Real People. Real Leaders.
Founder and executive director
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 was 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. Since then, I've had the joy of presenting an engaging workshop to over 3,000 women on 6 different campuses in the midwest.
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.
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.
Traveling Team Leader
When I first heard of Stand Up for Your Sister, I was sitting in a room with all of my sorority sisters about to undergo our sisterhood event. Little did I know that this presentation was going to be so eye opening, emotional, and empowering. Those 3 words right there were what drew me to the organization, and made me want to get involved. Eye opening- I had had personal struggles of my own in the past, however I never knew that so many amazing women struggled with the same type of issues. Emotional- when the presentation was opened up for discussion, my sisters shared what they had been through, and I immediately felt heartbreak for everyone and what they had endured in their lifetimes thus far. Empowering- this organization gave me hope for so many women in the future. I realized that this was an organization that hit very close to home with me, and I would do whatever it takes to dedicate my time to it and the people involved.
Photography Team Leader
Hello! My name is Maggie Sheahan and I'm one of the photography leaders! Being involved in SUFYS means more to me than anyone will ever know. Personally experiencing and knowing others that have struggled in college has made me realize that I want to be able to reach out and help others discover themselves and provide resources for those who need them. Using photography to spread and show other college students that they aren't alone is the ultimate highlight of my role and I'm so excited to see the impact SUFYS will have on students across the nation! I can't wait to see the change that this program will bring and how far it will go in the future! Just remember to love!
Event Planning coordinator
Hi! My name is Xena and I am unbelievably excited to be on the leadership team for STUFYS! In a world where mental disorders are so common, especially among young adults, mental disorders are unfortunately incredibly misunderstood. So many people bottle up their issues because they are worried about being stigmatized for them, leaving them with a lack of proper support. This organization is amazing because it allows women to talk about the issues that affect them on their deepest levels, and most importantly, to be accepted and supported for them. The work STUFYS does is important because it brings understanding to personal issues that are not normally talked about but should be, and allows women to feel loved for who they truly are. I am so excited to watch this organization grow and impact the lives of so many women by building meaningful connections and spreading love.
SAles team leader
Hi my name is Brenna! My desire to serve on the SUFYS lead team was sparked after the presentation was given at my chapter. This organization gives women the courage to speak up about the ugly issues life brings them. The best thing about it is that once they speak up about what they are struggling with, they are able to see that they are not alone and are able to get the support they deserve. Mental health is a huge issue affecting so many and I believe it can be amplified in college. SUFYS is a great way to fight back and spread some much needed love.
Traveling team leader
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."