Contributed by: Elena Carey, Development Manager
We are endlessly thrilled to welcome eight new staff members to the GEN team. Over the next few weeks, we’re be releasing a series of blog posts that each feature an interview with a new staff member. You’ll get to know:
- Lisa Stanton, Director of Philanthropy: Lisa is a nonprofit development expert and community leader. With 15+ years experience in communal nonprofit work, she currently serves as the President the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Houston Section, on the Lyon Cohen Symposium and Membership Committees at Beth Israel, and on the Advisory Council for Volunteer Houston.
- Danielle Bailey, Program Manager: Danielle is a dedicated mentor and advocate for at-risk youth. She’s led before- and after- school programs for girls ages 5-10, interned at Communities in Schools Houston, worked as a Dance Director teaching girls the skills to build confidence, identity, body image and self-esteem, and mentored and volunteered through organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sister and Angel Tree.
- Emily Rooke-Ley, Program Coordinator: Emily is a thoughtful Girl Connect leader. She began working with girls in 2014 as the case manager for a nonprofit that worked with pregnant teens. Throughout graduate school, Emily worked with girls, providing individual and group counseling to elementary-aged students with CapCityKids, and co-facilitating a middle school girls group with GEN as a volunteer.
- Eveling Crisostomo, Program Coordinator: Eveling is a dedicated social work professional with a passion for community programs. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work, she’s previously run groups for the Boys and Girls Club, was a summer camp counselor at the YMCA, interned both at AVANCE-Austin and Workers Defense Project, and worked with at-risk youth at River City Youth Foundation.
- Kameryn Poullard, Program Coordinator: Kameryn is an ardent supporter of women and girls. During college, she was a volunteer hotline advocate for STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response), volunteered at Iris Domestic Violence Shelter, held leadership roles in the Minority Women’s Movement, and was Volunteer Coordinator Intern at Girls on the Run South Louisiana.
- Miranda Badgett, Community Engagement Specialist: Miranda is driven to bolster gender equity through community support. She’s pursuing dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin. She’s served as Assistant Student Program Coordinator in UT’s Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and first found GEN as a Communities in Schools intern at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, where she co-facilitated a Girl Connect group.
- Chaeli Diaz, Communications Assistant/UT Student Worker: Chaeli studies creative writing and is helping GEN take its communications to the next level. She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying English and Creative Writing. She enjoys reading YA novels, writing short stories, and playing with her dog.
- Mariangela Rodriguez, Data & Operations Clerk/UT Student Worker: Mariangela studies advertising and supports GEN in being a data-driven agency. Mariangela is involved with Habitat for Humanity, interned at a nonprofit organization, Brownsville Wellness Coalition, in 2017 in the social media department, and has also interned at a small jewelry business, Oliv & Frankie, for two years in the media and marketing department.