North Shore Staff


Sarah Higgins
Area Director

Sarah is on full-time staff with Young Life and serves as the Area Director for the North Shore. Sarah and her husband Tim have been married since June of 2009 and Tim serves as a volunteer Young Life leader with Sarah at Glenbrook North. Sarah and Tim welcomed their first child, Elijah Aidan, into their family in May of 2017. Sarah has been working with Young Life on the North Shore since 2013, and prior to that was a Youth Director at a church in Florida. Sarah attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and graduated in 2009 with a degree in in Political Science. She is currently working on completing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and a Masters in Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where her husband also graduated from seminary before becoming a pastor at a church in the area. Sarah loves every dessert imaginable, being a mom to Eiljah, all things Harry Potter, Young Life camp, and the Florida Gators.

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Melanie Challberg
Staff Associate 

Melanie is on full-time staff with Young Life and the team leader of the Glenbrook South ministry. Melanie grew up in Bartlett, IL but has been living in Glenview since 2016. She graduated from the Univesrity of Illinois, where she majored in Social Work and led Young Life as a volunteer leader and served on part-time student staff. Since moving back to the Chicago area, Melanie has worked in adminstrative roles and has been a volunteer youth leader at Willow Creek Community Church. Melanie has LOTS of energy and says Young Life camp is her favorite place to be in the summer. In addition to being at Young Life camp, Melanie also loves watching documentaries, going to concerts eating tacos, and reading a good book! 

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