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.
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.
TechGirls Program Manager + Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa (AF)
Arshelle believes in the value of international exchange programs and enjoys helping others reach their goals. She is glad to support TechGirls community. 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.
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.
TechGirls Program Coordinator + Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa (NEA) as well as East Asia and Pacific (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.
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.
TechGirls Program Assistant + Regional Support for the United States of America (USA)
Nana Bruce-Amanquah grew up experiencing international education and cross-cultural exchange firsthand after attending schools in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Germany, and the US. She now has a BA in International Studies and French from Johns Hopkins University and recently finished an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. She has previously worked with the TechGirls team as a Virtual Trainer, application reviewer, and storytelling/social media intern. She also has experience from other organizations in roles focusing on project management, education, and communications.
Summer Exchange Coordinator
Alisa Miller is a native of Washington State in the northwest of the U.S. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Physiotherapy in 2019 and recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Education Administration. She has conducted internships in Australia and has taught ESL in private and public schools in Italy and Spain. She served as the International Program Specialist at Eastern Washington University and as the lead coordinator at Refugee Connections Spokane (a non-profit organization based out of Spokane, Washington) where she worked with refugees from all over the globe. Last summer, she completed a position with Legacy International where she served as a Group Trainer and Leader for SYLEP (Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program), and has spent the last few months working with the Royal Commission for Al Ula at a Language Institute in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. She has a passion for working with students from different cultures and has acquired specialized skills in physiotherapy, exercise science, athletic training, education, public relations, and intercultural communication. As an avid traveler, Alisa has experience navigating her way through diverse environments and unearthing creative solutions to challenges. In her free time, Alisa enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and planning adventures abroad.
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).