meet the

Girls Empowerment Network Staff

 
Julia Cuba Lewis CEO/Executive Director   Julia is a passionate, driven leader with a long history in gender justice. Prior to GEN, Julia worked for eight years at the Girl Scouts of Central Texas running various outreach programs that served at-risk girls. While at the Girl Scouts, Julia directed a troop for girls with incarcerated mothers and the program was featured in an award-winning winning documentary called Troop 1500.

Julia Cuba Lewis
CEO/Executive Director

Julia is a passionate, driven leader with a long history in gender justice. Prior to GEN, Julia worked for eight years at the Girl Scouts of Central Texas running various outreach programs that served at-risk girls. While at the Girl Scouts, Julia directed a troop for girls with incarcerated mothers and the program was featured in an award-winning winning documentary called Troop 1500.

Ami Kane Chief Development Officer   Ami is deeply passionate about gender justice and is a phenomenal fundraiser. She received her Master's in Nonprofit Management while also working at Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis. Ami managed the We Are Girls Conference for three years, before moving into fundraising as Development Director in 2013, and transitioning to Chief Development Officer in 2018.

Ami Kane
Chief Development Officer

Ami is deeply passionate about gender justice and is a phenomenal fundraiser. She received her Master's in Nonprofit Management while also working at Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis. Ami managed the We Are Girls Conference for three years, before moving into fundraising as Development Director in 2013, and transitioning to Chief Development Officer in 2018.

Caroline Crawford, MSW, Chief Program Officer   Caroline has worked with girls for over a decade and is a spirited proponent of self-compassion and self-worth. Prior to GEN, she was Caroline was Director at Camp Champions, where she created intentional frameworks and programs to support every girl at camp. She's also worked with Pheonix House, a residential rehabilitation organization designed for at-risk youth 13 to 18, leading group therapy.

Caroline Crawford, MSW, Chief Program Officer

Caroline has worked with girls for over a decade and is a spirited proponent of self-compassion and self-worth. Prior to GEN, she was Caroline was Director at Camp Champions, where she created intentional frameworks and programs to support every girl at camp. She's also worked with Pheonix House, a residential rehabilitation organization designed for at-risk youth 13 to 18, leading group therapy.

Steve Hamilton Chief Financial Officer   Steve is a powerful advocate for gender equity, and is the engine behind GEN's operations. Steve spent 20 years in banking, financial planning, investment management, and running the operations of various professional firms before transitioning to nonprofit operations and management for the decade prior to beginning at GEN.

Steve Hamilton
Chief Financial Officer

Steve is a powerful advocate for gender equity, and is the engine behind GEN's operations. Steve spent 20 years in banking, financial planning, investment management, and running the operations of various professional firms before transitioning to nonprofit operations and management for the decade prior to beginning at GEN.

Lisa Stanton Director of Philanthropy   Lisa is a non-profit 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.

Lisa Stanton
Director of Philanthropy

Lisa is a non-profit 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.

Elena Carey Development Manager   Elena is a driven development professional working toward social justice. Prior to GEN, she was Administrative Director at Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a sustainability nonprofit. Beyond work, Elena is an active Young Women's Alliance member, serves on the STEMed Labs Advisory Council, and provides pro bono development consulting to Austin Bat Cave and Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project.

Elena Carey
Development Manager

Elena is a driven development professional working toward social justice. Prior to GEN, she was Administrative Director at Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a sustainability nonprofit. Beyond work, Elena is an active Young Women's Alliance member, serves on the STEMed Labs Advisory Council, and provides pro bono development consulting to Austin Bat Cave and Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project.

Sidney Copus Associate Director of  Program Advancement   Sidney wants all girls to know that they are enough, and she holds a key role in program team coordination and alignment. Sidney has a Bachelor of Social Work and her passion for girls' issues began when she worked with After-school Centers on Education (ACE), and Communities in Schools (CIS).

Sidney Copus
Associate Director of
Program Advancement

Sidney wants all girls to know that they are enough, and she holds a key role in program team coordination and alignment. Sidney has a Bachelor of Social Work and her passion for girls' issues began when she worked with After-school Centers on Education (ACE), and Communities in Schools (CIS).

