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  • Julia Cuba Lewis, Executive Director

    Before GEN, Julia worked for eight years at the Girl Scouts of Central Texas running various outreach programs that served at-risk girls. Prior to that, she worked in Chicago at several grassroots women’s agencies.

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  • Steve Hamilton, Operations Director

    Steve spent more than 10 years managing the operations of nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in banking, financial planning, investment management, and running the operations of various professional firms.

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  • Ami Kane, Development Director

    Ami is from the Indianapolis area which is where her passion for girl services began. This interest was sparked through volunteerism and her undergraduate political science and gender studies programs.

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  • Blair Stirek, Project Manager

    Blair moved to Austin, Texas at the end of 2012, after being in Las Vegas for 17 years. She started her work with non profits in 2005 when she organized all the events for an organization called Women’s Empowerment Network.

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  • Brittany Yelverton, Community Relations & Volunteer Manager

    Though originally from Texas, Brittany pursued her undergraduate degree at Elon University in North Carolina where she earned a BA in Communications and English and minored in Women’s/Gender Studies.

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  • Caroline Crawford, Program Director

    Caroline started her work with youth over a decade ago. She has been a mentor and volunteer through several organizations including HeadStart and Boy Scouts of America.

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  • Elena Carey, Development Coordinator

    Elena began at GEN in August 2015 and is thrilled to combine her passions for nonprofit management and girls empowerment. She is originally from eastern Pennsylvania and moved to Austin in spring 2012.

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  • Sidney Copus, Program Manager

    "You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anybody" - Maya Angelou

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  • Chelsea Dean, Program Coordinator

    Chelsea served as a social work intern for the Girls Empowerment Network in the spring of 2015. During her time at GEN she helped co-facilitate several groups in multiple schools around the Austin area.

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  • Chloe LaPorte, Program Coordinator

    After graduating from Tulane, Chloé worked in education reform with Teach For America in New Orleans, LA as a teacher, then an administrator for five years.

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  • Claudia Arellano, Outreach Program Coordinator

    Claudia has had a variety of roles at GEN, first as a volunteer with the 180 Program in 2013, then as an intern the following spring, and on staff the summer of 2014 through the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program.

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  • Natalia Ornelas, Program Manager

    Natalia has worked with Texas youth and families for over eight years. She is passionate about creating opportunity for marginalized communities.

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  • Garima Singh, Historian

    Garima is 16 and a junior at Westwood High School. She has been interested in helping girls be the best they can be since she was very little. When she heard about GEN, she signed up to volunteer immediately! Garima also started a Girls Who Code Club at her school, sponsored by Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that

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  • Alina Tonu, Member

    Alina studies East Asian media and culture at the University of Texas at Austin where she is a Sophomore. Between classes and adventuring with friends, Alina can happily spend hours wandering around the city. On and off-campus, she has the privilege of learning from visionaries with feet to their passion. Books, food, and music sustain

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  • Grace Yu, Member 

    Grace is a rising junior at Westwood High School. She loves working with children and has been a regular volunteer for her church’s AWANA and VBS programs. She takes advantage of most of her long breaks to travel and photograph, because different cultures and perspectives inspire her. Having traveled to more than twenty different countries,

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  • June Alvarado, Member

    Yunuen is a first year at Texas State University studying digital media journalism and political communication. Yunuen has volunteered with GENaustin for about two (2) years and has graduated from the Pathfinder Program; this is Yunuen’s second year on the advisory board. Currently, Yunuen serves as a freshman council for the Texas State Student Government

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  • Rose Miller, Member

    Rose is a freshman at UT Austin, where she studies Arabic and Linguistics. She is a member of GirlAdvocates, a girl empowerment organization that started at UT, which she brought to her high school last year. Besides continuing to empower girls, Rose aspires to serve in the Peace Corps and to constantly travel and learn

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  • Hannah Steffan, President

    Hannah is a senior at St. Edward’s University where she is majoring in Psychology. After receiving her undergraduate degree she plans to go on to earn her Masters of Social Work. Hannah first became involved with Girls Empowerment Network as a High School clubGEN Leader when she was a junior at McCallum High School and

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  • Isabelle (Izzy) Harrison, Program Coordinator

    Experience: Izzy has always loved engaging girls in conversations about the unique pressures of girlhood since she led a girls’ wellness club as a high school peer counselor. As an undergraduate student, Izzy studied women and gender and served as a group facilitator for FEED, Full Embodiment: An Empowering Dialogue for women. She also interned

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  • Jennifer Gray, Member 

    My name is Jennifer, and I am a junior at St. Edward’s University where I am double majoring in biology and behavioral neuroscience. I am the president of the St. Edward’s Association of Pre-Physician Assistants, and I just became a certified EMT this summer! As a proud feminist and a lover of science, I am

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  • Zoe Kimura, Member

    Hello! My name’s Zoe Kimura and I’m a rising senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. My experiences and the environment in which I was raised have both led me to be an active advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. I believe strongly that youth are the future and if you have a voice-

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  • Bridget Kelly, Secretary

    Bridget is currently a senior at Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School. At her school she is the Vice President of the Women in Computer Science club and an officer of German Club. She has had a passion for activism since she was in middle school, and she is involved with her church to advocate for

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  • Rithi Mulgaonker, Member

    Rithi Mulgaonker is enjoying her senior at Liberal Arts and Science Academy and is thrilled to be part of YAB this year. First introduced to the GENaustin community in middle school through her mom during the attendance of GEN’s most popular event, We Are Girls conference, she was mesmerized by the magical impact it had

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  • Carla Aldrete, Member

    Carla is currently a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Communication Studies. She plans on continuing her education and pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work after which she hopes to work with middle school and high school age girls in the

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  • Kubra Babaturk, Member

    Kubra is a senior at UT Austin, majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. She is also a Brumley Next-Generation Scholar with the Strauss Center and an editor with the Texas Undergraduate Law Review. She is very interested in intersectional and Third World feminism, and loves to

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  • Hasie Sherman, Member

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  • Rene Perez, Member

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  • Brooke Mickle, Member

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  • Emily Rooke-Ley, Program Coordinator

    Experience. Emily began working with girls in 2014 when she moved to Texas and was the case manager for a nonprofit that worked with pregnant teens. Soon, she realized her passion for working with young people and pursued a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout graduate school, Emily worked

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