Before purchasing tickets, please review the Solo Piece Performers List below to know which artists are featured in the 2 different episodes!

Episode 1 Solo Piece Performers

Greta Anderson, Emiliano Espinosa, Paw Kue, Charlotte Morgan, Madelynn Morgan, Neenah Mork, Violet Mork, and Scarlett Okonek

Thursday June 24th, 2021 @ 5:30pm

Friday June 25th, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Saturday June 26th, 2021 @ 5:30pm

Sunday June 27th, 2021 @ 1:30pm

Episode 2: Solo Piece Performers:

Jeffrey Keenan Jr., Ella Kozak, Danny Stanley, Natalie Stanley, Nathan Stanley, Liam Richardson, Adaija Torres-McClain, Damien Wynn

Thursday June 24th, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Friday June 25th, 2021 @ 5:30pm

Saturday June 26th, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Sunday June 27th, 2021 @ 3:30pm

YAI’s Lean On Me – Online E-Program

Welcome  To  YAI! 

Happy 2020-2021 Season! Thank you for spending your time with us at YAI today. Just by supporting this production, you officially become part of the YAI Village! Your support of the show means you care about the performing arts and all the artists who make this community work possible. This is instantly something to celebrate, and I thank you for that — welcome! 

As YAI Executive Artistic Director, I get to see so many kids from all walks of life come into this theatre environment, mature both as performers and more importantly as good people, and eventually venture off to wherever life takes them, helping establish new and better communities there. Not only does it take a lot of effort behind the scenes to put on a show like YAI Presents Lean On Me: An Original Show Celebrating Community and Creativity — rehearsing, designing and building — but it also takes a village to lay the foundation. 

Please consider making a donation toward YAI’s continued sustainability and future growth. YAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. We receive a special charitable status because we are recognized for the public good and the benefit we provide to our community. With your support, we are able to continue keeping ticket prices, programs, and all events affordable and accessible. 

Thank you for your support and consideration because life teaches us – 

Teamwork makes the dream work! 

Matt Berdahl

YAI Executive Artistic Director

This year with in-person performances and rehearsals not being a possibility due to safety restrictions, YAI adjusted and adapted to instead produce a virtual showcase entitled YAI Presents Lean On Me: An Original Online Show Celebrating Community and Creativity. This experience was open to any child between the ages of 8 and 18 to participate in and was aimed to provide high-quality and educational theatre experiences through a creative digital platform. This process included eight full weeks of “Zoom” rehearsals with opportunities to participate in both solo and group experiences. Each child had the opportunity to work with the directors to explore which talents they would like to share with their community, then identifying and selecting their individual monologue, song, or artistic piece, and finally rehearsing their work with several artistic staff to gain confidence in their performance! In addition to each youth’s individually crafted performance, this showcase also includes three group songs which were creatively arranged and rehearsed through our digital platform. It was a unique and rewarding experience for everyone involved and we are so excited to share it with you! 

Demand for a creative opportunity to connect was high and thankfully we had a large amount of youth interested in being part of this unique experience! We were excited to have seasoned YAI alumni return and thrilled to see new faces amongst our artists as well. Due to the high number of participants involved and our desire to give each youth an opportunity to fully showcase their work, we have broken down the production into two distinct “Episodes”. Each Episode will contain the all group numbers and will feature select solo artists to perform their individual pieces. Please refer to the Solo Piece List to know which Episode your young artist will be featured in! Watch one or watch both of them! Each of the youth involved has poured themselves and their creative energy into this production and we are so proud to share them with you! 

