Our Team

Kathy Korum
Program Director


Bio coming soon.




Asha Shoffner
YJ01 Program Manager


Asha is a self-proclaimed ‘Saint Paul Kid’ who is thrilled to join the Right Track team as the YJ01 Program Manager. Asha has spent the last fourteen years serving historically marginalized communities. She has eight years of experience leading Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and is passionate about ensuring underserved communities have access to resources and leadership opportunities. When not in the office, Asha can be found trail running, building her music library, and having conversations about dismantling systemic oppression. Asha holds a B.A. with an area of concentration in Education for Social Change and a Certificate of Equity and Diversity from the University of Minnesota.


Laura Weller
YJ02 Program Manager


I am joining the Right Track team after working with young people experiencing homelessness for over 9 years.  I have experience in delivering street-based outreach, curriculum development, and food shelf operations. I have a passion for youth work and making lasting connections with community members.   I believe in meeting youth where they are in their journey and supporting them as they realize their full potential.  When I am not at work I love to garden, can pickles, and go for runs with my dogs.  I have a degree from the University of Minnesota majoring in Child Psychology with minors in Youth Studies and Family Violence Prevention.


Cheniqua Johnson
YJ01 Program Liaison


This summer, I will be joining Right Track YJ01 team as one of the new Program Liaisons.  As a Minnesota native, my professional background is in public service advocating for youth, education reform, and grass-roots organizing within the Minnesota community. I have experience in youth mentorship, professional development, event planning, and government relations. I believe that the only thing that separates youth from one another is opportunity. My passion for equitable education and youth achievement enables me to stay active in our community and youth development programs. When I am not at work, I love to play sports, attend community events, or catch a good movie. This December, I will be finishing up my B.S in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities becoming the first person in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution.


Sterling Brown
YJ01 Program Liaison


For the past 12 years I’ve been heavily involved in the Saint Paul Community through
volunteer coaching/mentoring as well as working with Saint Paul Public Schools. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with our young men and women from similar backgrounds and family situations as my own. Because of this commonality, I am able to successfully reach our most challenged youth. Being able to work with our youth allows me to remain humble and realize how fortunate I am to be where I am today. I am honored to help our youth reach their fullest potential. Although it isn’t always easy, I am a firm believer that working with youth requires skill, tenacity and an open-minded mentality; I am proud to say that I am helping build our future.


Jessica Anderson
YJ01 Program Liaison


I am thrilled to be joining the Right Track YJ01 team this summer. After living and working in Jinju, South Korea for over eight years, I finally came back home to Minnesota in March of 2017. In Korea, I taught English as a Second/Foreign Language, I coordinated the intensive 180-hour Business English program at a university, and I taught, coached, and advised hundreds of high school and university students
. I know young people can do anything if they are given the opportunity and the resources. In my free time, I like to attend plays and musicals. I hold an M.Ed in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum Design with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Missouri, and since I returned to Minnesota, I have taken Diversity and Equity trainings at the University of Minnesota.


Gabriel Johnson
YJ01 Program Liaison


Gabriel is excited to be back in St. Paul to take on the role of Program Liaison Trainer with the Right Track team after being away in Northern California for 6 years. Working in retail management for 8 years, he decided to go back to school to pursue a career where he could help communities that mirror his own growing up on the East Side of St. Paul. That has led to his passion and continued efforts in addressing health disparities, this past year Gabriel was a 7th grade math teacher. When Gabriel isn’t working, he’s running, reading books about the African diaspora, or finding new tunes. He has a Bachelor’s of Art in Economics with a minor in Global Disease Biology from University of California, Davis and will be pursuing his Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor this upcoming fall.


Udele Xiong
YJ02 Job Coach


I was born and raised in St. Paul by the Rice Street area. I received my B.A in Psychology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. My first internship was with the Minnesota Historical Society, where I worked in the education department producing educational cartoons that taught history inquiry and assisted in conducting a new Hmong culture education kit for classrooms K-12. I also have experience working with underrepresented youth as a mentor and teacher’s assistant for TRIO Student Support Services last summer. For leisure, I read manga, play tennis, eat out, and fangirling about Korean pop or drama videos.


Casey Daubert
YJ02 Job Coach


Casey comes to Right Track YJ02 with a background in College Counseling and Student Development and has been working for the past 2 years at Minnesota Life College, providing support to students on the autistic spectrum and other learning differences. Casey is a huge believer in creating community, passionate about working with youth, believes in fair and equal opportunities for all, and continues to coach and teach others life skills that will help them reach their fullest creative potential. When Casey is not working, they enjoy creating art, thrifting, joining meditation retreats and events at the local meditation center, and spending quality time with their two dogs Rosie and Cooper.


Javier Higgins
YJ02 Job Coach


Javier was born in Brooklyn, NY where he attended Tennis Bergun grade school and, once, found his love for animals. Then Bildersee for middle school, where he learned to love French and football. Then Canarsie High School where he found his love for skateboarding and anime. Then for college — French, intercultural communications/cultural competency, African and African diaspora, short stories, long conversations about cultural experiences and traveled around the world just to prove that he can do it in 180 days – he failed miserably. Then Ethiopia to work on nutritional and behavior change communications, visit dry mountains and eat amazing Injera, hang with plenty of friends et pratique une nouvelle langue (practice a new language). Now back and reborn into something that is beginning to feel right which is helping the youth find their voice.


Kurt New
YJ02 Job Coach


This summer I will be joining the Right Track team as a Job Coach for the YJ02 team. I have an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Children & Families. I have over 20 years experience working with youth in afterschool settings, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazingly talented young people in my career. During the school year, you can find me on St. Paul’s West Side running the afterschool program at Humboldt High School. In my free time I enjoy playing in a co-ed soccer league, watching sports or Netflix and getting outside and enjoying nature.


Gao Thao
YJ02 Job Coach


I am so excited to be joining Right Track as a Job Coach and to be able to continue working with the great community I was raised in. I believe in the value of engaging students in a meaningful experience utilizing the local community to help facilitate the learning process. I have a passion for education access and success and youth development which has shaped my experiences in working with families and students from all ages and backgrounds. I have taught, mentored, and coached students in different summer programs as well as guided high school students in the college process. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, watching movies, and spending time with my two favorite dogs Kira and Lily.


Ayele Agbobly
YJ02 Job Coach


I am excited to be returning to Right Track this summer; this will be my second summer being a YJ02 job coach. I am originally from Togo, West Africa but I have been living in Saint Paul for the past 11 years. I am a senior at the University of Minnesota, my major is business marketing education and my minor is youth studies. During the school year I am a teacher’s assistant and a research assistant and also a literacy tutor through Minnesota Family Literacy Program at the UofM. For leisure, I love to relax and stay indoors and watch movies.


Abdiqalis Mohamud
YJ02 Intern


This summer I will be going back to Right Track YJ02 for my third consecutive internship.  I intern for Laura Weller (YJ02 program manager). I was born in Kenya but raised in Saint Paul. I graduated from Saint Paul Central Highschool and I am currently taking classes at Saint Paul College. I hope to major in computer science. In a world surrounded by modern technology, computing has a big impact on society. It has enabled most citizens who have access to communicate effectively, expressing their ideas and utilizing their creativity to the best of their ability. I have always been intrigued by the concept of learning about computing. I hope to teach and learn from everyone in right track about computer sciences. Outside of Right Track I enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking and playing sports.




Right Track staff are supported by the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Mayor Christopher B. Coleman.

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