LEADERSHIP TEAM

Olympia Edwards ~ Founder / Executive Director            olympia@project-girl.org

Olympia Edwards is the founder and visionary of Project Girl Mentoring Program, a 501(c)3 organization designed to create a safe place for girls and young women to become better versions of themselves. As a Florida native, she comes with a unique style of youth programming mixed with energy and authentic life lessons. As a young woman, Olympia always had the dream to support girls and young women and support them in making positive life choices. After being active in her community as a program coordinator, case manager, and advocate for young women; Olympia set out to create a curriculum-based mentoring program where young women can learn to love their skin tone, focus on their confidence/self esteem, and grow into womanhood.  Project Girl Mentoring Program aims to be a catalyst for the changes needed in our community by giving young women  the tools to continue to speak truth, show grace, love others and come together. 

Her biggest joy is knowing that she is doing something that she always wanted to do and that she always dreamed of doing.

Samaria Fountain ~ Program Coordinator                  samaria@project-girl.org

Samaria Fountain brings with her a burst of excitement for working with young women and her own community. Sam grew up in Arizona and moved to PNW right after high school in 2015 and has not looked back since. She is currently studying to become a certified birth doula. Her desire is to meet young women of color right where they are, life doesn’t have to be lived alone. Through support, mentorship and love we are able to thrive together because empowering women empower women. Outside of work she enjoys spending her time traveling, learning herbal remedies and self- care spa products.  

 

One of her favorite quotes is “"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals." - Michelle Obama

Makayla Hoard began with Project Girl Mentoring as a mentee and now as a mentor, she has came full circle. She brings a flare of being able to relate to the other mentees. She is currently working as a full time, as a Care Coordinator at a local Dental Clinic. She is also a recently new mom with a beautiful baby girl. She believes that mentoring young women in important because it allows them to be around other girls who look and remind them that they are not alone.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling,  hosting her friends over for dinner and cooking.

 

One of her favorite quote is from Maya Angelou " I've learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  

 

Makayla Hoard ~ Admin / Program Assistant                makayla@project-girl.org

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

LaTasha Reed ~ Vice Chair

Latasha Reed is an SAHM and community leader. She has founded and the co-lead of SIS, the Women’s Ministry, at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. She is currently a full-time student pursing her degree at the University of Washington. One of the greatest compliment she has ever received is being called AUTHENTIC. As a young black woman, growing up in the state of Washington, knowing who she was, and her purpose, is something that she struggled with well into adulthood. Due to this, it is so important to her to see women thrive as their authentic selves because until one knows who they are, they cannot operate in their true self.

Jeremy Edwards ~ Treasure

Jeremy Edwards is a software engineer and has worked in some of the biggest technology companies - Sage Healthcare, Microsoft and Google. Jeremy works to foster diversity in the tech field. His work has mentored and encouraged other software developer to enhance their tech skills and grow their craft. Outside work, Jeremy enjoys PC gaming and invent new ways to grow his lawn. He is a big believer in failing fast and failing early which mean you have to mess up now so that you can learn from your mistakes and paying in forward.  

Dr. Margaret Towolawi

Dr. Margaret Towolawi is a board certified family physician who has been practicing medicine for over ten years in the Seattle area. She is the founder of Nurture Well Center, a direct primary care practice centered on wellness and SkinStatMD, an aesthetic practice focusing on the skin and hair concerns of Black and Brown patients. She was excited to jump on the opportunity to join the PGM board as she is passionate about making sure Black and Brown girls have opportunities to walk into their greatness at an early age. Dr. Towolawi attended similar pipeline programs as a youth and has seen the power of mentoring firsthand. She looks forward to seeing Project Girl Mentoring expand in the upcoming years.

Chastity Catchings 

Chastity Catchings is Chief Operating Office for a public charter, with a 20 year background in strategic planning, financial management and capital development. She has a drive for disrupting, transforming and collaborating innovating education and other system of inequalities that are the driving forces for the work that she does. She is passionate about ensuring that opportunities and creative space are available for black and brown scholars so that they may be able to decide and change their own trajectory exponentially if they choose. When she's not working she enjoys collects stamps on her passport with her family and dipping her toe in architectural photography and hosting guest in her family small business Catching Memories. 

Christina Taylor 

Christina Taylor is an educator and business woman. She has worked in education for 10 years and is currently at a local independent school as the Associate Director of Global Programs Department. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with young people on personal development, social justice, and leadership. Christina is also a proud small business owner of WineSavoy.com and frequently looks for opportunities to support other businesses and build community. She believes that she would not be the woman she is today without her villages of aunties who inspire her, and open doors for her and correct her when she needs it. She believes every girl needs that. 

Alicia Crank 

Alicia Crank is a business, non profit and community leader who has been serving the community for over 20 years. She is passionate about building a community that is safe for ALL, diverse and transparent. She believes that we should teach young women to turn their obstacles into opportunities and to not let the concept of being told "no" deter you from trying anyway and the WE should own our experiences. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys supporting local diners around Edmonds and attending networking events. 

Pam Davila

Pam Davila is a provider consultant and has worked in the healthcare management industry for 20 years. One of her core values is connected to Brene brown and is defined as  "the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship." Her commitment to Project Girl stems from this deep belief that connections can be catalysts for growth and flourishing. Her perspective is informed by her experiences growing up as an Asian-American woman in the United States and living overseas in Peru. Her passion for languages and cultures has evolved into a commitment to racial reconciliation within her local church (Northshore Community Church in Kirkland) and community.

Rebecca Lai ~ Secretary

Rebecca Lai is a clinical consultant and registered nurse. she is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health within her community. She believes that mentoring young women of color will begin to address the disparities and raise up a new generation of leaders who will not only be effective leaders but also compassionate problem solvers. 

Volunteering has always been a part of Rebecca’s DNA and she has spent time serving both professionally on the Washington Medical Case Management Association Board of Directors and personally at her church on the hospitality team (Evergreen Church in Bothell) and volunteers with Reach Ministry Seattle.​ IIn her free time, she enjoys dance fitness classes (now virtual), crafting, watching Hallmark Christmas movies and reading fiction written by women and people of color. 

Adia Callahan ~ Chair

Adia Callahan is a wellness coach and founder/owner of See Me Wellness. She has worked in business strategy for 15 years. She is an accomplished business leader with expertise in strategy, product development and team building with a background in sales. Adia is passionate about wanting to bridge the gap between Black Women and fitness. Throughout her career, Adia supports women’s professional and personal development. Adia believes in the power of support; supporting others and receiving support. “No one should go through their life secluded from a supportive community. That is what mentoring is, that community.

VOLUNTEER

Project Girl Mentoring Program is looking for dedicated board members who believe in our mission and are willing to lead and strengthen the work that we are doing in the community. We believe that this work has never been more important than it is today.  We hope that you will consider this opportunity to help uplift and inspire young women of color in our community. If you know someone who would be a good fit for our board, please forward along with our contact information.