Robyn Berdahl

YAI Managing Director

Act 1:
Lean On Me – Bill Withers (Glee) – Adajia Torres-McClain, Violet Mork, Jeffrey Keenan Jr., Liam Richardson, Emiliano Espinosa, Paw Kue, Damien Wynn

Castle on a Cloud – Les Misérables – Violet Mork

Comedy Routine – Emiliano Espinosa

Other Friends, The Jam Song, Escapism – Steven Universe – Charlotte Morgan and Madelynn Morgan

Consider Yourself – Oliver The Musical
Scarlett Okonek, Madelynn Morgan, Charlotte Morgan, Nathan Stanley, Natalie Stanley, Danny Stanley

10 Minute Intermission

Act 2:

Wondering – High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Greta Anderson

Think of Me – Phantom of the Opera – Neenah Mork

Act 4, Scene 1 – Macbeth – Scarlett Okonek

Space Between – Descendents 2 – Violet Mork and Paw Kue

For Good – Wicked – Greta Anderson, Jeffrey Keenan Jr., Liam Richardson, Neenah Mork, Ella Kozak

Individual performer talkbacks to follow their solo performance.
Artistic staff talkbacks to follow the end of each episode.
Approx. Episode Runtime: 1hr 30min.

Act 1:

Lean On Me – Bill Withers (Glee) – Adajia Torres-McClain, Violet Mork, Jeffrey Keenan Jr., Liam Richardson, Emiliano Espinosa, Paw Kue, Damien Wynn

Mein liebster Freund – Bastien und Bastienne – Ella Kozak

Comedy Skit – Liam Richardson and Damien Wynn

I Dreamed A Dream – Les Misérables – Natalie Stanley

Consider Yourself – Oliver The Musical – Scarlett Okonek, Madelynn Morgan, Charlotte Morgan, Nathan Stanley, Natalie Stanley, Danny Stanley

10 Minute Intermission

Act 2:

Magic Dance – David Bowie – Nathan Stanley

Video Presentation – Skyscrapers – Danny Stanley

American Sign Language Interpretation – Kidnap the Sandy Claws – Adajia Torres-McClain

Lady – Brett Young – Jeffrey Keenan Jr.

For Good – Wicked – Greta Anderson, Jeffrey Keenan Jr., Liam Richardson, Neenah Mork, Ella Kozak

Individual performer talkbacks to follow their solo performance.
Artistic staff talkbacks to follow the end of each episode.
Approx. Episode Runtime: 1hr 30min.


Carolyn Solberg – Director

Erica Hoops – Music Director 

Matt Berdahl – Assistant Director 

Abby Narveson – Stage Manager

Welsey Frye – Collaborative Pianist

Young Artists Initiative

YAI Managing Director – Robyn Berdahl

YAI Executive Artistic Director – Matt Berdahl 

YAI Board of Directors – Miriam Ackerman, Ansa Akyea, Matt Berdahl, Robyn Berdahl, Katherine Carlson, Michael Carlson, Ben Eng, Jared Gray, Barry Inman, Paige Kamke, Clara Kennedy, Sarah Kraning, Tommy Lang, Carl Levi, Mollie Miller, Timothy Moy, Mason Schlinsog, Becky Wagner

Special Thanks: 

Robyn, Dudley, Murphy, and Archie Berdahl; Bill and Diane Hane;  David Wheeler; David and Wanda Berdahl;  Shelly Mahre Conlin and Stephen McCombs; Marcus Kuboy; Wesley and Marissa Frye; Open Window Theatre; Wendell and Stockwell Family; Dale Bachmeier; First Lutheran Church; SnapPrint; All of our community partners; the YAI Board of Directors; and finally cast members’ families and friends for their incredible help and support on this production!


Carolyn Solberg, Director, (She/ Her), is thrilled to be returning to work on her second production with YAI. Carolyn was recently a YAI Assistant Director and Intern on YAI’s production of Matilda prior to the Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns. She is originally from Moorhead, Minnesota but is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre Arts Performance Creation at the University of Minnesota. As an alum of both Moorhead High School and Trollwood Performing Arts School, theatre has always been a huge part of her life. She has extensive experience in acting as well as stage management but is actively pursuing directing as her professional career. She recently made her directorial debut with Dogfight the musical through a student run theatre group at the University of Minnesota and is excited to continue to work with and advocate for student artists.



