Our mentors

instructors

Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Saxe Middle School with eleven years of teaching experience. In addition, she has coached girls volleyball at the middle and high school level for ten years. She has her BA from Skidmore College and MA from Sacred Heart. She feels strongly about empowering girls to discover and explore the dynamic characteristics which make them unique and valuable parts of the larger community. Her life motto is, “Don’t forget to be awesome!"


Megan Hoffman

Megan is a certified fitness instructor and high school lacrosse coach. She is a fitness expert and has published articles for Women's Health, Oxygen Magazine, Serendipity, and Well + Good NYC. Megan provides fitness concierge services, whereby she helps clients and members attack their health and wellness goals from multiple angles and with individualized approaches. Megan also works as a fitness model and coaches youth lacrosse. She is passionate about helping girls and women achieve healthier lifestyles.


Lytasha Marie Blackwell

LyTasha is a writer, educator, motivator, and lover of words. She has been featured on stages with legends such as Nikki Giovonni, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, Ericka Huggins and the late Dr. Maya Angelou. She is currently teaching an Intellectual and Creative Inquiry Seminar at Southern Connecticut State University. She has a M.A. in Women's Studies from Southern Connecticut State University where she focused on Programming and Curriculum Development. Her special project centered on creating and implementing her signature program, "She's A B.O.S.S.-- Beyond Ordinary Setting the Standard" which focuses on young urban women ages 14-25. LyTasha is passionate about helping the next generation of women use writing as a therapeutic outlet to discuss the issues that they face within their lives and communities.


Colleen Szabo

Colleen is a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Bethel Middle School. Colleen earned her Master's in Education from the University of New Haven and and attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Human Development and Family Studies, English and Women's Studies. She previously worked as a workshop facilitator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program. In this role, she led discussions on topics such as gender equality, sexual assault prevention, consent, women's rights, education, self-esteem, women's health, dating violence, healthy relationships, and body image. Colleen is dedicated to girls’ empowerment and education. Colleen enjoys working with girls as a middle school dance team coach. 


Sara Nelson

Sara is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. Sara attended the University of Connecticut where she studied History and Secondary Education. Sara previously worked as an Assistant Trip Director for the Alternative Breaks Program overseeing and training team leaders. She also served as an intern at the Connecticut Historical Society where she taught diverse students in grades K-12 from the Hartford area using artifacts, images, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Sara is passionate about gender equality, equal educational opportunity, and community service. In her spare time she likes to work on art projects, go hiking, try new foods, and spend time with her friends and family.


Erika Brunwasser

Erika Brunwasser is a New York State Certified counselor who has been working with K-12 students for more than eight years. Erika has worked in some of New York City's most diverse and largest public schools. During her time as a school counselor, she saw a great need for girls to have female role models and mentors. As a mother to a young daughter and counselor, Erika is thrilled to be joining the LiveGirl team!


Juana Yanes

Juana Yanes is the Counseling Coordinator & Child Advocate for The Center in Stamford, Connecticut. She is responsible for providing both English and Spanish crisis intervention and counseling to victims of sexual assault and their families throughout the community. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and received her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Iona College. Juana is passionate about serving as a positive role model for girls while empowering them to be leaders.


Sarah Lauture

Sarah Lauture is a Norwalk native and High School Academic Coach for Horizons National at New Cannan Country School. She earned her Masters in Counseling from John Hopkins University and B.S. in Communications (with a minor in Spanish) from Southern Connecticut State University. Sarah is currently in pursuit of earning licensure as a Professional Counselor and is a student in the University of Bridgeport's advanced graduate study program in Counseling. In June 2016, Sarah co-founded Woman to Woman - whose mission is to encourage women (ages 20-40 to build each other up, while simultaneously inspiring them to give back to their communities through the avenues of networking, mentorship, empowerment, and volunteerism. While Sarah is a self-proclaimed “lover of school” she is ultimately a student of life; with so much more to learn. If you see her around, she’ll probably be sporting her afro, which she says is colorful, unique, and fun… just like her.


Caroline Simmons

Caroline B. Simmons serves as a Connecticut Congresswoman representing the 144th District in Stamford, Connecticut. She is House Chair of the Commerce Committee. Previously, Caroline worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for four and a half years. As Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office at Homeland Security, Caroline provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism programs. Before this, Caroline interned at the U.S. Department of State for the Middle East Partnership Initiative within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she assisted with economic empowerment programs in the Middle East. Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2011. Caroline also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. She currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Business Development Council.


Kelisha Dort

Kelisha Dort is a Quinnipiac University Graduate who earned her B.S. in English and is looking to begin her path to earn her Masters in Counseling in Fall of 2018. Kelisha has previously worked with young girls of all ages as an Assistant Counselor and a Senior Youth Counselor. She has had experience working with students from K-12 at places such as: New Haven Youth Services, Hamden Youth Services, The Jewish Community Center, and The Haitian American Catholic Center. Kelisha has made it one of her duties in society to participate in the empowerment of young women. She is passionate about marginalizing power in women and girls so that they can play a significant role in society. Throughout her time as a Youth Counselor, she noticed how young girls often needed guidance, and emotional and mental support from their female counselors. As she has joined the LiveGirl Team, Kelisha is excited to make a positive difference and work with the girls!