Raichle (Rai) Farrelly
Rai Farrelly is the Executive Director of Girls Ed. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics Department and MA TESOL Program at St. Micheal's College in Vermont. She has been working with five integrated villages in Western Tanzania to enhance educational opportunities for students since 2009. Her interests in Tanzania and in her TESOL profession center on teacher education and curriculum design. In Vermont, she takes particular interest in educating and supporting teachers of adult refugee background students with emerging literacy skills.
Kestrel Hanson Neathawk
Kestrel received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has spent that past 11 years dedicating her practice to assisting the underserved and uninsured to access healthcare. She currently works as a bilingual therapist for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in integrated care in Boulder, CO. She believes that all humans deserve equal rights, respect and opportunities. She supports the mission and vision of Girls Education International as an extension of the work she is already doing and feels strongly that offering underserved girls and women educational opportunities will create a better future for everyone.
Anat is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and heads the Physical Organic Chemistry Laboratory. She received her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Utah. When Anat was growing up her dad taught her about engineering, electrical circuits, plumbing, and instilled in her the sense that anyone can enjoy STEM as long as they aren’t told otherwise.
Talee is a Developmental Psychologist who has studied infants’ early social preferences and moral intuitions. She received a PhD from Harvard University and completed a post-doc at the University of Washington. She is interested in applying her research to educational settings, especially in order to improve intergroup relations.
Hilary is a speech language pathologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of Utah. She supervises graduate students as they develop their skills and knowledge base for working with a variety of speech and language disorders. She specializes in developing spoken language in children with hearing impairments who have hearing aids or cochlear implants. Hilary is a long time volunteer, and current vice president on the board of the HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation, which aims to raise funds for research and awareness related to ovarian cancer. She is an avid climber and a single mother to a bright young man named Noah.
Sarah Wilson Polli
Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Management/Human Resources from Clemson University. She has spent the past 17 years in the Recruiting area to bring the right people to the right job at the right time. She is currently a Senior Talent Acquisition Manager for Staples and leads a team of talented Recruiters in the US and Canada. Outside of work, Sarah volunteers to raise money and awareness for various causes including Multiple Sclerosis, a disease which afflicts her father; Safe Harbor Lab Dog Rescue, and her daughter's elementary school. She and her husband live a very active lifestyle with their two young daughters.
Tamrika earned her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Utah. She specialized in documentation and maintenance of indigenous and endangered languages. She currently works as a professor of English at a university in Saudi Arabia, where she also teaches Anthropology and Literature. Her current research involves working with Saudi women on various academic and creative projects dealing with the issues of equality, gender segregation and feminism in Islam and the Middle East at large. In addition to her work as an educator, Tamrika is an artist, a mother to an amazing young woman named Dagny, and an adventurer.
Deb dedicated her long career to children’s and women’s health. She worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner for underserved children in Houston, Texas for 30 years. She recently retired and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Mark. She has two grown children (Megan & Matthew), three granddaughters (Grace, Caroline and Vivian) and a ridiculous Jack Russell Terrier named Sophie. Deb volunteered many years for the Breast Cancer Advisory Council at Baylor College of Medicine and the scientific committee of Susan G. Komen Houston. In addition to Girls Education International, Deb currently volunteers at Boulder Community Hospital, TRU Hospice Boulder, and Social Venture Partners Boulder. Her passions include children’s and women’s health, international travel, music/art/literature, gardening, meditation and politics.