Erica Hoops, Music Director, (They/ Them), is a graduate of St. Olaf College, holding degrees in Vocal Performance and Theatre with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. Erica is excited to return for their fourth production with YAI, having directed music for Seussical, Matilda, and acting with the company over a decade ago! When Erica isn’t working with YAI, they manage a store in downtown Saint Paul—working with animals every day has been a lovely way to keep them smiling! Erica also teaches voice lessons to students of any age, performs with Journey North Opera Company, and has made their professional orchestral debut with Hisham Bravo and the Buffalo Community Orchestra! 



Abby Narveson, Stage Manager, (She/ Her), is a rising senior at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she studies and plans to get a degree in stage management. This is her third show with YAI, and she has worked on YAI 2021: A Virtual Performance, as well as their production of Seussical! in 2019 as the Assistant Stage Manager. Her recent credits include The Drowning at Red Rock (SM 2020), Spitfire Grill (ASM 2020), Boundless: A Cabaret (SM 2019) and Marry Me a Little (ASM 2019) at Cornell College. Abby wants to thank her parents, family, and friends for their constant support and love. On with the show!



Robyn Berdahl, YAI Managing Director and YAI Board Member, (She/ Her), has been a YAI Board Member since June 2020  has been one of YAI’s most enthusiastic volunteers since she became involved in 2014! During the 2021 pandemic era YAI recognized Robyn as the official YAI Managing Director. When she is not pouring much of her time and passion into YAI, she serves the community as a forensic psychiatric nurse for Hennepin County – specializing in working at the intersections of the criminal justice system, substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental illness. Her three greatest passions are… 1- Her family, which consists of her pretty spectacular husband and three big lazy hound dogs. 2- Reducing the stigma around mental health and increasing health equity for all people. 3. Ensuring YAI continues to be an inclusive and accessible place for our community’s young artists to belong! 




Matt Berdahl, YAI Executive Artistic Director/ Assistant Director, (He/ Him), is a Minnesota-born and raised theatre professional who has performed, directed, and traveled the country working with various theaters connected with many strong communities, including musical theatre, Shakespeare, National Touring Children’s Theatre, commercial work, and various other professional mediums. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Matt launched his career as an actor, performing with some of the Twin Cities theater’s staple directors and theater companies with strong ties to their respective communities. Following a stint in Michigan, Matt made his career move back to the Twin Cities in 2015 to focus on directing for youth as his primary task. He artistically participated in YAI productions: Matilda (Director), Seussical (Director), Disney’s Mary Poppins (Director) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Director), 2021: A Virtual Performance (Stage Manager), Shrek Jr (Sound Designer), and now Lean On Me: An Original Online Show (Assistant Director). When Matt was selected to be YAI’s Artistic Director it brought his professional journey full circle: sharing the positive world of theater with Twin Cities youth and working to grow our great YAI community! 


Wesley Frye, Production Accompanist, (He/ Him), is a classically trained operatic tenor. However, his vocal prowess doesn’t end there. He also specializes in musical theater, jazz, and pop, and offers vocal coaching for each of these genres. In addition to being well-known as a singer, Wesley has also made a name for himself as a collaborative pianist, having worked extensively with many age levels, from elementary school to professional ensembles and soloists. Check out Wesley’s resume, hear recordings, and learn more about him on his website!

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Greta Anderson is a 6th grader at Global Arts Plus. She appreciates all forms of art, theater, and music, spending much of her spare time making music! Greta plays clarinet, acoustic and electric guitar. She also loves to sing and has recently started dabbling in songwriting. This is her second YAI production and she is thrilled to be a part of this community.


Emiliano Espinosa is 11 years old and goes to little Canada elementary school, He is in the sixth grade and this is his 4th show with YAI his favorite thing about YAI is the staff and community that helps you become a better actor, if you or anyone you know is interested in theater then he highly recommends YAI.


