Sprockets Staff

By now, you probably realize that Sprockets is all about bringing together different organizations. So it should come as no surprise to learn that our staff is a partnership of community-based agencies. We don’t all share one office, but we do share one common purpose: to make positive change in the lives of youth through quality out-of-school time programming.

Did you know?

Every member of the Sprockets team has been a youth worker at some point in our pasts. Guess you could say that passion for encouraging youth to reach their fullest potential runs deep in all of us.

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    Erik Skold, Director

    City of Saint Paul
    erik.skold@ci.stpaul.mn.us
    612-656-6500

    For the past ten years, Erik has been deeply involved in bringing learning experiences for children and youth beyond the classroom. This set the stage well for his current role as Sprockets Director, where he works with schools, city governments, parks, libraries and many community-based organizations to develop and promote quality programming that supports young people as they strive to recognize and achieve their greatest potential.

    Erik, a former high school debate team member, turned his enthusiasm for long hours spent in library research into a pursuit of a master’s degree in youth development leadership from the University of Minnesota. A Wisconsin native, Erik frequently crosses the border back to his home state to introduce his three young children to the wonders of the great outdoors.

  • Jocelyn Wiedow, Network and Quality Coordinator

    YWCA of St. Paul
    jwiedow@ywcaofstpaul.org
    651-265-0720

    As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, Jocelyn brings together people and programs from all across St. Paul with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. It’s a perfect fit for someone with more than 18 years of experience in coordinating and directing youth and family programs around the Twin Cities – not to mention the practice she gets at home, guiding and encouraging quality out-of-school experiences for her own two active sons!

    Jocelyn’s summers at camp as a young person inspired her love for learning in nontraditional settings. Some of her favorite outdoor classroom experiences have been teaching horseback and dirt bike riding.  Jocelyn has a master’s degree in public and non-profit administration. An outdoor enthusiast, Jocelyn enjoys a little time away to go camping and canoeing.

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    Lisle Bertsche Kehr, Communications and Evaluation Associate

    City of Saint Paul
    lisle.bertsche@ci.stpaul.mn.us
    612-656-6500

    As Sprockets’ Communications and Evaluation Associate, Lisle shares information about afterschool program opportunities and their importance with youth workers, partners, and youth and families in Saint Paul to ensure that all young people can access after school opportunities that will help them succeed. She brings to this work a passion for bringing people together to solve problems. Lisle has a degree in Environmental Studies from Macalester College.

    As a child, Lisle spent many hours playing the piano, making pinch pots in ceramics classes, and running after a soccer ball. She also enjoyed camping trips and playing outside as a kid, which led to a summer job hiking, fishing, and canoeing with urban youth and teaching them about natural spaces in their home city! In her spare time, Lisle loves to explore the Twin Cities on foot or by bike, often taking photos along the way.

  • Sarah Schultz, Intern

    St. Catherine University
    spschultz@stkate.edu
    612-656-6500

    A senior at St. Catherine University, Sarah connected with Sprockets through the St. Kate’s Center for Community Work and Learning. She is excited to supplement her final semester with a Career Ready Internship at Sprockets. A unique blend of music and theater coursework and employment experiences have fostered Sarah’s creativity as well as her communication and organizational skills. She expects to utilize all of these abilities at Sprockets!

    Sarah’s upbringing in Northern Minnesota gave her a unique perspective on community and education. Initially an early elementary educator, Sarah’s mom now manages the Park Rapids branch of the Kitchigami Library System. For the first part of her childhood, Sarah’s dad worked for the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center as a mentor for disabled employees at the county recycling center. Sarah loved dancing with the employees at their monthly parties and visiting Vern the cat at the recycling center.  Currently, Sarah’s dad teaches middle school and high school special education in a town of less than 2,000 people. Sarah has loved attending school in St. Paul and looks forward to furthering her engagement in the community.