sheri west, FOUNDER & CEO
Ms. West has over 20 years of executive finance and leadership development experience. Her education includes a BA Finance and Masters of Human Resources and Leadership Development from Michigan State University. 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 named a Community Champion by the Boys and Girls Clubs in 2017 and as one of “Connecticut’s Most Philanthropic Women” by Serendipity Magazine in 2018. She is married with three children (ages 18, 15, and 11) 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 MANAGER
Alison graduated 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). You may email Alison at Alison@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.
Kali D’Agostinis, Social Media
Kali D’Agostinis is a sophomore Communications major with an interest in Digital Marketing at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. At SHU, Kali is involved in the Kappa Mu chapter of Chi Omega and is the assistant for the chapter’s marketing chair, controlling the organizations Instagram and other social media platforms. Kali is aiming to one day control major corporate companies’ social media and spread the artistic value she has in the technological world! Kali is super ecstatic to be LiveGirl’s new Social Media Intern and cannot wait to unveil the amazing opportunities that await her in the near future at LiveGirl and beyond!
Kirstyn Boudreau, Communications Intern
Kirstyn is a junior at Manhattanville College majoring in Communications and Media Studies. She is passionate about advocacy for foster children and volunteers at the Mary T. Clark Center. One of her favorite quotes, “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
Megan Keane, Research/Advocacy
Megan Keane is a senior at Sacred Heart University, with an English major and minor in Women’s Studies. At SHU, she is a Resident Advisor and President of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. She is looking forward to receiving her Bachelors in English in 2019 and her Masters in Secondary Education in 2020. She spends her time jumping from the LiveGirl office to class to running her own afterschool mentoring program.
Laura LiVolsi, Graphic Design
Laura is a senior at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She will receive her Bachelors in Communications and a minor in Marketing and Sports Studies in 2019. In addition to her studies, she is a member of the Women's Volleyball team at Manhattanville. She is excited to contribute her creativity to the LiveGirl Community and to learn new talents through her internship.
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.
Holly Pianka, Advocacy Intern
Holly is a senior Psychology major with a Gender Studies minor at the University of Hartford. She is president of Women for Change, a member of the Women's Frisbee Team, and is currently working on her Honors Thesis, which examines attitudes towards intimate partner violence committed against androgynous, butch, and transgender women. Seeking acceptance to Doctoral programs in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, she is dedicated to improving the lives of girls, women, and LGBTQIA individuals both psychologically and legally. She hopes to bring these elements to her internship with LiveGirl!
high school fellows
LiveGirl is also proud to announce our fellows for the 2018-19 school year: Sabrina Ahamed, Caroline Cioffi, and Georgia Rosenberg.
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.
About the LiveGirl Fellows:
Sabrina Ahamed is a rising senior at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, CT. Sabrina is involved with Girls Who Code and loves computer science.
Caroline Cioffi is a rising senior at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT. She is a member of the cross country, squash, and track teams at her school. In her free time, she loves to ski and spend time with friends. She has been involved in LiveGirl since 8th grade and is thrilled to be able to continue her involvement as a fellow during her senior year.
Kate Reeves is a rising senior at New Canaan High School. She has a passion for politics and writing and serves as the editor of the school literary magazine. She will also be a captain of the Model UN club and president of the Model Congress Club. She competes in gymnastics, field hockey, and lacrosse. She loves hiking and the outdoors, and during the summer, she worked at a summer camp on a farm.
Georgia Rosenberg is a rising senior at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, CT. She is the President of the Sustainability Club and a member of the varsity tennis team. Above all, she is a lover of all things food and cooking, and is passionate about political issues and advocacy. She is beyond excited to serve as a LiveGirl mentor and is grateful for this incredible opportunity to empower girls across the nation.
Ava Nichols is a Senior at New Canaan High School and the President of the school’s Art Club. She was born in Paris and attended school in London, where she spent much of her time performing on the stage. After moving to New Canaan in 2015, Ava became involved in the community through her passion for photography. She is currently the volunteer photographer for the New Canaan Land Trust and the intern photographer for LiveGirl. Ava is proud to be involved in such an uplifting program and she feels inspired by the strong LiveGirl community.