After noticing gaps in mentoring and support for students, we participated in 10 years of research to identify aspects of a program that would better fill the community needs and support local organizations. The outcome of this research outlined what is now Intentional Mentoring Inc.
Katie Mae Imhoff-Smith
Founder, Program Coordinator, Board Member
Katie Mae Imhoff-Smith is a Madison native, dog lover, and ice cream enthusiast. Holding undergrad degrees in psychology and communication arts and a Masters in education (curriculum, instruction, and assessment), she has been mentoring, coaching and teaching students both in and out of the Madison Metropolitan School District for the last 13 years. Currently, she is an innovation strategist within the Research and Data team for the district.
Lead Mentor Coach
Dana Finne is proud Wisconsonite, active outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and health nut. She holds an undergrad degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and a Masters in Teaching from Cardinal Stritch University. She began her teaching career in Milwaukee and, after 7 years, moved to Madison where she currently teaches 8th grade at Akira Toki Middle School.
Social Worker, Board Member
Franny has been working with youth in Madison for over ten years. Hailing from northern Minnesota, she moved to Wisconsin to attend UW-Madison where she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social work and later a Masters degree in Social Work. Currently, she works as an adoption social worker in Madison. In her free time, Franny enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, eating at the Pizza Ranch with her husband Ray, and watching Frasier reruns.
With a background in psychology and computer science, Ted studies the biology of emotion in a neuroscience research lab. In a previous life, Ted worked in healthcare software development. He loves puppies, coffee, and all things spicy, and pairs them with video games, science, and technology whenever possible.
Jackie Velasquez graduated with an undergrad degree in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been with Centro Hispano for the last 4 years in the Youth Team Department currently as the Youth Programs Community Engagement Coordinator. During her free time, she loves to travel, dance, and explore new parks and hiking trails!
Toya is originally from Kentucky, but has called Madison home for the last 3 years. She has a degree in communication sciences and disorders and counseling and human development. She is working towards licensure as an LPC and currently works as a school counselor at Akira Toki Middle School. In her free time, Toya enjoys exercising, traveling, and watching New Girl reruns.