Training & Programming Team

Jessica O’Tool

Training & Programming Director

Though she is a Minnesotan who loves Minneapolis summers, Jessica found herself spending five amazing summers away with YouthWorks, beginning with Benton Harbor in 2008. She currently spends her time at YouthWorks writing content, developing different aspects of YouthWorks and preparing materials to train our summer staff.

Jessica is most often found trading stories over a good cup of coffee, working in her organic garden, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Josh and their pit bull named Muppet.

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Rachel Townsend

Training & Programming Associate

Rachel joined the YouthWorks full time team in September 2016 after serving on summer staff for several years. Rachel spent most of her YouthWorks summers in South Dakota where she gained a deep love for the American West. More importantly however, she gained a passion and love for the communities in that area. At YouthWorks she works to create training materials for summer staff, talking about youth ministry and working on various programmatic elements for YouthWorks.

Outside of work you can find Rachel hiking, camping, traveling the world with her friends and trying new restaurants with her husband Sam.

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Suzanne Seidel

Training & Programming Associate

Suzanne started her YouthWorks experience as a participant way back in 2002 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since then, she has been on a number of YouthWorks sites in a number of capacities. After graduating with a degree in Education in 2012, Suzanne moved to the Dominican Republic where she was an English teacher (among other things) for eight years – her summers spent working with YouthWorks when possible, of course! In 2020 she moved back to her hometown in Michigan and was very excited to join the Training and Programming team full-time early in 2022.

Outside of work Suzanne enjoys walking her dogs, reading lots of books, listening to podcasts, and learning to play the keyboard.

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