A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth started her career at Population Services International (PSI) in Washington, DC. While there, she worked on a variety of social marketing projects for malaria prevention, clean water and HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world.
Elizabeth earned a Master’s of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2001. She then devoted the next five years in the pharmaceutical industry at Bristol-Myers Squibb. As Product Manager in the company’s Virology Division, she marketed HIV/AIDS products in the United States. She successfully led the development and execution of marketing, training and public relations tactics for Reyataz, a leading protease inhibitor for HIV/AIDS. She was also responsible for leading the Virology Division’s Women’s Initiative and African American Initiative to better understand and address the impact of HIV/AIDS on these populations.
Elizabeth relocated to her hometown Portland, Oregon, in 2006 with her husband and two daughters and has held non-profit management positions at two organizations. Most recently, as the Vice President of Community Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, she led all of the agency’s marketing, public relations and communications. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of Marathon Education Partners, a Portland-based non-profit that seeks to improve low-income children’s awareness of and access to college.
Through her previous experiences, Elizabeth brings strong nonprofit management and marketing skills to her new role. In all facets of her career, she has demonstrated an ability to work successfully with numerous stakeholders and to achieve quick, yet sustainable results. Most importantly, she is driven by a passion to do what she can to make this world a better place for children, especially girls.
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Dorian Volpe, Executive Assistant
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Doran Whipple, Director of Development
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Carolyn Manke, Director of Programs
Originally from Queens New York, Carolyn grew up primarily in Maine and moved to Portland in 2001 to pursue a graduate degree. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Sociology from Portland State University. She is passionate about understanding the ways capitalism shapes our culture, and more specifically, the role of public and private education in the reproduction of inequity.
Carolyn has 15 years of experience in the Portland non-profit sector, managing programs, providing technical assistance, and leading program evaluation. Prior to joining Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, she held the role of Manager of Program and Evaluation at Friends of the Children—National, and served as the Vice President of Program Impact at Camp Fire.
Community involvement is important to Carolyn, and she stays involved by volunteering and serving on boards and committee, including: Oregon Youth Sexual Health Partnership (OYSHP), Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative, Social Venture Partners, All Hands Raised, Oregon Program Evaluators Network, and Multnomah County Community Budget Advisory Committees.
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Megan Kovacs, Director of Community Relations
Megan joins Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest as Director of Community Relations after more than a decade working in Portland-area non-profits to promote social justice, sexual and reproductive health, gender equity, and prevent dating and sexual violence. Megan served for 4 years as chairs of the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council's Prevention and Public Awareness Committee and the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force's Prevention and Education Committee. She sits on the Oregon Youth Sexual Health Partnership, and the Legislative and Public Policy Committee of the SATF. In 2015, she was awarded the Judge Stephen B. Herrell award for Outstanding Collaborative Efforts to End Family Violence. In her spare time, Megan serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Bitch Media, and volunteers on the Northwest Abortion Access Fund hotline.
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Anna-Gaelle Marshall, Finance and Administrative Manager
Anna-Gaelle specializes in supporting creative and mission-driven individuals and organizations, encouraging them to reach their full potential by providing them with the financial management and operational infrastructure that they need in order to complete their work. She enjoyed a decade long career in international broadcast television production before becoming a mother and completing a Master’s in Education with a focus on early childhood. Anna-Gaelle is a constructivist educator who believes in self-directed and civic-minded experiential learning. She also has twenty years of professional experience in accounting, administration and business management. She likes to keep organizations, people, programs, projects and spreadsheets organized, and is fluent in bookkeeping, records management, human resources and legal-eze. She was born in France, partakes in year-round organic urban farming and loves camping with her husband and daughters.
She is also a regional advocate for community driven Participatory Art and a founding board member of Dusty Visions, a public benefit corporation.
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Sarah Cagann, Events Manager
A graduate of San Jose State University's School of Business, Sarah has spent the past ten years in the nonprofit and educational sectors. Most recently coming to Girls Inc. from the Lake Oswego School District where she served on the District's Equity Leadership team and facilitated the creation of the district-wide human health and sexuality plan. A proud feminist, Sarah has a passion for making the world a more equitable place, especially for women.
When not at work Sarah enjoys traveling, art, watching her 2 kids play soccer, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Portland State University.
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Anomie Campbell, Grant Writer
Anomie Belle Campbell is an artist/musician and freelance grant writer. Her nonprofit and grant writing work has been in youth development, gender-justice, education and the arts. She has worked with Rain City Rock Camp For Girls, Reel Grrls, Portland's Rock ’n’ Roll Camp For Girls, Saturday Academy, Seattle Girl's School, OMSI, the Center for Communication & Civic Engagement, Seattle Education Access, and the YMCA, among others. Anomie has her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and a BA in Sociology from Whitman College. Her work as an artist has been funded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, and the Simpson Center For Humanities.
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Grace Malango-Blake, Girls Group Manager
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Juanes Collazo, Eureka! Manager
Juanes has worked for the last six years at Portland Community College Cascade Campus. There she helped expand science tutoring and science student support. This work culminated in opening the Science Tutoring Lab, a dynamic science tutoring space that is unique among college & university campuses. As a Portland State University alumni with a Major in biology and a Minor in Spanish, she has a strong background in both scientific research & science education. This, combined with her natural organizational skills and passion for teaching, means Juanes is uniquely positioned to elevate the already amazing Eureka! Program.
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Allison Cohen, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Allie seeks out opportunities to build deep relationships driven by shared values. Because of this, she's felt at home working in community engagement for nearly a decade. Allie graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in sociology and philosophy. Post undergrad she spent two years as an AmeriCorps member before going back to school. Allie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters degree in sociology with an emphasis on gender and community organizing. After finishing her degree, Allie worked for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio supporting and training volunteers and delivering gender specific programming in under-resourced communities. Her most recent role was managing community engagement and coordinating training logistics for the Social Justice Program at the YWCA of Greater Portland.
She is also a longtime advocate for reproductive justice and has volunteered and interned with Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. Currently Allie serves on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's Leadership Advocacy Team