Our Team

GALS Inc. across the nation

GALS Inc. is committed to preparing a unique and diverse generation of well-educated and motivated young women for innovative citizenship and leadership in our global society. Our team is comprised of people who model the core values and worldview of our work across the nation and around the globe.

Our Founders

Liz Wolfson

Chief visionary officer and founder, GALS Inc.
Denver, Colorado

  • Director of internal communications of Comverse
  • Project manager for international political leader
  • Chief Visionary Officer of GALS Inc.
  • Captain of the Brown University field hockey team from 1985-1989
  • Contributor to “Nevertheless, We Persisted,” to be published by Knopf in 2019


I was looking for a home both professionally and personally that expressed my desire to integrate body and intellect in a way that is organic to the feminine. The idea of shaping the next generation of young women by garnering the power of school every day—to me it is the idyllic implementation of Title IX.

Nina Safane

Founder and head of GALS Denver Middle School
Denver, Colorado

  • Worked as Chief of Staff for State Senator Mike Johnston
  • Division 1 Rugby Player at Brown University from 2005 to 2009
  • Founder of GALS Inc.
  • Worked as RTI Coordinator, Director of Special Education, Director of Health and Wellness, Director of Student Life, and Head of the Middle School at GALS Denver


GALS Inc. emerges as a response to the clear educational needs of our time. The schools teach the integration of the intellectual, physical, and creative spirits urging each student forward on a path of achievement and personal fulfillment. This will motivate and inspire young women to develop into the healthy and strong innovators, educators, and leaders of the future.

Our Board

Barbara Wagner

Head of the GALS Inc. board, educational and nonprofit consultant
Los Angeles, California

  • Head of Marlborough School for 25 years (grades 7-12 independent, college-preparatory girls’ school in Los Angeles, CA)
  • Implemented innovative programs in science, humanities, and social sciences to empower young women
  • Developed a leadership program to provide young women with skills to build their confidence as visionary, capable leaders
  • Expanded programs in science and mathematics education to develop confidence and competence in young women


I believe GALS Inc. is empowering each young woman in the schools to become the best person and student she can become. The expertise of the teachers and the role-modeling/mentoring they provide is awe-inspiring. The emphasis on Embodied Education in which the mind and body are integrated is impressive. It is humbling to witness the positive effects on GALS students!

Christa Doyle

Montessori educator, project manager and bureau liaison
Sarasota, Florida

  • Montessori Educator
  • Upper Elementary Level Coordinator
  • Teacher Mentor and Advisor
  • Montessori Model UN Project Manager


GALS Inc. is the opportunity for all individuals to learn in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment. Support for community, connection to others, and individual reflection empower GALS students to reach their potential as human beings.

Ken Fisher

Ft Lauderdale, Florida

  • Founder of Nationwide Paging Inc.
  • Founded nonprofit Heal The Planet Together
  • Founder and past Co-Chair of Broward County Real Estate Division
  • Co-Creator One Whole Peace
  • Completed Master’s program in Spiritual Psychology at University of Santa Monica


I believe that by playing a part in educating, inspiring, and empowering our youth, I can create the largest positive impact within our society and on our planet. GALS Inc. is uniquely positioned to improve the odds of their students to function in the real world and, more importantly, to ensure their success as leaders and create happy, meaningful, and fulfilling lives.

Donna Good

Chief financial officer, The Rivers Project
Denver, Colorado

  • First Woman to head a G7
  • Project Director for Pope John Paul’s World Youth Days
  • CFO to 17 political campaigns
  • Ran largest early AIDS education campaign in sub-Saharan Africa


I was a poor kid in Boston who went to a public, single-gender school, and I believe it changed my life.

Paula Hansen

Lakewood, Colorado

  • Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Denver Nuggets
  • Senior Vice President Team Marketing and Business Operations of the National Basketball Association
  • Senior Vice President and COO of the Women’s National Basketball Association
  • Developed and implemented the first NBA All-Star Saturday Event


Having spent my professional career in a male-dominated industry, I know it is important for young girls and women to learn and develop the confidence to realize that their gender is not an impediment to success in any industry.

