All-Schools Support Team

Carol Bowar

Executive Director

carol.bowar@galsdenver.org

Carol is thrilled to be at Girls Athletic Leadership Schools and The Boys School of Denver as Executive Director for GALS Denver (Colorado), after serving as a member of the founding board of GALS and a previous board member. Most recently Carol served as the COO of KIPP Colorado Schools, was the Director of Curriculum and Career Services at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, and a consultant for the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Prior to living overseas with her family (Australia, 2012) she was President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Additional past positions include Vice President, Program Services at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Director of Training, Education and Community Service Programs at Up with People, Policy Assistant for the Governor’s Office (Roy Romer, CO), Field Director at KaBoom!, and Program Officer for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Carol received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She loves the quote, “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” She is an avid hiker and runner, and spends her free time adventuring in CO and with family - Ted, Ellie, Tate, and Joey.

Betsy Barrow

Director of Enrollment

betsy.barrow@galsdenver.org

Betsy has been with GALS since 2011, and is currently the Director of Enrollment for both GALS and The Boys School of Denver.  She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Davidson College in North Carolina. She served as the Program Director for Breakthrough Houston, an educational enrichment non-profit in Houston, TX and then taught Biology and Environmental Science before moving to Denver in 2011. She loves hiking, yoga, vegetable gardening, and hanging out with her husband, daughter, and three pets.

Karen Davidson

Director of Special Education

karen.davidson@galsdenver.org

Karen is thrilled to be the Director of Special Education at GALS and the BOYS School. She is a native of Denver and loves to read and travel. Karen received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Denver and her Master's degree in Special Education from Metropolitan State University. She has worked for DPS, Adams 14, Children's Hospital Colorado, and as an independent educational consultant. When not at GALS, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son.

Julie Dolin MA, LPC, BC-DMT

Director of Counseling & Wellness

julie.dolin@galsdenver.org

Originally from New York City and a long time resident of Boulder, Julie is delighted to begin her 6th year at GALS. Each morning as the Denver skyline reveals itself during her morning commute, she feels her urban roots are watered.  Julie holds a BA in English from Vassar College, an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She maintains a private psychotherapy practice, has been Adjunct Faculty in Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling Psychology program and worked in day treatment and hospital settings.  Julie is passionate about making mental health services accessible and integrated into the educational setting, as well as supporting social and emotional wellness through body-centered, mindfulness and expressive arts therapies.  She is the proud mama of two sons, age 21 and 15.

Trace Faust

Director of External Affairs

trace.faust@galsdenver.org

Trace is excited to join GALS and BOYS as the Director of External Affairs. Most recently Trace served as the Manager of Public Affairs for Denver Public Schools. Prior to DPS she worked as the Director of Communications and Development and 3rd grade teacher for a charter school in Aurora. Trace grew up in Benton, Arkansas which sounds just as exciting as it actually was to live there. After attending college in Northwest Arkansas she moved to Colorado 10 years ago. She enjoys camping, swimming, fishing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Melissa Flores

Finance Manager

melissa.flores@galsdenver.org

Originally from the desert southwest city of El Paso, Texas, Melissa has called Denver home for 20 years. With a degree in accounting from Metropolitan State University, she brings over 15 years of accounting/finance experience to GALS and BOYS. When she is not crunching numbers for all schools, Melissa enjoys spending time with her partner, Monica, and their 5 furry children.

Dolores Schaack

Director of Operations

dolores.schaack@galsdenver.org

Dolores was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. She moved to the United States for college and studied General and Religious Education at Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dolores moved to Denver and attended the University of Denver where she majored in Business Administration. Prior to joining the GALS team, she worked as a Business Manager for another Denver Charter School, and a Sr. Administrative Coordinator for a laboratory products distributor, also in Denver. Dolores has a son with whom she enjoys relaxing and hanging out in her free time.

Kylie Shields

Athletic Director

kylie.shields@galsdenver.org

Kylie is ecstatic to share her love of blending personal development and growth with the electricity that comes with athletics and physical movement here at GALS and The Boys School of Denver. As the incoming Athletic Director, Kylie is most excited to be part of a mission and school (movement) that not only supports, but breathes these ideas into life each and every day. Kylie grew up in New York before moving to Alabama where she received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from Auburn University. Kylie also competed all four years at Auburn as an all-arounder on their Gymnastics Team. Realizing her heart felt more at home in the West near the mountains, Kylie moved to Denver three years ago and obtained her Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. If she isn’t out supporting all our incredible athletes and coaches, you can find Kylie doing handstands as mental boosts, climbing 14ers, napping (recovery is important too!), and exploring all the fun art and restaurants here in town.