Jeffrey Keenan Jr. is a 12 year old bilingual in Spanish and he attends Highland Middle School Spanish Immersion. Jeffrey has been dancing since the age of two and competed in tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet from age five to nine. He decided at age nine to pursue his dream of being in musicals and has been studying at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts at the children’s theater for the last year and a half developing his singing and acting skills and was in his first one hour production Lyle the Crocodile Summer 2019. He also spent Summer of 2018 at Songs of Hope camp singing with 100 plus children from all over the world for two months. This is Jeffrey’s fourth YAI production after performing in Frozen Jr., Matilda and 2021: A Virtual Performance. He recently started taking piano lessons to add to his resume and skill set in theater. He is very passionate about his work with YAI and feels like he is family with the cast and crew. 


Ella Kozak is 16 and excited to be back at YAI for for her eighth show! After making her musical theatre debut in Into The Woods Jr, she has gone on to perform on stages all across the Twin Cities. Including but not limited to Mary Poppins at Stages Theatre Company, Lion King Jr at Ashland Productions, and MEAN at Youth Performance Company. Beyond theatre, she loves to dance, play the violin, and cuddle with her cats. She thanks you for coming to the performance!


Paw Kue is 11 years old and she is in 5th grade at Sejong Academy. This is Paw Kue’s first YAI show. In her free time she likes to sing and dance. Paw Kue is really excited for this YAI show and she hopes you like it! 


Charlotte Morgan is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Royal Oaks Elementary School.  This is her second show with YAI.  This is her 6th year studying ballet and tap at Woodbury Dance and her 2nd year studying piano.  She also enjoyed singing in my church’s choir for a year. In her spare time she likes drawing, hanging out with friends, playing video games, and making slime. One of the things she is most proud of is being a Brownie Girl Scout and helping people in her community. She is looking forward to performing with YAI and meeting a lot of new friends.  


Maddie Morgan is 11 years old and is in 5th grade at Royal Oaks Elementary in Woodbury.  This is her second show with YAI.  This will be her 6th year studying tap and ballet dance with Woodbury Dance. She also studied piano for 3 years, played violin for a year with her school’s Orchestra, and sang in her school and church’s choir for a year.  One of the things that she is most proud of is helping out others in her community. She is super excited to perform for you and meet lots of new friends.  


Neenah Mork is 14 years old, and she is an 8th grader at Humboldt. This will be her fourth production with YAI. One reason that Neenah keeps doing YAI is that she can make new friends, have fun, and learn more about theatre. In her free time, she loves to bake and go rollerblading.


Violet Mork is 11 years old and a 5th grader at Sejong Academy. This is Violet’s fourth show with YAI. She likes YAI because she can make new friends and she can also learn about theater. When she has free time Violet likes to play with her siblings, listen to music, do sports and be energetic!


Scarlett Okonek is 10 years old and attends Garlough Environmental Magnet School. This is Scarletts 2nd show with YAI. She recently reached her personal goal of becoming a you-tuber! She loves mythical creatures, cooking, writing, and gaming. She also takes an interest in all types of art! 


Liam Richardson is 12 and attends middle school in Greensboro, NC. He has co- created and appeared in original shows at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Triad Stage. He was Dodo Bird in Alice in Wonderland Jr and the lead Wickersham Brother plus the Mayor of Whoville in Seussical Jr. Liam performs with Junior Artist and Music in Greensboro.


Daniel Stanley is 13 years old and is homeschooled. He previously participated in Black Dirt Theater’s productions of Guys and Dolls and Wizard of Oz. His interests include architecture and designing structures of his own. This is his second YAI production. He previously participated in the virtual YAI production.


Natalie Stanley is 9 years old. She is homeschooled. Her other acting experience was with Black Dirt Theater’s production of Wizard of Oz. She loves caring for her cats and trying out new fashions. This is her second YAI production. Natalie participated in the virtual YAI production earlier this year. 


