Rachel Saathoff



My name is Rachel and I am the owner and a coach for EmpowerDI. I started this program because I have a passion for leadership and love kids. I frequently have to remind myself that I am working because the BTNL programs are so much fun. When I am not working, I am spending time with family, friends, or riding my bike. I love to cycle and if you haven't checked out the WeEndure Youth Cycling program, that is a must! Hope you are enjoying EmpowerDI as much as I am, see ya in class :)

Brian Laakso

Leadership Coach

Hi my name is Brian Laakso. I am a Global Project Manager at Columbia Sportswear. My favorite hobbies are staying active through cycling, swimming, running, and hiking. What I particularly enjoy about the EmpowerDI program is the opportunity to coach youth in creative project-based challenges that are designed to build their confidence, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. There's nothing more fulfilling then watching children gain pride in themselves by accomplishing their goals and expanding their knowledge and skills. 

Kaitlin Jenson

Leadership Coach

Hi! My name is Kaitlin Jenson and I am a senior at Beaverton Health and Science High School. I am passionate about leadership and learning as well as working with kids and vulnerable communities! In the future, I hope to be a pediatric physical therapist and work with kids who have chronic illnesses. With my last year in High School, I hope to get some more leadership and mentoring experience in before I head off to college to get a degree in exercise health science. When I'm not working or studying you can probably find me painting, reading, or listening to a good podcast to destress!

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