Who We Are

Meet the Organizers


Korina BarryKorina Barry

leech lake ojibwe

Korina Barry was born and raised in South Minneapolis. Korina is the Director of Outreach for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology and American Indian Studies as well as her Master of Social Work degree in Child Welfare from the University of Minnesota. Korina enjoys running and she is a wannabe yogi. This year she challenged herself to master a couple inversion yoga poses and has been working on stepping her handstand game up. Follow her journey on the Kwe.Strong Mind & Body page on Facebook


Lisa SkjefteLisa Skjefte

red lake ojibwe

Lisa builds and maintains community partnerships and collaborations to bring community voice, experience, and knowledge back to her team at Children’s. One initiative Lisa has co-developed is called, The First Gift. The First Gift is a community volunteer initiative to ask American Indian community members to help create and assemble baby moccasins for American Indian babies at Children’s Minnesota (Minneapolis specifically). Lisa has inspired many women from her own perseverance and ambition to become and live a more physically aware and active lifestyle through a cultural and community lens.



Lucie Skjefte - Creative Director

Lucie Skjefte

red lake ojibwe

Creative Director. Designer.

A Minneapolis native who grew up on the south side, a mother of a wonderful 6 year boy who has completely changed her life’s perspective. Lucie graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Advertising from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, building onto her already strong design background from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, graduating with honors in Graphic Design: Print Media, and Graphic Design: Web and Interactive Media in 2014.  Lucie is also a co-founder of KWESTRONG, who has been working hard to bring the KWE brand to life utilizing her expertise design.

Check out Lucie and the work she’s doing at luvequay.com



suzieSasānēhsaeh Pyawasay


Sasānēhsaeh grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin. She is the Diversity Coordinator for the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Sasānēhsaeh attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and American Indian Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is currently working on her Ph.D at the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership & Policy Development, with an emphasis in addressing systemic social change in education. Sasānēhsaeh loves all things fitness, you can often catch her in the gym, running outside in the summer time, or playing some type of organized sport. KWESTRONG has helped her to connect and find community with other Indigenous women and her own well-being. 





Misty Blue

Misty Blue

White Earth

Misty is a mother first and passionate about bettering health for all women and children.  She believes that culture, community, and the act of creating lead to better health.  Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota.  Another role she has is as a graduate research assistant at the Extension Center for Family Development.  Her undergraduate studies were also done at the U of MN in Global Studies.  Misty stays active by doing hot yoga, running (and walking) the lakes, and weight lifting.