National Board of Directors
Karen Clark Cole :: Girls Can Do Founder & President of the Board. CEO, Blink UX :: Seattle, WA
Karen is the Possibility Thinker behind Girls Can Do. She believes that all girls have the potential to make a difference in their lives, the lives around them, and the world if they are given the opportunity, tools, and someone who believes in them. Karen’s goal for Girls Can Do is to plant the seed for big dreams in as many young minds as possible so they can start to see the potential that lives inside them. Karen wants us all to start looking for and telling the stories of the great women right next to us so we create a clear vision for girls to move towards and become. Read more about How this big idea got started in Karen’s blog post. Karen is also the CEO and co-founder of Blink UX, a Seattle-based User Experience Research and Design firm. Today Karen is primarily focused on Blink’s culture and employees, communicating the company vision, and setting the company’s growth strategy. Karen also wears the Chief Operations Officer (COO) hat and spends time speaking and writing. Karen began her career in 1986 studying Fine Arts in Vancouver, BC, at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She holds a degree in Art History & Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of Information Technology & Multimedia from Capilano College, Vancouver and started a Ph.D. program in Values Driven Leadership in 2015. Karen was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. She loves to ski, garden, run, kiteboard, and lives in Seattle with her daughter, two dogs, and cat. You can read her full bio on Blink’s website.
Monique Aiken :: Director, Tideline :: New York, New York
Tideline is a consulting firm that provides tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions. At Tideline, Monique’s energies are centered on client and project management as well as business development. Prior to Tideline, Monique was Project Manager at the Clinton Foundation for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a women’s empowerment initiative led by Secretary Clinton. Before that, she served as Business Development Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Monique was a VP in the Commodity Derivatives Sales group at Deutsche Bank where she managed client relationships with Oil and Gas (E&P), Utility, and Consumer Products companies in both the United States and Latin America. Before earning an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where she majored in Financial Instruments and Markets, Monique worked for Citigroup in both the US and European Debt Capital Markets groups. She began her career as an Analyst at Bank of America in the Credit Products group after graduating with a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Monique is literate and conversational in both Spanish and Portuguese. She serves as Secretary of the Board for 200 Orphanages Worldwide, a non-profit that supports efforts to build safe shelter for vulnerable children. An advanced beginner tenor saxophone player, Monique also enjoys running, pilates, and salsa dancing, though she does none of the above as often as she should.
Anna Amato, Ph.D. :: CEO, Edtec Central :: Detroit, MI
Anna Amato is the CEO and president of edtec central, an educational consulting firm that helps individuals, organizations, and communities implement transformational educational programs in the K-12 sector. Her firm also specializes in designing and implementing highly customized programs for delinquent, neglected and abused youth. Anna began her career as a teacher and later went on to lead and manage major projects in the office furniture industry before returning to education reform pursuits in 1990. Anna is a graduate of the southeast Michigan’s Leadership Detroit program, class of XXVIII. She earned her bachelor’s of science in education from Central Michigan University and a master’s in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Greg Beams :: Audit Partner, EY Seattle :: Seattle, WA
Greg is an audit partner with EY’s Seattle office and leads their technology and emerging high-growth practice, specializing in Internet, software and venture backed entrepreneurial companies. Greg began his career in Seattle and transferred to EY’s Washington DC practice in the late 1990’s to serve technology companies in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland before moving back to Seattle in 2005. Greg has an extensive understanding of complex public and private company reporting matters, SEC registration statements and International accounting and operational issues. Greg has experience advising companies in their migration from a private venture-backed company through the IPO process to a public registrant. Greg has served on a number of community and professional boards and is currently the Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair for the Washington Technology Industry Association. He also sits on the Finance Committee at 4Culture (a non-profit arts organization). Greg and his wife Noelle have a 13 year old daughter, Sophia, and the three of them routinely enjoy climbing (and falling) while practicing indoor bouldering. Greg is in his final year of completing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Academy of Art University
Noelle Beams :: Chief Operations Officer, The Thought & Expression Co. :: Seattle, WA & Brooklyn, NY
Noelle Beams is an executive with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy roles, primarily in the telecommunications and media industries. She is credited with providing strategic and financial leadership in start-up, high-growth, and turnaround organizations. Noelle has guided companies from their initial concept through to becoming multi-billion dollar organizations. Her business experience includes strategic transactions (buy side and sell side), capital market transactions from public and private sources totaling over $10 billion, recapitalization transactions, business development, financial planning and reporting (including SEC reporting) for companies in all stages of development, Wall Street and investor relations, and treasury and accounting functions. Noelle began her career in public accounting, and holds a BA degree with an accounting concentration from the University of Washington. University.
Dan Beaupré :: Vice President, Experiences, National Geographic Society :: Washington, DC
Dan Beaupré is Vice President, Experiences at the National Geographic Society. He publishes National Geographic Explorer Magazine and leads National Geographic’s experience-based programs, including the National Geographic Bee, Giant Traveling Maps, Bioblitz, National Geographic Live Student Matinees, and student challenges. He is a former classroom teacher and curriculum writer for several PBS productions. Beaupré is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House. Beaupré graduated with honors with a B.A. in History from the University of Vermont, and has a Master’s Degree in educational policy from Harvard University.
