Real People. Real Leaders.


Staci Gann. Founder.   Hi! My name is Staci Gann and I'm a senior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. I began presenting Stand Up For Your Sister in my residence hall, where I am a resident assistant on campus. A fellow RA and I were discussing how prevalent mental illness, eating disorders, and dating violence are on our college campus and decided that we could no longer sit idly by and allow these things to happen and for people to suffer in silence. After losing two friends to suicide in less than a year, I knew that I needed to do something. For some reason these topics were taboo, there was a stigma associated with these struggles, and that stigma needs to be tore down and remade into empowerment, education, and love. And so, Stand Up For Sister was born in a residence hall lobby among 50 college freshman women.  Education and empowerment are such powerful tools, especially for college students and young women. They thirst to make an impact in the lives of the people around them, and through this presentation they can be equipped to do just that. We hope that Stand Up For Your Sister will move beyond the borders of Kansas and reach the most confident and the most broken women at each corner of our nation. Join the fight, and stand up with us to help break stigmas and lies associated with struggles our women are facing on the college campus, in the workplace, in greek organizations, athletic teams, residence halls, and high schoolers as they begin to transition into a new stage of life.

Staci Gann

Founder and executive director 

Hi! My name is Staci Gann and I am the founder and executive director of SUFYS. While I am originally from Liberty, Missouri, I completed my undergraduate degree in Family Studies and Human Services with a minor of Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies at Kansas State University in 2018 and I’m currently in a graduate program to obtain my master’s of counseling by 2020. I began Stand Up For Your Sister in 2015 when I was a residence assistant in a all female hall on my campus. A fellow RA and I were discussing how so many issues were prevalent on our floor, but weren’t being discussed due to shame and embarrassment. We decided that there was no time to sit idly by when we had the influence and ability to start a conversation. After losing two friends to suicide in less than a year, I knew something needed to be done. SUFYS was created to tear down stigmas and shame and to replace fear with empowerment, support and love. Since the first presentation to 50 college women in 2015, I’ve had the privilege to present to thousands of sorority women, athletes, and groups of women on and off the college campus all around the US. This presentation has become a household name on many campuses and it is a joy to lead our leadership teams and presentations. I have a passion for public speaking, engaging people in tough conversations, and unifying groups to support one another both on the mountain tops and in the valleys.

 
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ariana coker

marketing and donations team captain

Hello! My name is Ariana Coker and I am currently a sophomore at Kansas State University. I am so excited to get to serve as Apparel and Donation Management team caption for Stand Up For your sister. I am from Shawnee, Kansas and am studying Life-Science Pre-Medicine and Gerontology with minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies. I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatric neurologist! I became involved in Stand Up For Your Sister at the beginning of Freshman year and have absolutely loved being a part of such an impactful organization. Through serving as the Marketing and Apparel and Donation Management team caption, I am able to directly help girls seek counseling without any financial burdens. I could not be prouder to be apart of this amazing work!

 

lauren londeen

marketing and donations team captain

Hello my name is Lauren Londeen and I am so excited to serve SUFYS as a marketing and apparel and donations team lead! I’m from Shawnee, KS and I’ll be starting my junior year at K-State this fall. I’m majoring in Psychology with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies with plans to attend occupational therapy school once I graduate. I have loved every minute of being involved in SUFYS since my freshman year and I’m excited to serve this organization as a team lead! I have seen first hand the impact that the presentations can have on girls and the outlet that it gives people to be raw and vulnerable about the issues that so many women struggle with in college. I am a huge proponent of making mental health a priority in everyone’s lives and I love everything that this organization stands for!

Janelle Feldmann. Director of "Whatever Needs to Get Done."   Hi friends! My name is Janelle Feldmann and I joined Stand Up for Your Sister in January 2017. I am absurdly stoked to be a part of this movement of authenticity and love. In a world of highlight reels, we desire to know the behind the scenes of life. We do not want a polished façade of smiles; we prefer to know and care for the real you, with absolutely everything that entails. I believe in the crazy power of everyday kindness and a life of authenticity. We are all constantly bombarded with images of how our lives are “supposed to look.” Please join our team as we work to demolish this lie. We are inspired by you because of your courageous vulnerability, experienced wisdom, and perpetual acceptance. Because of you, we are incredibly motivated and excited to expand Stand Up for Your Sister beyond state lines to empower, support, and educate women everywhere. I hope you join us in committing to a life of truth no matter how ugly, love no matter how beaten, and inclusivity in celebrating differences.
 
