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Meet Our

Board of Directors

Christina Meade

Executive Director & Founder

A self-described nerd girl, Christina used her expertise in education, business experience and passion for women’s issues to launch the organization whose mission is to educate and encourage teen girls in the pursuit of business and political leadership positions. Her programs help teen girls understand the power and importance of their voice and how to use it to affect change within their communities.

Tracie Parent

Tracie Parent

President

As Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President, Tracie assists Kahler Slater to drive the strategic plan, expand into new markets and with firm-wide growth. With a background in strategically guiding organizations to achieve revenue growth as well as improved budgeting and forecasting procedures, she directs the financial, operational, risk and technological aspects of the organization.

Miara Shaw

Vice President

Miara Shaw, also known as, ‘Maven’ Miara is a life and business strategist, executive coach, and sought-after transformational speaker. She specializes in supporting black and brown business leaders, executives, and hi-potential talent to cultivate confidence, develop leadership skills, and define their Balanced Rhythm™ (work-life harmony). Before starting her business, Maven Miara worked for over 25 years as a no-nonsense, high-powered energy trader at some of the nation’s largest oil companies.

Christa Jaganath

Christa Jaganath

Treasurer

Christa Jaganath is a managing director in the audit and assurance group at Crowe. She specializes in audit and attestation services. Christa has more than 13 years of experience providing employee benefit plan audits, technical accounting and reporting based on both International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Christine Cioffe

Fundraising Co-Director

Christine Cioffe currently advises and consults for a variety of companies in Sustainability, Specialty Industrials, Agriculture and BioPharma. Her prior experience includes leading large R& D organizations at PepsiCo (food and beverage) and Merck & Co (pharmaceuticals). Chris is a passionate advocate for life-long learning and exploring (and breaking down) boundaries as well as mentoring and coaching people at all stages of their career.

Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen

Fundraising Co-Director

Anh Nguyen is a seasoned digital marketing professional working with B2B and purpose-driven brands, and nonprofits. She finds the ever-changing digital marketing landscape energizing and exciting. Anh has a strong belief in giving back and community service. She is honored to serve with Nerdy Girl Success to help make an impact for young women. She loves travel, dogs, tech tools, social media, foodie adventures, and the Oxford comma.

Jocelyn Durant

Marketing Co-Director

Jocelyn has over 20 years of marketing experience, amassing strategic experience in several industries; banking, medical, manufacturing, and legal. Her creative marketing spirit is ignited by developing strategies for growth through rebranding, public relations, digital marketing and communications. As a leader she cultivates diverse teams, fosters varied perspectives and promotes continuing education and training.

Lisa Friscia

Lisa Friscia

Marketing Co-Director

Lisa’s passion? Assessing a problem, clarifying vision, aligning resources, and rallying a team to meet established goals, in a way that is inclusive, outcomes-driven and people-centered. She thinks of strategies like dress-making ~ the greatness is in the tailoring, and clean lines usually work best. Whether it is overhauling an evaluation system, spearheading a social media campaign, or organizing a learning conference.

Charon Johnson

Charon Johnson

Program Co-Director

As Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for Sodexo’s Facilities Management portfolio, Charon builds relationships with her clients ensuring they have access to a network of solutions and resources.

Emma Plouffe

Emma Plouffe

Program Co-Director

Emma is an Operations & People Executive with a track record of developing great leaders across a diverse set of industries. She is a builder by nature who is passionate about building companies alongside Founders and driven Leadership Teams. Today, she operates as an Advisor to startups and is the VP of Business Operations & People at a surgical robotics company.

Desarae Aina

Desarae Aina

Volunteer Co-Director

In her professional life, Desarae serves as a Real Estate Broker at 3D Signature Realty, where she assists clients in creating legacies through real estate transactions. Additionally, she plays a pivotal role in training and developing real estate agents to help them establish successful careers.

Téa Duplex

Volunteer Co-Director

As SVP of Operations, Téa specializes in operations and program management. She focuses on streamlining workflows and leading strategic initiatives. Her expertise drives operational excellence and contributes to organizational success.

Julia Wilson

Volunteer Co-Director

Julia Wilson is a seasoned ad tech veteran who has spent her career managing global strategic publisher, advertiser and platform relationships for some of the largest technology players in the space, AOL, Criteo and currently Automattic. Today, she is the VP of Ad Partnerships for CMS platform WordPress and social media platform Tumblr, overseeing advertising partner strategy and product development for both direct and programmatic businesses.

Ginger Purgatorio

Expansion Co-Director

Ginger has been with Allstate for 25 years where she has held several
positions in Finance, Ethics & Compliance, Connected Car, and Product. Under Ginger’s leadership, Allstate emerged as an industry leader in telematics. Ginger is championing the shift to product mindset to more effectively meet the needs of the rapidly changing marketplace. Her team is central to the design and build of Allstate’s new products.
Ginger represents Allstate on the Executive Board of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Lauren Tisdale

Lauren Tisdale

Expansion Co-Director

Lauren in the Chief Legal Officer for a privately held commercial finance company.  In her role, she responsible for transaction management, risk management, compliance and corporate record keeping.  Lauren assists in vetting and closing financing for commercial borrowers.  In her career, she has held both legal and business development roles and enjoy all of it!