Staff

The staff of the MainStream Coalition support the directives of the volunteer Board of Directors, and are in turn supported by the dedicated, hard-working volunteers and members of the Coalition. Nothing would happen without all of us working together. Thank you.


Michael Poppa

Michael Poppa
Executive Director

michael@mainstreamcoalition.org

Michael Poppa began as MainStream's Executive Director in 2020, after serving on Roeland Park's City Council and working for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that he served as chair of the Metro KC chapter of Equality Kansas, and spearheaded the first NDO in Johnson County, in Roeland Park. His background in public service and equal rights advocacy serve him well in leading MainStream into its next twenty-five years.


Danny Novo

Danny Novo
Communications Director

danny@mainstreamcoalition.org

Danny came to MainStream after two decades working in web development in Higher Education, returning to his roots in writing, rekindling his passion for communicating difficult ideas in the clear, and finally doing something with his better-than-usual attention span for politics.

Danny writes for MainStream, maintains this website, and creates and posts content you see here, on Facebook, on Twitter, and in our emails.


Julie Passett

Julie Passett
Communications Specialist

julie@mainstreamcoalition.org

Julie joined MainStream in October 2018 after diving into politics working on a congressional campaign. Prior to joining the political arena she spent her career working in corporate marketing in the Financial Services Industry and in magazine and catalog design and circulation.

Julie writes and posts content on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, and applies her skills to many of our presentations and materials.


Lindsay Behgam

Lindsay Behgam
Voter Engagement Director

lindsay@mainstreamcoalition.org

Lindsay is joining MainStream after most recently working for the Mayor’s office in Kansas City, Kansas, where she oversaw staff, policy and project management. She previously held roles in corporate community relations and on a number of Kansas political campaigns - at the local, state-wide and federal levels - including serving as Congressman Dennis Moore’s campaign manager for his successful 2008 re-election bid. Lindsay believes that an empowered electorate creates responsive, transparent and inclusive governments, and is looking forward to turning out more voters as MainStream’s Voter Engagement Coordinator.


John Pauldine

John Pauldine
Youth Engagement Coordinator

john@mainstreamcoalition.org

John is joining MainStream after most recently working on a successful mayoral campaign. John is looking forward to fostering a culture of voting among Kansas’ newest voters and implementing a plan that will drive turnout among young adults. He hopes the next generation of Kansas voters will help create responsible and responsive governments across the state.


Sheyvette Dinkens

Sheyvette Dinkens
Voter Engagement Coordinator

sheyvette@mainstreamcoalition.org

Sheyvette is originally from Liberal, KS. Already an award-winning teacher with degrees in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Addiction Counseling and an MBA, Sheyvette is pursuing a Masters in Secondary Education at Fort Hays University while working with Voter to Voter. Her passion and dedication to the people in her community, and her work to support others and plant the seeds of growth and empowerment, will be critical to engaging voters and increasing turnout.

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