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Meet the TechGirls Team!

2022 TechGirls Program Staff Members

Welcome to the 2022 TechGirls Program! Since 2012, Legacy International has administered the program.  TechGirls has trained and mentored 343 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).

In 2022, the program will expand to support approximately 111 young women from 35 participating countries/territories and approximately 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.- based experience with a 7-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).

The dedicated TechGirls program staff strive to create an environment where participants can feel a sense of trust and respect for one another. This atmosphere originates from staff attitudes and actions.  Participants follow staff members’ example and gain new understandings of how dedication and commitment can build a strong community.  By choosing to work with the TechGirls team, each staff member agrees to uphold high standards of personal behavior and job performance.

TechGirls Team

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Mary Helmig

Vice President of Youth Initiatives + TechGirls Program Director

Ms. Helmig has 30 years non-profit experience, including directing U.S. Department of State Exchange programs, professional development initiatives and youth leadership programs.  Her work in Indonesia, Iraq, across the MENA region and with many US Embassies worldwide has addressed topics of NGO development, social cohesion, religion and society, business development, women’s economic prosperity, STEM training, and civic education and engagement. Ms. Helmig is involved in the design, funding, and program and financial administration of Legacy’s projects. Mary enjoys cooking for friends and family, walking in nature and gardening.

 

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Arshelle Carter

TechGirls Program Manager + Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) region as well as Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam (EAP)

Arshelle believes in the value of international exchange programs and looks forward to supporting TechGirls as a Program Coordinator! Through her experiences studying, volunteering, and working abroad, she developed an appreciation for international education. Arshelle coordinated the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Indonesia for two years after serving as a grantee herself. She enjoyed facilitating education initiatives in the country and working to empower young people. Additionally, Arshelle has assisted government and non-profit projects in Mexico, Suriname, and across Southeast Asia. Arshelle graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.S. in Business Management. In her free time, you can find Arshelle sipping espresso in a local coffee shop or experimenting with new recipes.

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Brittany Corn

TechGirls Program Manager + Regional Coordinator for Western Hemisphere (WHA)

Brittany recently returned stateside after teaching English in Spain for the last five years and obtaining a Master’s degree in International Education at the Universidad de Alcalá. Brittany also has experience working in both the legal field and in higher education with international students and scholars. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies: Global Justice and Policy from James Madison University. After years of city living, she is currently enjoying spending time at her parents’ farm, where her closest neighbors are llamas.

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Faatima Campbell

TechGirls Program Coordinator + Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa (NEA) as well as Fiji, Mongolia, and Taiwan (EAP)

Faatima Campbell is a public service professional. Community, Commitment, Communication and Collaboration are the four guiding principles that frame her professional journey. Through her work experience, volunteering to empower young people, and studying abroad; she’s cherishes the value of international education. She believes international exchange programs support the development of a global mindset. She looks forward to joining the TechGirls team as Program Coordinator. Faatima founded The Books for Bachana project to support school libraries in South Africa. She has served as a school administrator, and is a TFA Alumni. Faatima has incorporated her work experience, and education, to develop leadership workshops for adolescents and young adults. In 2019, she supported the Code Guilford Initiative in partnership with Apple; facilitating workshops for underrepresented youth to gain exposure to the exciting world of computer science, and STEM-based career opportunities. Her mission is to empower young people by curating real-world experiences necessary to spark their unique abilities. She is excited to broaden her global perspective on education through the lens of TechGirls participants.

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Molly Pyle

TechGirls Program Coordinator + Regional Coordinator for South and Central Asia (SCA) as well as Europe and Eurasia (EUR)

Molly is inspired and energized by the ingenuity of young people and believes that global education and youth empowerment are crucial to investing in communities and creating long-term sustainable impacts. She is committed to advocating for gender equity and equipping young women to advance in STEM fields. Studying abroad and working with international students sparked Molly's passion for cross-cultural education, which led to interning for the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan supporting students in Kabul. Her AmeriCorps service years with City Year allowed her to foster student growth in academic and social-emotional capacities and facilitate projects to benefit school communities amidst COVID-19. Molly holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Kansas State University, where she was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Outside TechGirls responsibilities, she enjoys walking dogs, hiking, and frequenting thrift stores for bargains.

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Gabrielle Gonzalez

TechGirls Program Associate

Gabrielle is motivated by the belief that all people are entitled to an education, economic security, and social equity, and she is interested in how programs can be employed to promote that. Gabrielle has interned with the National Science Foundation where she researched how to get girls engaged in STEM, and is excited to bring that knowledge to the TechGirls program! She has also participated in a Webinar from J-PAL that covered the importance of MERL in international programs, volunteered with The Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentallly Ill in Jamaica, and extensively researched the ways that gender and poverty intersect in an international context. Gabrielle graduated from James Madison University in 2021 with a major in Justice Studies, a concentration in Global Justice and Policy, and minors in Economics, Humanitarian Affairs, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys pottery, running, and singing in the Fairfax County Choir! 

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Theresa Kozelka

TechGirls Program Consultant

Theresa is motivated by the power of international exchange to promote cross-cultural understanding and generate innovation. Her excitement around social impact, innovation, and the exchange of ideas led her to work on the Professional Fellows Program, a Department of State Initiative, which connects and empowers entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, she worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand, as a Youth in Development Facilitator, working in conjunction with local government and community organizations to create leadership opportunities for local youth with an additional emphasis on gender equality. Theresa joined the TechGirls team as a virtual facilitator in 2020 and returned full time in 2021 as a Program Manager. Theresa graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. 

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Adriana Alfaro

TechGirls Social Media & Storytelling Intern

Adriana is a senior at Stockton University majoring in journalism and minoring in women’s gender and sexuality studies. As an intern, Adriana is excited to showcase the life-changing experience that TechGirls has provided for hundreds of girls. She is driven by the importance of educational opportunities, cultural awareness, and women empowerment.

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Jalisa Redding

TechGirls International Exchange Intern

Jalisa Redding is a senior at Florida State University studying International Affairs from Orlando, Florida. With a concentration in Public Administration and certifications in U.S. Intelligence and Emergency Management, she has a passion for learning the logistics behind making the world a better place. In her personal time, she enjoys playing with her cat Opal, hiking, and freelance modeling.

TechGirls is a U.S. Department of State initiative and exchange program designed to inspire young women around the globe to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development. It is administered by Legacy International in partnership with Virginia Tech, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED).

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