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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 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.

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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.

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 with family - Ted, Ellie - 12, Tate - 10, and Joey - 8.

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Nick Jackson Head of School - The Boys School

Nick is entering his 9th year in education. For the last 2 years he taught 6th grade Language Arts here at GALS, and this year he is devoting his time to opening up and leading The Boys School of Denver, which is the brother school to GALS & is opening in August of 2017.
Nick is entering his 9th year in education. For the last 2 years he taught 6th grade Language Arts here at GALS, and this year he is devoting his time to opening up and leading The Boys School of Denver, which is the brother school to GALS & is opening in August of 2017. He graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD (his hometown), with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in music. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. Previous to GALS he taught 4th grade at an independent school in State College, PA, 6th grade social studies at a charter school in Philadelphia, and 3rd grade at a district school in Sioux Falls. When he’s not teaching or leading, he enjoys playing all kinds of sports (he’s the soccer coach here at GALS!), composing music on the piano or guitar, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his wife, his daughter, and his dog. He is excited for an amazing year here at GALS and can’t wait to get The Boys School started!
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Betsy Barrow Director of Enrollment

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.
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.
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Tony Pigford Dean of Students - The Boys School

Tony is a fourth generation Denver native, and third generation product of Denver Public Schools. He is thrilled to have joined The Boys School of Denver as the Dean of Students!
Tony is a fourth generation Denver native, and third generation product of Denver Public Schools. He is thrilled to have joined The Boys School of Denver as the Dean of Students! He comes to the organization from his position as a Student Voice & Leadership Coordinator at Denver Public Schools. Tony coached boys varsity basketball for four years at his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High School. It was there he gained his passion for youth leadership and development. He attended Florida A&M University where he studied Business Administration and Theatre. Tony loves to travel, play golf, ski, and spend time with his wife, family and friends.
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