The Leadership Staff at Elevate Life is committed to the mission of providing each of our affiliated Pregnancy Centers and Clinics with the support and resources they need to thrive and serve their community. Each member brings a unique skill set to the team, and we’re so grateful for their constant work and dedication. If you are looking to contact one of the staff members with questions or for more information about Elevate Life, find our contact information here.

Vaunae comes to us with more than 20 years’ experience in Pregnancy Resource Clinic non-profit work. She served as Executive Director for one of the first Pregnancy Resource Centers in California to convert to a medical clinic, leading them through the process of becoming licensed by the state of California as a Community Clinic.  She served as PRC Program Manager for Women’s Resource Network which provided leadership training, board consultation, and strategic planning to pregnancy resource centers across California, Nevada and Arizona. During this period, she spearheaded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control which funded the creation of a National Student Federation on Abstinence. As part of this grant young people from all across the United States met in Washington DC on 4 separate occasions to speak with members of both the House and Congress on the importance of abstinence education for young people. She is passionate about pro-life work.

Vaunae lives in the Twin Cities with her husband of 45years. They have four grown children and 10 grandchildren. Vaunae holds a BA in Human Behavior, a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and is a Mastery Certified Life Coach and Gallop Strengthsfinders Coach.

Vaunae Hansel MCLC, President


  • Provides thought leadership
  • Affiliation Relations lead
  • Affiliate Advisory Council oversight
  • Oversight of all training programs, new Executive Director training, and professional development programs
  • Provide strategic planning assistance

Rebecca Brubaker, Affiliate Support Manager


  • Provides support to our affiliated network of centers and clinics in the form of cutting edge, best practice resources to equip them to be leaders in the PRC/PMC movement
  • Affiliate support specializing in rural affiliate and medical affiliate needs
  • Provides leadership on the Medical Model for Centers of Excellence
  • Coordinates affiliate training programs and affiliate website resources
  • Maintains Training Certification program
  • Site-specific New Executive Director training

Megan Schmidt, Office Manager


  • Oversee and manage the Affiliate Liability and Property Insurance program
  • Manage donor database and donation processing, maintain online donation platform, and answer donation inquiries
  • Coordinate office procedures, maintain supplies inventory, and direct volunteers
  • Provide business management – including management of all account receivables and payables, monitoring of the office budget, assist with auditing, and maintain IT infrastructure

Julia Sellnow, Nurse


  • Provides support to our affiliated network of centers and clinics in the form of cutting edge, best practice resources to equip them to be leaders in the Pregnancy Medical Clinic PMC movement.
  • Continue support to our Affiliate Clinics in the process of AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care).
  • Maintain AAAHC policies online
  • Provide affiliates with medical resources and standards for best practices
  • Coordinate Medical Services Updates webinars
  • Manage medical model standards policies and procedures and related training

Katherine Szepieniec, Multimedia Associate


  • Magazine Publication
  • Website Maintenance
  • Donor Communications
  • Fundraiser Planning and Promotions
  • Print and Digital Communications
  • Video Production and Editing

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