High School Staff
Liz Wolfson Director - GALS National
Liz Wolfson created the vision for the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools eight years ago, 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. Currently GALS has grown to 350 students in grades 6-11, with its first graduating class in 2018. Liz Wolfson is also leading the charge to open a Denver boys middle school in 2017. 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 is set to open this fall of 2016. 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. Liz is married and has two daughters aged 5 and 9.
Carol Bowar Executive Director
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.
Carrie Donovan Head of School 9-12
Leah Bock High School Assistant Principal & Math Teacher
Sara Shapiro Assistant Principal & 11th Grade U.S. History
Sara grew up in Chicago and has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Education from University of Colorado, Denver. This is her 3rd year at GALS High School and her 7th year teaching, and she feels lucky to be in this job every day teaching the most awesome teenagers in the USA! In her free time, she enjoys skiing, cooking, reading, petting dogs, and being in the Colorado sunshine whenever possible.
Jen Derosby Dean of Students
Jen is so proud to be in her 16th year of teaching and learning. She spent her first ten years at an urban charter school here in Denver and this is her sixth year at GALS. She received her teaching license from Metropolitan College of Denver in Secondary Social Studies and received her BA in liberal arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. This marks her third year as a full time administrator in her role as Dean of Culture. She will be working hard to keep the culture of GALS a positive and supportive one for our girls and their families. She has a passion for teaching about issues of social justice and believes that creating a space where girls can be the leaders and exceptional learners they naturally are is so very important. She is a 2008-09 United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum teacher fellow, a member of the Facing History and Ourselves teacher advisory board and 2006 Denver Mile High Teacher.
Betsy Barrow Director of Enrollment
Dolores Schaack Director of Operations
Elissa Soden Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer Benningfield Athletic Director
Jessica Dauchy Director of Finance & Strategy
A former high-school math teacher and administrator, Jess left the classroom after 9 years of teaching to earn an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She’s been part of GALS since she graduated in 2011. Her background in both academics and organizational strategy/operations has served her well in her GALS roles including Director of Operations, Director of Academics, and currently, Director of Finance and Strategy. Jessica is also a former Education Pioneer fellow in urban education reform as well as a former Get Smart Schools fellow. When not at school, Jess is often hiking with her dog Ada, skiing, or climbing. She also loves pop music and often sings and dances through the GALS hallways during passing period bell music. Jess also teaches AP Calculus in the GALS HS.
Meghan Myron-Karels Director of GALS Futures
Ana Rangel Office Administrator & After School Art Coordinator
Ana grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Denver after graduating from Indiana University in 2013. She has a BA in Spanish and Social Work and hopes to soon get her Masters in Social Work. Ana has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and hopes to continue that work out here. She enjoys anything outdoors, cooking, music, volunteering with youth organizations, and spending time with friends and family.
Penny Marez Office Coordinator
Amber Brydon Psychologist
Julie Dolin MA, LPC, BC-DMT Director of Counseling
Laura Fajardo-Arbelaez Counseling Intern
Leanne Stull Counseling Intern
LeEllen Condry Counseling Intern
Melanie Warning Counseling Intern
Ilana Fishman SPED
Karen Davidson SPED
Michelle Shea SPED
Sydney Johnston SPED
Sydney is a Colorado native, growing up in Winter Park. She holds a BA in Sociology from University of Colorado-Denver, and is currently earning her Masters of Education in Special Education from Metro State University. She has over 8 years of experience working with youth at Excelsior Youth Center and Tennyson Center for Children.