Founder and CEO
President, Board of Directors
Meaghan Davis is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. She first established BRAVE in the Spring of 2013 while working as a social studies teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Her development of BRAVE was initially inspired by her work with students as a classroom teacher. She truly believes in the positive power of students and she is determined to help each student discover their best self and realize their own full potential. Meaghan’s initiative to found and expand BRAVE as a non-profit organization was triggered by the documentary film Girl Rising, which promotes awareness of the human right to education and the impact of empowering girls to create change in the world. She continues to be inspired everyday by the words, actions and stories of courageous people, especially girls, from around the world. Over the past three years Meaghan has worked to contribute to this special movement by improving and expanding BRAVE to different schools and communities.
SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Areej Nitowski is Co-Advisor of the Sedgwick Middle School Program within BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. Areej became more involved in the program in 2014. During this time, she has been amazed by the energy and positive influence BRAVE has given so many girls and young women. She has worked as a 7th grade science teacher at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, CT since 2010. Prior to teaching, Areej spent 20 years as a life scientist in academia, biotech and pharma research. She received her BS in Biochemistry and MS in Toxicology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Areej is a proud SU Orange basketball fan, even while living in Connecticut. She is a strong believer that public education is the main way to influence young people. Areej is thrilled to see the enthusiasm that BRAVE has inspired within so many girls and young women, and is eagerly anticipating more success with the organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Adam is an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Adam works with faculty on projects and initiatives related to student learning. He has experience working in educational technology, instructional design and curriculum support, computer support, web design, and social media. Adam is a graduate from the Secondary Social Studies teaching program at the UConn Neag School of Education. Adam also serves on the Lebanon School Board in Lebanon, NH.
Board of Directors
Leslie Bruenn is the Advisor of the Sedgwick Middle School Program within BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. She helped establish the program at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, CT, during the Spring of 2013. Over the past year she has built the program up along with the Founder Meaghan Davis. She has worked as a science teacher at Sedgwick since 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Arizona State University and her masters at St Joseph’s. Leslie has been an ally to all of her students, a strong advocate for girls and to the BRAVE Leadership Program from the beginning. She continues to be inspired by the changes in the girls who have become leaders in their school and community, an opportunity they may never have had without this program.
Board Director and Treasurer
This will be Andrea McDermott’s second year on BRAVE’s Board of Directors! She is excited to continue her duties as Treasurer, and to lead the Development and Advancement Committee. Andrea enjoys making music, reading, and being outside in her free time. She believes that if we all use our talents to help our communities, the world would be a better place.
Americorps VISTA Member
Sarah Dottor is a Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at UConn in partnership with BRAVE. They graduated from UConn in May 2017 with a B.S. in Pathobiology, but hope to find a future in social work. Their free time is spent at martial arts, where they have earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do during 7 years of training. Sarah believes in the power of visibility and diversity, as well as advocacy for what one understands to be right.
Mar is the Conference Chair for BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. As part of BRAVE for several years now, they continue to return due to the welcoming and loving sense of family BRAVE has given them. Mar hopes to provide all students and incoming members an equal amount of love and support so that they may too find a home within BRAVE. Mar seeks to make the world a better place each day by speaking up for others and encouraging respect for all humans. They are currently studying Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and hope to one day become a child advocate.
Emma is a senior at the University of Connecticut and studies Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies with a Studio Art minor. She loves to practice yoga, create art, and travel. Emma believes in the power of words and is obsessed with reading, learning, sharing, and listening. She loves working with kids and cannot wait to work with all of the amazing BRAVE students this semester to help them be self-empowered and BRAVE!
computer science intern
Michelle is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Computer Science and Engineering and minoring in Math. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career combining her computer science skills and desire to promote and protect human rights. Michelle enjoys using her technical skills to bring BRAVE's message to life through the website. In her free time she likes to read, ride her bike, and watch movies.
public relations and marketing intern
Seyenah is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Psychology and Human Development Family Studies. Upon graduation, Seyenah plans on attending graduate school to obtain a PhD in psychology. Her dream job is to become a clinical psychologist for adolescents so that she can make a difference in the lives of the future generation. Besides being an intern for BRAVE, Seyenah enjoys volunteering in her community, watching TED talks, and exploring the world. She is looking forward to spreading her creativity through BRAVE and changing the world.
king philip middle school intern
Smith and duffy elementary intern
Shelby is a Junior Social Work major with a double minor in Psychology and Youth Services at the University of Saint Joseph. She loves working with young people and making sure their voices are heard. In addition to being an intern with BRAVE, Shelby is the President of the University of Saint Joseph chapter and is looking forward to working with the young women at King Philip Middle School, SMITH Elementary School, and Duffy Elementary School! She is looking forward to getting to know everyone and what their passions are. She hopes to encourage each young person to follow their dreams and to continue to make a difference in any way they can. In her free time Shelby enjoys hiking, reading, volunteering, quotes as well as listening to music.
sedgwick middle school intern
Nicole is a senior Human Development and Family Studies major at the University of Connecticut. She hopes to use her degree to eventually become a social worker as well as a foster parent. Nicole was with BRAVE last fall as the Event Planning Intern, where she planned the Luncheon Fundraiser. Nicole is now taking over as a mentor for Sedgwick Middle School. Nicole is very excited to work with BRAVE and to see what the future has in store!
Community Outreach Intern
Molly is thrilled to continue her involvement as the Community Outreach Intern with BRAVE Girls Leadership. Apart from working with kids, her favorite aspect of being connected to BRAVE are the beautiful humans she works with. She's looking forward to collaborating with them more throughout the next semester.