Nathan Stanley is 11 years old. He is homeschooled. Nathan’s interests include David Bowie music and editing music and video creations. His previous acting experiences include a Black Dirt Theater production of Wizard of Oz and assisting his siblings with the YAI virtual production earlier this year. 


Adajia Torres-McClain is 18 years old and she loves being in YAI. This is Adajia’s 6th year with YAI. She enjoys doing shows with YAI and she is very thankful for all the hard work that YAI has done for her. She hopes she can do more shows with YAI as an artistic staff after she graduates. She would like to thank Matt and Robyn Berdahl for their continued support.


Damien Wynn is a native of North Carolina. He is a 5 th grader at Sedgefield Elementary in Greensboro, NC. Damien is the youngest of three children. He started acting in 2019, with his first stage play being A Christmas Carol with Triad Stage. When he is not acting, you can find Damien at the end of a camera, modeling! In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing with his beyblades, Damien also loves great weather so he can put his golf clubs to use!

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Congratulations to everyone involved in this production! The cast did an amazing job in a very tricky circumstance and I am so proud of everyone for their accomplishments! Seeing the growth from week to week was such a joy, and I hope that everyone feels that they learned something/reached a goal they had during this process!


To the artistic staff, thank you all so much for your hard work, flexibility, and dedication to our young artists. Matt and Robyn—this is an important outlet for kids, and it is so rewarding to be a part of it. 


Thank you to my family, my housemates, and my friends who have all supported me throughout all of my endeavors. Special shout-out to Daniel (and Gus) for being so caring and comforting. And a huge thank you to my dear friend Wes and his wife Marissa for their musical support during this project—please check out the Frye Music Duo on Instagram for information on their studios and schedule!


If you or anyone you know is interested in voice lessons, please email! I would love to work with you every week to reach your goals.


Stay safe, and support your communities!

— Erica C. Hoops,  YAI Presents Lean On Me – Music Director 

I would not be who I am today without my sister, Maggie, My parents, My family, My best friends Sam and Georgia, and the community at YAI. Thank you all so much for believing in me and giving me the strength I needed to keep pushing forward. 

— Abby Narveson, YAI Presents Lean On Me –  Stage Manager

A huge thank you to everyone who has dedicated time to this production, including the board of directors, artistic team, parents, friends, family, and all of our young performers. I am so honored to have served as director for this project and to have had the opportunity to work with such incredibly talented young people. Seeing the passion and heart you brought to each rehearsal was incredibly inspiring. I could not be more proud of the work you have done here in this showcase, and I cannot wait to see where the arts will take you in the future. To the artistic staff, thank you for welcoming me into this role and helping me navigate this online platform. YAI is such a special and important place and you are the ones that make it so. Thank you for your dedication not only to the craft but to changing the lives of all the young people who pass through this program. 

— Carolyn Solberg, YAI Presents Lean On Me – Director

One year ago we were in production for Matilda and to say we were in our “happy place” would be an understatement. We were surrounded by the energy of it all – the young artists in their element, singing, dancing, the hard work of tech week, and the giggles – oh there were so many giggles!!! The world shut down two days after we closed Matilda and I know everyone involved at YAI has mourned for the loss of those giggles and wondered when they would return.


This winter YAI took on the challenge to adapt and adjust our high quality and educational theatre programming into a virtual platform through this show “2021 – A Virtual Performance” which we are so excited to share with you. It has been a welcomed opportunity for YAI’s young artists to reconnect with their theatre friends, to re-engage in a creative outlet, and share their talents with their community. YAI has always been about creating a place to belong, and while we may not be together in a physical space just yet, we are so grateful for this virtual opportunity to connect! What I am personally most excited for, however, is that every night over the last several months as I would pass by Matt’s office during the rehearsal process I could hear that the giggles have returned!! 

