Women with a passion for mentoring
Our board currently consists of 7 women with various lived experiences and diverse backgrounds. Together, we have over 50 years of experience working with various populations. Our expertise lies in teaching, social work, counselling, and veterans service.
Lynn is the President and Co-founder of G2W, establishing our organization after seeing a need for a mentoring program for at-risk girls. She keeps our organization strategized and supports our board and mentors through our mentor trainings. Originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently serves as the Chief of Social Work Services at the VA Medical Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Social Work.
Teresa is the Vice Chair of G2W and a mentor in several circles; she is the brain behind much of the circle curriculum and supports our mentors. Originally from Tennessee, Teresa has a background in teaching and librarianship. Working with young women has been a dream of hers since she was in college. From personal experience and throughout her career in education, she has witnessed girls struggle with life's challenges. Part of her dream is to support them as they discover themselves and embrace their personal power. As one of the founding members, she is honored to work with such amazing women who share this passion for supporting young women.
Minh is the secretary of G2W, responsible for keeping us organized in all the ways we need to be; she has also been a mentor for the past five years! She is currently a teacher at Bailey Bridge MS, where she has taught social studies for 22 years. She remembers coming to the United States from Vietnam at the age of nine and being very timid. "Everything was new to me. It would have been helpful if I had a group like G2W to support what I was going through. This is one of the reasons I was interested in being a G2W mentor: I enjoy showing support to these young girls and empowering them to believe in themselves so they will become strong women."
Jo is one of our Community Outreach and Networking leads, specializing in building community partnerships and increasing our organizational visibility. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with a background in life coaching and organizational consulting.
Rhonda is one of our Community Outreach and Networking leads, specializing in building community partnerships and increasing our organizational visibility. Before attending VCU School of Social Work to jumpstart her social work career, she spent the first twenty years of her life acting in New York and Los Angeles. She enjoys being a mom and would like to see every young girl being empowered.
Cedricka is one of our Social Media and Marketing leads. She is responsible for creating many of our promotional materials, including our website! She has a BSW from VCU. Her career passion involves being an advocate for marginalized communities, especially as it relates to promoting equity in all social spheres and empowering people to be self-advocates. She has been a mentor with G2W for over two years and has found joy in validating the experiences of young girls and sharing her own stories that they can listen to and learn from. "In all the ways I hope they learn from me, I have learned so much by being a mentor to them."
Kayla is one of our Social Media and Marketing leads and also a mentor. She manages our social media and is our Field Instructor for our VCU School of Social Work student interns! Kayla is a Clinical Social Worker, currently working in substance abuse. She has been involved with G2W for a few years and absolutely loves connecting with young people. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from VCU.
Louise is one of our student interns this year! She attends Brightpoint College, majoring in Human Services with a pre-Social Work specialization. Upon graduation, she will transfer to Virginia State.