Christy Hansen :: Airborne Science Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center :: Washington, DC
Christy currently works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) within the Earth Sciences Division where she is responsible for managing the strategic aspects for all airborne science related projects and missions. This encompasses all aircraft related science missions, where sophisticated scientific instruments are installed onto multiple types of aircraft to collect data on Earth Science across the globe, including studies of Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers, atmospheric composition and processes, forestry biomass, carbon cycle, and hurricane studies. Regions of study and deployment locations include Greenland, Antarctica, Chile, USA, Canada, and Africa. Prior to working at GSFC, Christy spent 11 years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) as an Extra-vehicular Activity (EVA) Operations Engineer, EVA Astronaut Instructor, and EVA Task Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center (MCC). She developed spaceflight procedures that astronauts executed on-orbit for the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Hubble Space Telescope Programs. She worked with the Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Russian Space Agency, and Japanese Space Agency during her time at JSC. Christy has participated in several outreach and mentoring roles, including 3 years for the Scottish Space School, special events, and activities within the US, and was a Girls Can Do speaker. She enjoys hiking, cycling, volleyball, basketball, mountaineering, traveling, and outreach.
Zabrina Jenkins :: Director, Corporate Council, Starbucks :: Seattle, WA
Zabrina oversees commercial, products, discrimination and general liability litigation for retail locations in North America, and provide legal advice and counsel to Starbucks management and partners (employees) relating to potential and actual litigation, primarily in the areas of commercial, real estate and general business law. Serve as an advisor to the Policy Governance Council, and have served on the Diversity Committee for the Law & Corporate Affairs department and as the co-coordinator of the department’s summer intern program.
Dawn Smith :: Acting Director of the Saanich Adult Education Centre for the WSANEC School Board :: Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada
Before joining the Adult Education Centre, Dawn was an instructor of Indigenous Studies and the Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training Community Coordinator for the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. Smith has worked as an Indigenous student advisor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, and recently re-elected to the band council, she will continue to use her gentle but determined leadership qualities to support the women in her community to find their own voices. Dawn is in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of British Columbia. Her research area includes confronting colonialism, particularly racism, within education and society in general, through the use of Indigenous pedagogies, decolonizing methodologies and indigenizing strategies. Dawn’s hope is to make a positive contribution to the growing discourse on decolonization while giving back to community.
Barbara Steel :: Manager, Deloitte Consulting :: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Barbara is the Manager at Deloitte Consulting where she leads a team of highly experienced consultants that offer strategic partnership to Senior HR, Talent, and Learning and Development and business leaders on Human Capital strategy, development, alignment, and execution. As a part of Deloitte’s Human Capital consulting practice, Bersin by Deloitte is the leading provider of research-based information and consulting services in the areas of strategic HR, talent management, leadership development, talent acquisition, and learning and development. Prior to joining Deloitte, Barbara was Sr. Vice President of Leadership Effectiveness for Zenger Folkman and is co-author of the leadership book, How to Be Exceptional. Barbara is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She earned her MBA in organizational behavior and marketing.
Rashelle Tanner :: Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at CRISTA :: Seattle, WA
Rashelle Manages legal and compliance for 2,000+ employee international organization doing business in diverse highly regulated industries including: overseas relief & development; long term care; radio broadcasting; pre-K-12 education and corporate resource operations including, board governance and oversight, human resources, facilities and construction management, public relations and marketing communications, accounting and finance, information technology, fundraising and donor development. Rashelle is a trusted adviser to the CEO and executive team; delivering advice and counseling with confidence and accuracy.
Linda Wagener, Ph.D. :: Partner, Marigold Associates :: Seattle, WA
Linda has over 25 years of experience in consultation, teaching, administration, and research in human development. A Minnesota native, she received her doctorate in psychology at Clark University. Linda is a founding partner of Marigold Associates. She is a consultant in the areas of leadership assessment and development, personal and executive coaching, family dynamics and business solutions. In this capacity she brings a focus on enhanced relational communication and strength based personality dynamics. Linda is committed to exploring the concept of human flourishing across the life span in both research and practice. Her understanding of human experience is informed by her expertise in life span development and organizational systems theory as well as her experience of raising four children. Linda’s work on well-being has been published in various scholarly journals. A licensed psychologist, Linda is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Societies for Research in Child Development and Adolescence, and the Family Firm Institute. Linda is executive producer of the documentary, “Once There Was a War,” which examines the capacity of young people to flourish in Bosnia, Central Asia, and Iraq. One of Linda’s commitments is to provide training and counseling on critical incidents and trauma to international aid workers in the Middle East. Linda enjoys travel, popular culture, movies, books, skiing and hiking.
Jackie Woodard :: Senior VP, Operations, Bank of America :: Boston, MA
Jackie is a senior vice president at Bank of America. Previously, Jackie worked for Citizens Bank, where she focused primarily on operations management and program/project management. Prior to joining Citizens, Jackie spent several years as a principal consultant within the Management Consulting Services Division of Price waterhouse Coopers, concentrating on strategy and process improvement within the financial services industry. She began her career as a large corporate lender at Bank of Boston. Jackie has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in business administration (magna cum laude) from Florida A&M University.
Tim Wallach :: Supervisory Special Agent at Federal Bureau of Investigation :: Seattle, WA
Tim is an experienced manager who leads a US government Cyber Task Force in the State of Washington. He is responsible for the oversight and program management of cyber investigations and intelligence initiatives targeting the most significant national security and criminal cyber threats. Tim has successfully lead enterprise investigations and operations through strategic planning, resource deployment, mentoring and effective administration. He manages a large team which comprises the task force including investigators, analysts, computer scientists, information technology specialists, digital forensic examiners interns and administrative personnel. Tim has been selected as a member of several national internal government advisory groups and serves in these capacities to improve and/or develop cyber national strategies, polices, programs and processes. He represents the US government as a keynote speaker, presenter and panelist at international, national and regional conferences. Tim has 20 years experience with the government and has held previous roles in the Netherlands, San Diego, Switzerland and Washington, DC. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an accomplished endurance athlete having completed two Ironman Triathlon World Championships, five marathons and numerous open-water long distance swimming races.
Thank you for your interest in Girls Can Do and for being a Possibility Thinker.