Kerrissa Heffernan

Brown University, director of global sport
Providence, Rhode Island

  • Director of the Society of Royce Fellows and the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society at Brown University
  • Director of Faculty Engagement at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University
  • Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at  Lasell College in Newton, MA
  • Head Coach of the Brown University Women’s Rugby Team
  • Co-founder and Director of Camp Colors (1993-2001), a summer-day program for pre-school children living with HIV/AIDS


I firmly believe in the vision and mission of GALS Inc. and the recognition that gender plays a significant role in teaching and learning.

Caity Henderson

Student at Northwestern University 
Denver, Colorado/ Evanston, Illinois 

  • Former pioneering student in the first class at GALS Denver Middle School
  • Journalism major at Northwestern University
  • Peer Health Educator in Chicago Public Schools
  • Reporter for the Daily Northwestern


In the three years I spent at GALS, I gained a sense of confidence and community that propelled me to redefine my passions, values, and goals. My focus on humanism, girls’ education, and health originates from the formative years I spent surrounded by the incredible GALS community.

Alexandra Merlino

Finance director, CicLAvia
Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Finance Director for CicLAvia
  • Executive Director for Partnership for Responsible Business
  • Served on the founding team for New Mexico Green Chambers of Commerce
  • Founder and CEO of Teres Kids
  • Founder and CEO of Authentics Home


GALS Inc. creates an inclusive environment where growth is nourished through personalized attention and Embodied Education during a crucial time in a girl’s life. I’ve become a board member of GALS Inc. to make the opportunity a reality for more girls.

Saira Rao

Co-founder and creative director, In This Together Media
Denver, Colorado

  • Founded In This Together Media and growing it to profitability while pushing diverse kids books into the world
  • Named one of the Most Creative People by “Fast Company”
  • Invited to the Obama White House twice to discuss gender and media
  • Clerked for a United States Court of Appeals judge on the Third Circuit
  • Author of “Chambermaid” (Grove Press), a novel that was translated into five languages and optioned for film by Warner Bros


GALS Inc. because feminism and secondary education go hand in hand beautifully, and GALS is the only game in the country doing it!

Iriana Reyes-Corral

Student at the University of Redlands

Denver, Colorado/ Redlands California 

  • Community Activist
  • Student Coordinator for Read Empower Attain Create Hope (REACH)
  • Community Service Chair for SPURS National Honor society at the University of Redlands
  • Field Campaigns intern with Voto Latino
  • Colorado State Volunteer Ambassador to the 2016 Democratic National Convention


The greatest gift I ever received was my time at GALS in 7th and 8th grade. As a young woman, I was able to understand and experience an engaging and supportive community. In this community setting, I thrived academically, physically, and socially. I look forward to ensuring more students are empowered.

Wendy Talley

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Caring for Colorado Foundation
Denver, Colorado

  • A loving human being
  • Learned the power of forgiveness
  • Proud a mother
  • A 33-year career as a social work maverick
  • Had her acting debut in Social Imagination during mid-life season.


GALS is a powerful space for personal, academic, and community exploration. Teachers tap into the passion, strength, and creativity of all students.

Anastasia Toomey

Founder, Front Porch Consulting and EOS Implementer, Meritage Funds
Denver, Colorado

  • First girl to play ice hockey in our regional upstate NY league
  • Spent 25 years working in advertising agencies large and small, in NY, Boston, and Chicago, on every type of client from Fortune 25s to tiny start-ups, in every industry you can imagine
  • Started, built, and sold local agency Agency Zero in Denver
  • Spends time now as an EOS Implementer helping entrepreneurs get what they want out of their businesses


I have said it over and over again: I wonder what I could have become if I’d had had a GALS school when I was a kid. To see the confidence, self-awareness, ambition, intelligence, and pure guts of these pioneers inspires me to reach higher and work harder every day. Our education system is broken and having the opportunity to contribute in any way to a beacon of success like GALS Inc. is an honor.

Renita Thurkral

Founder and principal, Charter School Growth Hub; partner, Civil Rights Solutions; senior national legal advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
San Francisco, California 

  • Junior high math teacher and tennis coach
  • Public defender in state and federal court in New York City
  • Launching and growing a civil rights consulting practice for public schools
  • Launching and growing a charter support entity to assist high-quality operators with strategic growth
  • Beginner – and persistent – surfer


When I walked into a GALS campus the first time, I immediately felt the energy, confidence, warmth, passion, curiosity, and humor given and received between the faculty and the students. There was love and respect for self and others in this community, and it was palpable. Plus, as an athlete myself, I feel deeply committed to the vision of growing a community of students who are empowered and embodied.