Sheri West, FOUNDER & CEO
Ms. West has over 25 years of corporate and leadership development experience. Her education includes a BA Finance and Masters of Human Resources and Leadership Development from Michigan State University. Prior to LiveGirl, Ms. West spent 16 years as a finance executive at General Electric Co., a multinational company, where she was instrumental in its Women’s Network. She has taught leadership development courses at the GE Management Development Institute and the University of Miami-Ohio. Five years ago, she founded LiveGirl to “pay it forward” and prepare the next generation of female leaders. She was honored in 2017 as a Community Champion by the Boys and Girls Clubs, in 2018 as one of “Connecticut’s Most Philanthropic Women” by Serendipity Magazine, in 2019 as a “Woman Of Inspiration” by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. Sheri regularly speaks on the importance of building confident girls and was a keynote speaker at UConn-Stamford’s xCite Conference, Rowan Center’s Women Empowering Women Conference, Girl Scouts of CT, and NCL. She is married with three children (ages 18, 15, and 12) and lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she also serves as an elected official on the New Canaan Public Schools Board of Education. You may email Sheri at Sheri@goLiveGirl.org.
Alison Waller, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Alison graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hartford with a major in History and minor in Gender Studies and completed her Master’s Degree in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, Alison served as Program Manager for Women Presidents' Educational Organization (NYC). Prior to this role, she worked for the American Friends Service Committee and was a Congressional intern for Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY). Alison volunteers with the Rowan Center as a Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate. You may email Alison at Alison@goLiveGirl.org.
Chelsea Starks, MARKETING & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Chelsea works as a freelance marketing consultant. She attended Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT and is a member of the Stamford/Norwalk chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Chelsea graduated cum laude from University of Hartford with a major in Marketing and minor in Psychology. In her Junior year, she was selected to be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success among the top performing students. She was also honored to become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. Chelsea donates spare time working with small groups at her church and attends service missions trips outside of the country. She is passionate about empowering women and young girls to realize their innate gifts and potential in order to pinpoint their goals and actualize their dreams. You may email Chelsea at Chelsea@goLiveGirl.org.
Alison Riith, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Alison works as a Knowledge Associate at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Alison is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate certificate from the University of Connecticut. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Fairfield University, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University, and is a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development.
Elaine Lloyd, PHOTOGRAPHER
Elaine Lloyd has spent her career working in finance at firms including Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. She is presently the co-founder of Risk Premium Investment Management Company in NYC. Elaine has an undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College and an MBA in finance from NYU. Photography is her passion and she frequently donates her time to photograph animals available for adoption for the Stamford shelter and for local rescues.
Ms. Lloyd is married and a resident of New Canaan where she raised her triplets. Elaine generously donates her photography skills to LiveGirl and we are thrilled to offer a scholarship in her name.
Kiran Jagtiani is a rising sophomore at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, where she study finance. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, playing tennis and watching soccer.
Liv Jarrett is a Junior at Duke University studying Psychology, Global Health and Neuroscience, with the intention of pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist. She is passionate about empowering girls through mental health education, and hopes to be able to do so around the world. Besides traveling, she loves to express her creative side through art and music. She is so excited to be a part of the LiveGirl team and grow alongside future female leaders this summer. She believes sharing past experiences allows for new positive ones to come to light!
Emma Maki, PROGRAM INTERN
Emma Maki is a rising junior studying Psychology at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She is the Secretary and Vice President of Community Service of the Gamma Iota chapter of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority at UHart. The mission of her sorority is to empower women, so she is motivated to do the same for LiveGirl! She is excited to work alongside all of the amazing females involved in this nonprofit. Emma believes in spreading kindness and compassion to every individual and to not be afraid of taking risks.
Gabrielle Ruvo, PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN
Gab is a Junior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut! She's from Westchester, New York. She's a Communications Major with a focus in Public Relations and Advertising. She's involved in the Eta Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at SHU and currently is their Vice President of Membership Education on the Executive Board. She's also in the Upsilon Beta Chapter of the Order of Omega Greek Life Honor Society and controls their social media accounts. She's in Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Society. She's also been an RA for freshmen for the past two years. Gab truly loves what LiveGirl stands for and feels so lucky to be an intern for this non-profit. She believes instilling confidence in the next generation of female leaders is such a crucial part of the future for us women.
Sophie Westfall, CREATIVE DESIGN & SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
Sophie is a Communication Design student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has a passion for painting and for learning new talents. She believes that everyone deserves to be who they are in this world and to have a fair chance in doing what they love.
HIGH SCHOOL FELLOWS
LiveGirl is also proud to announce our fellows for the 2019-20 school year: Stephanie Guza, Phoebe Kurth, Kearney McKiernan, Mackenzie Moore, Seda Rua, Alexandra Pepe and Olivia West.
The LiveGirl Fellowship Program is designed to provide executive leadership experience to extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and initiative while involved in LiveGirl throughout their high school years. Fellowship assignments include research, advocacy, and creative design responsibilities in support of LiveGirl’s leadership and girl empowerment programs. Executive mentors encourage their ambition, empower their confidence, and prepare them for future leadership positions.
Stephanie Guza is a rising senior at Sacred Heart Greenwich, CT. She is a member of the volleyball and tennis teams at her school, and is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. She enjoys anything food related and spending time with her friends and family outdoors. She is also the co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Help End Period Poverty, which focuses on ending the stigma with menstruation and donating feminine products in Fairfield County. Above all, she is extremely excited to continue working with LiveGirl!
Phoebe Kurth is a rising senior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT. She is captain of the varsity ski and lacrosse teams and a member of the Service Board. She loves being in the mountains, whether it’s hiking in the Adirondacks or ski racing competitively in Vermont. Phoebe started working with LiveGirl in 9th grade and is excited to empower girls across Fairfield County.
Kearney McKiernan is a rising senior at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT. She is a member of the Girls Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse teams and runs cross country. She loves skiing, swimming and being outdoors. Kearney has been involved in LiveGirl since 9th grade and is excited to continue her involvement at LiveGirl this year.
Mackenzie Moore - Youth Advisory Board
Alexandra Pepe is a rising senior at New Canaan High School. Alex is a member of the track team and is the club leader of Mentors and More. She has a passion for helping others, so she is an active volunteer for National Charity League and the St. Aloysius church in New Canaan. In her free time, Alex loves drawing, biking, and hanging out with her friends. She has been involved with LiveGirl since sophomore year and cannot wait to continue her involvement as a fellow.
Seda Rua is a junior at Trumbull High School, who is passionate about writing, reading, watching and making films and traveling. Seda comes from a bi-cultural family, with parents from Colombia and Turkey, and is trilingual. She spent her summers in Turkey for the better part of her childhood, which is one of the reasons why she loves learning about new cultures and places. Seda is hoping to have a career in film making, specifically directing. In her free time, she likes spending time with her friends, family and cats.
Olivia West - Youth Advisory Board