Blair Stirek Project Manager   Blair is an logistics mastermind and event planner extraordinaire. She planned the Las Vegas AIDS Walk for Aid for AIDS of Nevada, the largest non profit in Southern Nevada to support people with HIV and AIDS. Afterward, she managed the 5K and "Knockout Cancer for Canlelighters Kids" events for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

Blair Stirek
Project Manager

Blair is an logistics mastermind and event planner extraordinaire. She planned the Las Vegas AIDS Walk for Aid for AIDS of Nevada, the largest non profit in Southern Nevada to support people with HIV and AIDS. Afterward, she managed the 5K and "Knockout Cancer for Canlelighters Kids" events for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

Brittany Yelverton    Community Relations &  Volunteer Manager   Brittany is a passionate girl advocate and movement-builder. She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and earned her graduate degree in Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Prior to her current role at GEN, Brittany served as Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ Community Outreach Specialist.

Brittany Yelverton

Community Relations &
Volunteer Manager

Brittany is a passionate girl advocate and movement-builder. She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and earned her graduate degree in Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Prior to her current role at GEN, Brittany served as Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ Community Outreach Specialist.

Claudia Arellano    Outreach Program Coordinator   Claudia is passionate about giving back to her community. She was born and raised in Austin, specifically a proud member of the Dove Springs area and is a first generation college graduate. Claudia has held a multitude of roles at GEN: volunteer, intern, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate, Hays County Program Coordinator, and now Outreach Program Coordinator.

Claudia Arellano

Outreach Program Coordinator

Claudia is passionate about giving back to her community. She was born and raised in Austin, specifically a proud member of the Dove Springs area and is a first generation college graduate. Claudia has held a multitude of roles at GEN: volunteer, intern, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate, Hays County Program Coordinator, and now Outreach Program Coordinator.

Eveling Crisostomo Program Coordinator   Eveling is a dedicated social work professional with a passion for empowering youth. 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.

Eveling Crisostomo
Program Coordinator

Eveling is a dedicated social work professional with a passion for empowering youth. 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.

Chelsea Dean-Martinez Program Coordinator   Chelsea serves girls with immense intentionality. Prior to GEN, she volunteered at Project Transition’s Doug’s House – a hospice for those diagnosed with AIDS, Front Step’s the ARCH – Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Inside books – a nonprofit dedicated to sending books to Texas prison inmates.

Chelsea Dean-Martinez
Program Coordinator

Chelsea serves girls with immense intentionality. Prior to GEN, she volunteered at Project Transition’s Doug’s House – a hospice for those diagnosed with AIDS, Front Step’s the ARCH – Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Inside books – a nonprofit dedicated to sending books to Texas prison inmates.

Isabelle (Izzy) Harrison Program Coordinator   Izzy has long loved engaging girls in conversations about the unique pressures of girlhood. She interned for Thistle Farms’ residential recovery program in Nashville, TN where she worked with women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Later, she interned with the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans where she provided general, as well as grief and trauma counseling, for children and adolescents.

Isabelle (Izzy) Harrison
Program Coordinator

Izzy has long loved engaging girls in conversations about the unique pressures of girlhood. She interned for Thistle Farms’ residential recovery program in Nashville, TN where she worked with women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Later, she interned with the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans where she provided general, as well as grief and trauma counseling, for children and adolescents.

Chloé LaPorte Program Coordinator   Chloé is passionate about education, empowerment, and mental health support. She's provided group therapy to female inmates in a correctional setting, as well as interned with an organization in Sydney, Australia, CanTeen, for adolescents and young people affected by cancer by providing online and phone counseling, as well as facilitating camps and programs for the young people.

Chloé LaPorte
Program Coordinator

Chloé is passionate about education, empowerment, and mental health support. She's provided group therapy to female inmates in a correctional setting, as well as interned with an organization in Sydney, Australia, CanTeen, for adolescents and young people affected by cancer by providing online and phone counseling, as well as facilitating camps and programs for the young people.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Miller-Fellows MA, MPH, Program Evaluator   Experience Sarah brings to Girls Empowerment Network her passion for using data to improve people’s lives. She has worked with children since her very first job at El Buen Samaritano’s childcare center. She worked from 2010 to 2016 at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve, building bridges between academic research and policy advocacy to improve children’s well-being.

Sarah Miller-Fellows
MA, MPH, Program Evaluator

Experience Sarah brings to Girls Empowerment Network her passion for using data to improve people’s lives. She has worked with children since her very first job at El Buen Samaritano’s childcare center. She worked from 2010 to 2016 at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve, building bridges between academic research and policy advocacy to improve children’s well-being.