— Robyn Berdahl, YAI Presents Lean On Me – Managing Director

I am going to use these notes today to give thanks more than anything. Thank you very much to the Artistic Team for their hard work and dedication to this show and more importantly these kids. Let’s get started…

The Young Artists (Cast, Crew, Etc.) – Thank you for all of your growth. Whether we have worked together for 5 years or just this show, I have such a huge respect for you and I celebrate you. We have talked about it through the rehearsal process how you are surrounded by people that care about you and love seeing you succeed. As the show opens, the only thing that changes is now even more people will celebrate you and watch you succeed! 

Carolyn (The Director) Thank you for having such a kind spirit that any kid or adult could feel. It brought a positivity to rehearsal that everyone appreciated!

Erica (The Music Director) – Thank you for educating and performing with a sense of passion and creating healthy habits that these young adults will take with them into adulthood. P.S. You rocked the schedule! 

Abby (The Stage Manager) – Thank you for your commitment and ability to step into a very tough job and doing so with positivity and critical thinking. This is a rare quality and I am excited to work with you in the future productions. Nailed it! 

The YAI Board of Director (The rockstars behind the curtain) – Thank you very much for your dedication and time, YAI would not exist without you! 

Robyn (MY WIFE!) – Thank you for the love and support you bring to me. You fuel me and help steer my drive and passion for this program in a way that I admire. With your help I am able to guide this community and share my passion for theater with our community.  


Young Artist Initiative is a village – it is a community – and you are now officially part of that community – so to the audience I THANK YOU! Today, do me a favor, give thanks and support to these young adults and artistic staff by praising them and giving them a space full of love and support they will never forget.

— Matt Berdahl,  YAI Presents Lean On Me – YAI Executive Artistic Director

It is through your support, and the continued commitment from the foundations and grants we are honored to be recognized by, that YAI can offer these high-quality and educational theatre experiences to our communities young artists. Now more than ever we understand the importance of sustaining a place for youth to explore their creative talents, connect with friends, and foster a sense of belonging. Please consider a donation to support YAI in fulfilling our mission to transform the lives of these young artists for years to come!! 


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Donor List:

