2023 Workshop Speakers

Unseen Passages: Refugees and the Collective Fight for Vitality

Kelsey Ueland (she/her) 

Kelsey currently works as the Support Coordinator for Jonathan House, a project of the International Association for Refugees that focuses on providing safe, stable shelter and a supportive community to people who are seeking asylum in the Twin Cities. Her work offers ample opportunity to build personal relationships with refugees as well as time to develop programs and structures designed to better support the recovery of those living at Jonathan House. She is grateful for the balance and the opportunity to use her social work background. Outside of work, she happily spends her time reading, writing, exercising, and enjoying the city of Saint Paul with her husband.


Katie Boone (she/her)

Katie Boone is a social innovator, scholar, and entrepreneur. Her roots come from her experiences in co-designing innovative breakthrough systems that enhance access, equity, and vitality for families, organizations, communities and systems. She brings a unique and integrated skillset, weaving together practices from multiple lineages and fields of scholarship. She is globally stewarding participatory practices within the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter global community of practice, and is a deep stewarding practitioner of Narrative and Regenerative methodologies and practices. She is a life-long learner who brings a social-entrepreneurial mindset to her work and has a passion for discovering collective impact through collaborative, multi-sector strategies. She has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies, Women's Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, as well as a M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and she is a PhD student in the Organizational, Leadership and Policy Development - Evaluation Studies program at the University of Minnesota. She serves on the President's Council on Indigenous Relations, and she teaches entrepreneurship as a Visiting Instructor in the Economics and Management department and is the Director of the Entrepreneurial Innovation Center here at Gustavus Adolphus College.


Bethany Ringdal (she/her) 

Bethany Ringdal is learning to live a Jesus-shaped life of hospitality and solidarity among global neighbors. She leads the International Association for Refugees’ Minneapolis/St. Paul's team shares a community with asylum-seeking refugees at Jonathan House and labors alongside the Minnesota Asylum Network.