Meet the Team

The CharacterStrong Team is a partnership of educators, speakers, and students who believe in creating sustainable change in schools and helping young people develop the skills of service, kindness, and empathy.



John Norlin

John is the Program Administrator for Student Leadership & Community Involvement for the Sumner School District, a Servant Leadership trainer, and motivational speaker. He was Washington Advisor of the Year and taught 5 leadership classes per semester for 10 years at Sumner High School.


Houston Kraft

Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks to middle schools, high schools, colleges, and businesses across the country. He has spoken to nearly a half a million people nationwide at nearly 500 events and counting. 


LindsAy Norlin

Lindsay is a teacher of 10 years and also a senior class advisor who passionately advocates for students, and promotes the teaching of character in the classroom. She has witnessed her school culture absolutely shift from an average school to a place students are accepted and loved because of the teachings of character and servant-leadership. She believes all schools can experience this same type of transformation!


Kelby Kilburn

Kelby Kilburn is a marketing monster, content consultant, and outlandish organizer. He is a student of this work - student body president in High School and a full time employee of the Choose Love Movement. He firmly believes that all students in this country deserve the opportunity to have conversations about Love and is working tirelessly to make that happen.