Leadership

Meet our POWER team!

Elaine Hamel, Founder & Program Leader 

“I believe teaching girls and women how to use power tools to build provides an experience that shatters the lens of powerlessness that so many struggle with. Our girls and women need extreme measures to silence the voices of self doubt that consume them at every turn. I believe building does just that and also enables them to discover that the most powerful tool in their arsenal is their voice.”

  • Over 25 years experience as a general contractor specializing in residential renovations.
  • Has led 6 service trips to rebuild New Orleans homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
  • Has empowered over 15,000 girls through building since founding Girls at Work in 2000

Beth Dever, Executive Director 

“Girls at Work is about encouraging and allowing every girl to learn how to rise above adversity, push beyond obstacles, and find their voice. The young and impressionable girls that walk through the door of GAW learn how to say ‘can’ not ‘can’t’ and ‘will’ not ‘maybe’. Each project they complete, the more empowered they become!”

  • 10 years experience in nonprofit management
  • 20 years experience in board development and strategic planning
  • 30 years experience in coordinating and leading youth programs
  • BS in Parks & Recreation, University of New Hampshire
  • Former Executive Director, Tapply-Thompson Community Center
  • Senior Program Associate, The Council of Chief State School Officers

Kathryn Conway, Program Coordinator

 “As the beneficiary of rights earned on my behalf from generations of brave, strong, and empowered women, including my mother and grandmothers, the importance of the work done here at the shop is not lost on me. When I see these little girls building, I am reminded that these are future leaders being equipped to shape a better world with even greater opportunity for my granddaughters and their daughters.” 

  • Former small business owner
  • Over 20 years of event planning and production expertise
  • Equestrian and passionate fan of horses

Board of Directors

Anna Caron was born in Manchester, NH. Upon her return from Colby College she served two years with AmeriCorps: one with City Year NH and one as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. She earned her M.Ed. at UNH Manchester and is now an elementary teacher in Salem, NH. Anna is passionate about STEM education, especially as a pathway for girls to realize their potential.

Elizabeth Evans began her career in 2005 with Fidelity Investments and has since held positions with Charles Schwab and Windhaven Investment Management. Her financial service experience covers a broad range of roles including that of a relationship manager to high net worth individuals, research assistant, retirement specialist and a global trade analyst. Throughout her career, Liz, has had a particular interest in gender equality within the financial services industry and in socially responsible investment themes, corporate practices, environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights and diversity. A native of New Hampshire, Liz received a B.S. degree in Business Finance from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently completing her Masters in Applied Economics at Southern New Hampshire University. She is registered with FINRA and holds her Series 7, 63, 65, 9 and 10 licenses. Additionally, Liz serves on the Community Advisory Board at NHPBS

Kelley Muir has a BA in New Media from the University of Maine and currently works at Direct Capital in Portsmouth, NH as an AVP Interaction Designer.

Sarah Palermo a nonprofit fundraising professional and former journalist, serves as the Campaign Director for Campaign for Legal and holds a BA in English from Vassar College.

Jessica Watts is a UNH graduate from Manchester, NH with 15 years of sales, marketing and operations experience, primarily in the male-dominated beer industry.
Jessica is currently the Director of Sales and Commercial Operations for Stoneface Brewing Company in Newington.
Jessica is passionate leader in her industry, a lifelong learner committed to empowering girls and women. She enjoys spending time outdoors along NH’s Seacoast and in the Lakes Region.

Matt Wilhelm is a consultant and social entrepreneur. After graduating from Plymouth Sate University, Matt moved to Manchester to serve two terms as an AmeriCorps member with City Year New Hampshire before joining on the founding teams of ServeNext and Calling All Crows. He earned his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire and currently runs the Old Sol Alliance, which partners with musicians and nonprofits in the music industry to create positive community impact through hands-on service. Matt is a past recipient of the Clinton National Service Innovation Award and the Spirit of NH Award for National Service and is a past winner of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge. He and his wife, Jody, live in Manchester with their two young children, Ben and Rosie.