Nicole has worked to give a voice to those who have traditionally been marginalized, and in order to accomplish this, she draws from her experience as a first-generation Latina. She grew up in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, where she volunteered with the Kino Border Initiative to create a just and humane migration programs between the US and Mexico. Inspired to continue helping, Nicole obtained a degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, where she worked for the Institute for Human Development as a research assistant, creating and delivering literacy curricula to pre-school and elementary school children who are at-risk of reading and comprehension difficulties. Nicole received the Gabriela Mistral Award for her strong commitment to education and to promoting multicultural understanding. In continuing with her mission, Nicole is excited to form part of Girls Inc. She believes that education and girl empowerment is key to the future and is excited to bring her bilingual/bicultural background to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.
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Aubrey Pelz, Program Coordinator
Sarah Zengel, Program Coordinator
Sarah grew up on the Jersey Shore, where she started an educational company as a teenager. This business afforded her the opportunity to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, where she received her bachelor's degree in public health. Sarah began working with several organizations that sought to serve disadvantaged communities with health education. The work with those organizations included traveling to Jamaica to work with The Women's Centre of Jamaica as well as the Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. After moving back to New Jersey, Sarah focused her attention on her homegrown business and integrating STEM curricula into local schools. She recently moved to Portland and found herself eager to work with another Girls Inc. affiliate. Sarah pairs her previous work with Girls Inc. and passion for providing quality programming to girls in her position here in the Pacific Northwest.