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

Stacey Schall received a B.A. from Emerson College in Visual and Media Arts. She is currently the co-owner of Schall Creative, a Manchester based digital marketing firm, where she specializes in social strategy and copywriting.

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.

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.

Nancy Nadeau joined Bellwether Community Credit Union in 1994 and currently serves as their Senior Vice President/Chief Administration Officer overseeing Human Resources, Training, Facilities, Security, and Risk Management.  She holds a degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Active in the community, Nancy has served on several boards including Dress for Success NH, Volunteer NH, and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.  Her volunteer efforts include wish granting for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of NH, New Horizons for New Hampshire, and various events for many different local charities.

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.

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.