Training & Programming Team

Dave Berg

Director of Training & Programming

Serving in his current role since 2011, Dave has been with YouthWorks ever since his first summer on staff in Bayou La Batre in 2003. A math major in college, Dave still generally prefers spreadsheets to PowerPoint. Husband to Lea and Daddy to Hawkin and Freya, Dave keeps busy playing baseball or constructing forts with the little ones, and can also be found scheming about keeping bees, riding his bike or planning his next trip “up north.”

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Jessica O’Tool

Training & Programming Manager

Though she is a native Minnesotan who loves Minneapolis summers, Jessica was thrilled to spend five summers away with YouthWorks, beginning with Benton Harbor in 2008. She currently spends her time at YouthWorks preparing materials to train our stellar summer staff. Jessica is most often found trading stories over a good cup of coffee, exploring the outdoors with her husband, Josh, and trying not to lose her pet hamster and pet snakes.

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Jenny Liesenfelt

Training & Programming Associate

After four summers of experiencing YouthWorks mission trips as a teenager, Jenny tried her hand at being a summer staff as a Community Service Coordinator in Yankton, SD in 2013. Since then, she has led on many YouthWorks sites prior to joining the full time team as a Training and Programming Associate. Having had experience as a junior high English teacher, Jenny brings a passion for teaching others and developing training and programmatic materials. When she is not at YouthWorks, Jenny enjoys spending time reading a good book, taking road trips all over the country, cooking and baking delicious foods, and adventuring in her hometown of Minneapolis.

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Jeff Suos

Training & Programming Associate

Jeff joined the YouthWorks team in the summer of 2017 through its sister organization Youth Specialties, where he served as a Ministry Resource Consultant. Outside of YouthWorks Jeff has been working in urban St. Paul, Minnesota as a community pastor and youth worker since 2013. Jeff loves finding creative ways to help students understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In his free time, you can find Jeff on a disc golf course, hitting up community events, talking sports and enjoying life with his wife Jourdan and son Emmett.

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