As the Director of Advancement, Stela works to cultivate relationships, share the story of Wallin Education Partners and its scholars, and increase alumni engagement. As a former Wallin Education Partners scholar, Stela brings a scholar perspective to the team, and is able to speak about the tremendous impact of the program. Originally from Bosnia, Stela moved to Minnesota as a teenager. With the support of Wallin Education Partners, Stela graduated from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Global Studies. She later completed her graduate degree from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Since then, Stela has worked for several nonprofits in Minnesota including Missions Inc, American Refugee Committee and American Red Cross.
Stela loves traveling, exploring Minnesota’s ever-growing culinary scene, and spending time with family and friends.