art, and reading when he has the opportunity.