Each quarter we will be highlighting an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, get to know Ashlie Seifert.
What is your title at LCRC? I am the Kinship Coordinator.
What does that entail? I am in charge of recruiting Mentors (Adult Volunteers) and Mentees (Children Ages 5-16) and then matching them together to hopefully build a positive, strong relationship between them while enhancing a child’s life and contributing to help grow confidence, friendship and community. I am also a Parent Coach and Supervised Visitation Facilitator. I supervise in a safe neutral environment so parents, or grandparents, relatives, etc. can visit their children who have been removed from their home or care.
How long have you been with LCRC? 1 year
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Everything! Being able to give back what was given to me. Being able to help children experience things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Creating strong relationships for the greater good of our community.
What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding Mentors.
What is your background? I am from Littlefork, a small country town near the Ice Box of the Nation, International Falls. I graduated High School at Littlefork Big Falls HS. I moved to the Twin Cities and attended Normandale Community College and stayed in St. Paul until I was 27. I moved back to International Falls and after being in an abusive relationship myself started working as a Crisis Advocate and Supervised Visitation Facilitator at an agency there, Friends Against Abuse.
What is your dream vacation? Any vacation at this point would be lovely. A beach. A book. Sunshine.
What is your favorite food? Chips and Salsa. Especially spicy and fruity salsa.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My Dad. I grew up with just my Dad and I was only child. He taught me how to hunt, fish, change a tire and to be independent and assertive.
What brought you to LCRC? I met my husband online. He is from the Lakes Area and after a long-distance relationship I decided to move here. I heard about the Crisis Center and walked in one day in hopes of volunteering and also seeking employment.
What is your favorite movie? I don’t watch TV or movies much but I enjoy reading. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath are my favorite books.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory?
Spending time at our cabin on Lake Kabetogama.