Meet Our Team - Administration and Board
Days for Girls is a dynamic grassroots network of thousands of volunteers worldwide on 6 continents empowering girls, women and communities to find sustainable menstrual health solutions. An amazing global team (far too many to name here) makes this all happen. Here are a few of them that you may hear from most often:
DfGI International Administration Team
 
 
Celeste Mergens – Executive Director and Founder

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Celeste is known for her always present smile. She has decades of experience in nonprofit organizational leadership, with emphasis on international relations and sustainable community development. She is known for her ability to build teams and empower collaborations. She is a moving speaker and her passion for sustainable global empowerment and girls and women is contagious. She founded Days for Girls International (DfGI) in November 2008, though if you ask her she would say that she is the "really good listener" who is privileged to do this work while serving alongside amazing supporters of Days for Girls. She is continually grateful to be part of such a direct and effective key to empowering people and communities.  celeste@daysforgirls.org

Lora Moren – She Castle (Headquarters) Manager

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You're going to love Lora. We do! Office Manager and our Material Girl, and with DfG, that is a huge undertaking on both counts. From coordinating volunteers, handling financial records to knowing where everyone is (there are a whole lot of volunteers with DfG, imagine!) to supervising sending off PUL, drawstring and more, Lora is the heart of the headquarters. She builds connections and discovers options for purchase values and vital parternships so that every dollar donated can stretch as far as possible to reach more girls and women. If you need to order, clarify, connect or learn about all things Days for Girls, Lora can help you. She is a comunications specialist, and served as a long-time program manager for international organizations like Boy Scouts of America. If you call in to the office Tuesday - Thursday, ask for Lora and say hello and tell her that you heard she was a hero. She is! office@daysforgirls.org  

Jacquie Scott – International Distribution Director

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Meet Jacquie. Thousands of kits are requested annually, and this talented woman manages the details  She is as fun and enthusiastic as she is meticulous, a combination that makes her a perfect point of contact for those seeking kits for girls and women worldwide. It's a tough job, and it takes a village, and Jacquie's got it well handled. She does all of this as a volunteer, while running her own award-winning kitchen design business. This photo is one of our favorites. Jacquie is explaining how to use kits. Lucky us to have Jacquie on the team!  The photo is by the one and only Cheyenne Eliss

You can contact Jacquie at distribution@daysforgirls.org

Shannon Paterson – International Chapter Liaison

Shannon is the woman who helps chapters access the informational resources they need to meet their goals. She lets new Chapters know where to get started. She focuses on connecting, informing, answering questions and counseling to help the amazing teams and chapter directors of Days for Girls reach more girls and women around the globe. Hers is an important role and she is the strong, capable and kind woman who is equal to the task. And she does it all... as a volunteer. Amazing and true. She is also the Co-Director of Whidbey Island Chapter of Days for Girls.  In her professional career, she is a Continuous Improvement Specialist with a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration. Reach her at Chapters@daysforgirls.org ​  Shout out to Brenda, Karen P, Karen R and Melissa too!

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Karen Rubin – Communications Officer / Social Media 

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We love Karen's wisdom and passion for Days for Girls. She has a doctorate in History and enough talents to allow her to choose from dozens of carriers. We're so glad she chooses to dedicate so much of her volunteer time to DfG!. Ask anyone who knows her, and they will attest, she makes a difference everywhere she goes. Just look at our Social Media and you will agree that she is a Social Media genius. See an awesome meme? That's Karen in action.  No, you can't swipe her from us. She's a DfG treasure!  karenr@daysforgirls.org



Jan Bode – Sewing Specialist 

 

This woman is a force for quality assurance so kits last well for girls.​

​Jan, our version of the Energizer Bunny,  uses her wealth of sewing knowledge and organizational knowledge to answer any and all questions related to sewing kit compenents.  She single-handedly trains more sewists than any other individual in the world. Her DfG how-to videos and instructions are clear and priceless. A retired IT Executive, she takes her "show" on the road too, reaching out to volunteers wherever she can to help make more kits for more girls possible.  She is also a DfG Team leader for Lynden, WA. Contact her at sewingspecialist@daysforgirls.org ​ (Shout out to Shawna, Linda, Randy and team)

 



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Leah Spelman – Development Officer

​Leah came to Days for Girls with a strong background in women's issues, most recently working in Jordan on women's political participation under a Fulbright Grant. With strong organizational, communication and networking abilities and a passion for women’s issues, she could not be a better fit for DfGI. As professional as she is cheerful, she is a delight to work with and we are truly grateful to have her on the team. development@daysforgirls.org



