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Board of Directors

Jenifer Atkinson

Dawn Bitz

Margaret Eisenhart, Curriculum Committee and Recorder

Augusta Garrison, Curriculum Committee

I have worked as a biologist in the scientific community in Boulder since 1997. I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in animal sciences. I have a background in classical voice as graduated from The Laguardia High School of Music and Art. I think I’ve always channeled my inner “cool girl.” I love to sing but I especially love to learn new things every day. That’s why I love working in science. I have been involved in encouraging children, especially girls, to excel in academics and push through the glass ceiling in all fields. That’s something I learned from  the women in my family who did just that. My mom sang and is a retired teacher and I have an aunt who is a retired chemist. I believe in leading by example and that’s what I’m doing for my daughter who is now a Cool Girl. I’ve been involved in Take Your Daughter to Work Day programs at the companies I’ve worked for. I’ve been a volunteer tour guide at a dairy farm. I’ve helped students with resume preparation for college and advanced careers. I firmly believe that you can discover, learn and grow in any field you desire if you are tenacious, work hard, work smart and learn from those who want you to do you’re best.

Egbe Osamwonyi, Communications Committee

Emma Schwartz, Communications Committee

I am currently a senior at Fairview High School, where I am an IB Diploma Candidate and am very involved in choir and theatre. In the future, I hope to pursue a degree and career in Chemical Engineering. I am currently an intern at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where I have been able to apply my interest in chemical engineering in an industry setting. I have found a passion for science and the way it can be applied to help me view and better the world. I also love being around children, whether as a camp counselor or assistant teacher at my synagogue’s religious school. Cool Girls has given me the opportunity to blend these two loves of mine, which is why I first became involved with this organization. I have appreciated the opportunity to share my excitement with others and I truly see Cool Girls as a vehicle for growth in the STEM fields.

Mary Golden, Director

I grew up on the High Plains of Texas with the freedom to wander through arroyos in search of fossils and horned toads. In seventh grade, our math teacher took us to visit the home of a boy who had a science lab in his basement. From that moment, I wanted to become a scientist. Alas, my path zagged into a teenage marriage, but eventually I began writing about jazz, law and the stock market, and then working in community development, education and arts administration in San Francisco with my own little girl in tow. My passion for science and technology never flagged, and I eventually parlayed my training in sociology and community development and my writing skills into publishing positions in education in San Francisco, genetic engineering in New York, and geology and atmospheric science in Boulder. After founding a communicating science program at NCAR, I volunteered in 2005 as a science mentor in my granddaughter’s kindergarten class and recruited other mentors to lead hands-on projects. In 2008, the girls asked me to help them form a club and Cool Girls was born. In 2010 parents formed a nonprofit and Cool Girls joined the National Girls Collaborative Project, which in 2012 invited us to become the Convening Organization for the new Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM. We led that effort for its first year and are relieved that CU has now given it a home.

Cindy Noel, Art Director, Curriculum Committee

After graduating from the University of Denver I taught art in the public schools for 28 years.  The best times for me were with the elementary-age children.  Their curiosity and enthusiasm inspired me every single day. I found that art can serve as a back-door entry for a child to realizing her full potential. Graduate work in environmental design has given me the opportunity to also work in the field of landscaping. Being outside – painting with plants – is my passion. This year I started a small business making handcrafted bath products.  Our family moved to Boulder after I retired from teaching and I love it here – but something was missing. Enter Mary Golden, who invited me to participate in one of the Cool Girls after-school meetings.  One afternoon with the girls and I was hooked. What I love about Cool Girls is that the program encourages every girl to follow her own interests and make a career out of it.  I am thrilled to be Cool Girl’s art director.

Committee Members

      • Cori Chavez, Communications Committee
      • Priscilla Dao, CU Society of Women Engineers, Communications and Curriculum Committees
      • Susan Esrey, Communications Committee
      • Bill Hendrick, Treasurer, Finance Committee
      • Lisa Hobbs, Coordinator, CU Society of Women Engineers, Curriculum Committee
      • Cathy Mancuso, Curriculum Committee
      • Kerry Weinberg, Curriculum Committee

Board of Advisors

      • Samantha Messier, Ph.D., Science Director, Boulder Valley School District
      • Shannon Golden-Schubert, Life Sciences and Technology Attorney

Shannon, the mother of four including two former Cool Girls, was a member of our founding board of directors in 2010 and later served a term as chair. Her undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College, where she learned the power of a curriculum for women only and formed lifelong friendships. Besides continuing to support and advise Cool Girls, Shannon also serves as a member of the Women’s Council of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, as a member of the University of Colorado Tech Transfer Business Advisory Board, as a Legal Committee member of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, as a member of the Colorado BioScience Association, and as Legal Advisor to International Teams of The Unreasonable Institute, Boulder.

Annette was one of our founding members of the Board of Directors for several years. She wrote: “Even though my girls have graduated elementary school, I joined the board so that more girls could grow in a supportive environment like Cool Girls Science and Art Club. My degree is a Bachelor of Science, and I worked for 16 years in the hotel industry after graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. My work brought me to more than 45 countries and I appreciated the culture, flora and fauna of each. For the past 12 years, I’ve taught yoga to children and helped schools implement yoga programs. At school, you’ll find me involved with getting kids to walk/bike to school and to eat healthier lunches. During winter, I teach skiing to blind and visually impaired students at Eldora Mountain. I also serve on the board and deliver an education program for Blue Sky Bridge, an organization that supports victims of child abuse. My girls and I also volunteer at the Humane Society. My younger daughter, a Cool Girls alum, wants to be a vet. I credit Cool Girls with encouraging her to follow her dreams.”

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