Jessica Acuna, Nimo Ahmed, Dave and Kathy Albin, Lisec America, Amy Amsbaugh, Alisha Anderson, Karen Appelbaum, Tina Barylak, Brad Baso, Beth Bassett, Cory Baumeister, Laura Bautista, Daniel and Stacy Beno, Margaret Benson, David and Wanda Berdahl, Herb and William Berendsen, Kristen L. Blann, Laura Boerbon, Allison Boles, Alan Bond, Colin Bosch, Erin Bosch, Erin Bosman, Kelly Boss, Sarah Brammer, Sarah Brendel, Alisha Brown, Norah Brown, Cassie and Dan Bruski, Staci Caille, Katherine Carlson, Freda Carlson, Kia Cashman, Paul Cassidy, Sarah Chapman, Kim Chase-Kozak, Mary Cochran , Carolyn Collett, Timothy Comes, Diana and Steve Cook, Mary Ellen Cook, BryAnna Cooley, Kim Cuny, Brion Curran, Katherine Dalager , Ruth Danfield, Mike Danfield, Tamara Dobbins, Nicholas Dobbins, David Dobbins, Jane Dolan, Joy and Michael Donley, Amy Dritz, Sallie Earickson, Jeremy Earickson, Stephen Eigenmann, Ben Eng, Tim Eng, Pam Eng, Rainbow Espinosa, Elizabeth Fabel, Nathan Farley, Deb Farrell, Linda Finnerty, Sarah Fitch, Alicia Freeman, Mark Frommelt, Luette Frost, Molly Frost, Michael  Gaio, Janice Garrett, Robin Gillette, Melissa Giroux, Dennis Glade, Sarah Goring, Lorie Graupmann, Jared Gray, B and T Greer, Julie Grice, Shannon Gullette, Alyson Gullette, Thong Le Ha, Christina Hallquist, Holly Hancks, Ashley Hane, Bill and Diane Hane, Linda Hannasch, Mark Hanno, Kathy Hartenberger, Mark Haugen, Shannon-Tim-Logan and Anna Himango, Sammie Hlavac, David Holewinski, Tom and Laurie Hoops, Beth Hvass, Samantha Hyatt, Barry Inman, Nataliya Ishkova, Ruhel Islam, Laura Jacobson, Jenna Jenson, Susan Johannsen, Joel Johnson, David Johnson, Joellyn Johnson, Dusten Johnson, Sarah Joosten, Lucas Jordan, Beverly Jorland, Stephen June, Meredith Junker, Joe Juvland, Heidi Kamrath, Gary & Pam Kaufenberg, Bekah and Amy Kaufenberg-Satre, Matthew Kelly, Kevin Kennedy, James Kennedy, Jon King, Crystal Kjellman, Raini Knaeble-Weiss, Jamie Knight, Karen L & Richard Knochel, Ashley Knochel, Megan Krings, Nicholas Krings, Mar Kuha, Benjamin R Lacina, Ray & Nancy Lacina, Thomas Lang, Sheng Lee, Brady Lockwood, Laura Kahler Loftness, Cheri Long, Denise Lutgen-Gallaty, Carla Mantel, Steve Marier, Andrea Markstrom, Chuck-Trish Mason, Marni  Mazutis, Susan McCarthy, Shelly Colin and Stephen McCombs, Bridget McGreevy, Sam Michael, Sonny and Amy Miller, Annie Mitty, Chad and Nikki Moller, Andy Mork, Richard Mork, Jeff Moses, Nicole and Scott Mourgos, Timothy Moy, Lynn Mucciacciaro, Russel and Allie Munson, Jennifer Narveson, Heather Nehowig, Diane Nelson, Ashley Nelson-Finn, Nancy Nerbonne, Rachel Noggle, Stephenie Noggle, Mary Noggle, Melissa and Jim Noggle, George Norman, Linda Nortman, Grace O’Halloran, David Oberpriller, Joanne Oglesby, Hillary Oppmann, Larry Osmek, Betsy Parker, Timothy Payton, Alex Peck, Lynne Penke, Carron Perry, Suzanne Peters, Samantha Peterson, Kay Pflugi, Anne Pflugi, Mary Plein, Jason Poirier, Kristen Powell, Marisa Priess, Donovan Prostrollo, Abel Knochel and Rebekah Pratt, Kelly Redemske, Brooke Reiner, Marjorie Richardson, Kay Robinson, Diane Ruday, Eileen Ryan, Gwyneth and Blake Rypkema, Cristal Sallis, Ann Salt, Gillian Sanford, Thomas Satre, Melissa Satre, Benjamin Schatz, Jenna Scheich, Mason and Morgan Schlinsog, Lydia Schmeltzer, Nick Schreurs, Melissa Schuler, Christine Schussler, Guy Schuster, Nick Schwendeman, Karen & Tom Senko, Mickaylee Shaughnessy, Shelley Shultz, Mindy Shultz, Ben Siegel, MJ Spitzmueller, Kristina Stagman, Jeremy and Sarah Stanbary, Sarah Stai, Janna Stewart , Wendell and Patty Stockwell, Sarah Suemnig, Ben Taylor, Linda Thao, Kevin & Amanda Thuringer, Dena Tisor, Ben To, Michelle Torborg, Jessica Torres, Lena Marie Torres, Erik Tropple, Julie Truong, Cody Turner, Kamala Udayamurthy, Jennie Unger, Kristin Vierow, Brianna Vujovich, Stephanie Walker, Joanne Whalen, David Wheeler, Sandy Wilcox, Oliver and Harriet Wilde, Molly Wilson, Terry Winter, Christine Wittman, Carolyn Wold, Jodi Wolkerstorfer, Samantha Woodford, Daniel Wrigley, John Zakelj, Jen Zaske, Nick Zeimet


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