Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Kate graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies. She received a fellowship from the Klingenstein Summer Institute at Columbia University where she studied second language acquisition and innovative teaching practices. The majority of Kate’s professional experience has been in a school setting as a classroom teacher as well as the director of a middle school. As an outdoor enthusiast, Kate is a Wilderness First Responder and has planned and executed academic programing, logistics, and risk management for over 25 extended academic journeys for middle school students. She believes that access to education is a basic human right.