About the Business Owners
Adam Maarschalk is originally from Canton, Ohio. His post-high school educational background is in Cross-Cultural Communications and ESL. From 2001-2007 he lived in Malaysia, where he taught English, became fluent in the Malay language, and helped facilitate village homestays for foreigners. From 2008-2010 he served as a volunteer with SALT (Somali Adult Literacy Training) in Minneapolis, tutoring Somalis in the English language. He enjoys sports, writing, traveling, and international food and culture.
Jasmine Maarschalk is also from Canton, Ohio. With her love for diversity and art, and her knowledge of business, her goal is to enable this business to foster an environment of creativity and harmony in the community. She loves to see people use their God-given talents to inspire others and promote community development. Jasmine enjoys sewing, designing, writing poetry, and singing/song-writing. Jasmine has taken on the role of Human Resource Manager for St. Paul Cultural Village.
In November 2011, Adam and Jasmine began volunteering at a non-profit drop-in center located on Rice Street in St. Paul. This outreach saw Bhutanese, Karen (from Burma), and Somalian refugees come in for free ESL classes, job search assistance, and other services. Adam and Jasmine learned that one of the greatest needs in these communities is employment, and St. Paul Cultural Village was birthed out of a desire to see members of these communities earn an income while putting their culture on display. This opportunity is also open to non-refugees.
Adam and Jasmine were married on August 4, 2012.