Meghan McCluskey. Ministry Team Leader.   Hi there!! My name is Meghan McCluskey, and I am delightedly humbled to be serving with an organization that recognizes the healing power of authentic love, poured out unashamedly in the most broken areas of life. I have found time to be a most precious gift, and loving others, I believe, is where we are called to spend it. Doing so in order that everyone, in their time, might come to experience the liberating joy of finding strength in genuine community. With so many people suffering from a mental illness, love comes in the form of our undying fight for the day when depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and a plethora other hindrances are not found in one in five U.S. adults. I am thrilled to see the power of truth, of vulnerability, and of abundant love played out in the lives of our friends and family that have for far too long been bounded by the false stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

abbey heller

marketing and donations team captain

Hi! My name is Abbey Heller and I’m a sophomore at Kansas State University. I’m majoring in elementary education with an area concentration in Spanish. I feel so blessed to be a part of Stand Up For Your Sister. SUFYS is such a powerful organization and has truly made an impact in so many lives. This non-profit provides such a comfortable, welcoming and open environment for all. It helps so many to realize that hey are loved, supported, and most importantly, no matter what anyone is going through, this organization helps people to learn that they are not alone. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that SUFYS accomplishes. Let’s break this stigma!

 
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lauren lane

marketing and donations team captain

Hi! My name is Lauren Lane, and I am so excited to be one of the Team Captain’s for the Marketing and Donation Management team at Kansas State University. I am from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I am entering my sophomore year at Kansas State pursing a degree in the Apparel and Textiles Marketing program, and a minor in Journalism and Business. Stand Up for Your Sister was first presented to me through my sorority, and I immediately knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I am passionate about SUFYS, because I have been able to see the impact this program can have in the lives of women. I love how SUFYS brings light to issue’s that often cause women to remain silent and isolated. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that helps women feel loved, empowered, and reminds them they are not alone.

 

ERIN WINTERSCHEID

OUTREACH TEAM CAPTAIN

Hi! My name is Erin Winterscheid and I am a junior in advertising from Paola, KS. I joined Stand Up For Your Sister because I have seen how my friends and others around me have been effected by the organization and how much it has helped them in college and in their day to day lives. I have seen Stand Up For Your Sister grow in many ways over my past three years at K-State. We have grown far from reaching a few chapters at KSU to having given a presentation at almost every chapter at almost every chapter at K-State and even across the nation. I hope to see Stand Up For Your Sister grow into every college campus in America and be a main source of support for every women who needs support! I think this is truly an amazing organization that will continue to grow in the years to come!

 
Taylor Sheffields   Hi ya'll! My name is Taylor Sheffield and I am beyond excited to be a part of Stand Up For Your Sister this upcoming school year. As I took Exit 177 towards Kansas State University for the first time ever, I never could've dreamt the lifelong impact this place I have the joy of calling home would have on me. When I first heard the Stand Up For Your Sister presentation in my sorority's chapter, I bawled as I was finally able to fully realize the power of a tight-knit community of strong women on a college campus. Stand Up for Your Sister has the ability to move mountains one day at a time as we support women who face abuse, mental illness, loss, and other struggles. It is my pleasure to be apart of an organization bigger than myself that works to encourage and empower young women nationwide simply by standing up for those we call "sister."

halli clark

outreach team captain

Hi all! My name is Halli Clark and I am so excited to be this years Outreach Team Captain. I am from Overland Park, KS and I am about to start my junior year at Kansas State University. I am currently studying Business Marketing with a certificate in Professional Selling. I have been with Stand Up For Your Sister since the start of college and it has been the most rewarding experience. I joined SUFYS because I wanted to help impact young women who experience mental illness. With this organization, we help give back to women and make them feel open, and comfortable when they are struggling. It’s all about being their for someone when they feel like they have no one. Working with the Outreach Team we have reached out to other schools to help spread what we stand for here at SUFYS. The group of girls here at SUFYS are so empowering and inspiring. I am so excited to see what’s in store!!

 
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jordyn burke

Social media team captain

Hi! My name is Jordyn Burke and I am from Shawnee, KS. I am an elementary education major with a minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies. I will be starting my Junior year at Kansas State this Fall and am super excited to get to serve as the Social Media team captain! As well as being involved with Stand Up for Your Sister, I am also a College of Education Ambassador and the Vice President of Communications at my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. I am beyond blessed for the impact that Stand Up for Your Sister has made in my life since my freshman year of college. I love getting to be apart of such an incredible organization that brings light to difficult topics and helps women realize they are not alone in their struggles. As someone who has struggled with mental illness in the past, this organization has helped me grow as an individual immensely while simultaneously being able to help others at the same time. I believe that Stand Up for Your Sister has the power to completely change peoples lives and I have seen it happen numerous times on a first-hand basis. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve on this leadership team with such passionate and hard-working young women. 

