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-Bebeau
Founder, Program Coordinator, Board Member
Katie Mae 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) as well as in Educational Leadership (with a principal’s licensure), she has been mentoring, coaching and teaching students both in and out of the Madison Metropolitan School District for the last 18 years. Currently, she is a research and innovation strategist within the R&I department of MMSD.
Social Worker, Board Member
Franny has been working with youth in Madison for over fifteen 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 Master’s degree in Social Work. Currently, she works as a School Social Worker in Sun Prairie. In her free time, Franny enjoys spending time with her husband, Ray, her kiddo, Wally, and her dog, Bear. She tolerates the family’s chickens, Mike and Maureen, even though they are always causing problems.
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 graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 and is currently the Youth Programs Community Engagement Coordinator at Centro Hispano of Dane County. Her mission is to advance diversity and inclusion via meaningful strategic planning, community outreach, and conversation facilitation. On the weekends, you can find her at Fiserv Forum as it’s her first-year co-hosting for the Milwaukee Bucks! During her free time she loves to box, dance, and spend time with friends and family!
Lead Mentor Coach
Katie Kenig has called Wisconsin home for 14 years and has worked with youth, and coached others to work with youth, in the Madison area since she got here. Katie spends much of her energy on her two kids, and finds time for gardening, hiking and strength training. She’s always eager to learn about new topics and cares deeply about caring and encouraging others.
Dianne is a native of Madison and works as a special education assistant at the same elementary school she walked to as a kid! Working in retail most of her adult life, she decided to go back to school for Human Services. Needing an internship to graduate, she was connected to Katie Mae and the rest is Intentional Mentoring history! Serving as an intern, mentor, mentor coach, and mentor recruiter, she found her niche in the pairing coordinator position. This position allows her to be the first to meet and interview the mentors and also allows her to meet the mentees and their families to launch their mentorship. Dianne enjoys kayaking, beaches and palm trees, and spending time with her grandbabies.