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our team

We're a spirited, women-led organization passionate about helping students build a bigger, brighter, and more inclusive future.

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SARAH CRONK

FOUNDER

Sarah helped to create and coach the nation's first school-based inclusive cheer team in Bettendorf, Iowa, when she was just 15 years old. Since then, she has not only served as the Generation Spirit's primary visionary, she has also become a nationally recognized inclusion advocate and public speaker, delivering Generation Spirit's message to audiences nationwide. Sarah graduated with a degree in psychology from Whitman College in 2015.

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LINDA MULLEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A lawyer by trade, Linda worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Washington D.C. and the Central District of Illinois for close to 20 years, where she specialized in criminal appellate practice. As the mother of a son with a disability and a passionate advocate for inclusion, Linda has advised countless parents of children with disabilities. She educates and advocates for inclusive practices nationwide at conferences for parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, and students. 

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HALI WEIMERSKIRCH

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Hali was a member of our nation's first high-school based inclusive cheer squad. She attended Iowa State University, where she founded the Iowa State Sparkles Squad and was an Iowa State cheerleader. Hali graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education-Special Education and a minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services. When Hali is not traveling the nation to train Generation Spirit teams, she enjoys her career as an elementary school teacher in Colorado.

HAILEY COY

TEAM TRAINER

Hailey Coy graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2019 with a degree in Health Promotion and Education. Her passion for disability inclusion was inspired by her involvement with the Spectrum Project (an inclusive arts experience) where she served as the Director of Dance and Movement. Hailey is currently employed as a Job Coach at Sherwood Autism Center in Missouri. She was also a UNI Cheerleader and is an instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

MEGHAN STILTNER

TEAM TRAINER

Meghan Stiltner attended Kent State University in Ohio, where she was a cheerleader and studied moderate to intensive special education. After transferring to Ohio State University, Meghan graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Special Education. When she is not traveling the nation as an instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association, Meghan is a special education substitute teacher in Ohio. 

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