 
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skylar peters

social media team captain

Hi there! My name is Skylar Peters and I am proud to be a team captain for the Stand Up for Your Sister social media team. Stand Up for Your Sister has been one of my favorite experiences in college and I am so excited to continue to help grow this organization and teach others about it. I am currently about to start up my junior year at Kansas State University studying Apparel and Textiles Marketing. I have been apart of Stand Up For Your Sister since my freshman year and have been apart of multiple different teams, including the photography team, the marketing and apparel and donation management team and now the social media team. I originally joined Stand Up For Your Sister because of my passion for mental health and this organization has been the perfect way for me to help spread the importance of it. Stand Up For Your Sister has helped me realize how many women struggle with mental health and how prevalent mental health issues are in our society. I am so excited to take on more of a leadership role this year and continue to educate young women about mental health and the need to destigmatize it. 

 
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olivia swyers

traveling team captain

Hello I'm Olivia. What is more valuable than to love and be loved? Young adulthood is a time where change and therefore unseen hardships are inevitable at times. I can think of no better relief from the vulnerability of hardships than acceptance, empathy, community, encouragement, comfort, understanding, ultimately - love. Stand Up For Your Sister gives women exactly this during the times when they feel lost in their own darkness, which to me, is invaluable. Now, being the young, naïve, inexperienced woman that I am, I will admit that I do not know everything therefore; this may not be true. Perhaps love is not the best relief and the most valuable ideal known to humanity. Furthermore, I realize that my personal opinion and it's power is nearly irrelevant as it is pales in comparison to the importance and power of what I can do with my love. The same is true of SUFYS and how they have positively impacted young women with their love. Although their opinions that mental health is important and no one should ever be alone in their struggles are ones of great moral value, the women of this organization do not stop there. Yet, they pursue something much more important than their own opinions and beliefs. They pursue love. The women of SUFYS fervently seek out and show love those who feel alone.  I owe this organization all my thanks for empowering me to pursue dreams and stay faithful in my work even when it feels that I am being left behind in the dust of competition surrounding the pressure to "do it all" in college. I love this organization and know how important it is to our college campuses and our world. As I said, I recognize that my opinion (in this case of this organization) is not nearly as important as my love (in this case for this organization). And I feel fortunate and honored to be apart of this leadership team. Moreover, I am humbled to express my love for this organization through serving as co-captain for traveling team. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for how I can become more like love. Along with serving as a co-captain for SUFYS, I am studying Spanish and am an aspiring medical professional. What kind of professional? That, I'm not sure! I'm from Overland Park, KS where I first learned the importance of loving others. Without the support and love of those from my hometown, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

 
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melanie harrell

traveling team captain

My name is Melanie Harrell and I am a Junior at Kansas State University. I am working towards a Marketing major, Sales certificate and English Literature minor during my time at K-State. I am from Kansas City, Missouri where I helped to start an organization to confront mental illness and suicide awareness in the Kansas City area. I am so excited to be able to be a part of Stand Up for Your Sister to promote mental wellness throughout college campuses as well. I am deeply passionate about mental wellness and getting people the help they need to combat their struggles. Stand Up for Your Sister has shown me and countless other women that you are never alone in the things that you are struggling with and that it is always okay to ask for help. I am very grateful to be serving an organization that empowers women and reduces the stigma of mental illness. 

 
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lauren ailslieger

Traveling team captain

Hi!  My name is Lauren Ailslieger and I am captain of the Traveling Team at Kansas State University.  I am a Junior from Topeka, KS, studying something that will be determined at a later date (lol) with a minor in Russian.  I love having the opportunity to serve with Stand Up For Your Sister.  I first saw the presentation as a freshman and immediately knew it was something, I wanted to get involved in.  As someone who personally struggles with her mental health, seeing an organization like SUFYS was incredibly inspiring.  Stigmas need to be broken and women need a safe space to talk about these issues.  I am honored to be able to work alongside amazing and inspiring women to help advance the way we think about mental health.  

 
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MAGGIE SHEAHAN

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM captain

Hi there! My name is Maggie Sheahan and I am so excited to be a team captain for Stand Up For Your Sister for the third year in a row! I have been the photography team captain since 2017 when SUFYS was founded. I am a senior at Kansas State University from Kansas City studying fine arts with a concentration in Photography and Printmaking with a minor in Journalism and Communications. Being a part of SUFYS has shown me the many perspectives of helping others through personal experiences and growth. This organization has already broadened so many intentions and ways of communicating and relating to others going through life. I hope all women can feel as unique and empowered through this program as I am. Some fun facts about me include working at Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter in Kansas City and I am currently a free lance printmaker/photographer hoping to attend grad school after Kansas State!

 
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emily transue

photography team captain

Hi! My name is Emily Transue and I’m so excited to be a team captain this year! I’m studying Anthropology, Spanish, and International Studies and have a passion for sharing people’s stories and making a difference. I joined stand up for you sister because I saw how much it was helping girls to talk about tough subjects and to get the support they need. It’s so helpful to know you’re not alone in your struggles and sufys promotes a comfortable environment to have these conversations. I can’t wait to see the growth in sufys this year!