Olympia Edwards ~ CEO firstname.lastname@example.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.
Lanessa Cerrillo ~ Program Director email@example.com
Lanessa Cerrillo is a University Of Washington graduate who holds a strong passion for education and community engagement. As an Educator, one of Lanessa's main focus is to serve BIPOC communities and create learning spaces that are more conducive for Black and Brown bodies. It is Lanessa's aim to provide accessible mental health and wellness services that center healing for young BIPOC folx. In her free time, Lanessa enjoys painting, playing electric guitar and traveling. Lanessa was a part of the first group of mentees that Project Girl Mentoring and now has joined the team to serve the community that once served her.
Caring for myself is not a self-indulgence, it is a self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
Tiana Smith ~ Executive Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiana Smith is a program coordinator and mentor with Project Girl Mentoring. Tiana was born and raised in the Seattle area. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in history with a particular focus in race, gender, and power. During her time at the University of Washington, Tiana served for two years as the president of an organization called Sisterhood, a space created to unite and empower Black women. This experience taught her the value of finding community and celebrating Black womanhood. She joined the Project Girl Mentoring team to pay it forward and aid young women in finding their voice and learning to advocate for themselves.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Samaria Fountain ~ Program Coordinator email@example.com
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
Vanessa Harris ~ Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Harris is a program coordinator and mentor with Project Girl Mentoring Program. Vanessa recently joined Project Girl to be a part of the support system for BIPOC youth in Snohomish County. She is currently studying to be a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with the City University of Seattle where she will graduate with a master’s degree. Vanessa has always had a passion for working with the youth and being a vessel to help them unleash their full potential. She believes if the youth obtain a supportive and uplifting surrounding that believes in them, they can break barriers and accomplish what is true to themselves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on walks in nature, reading a good book, cooking, and listening to music.
Latisha Williams graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2012 and again 2017 with her Master Degree in Social Work. For over a decade she has been committed to serving the underrepresented youth and families in Snohomish county. When asked what she’s passionate about Latisha’s stated she prides herself on giving the next generation the blueprint to be successful and become whatever they put their minds to. At PGMP Latisha has greatly enjoyed watching the mentees blossom through words of affirmation and our consistent practice in positive self talk.
A quote Latisha lives by: ‘I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.’
Project Girl Mentoring Program is looking for dedicated individuals who are hardworking and have a passion for serving communities of color. We believe that as a community we can uplift the voices of young women of color and are always in search of others who think the same way. We hope that you will consider this opportunity to help empower and inspire young women of color in our community. If you would like to volunteer/mentors for our organization, please fill out the form below.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
LaTasha Reed ~ Vice Chair
Latasha Reed is an SAHM and community leader. She established and co-lead 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 compliments she has ever received is being called AUTHENTIC. As a young black woman, growing up in the state of Washington, knowing who she is, 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 ~ Treasurer
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 pay it forward.
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. In 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.
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 PGMP expand in the upcoming years.
Pam Davila is a project/program manager and has worked in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. One of her core values is connection, which Brene Brown defines as "the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued." Her commitment to Project Girl stems from this deep belief that connections can be catalysts for growth and flourishing. Her experiences living as a Taiwanese-American in the Puget Sound area and overseas in Peru have contributed to who she is and how she views the world today. She enjoys coffee, travel, audiobooks, and leading racial reconciliation initiatives through her local church (Northshore Community Church in Kirkland).
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 collecting stamps on her passport with her family , dipping her toe in architectural photography and hosting guest in her family small business Catching Memories.
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.
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.