John Stanley

Data Manager

john.stanley@galsdenver.org

John is originally from New York, but has travelled and lived around the world. After earning his BS - Engineering (Clarkson University) and MBA (University of Michigan), he enjoyed a 20+ year career in managing manufacturing operations in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, John decided to leave the manufacturing industry and become a teacher. He earned his Master of Education degree with specialization in Urban Education from Regis University. John joined the GALS team as a math teacher in 2013. When he isn't number crunching, John loves being in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, or camping.

GALS Inc. Staff

GALS Inc., our parent organization, defines the “how to” of leadership by creating gender-based schools around the country that teach Embodied Education, defined by learning and living with our minds, our hearts, and our bodies.

GALS Inc. intentionally creates schools that serve students of all backgrounds and consults with organizations that are interested in Embodied Education and leadership.  Learn more here.

Liz Wolfson

Chief Visionary Officer and Founder, GALS Inc.

lwolfson@galsinc.org

Liz Wolfson created the vision for the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools in 2008, raised over half a million dollars in angel funding, developed the strategic plan and moved to Colorado to open the flagship schools here in Denver. Due to Liz's leadership, GALS is the first Colorado home-grown educational network to expand beyond the state's border, as GALS Los Angeles opened in 2016, and GALS Idaho is set to open in 2020. Liz believes her passion for comprehensive health in schools stems from her upbringing in the world of competitive athletics where she competed in Division I Field Hockey. Liz has spent the bulk of her career working for CEO’s and Philanthropists in manifesting their visions and starting up corporate and philanthropic projects locally, nationally and internationally. Former non-profit clients include the Institute for International Sport, The American Montessori Society, The Rose Institute (for homeless youth) and a former Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Former corporate work includes creating the first global communications division for Comverse, a world leader in voice activated systems, and raising seed-funding for TaskMail, the first Jordanian/Israeli high tech start-up company. Liz received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned her Masters Degree at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Liz considers herself a force in organizational behavior and strives to model leadership based on relationships, not compliance.

Jenn Green

Deputy Chief of Schools

jgreen@galsinc.org

Jenn grew up in Denver and has a BA from Stanford University (Anthropology/Theater) and an MA in Education (University of Colorado/Denver). Her game plan for life is: find something you like to do and get paid doing it! To that end, she has worked for the Navajo Tribe in Arizona, joined a circus, performed on stage in New York City, Mexico and Europe, raised and trained horses, and managed community gardening programs at the Trinidad History Museum in southern Colorado. All these experiences inform her teaching, and after 20+ years in the education business, she is honored to be a part of the GALS family.

Lynnsey Molinaro Gwaltney

Curriculum Specialist

lgwaltney@galsinc.org

Lynnsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus of Secondary Social Studies, both from the University of Arkansas. After graduating with her Masters degree in 2012, Lynnsey joined Teach for America in Chicago, IL where she completed an additional graduate program in Elementary Education at Dominican University. Lynnsey has taught at the University of Arkansas, Stagg School of Excellence in Chicago, IL, and Vantage Point in Fayetteville, AR. Out of the classroom, Lynnsey enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing Frisbee with her Border Collie, Edwin.

Elissa Soden

Deputy Chief of Partnerships

esoden@galsinc.org

Elissa grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she competed on the women's tennis team. Prior to her work at GALS, Elissa worked in development and community outreach roles for Teach For America, Stanley British Primary School Children's Hospital Colorado, the Atlanta Falcons, and Kroenke Sports Enterprises. She loves swimming, yoga, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Dhyia Thompson-Phillips

Deputy Chief of Planning and Performance

dphillips@galsinc.org

Before joining GALS Inc., Dhyia served as the Director of Strategy for City Colleges of Chicago where she led the Office of Strategy & Research at Malcolm X College. She was responsible for performance and strategic growth for the merger acquisition of its Healthcare School. Her initiatives increased student completion from 7% to 23% within 4 years by increasing staff-wide data literacy. As an adviser to the President and Chancellor’s leadership team, she developed initiatives for district-wide planning, budgeting, and operational improvement. Prior to MXC, she supported mission-driven organizations as a consultant, first at Huron Consulting Group in their Higher Education and Healthcare practice then later within her own firm. Dhyia considers herself a “unicorn” because she both understands and enjoys working with data and people, equally.  She has a Master of Education in Higher Ed Administration from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.