Laura Martin – International Alliance Liaison

 

Laura works to connect would-be partners with global DfG Enterprise options. She has spent months as a volunteer abroad ensuring that the model to create Days for Girls Enterprises in the communities we serve, benefiting local entreprenueurs with Alliance organizations works well and continues to be refined to best result. She left her career as a successful regional service manager for a large corporation to persue her dream, making a difference in International Development. Today she is a shining example of taking a chance and making dreams come true because she now expertly applies her expertise with the DfGI team for Global Development.  She is as cheerful as she is efficient and dedicated and we are truly blessed to have her on the team.  Contact her at enterprises@daysforgirls.org.

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Melissa Moody – Communications Admin

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You know what you do when you hit over 200 emails a day to answer? Call Melissa? No seriously. She is our IT communications guru as well as doing the newsletters for DfG. She also serves as the Director of Days for Girls Georgia and has been on numerous Days for Girls excursions distributing and training, as a volunteer, because her day job is serving as a Church administrative assistant for the Decator Georgia Lutheran Church.  Three cheers for Melissa! Need her? Contact assistant@daysforgirls.org and please tell her thank you for us.

Jennifer Talbot – Resource Inventory

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 Jennifer is the woman who unpacks, ooh's and ahh's over volunteer kit components sent into DfG headquarters. She records incoming kit components and shares them on Facebook-- A truly vital role as that is one of the few ways we get to acknowledge the amazing contributions of volunteers. She helps with global inventory queries. She also serves as our Pinterest Queen. Here's a pic of Jennifer and her fearless sidekick.  jennifert@daysforgirls.org ​ 

There are so many more! We may just keep adding them but we could never post all the DfG heroes. 

(Shout out to April, Karen, David, Emily, Jennifer, Tracie, Diana, Libby, Gloria, Julie, Linda, Sarah, Diana, Laura, Vida, Jacqui, Kay, and many, many more.)

Check out our Chapter Directors too - Click here

Days for Girls Board of Directors

Andrea Leebron-Clay – Board President

 

Andy is the co-owner of Clay Management and past President of Goddard College Board of Trustees as well as several other prominent boards. A sought-after board trainer and nonprofit advocate, she is also the Director of Clay for Earth Productions, to name only a few of her important civic contributions.  She has a master’s degree in nursing and brings that medical knowledge to our team as well.  All that aside, she's smart, fun and a brilliant strategist and she's been with DfG from the beginning.  Couldn't do it without you Andy!   You can contact her at andy@daysforgirls.org ​

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Jacquie Scott – Vice-President of the Board

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Meet Jacquie.  She is a successful entreprenuer, running her own award-winning kitchen design business.  She is also one of the most good-natured people you would ever meet and also has served as our all important International Distribution Director for the past4 years.  This photo is one of our favorites. Jacquie is explaining how to use kits. Lucky us to have Jacquie on the team!  The photo is by the one and only Cheyenne Eliss.  You can contact Jacquie at Jacquie@daysforgirls.org

Janine Keblish

Janine is a public relations specialist who was at the very first Days for Girls expedition,   and who has been a vital member of our team ever since. From helping us break the Guinness World Record in "most pairs of underwear worn at one time", to building important community connections, this former Ford Model has a heart for DfGI and serving children worldwide. Janine reminds us of her motto "Love Wins," through both word and practice. janine@daysforgirls.org​

 
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Sarah Hamm-Rush

Advisory Board
​Dr. Sybillann Williams, MD
Sam is an OBGyn surgeon in Chicago, IL and our Chapter Director there. Originally from South Africa, her passion to improve the lives of women extends from her medical clinic to global women’s activism, including her important role with DfGI. She is a priceless medical expert and treasured member of our team.

​Christy Boyer Spencer
Christy brings years of experience in menstrual health management to the team, having traveled the world to develop solutions for communities facing these issues. Her years with LDS Humanitarian Services, an enormous global force, has given her vast on-the-ground experience and a passion for sustainable change.  We are honored to have her on our team.

​Eva Shaw
Eva is a best-selling author and ghost writer, artist and co-owner of Writeriffic Publishing.  She lives in Sunny San Diego, CA. Eva brings publicity and networking expertise to the team and creates many ongoing opportunities for Days for Girls International.