Team

The team at 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

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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.

Lindsay Behgam

Lindsay Behgam
Associate Director, The Voter Network

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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 Director.

Laurel Burchfield

Laurel Burchfield
Associate Director, The Mainstream Coalition

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Laurel began working at Mainstream in June of 2021. A native Kansan, Laurel has spent the last ten years in Michigan advocating for smart, tested policies to improve the lives of underserved communities. She earned her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, which allowed her to study in Hungary and intern in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Laurel is passionate about connecting people to the issues that impact them.

Julie Passett

Julie Passett
Strategic Communications Manager

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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.

Madeline Cochran

Madeline Cochran
Program Coordinator, The Voter Network

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Madeline came to the Mainstream Coalition for the 2020 election cycle after serving as Deputy Director of a conservation organization in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She is happy to be back in her hometown where she has a history of volunteering for and working on local campaigns. Madeline hopes to create meaningful engagement that empowers and elevates underrepresented voices.

Lesa Patterson-Kinsey

Lesa Patterson-Kinsey
Membership Consultant

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After a decade of volunteering with local nonprofits, Lesa joined the Mainstream staff in 2012. She worked as a HIV counselor at KC Free Health Clinic and trained at Solace House as a grief counselor. During the last two decades, she has been a board member of True Blue Women, PTA and SM North Drama and Cross Country. Recently, Lesa has returned to Mainstream as a Membership Consultant to engage and grow membership. She looks forward to reconnecting with members and continue growing a vibrant & involved community.

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