Girls at Work, Inc. has been fortunate to work with so many talented professionals over the years who have helped our program to grow. Our newest group of board members and advisory committee members are committed, focused, and ready to take Girls at Work to the next level. We are very excited to head into the future with this amazing, high-energy team, leading us with a solid strategy for reaching out to new organizations and building new partnerships.
Founder & Program Director
Elaine Hamel, Program Director and Founder of Girls at Work, Inc.,has been renovating homes for nearly 25 years. She started building with young girls in the late 90’s and founded Girls at Work in 2001. More than 10,000 girls have nailed, drilled, sawed and sanded their way through a journey of self-discovery. Elaine’s passion is driven by a desire to correct the societal narrative that undervalues women in social and economic situations, and reclaim one that regards them as strong and powerful leaders. GAW puts power tools in the hands of girls as young as six and guides them on a journey of self-discovery through which they conquer fears to find their voice by embracing their inner strength.
Girls At Work CEO Mel Gosselin brings 25 years of dynamic leadership in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including 13 years as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, which, under Gosselin’s tenure, grew to become the state’s largest non-profit food distribution center.
“From my professional experience, and as a woodworker myself, I know the exhilarating feeling of completing a project you weren’t sure you could do. Girls At Work puts that power in the hands of girls from our city who are told by music, movies and TV that women and girls are weak. In our classes and camps, they learn how strong they really are,” Gosselin said.
Prior to her work with the food bank, Gosselin spent 10 years opening and managing some of the first Walmart stores in New Hampshire, having been personally promoted by Sam Walton.
Board of Directors
GAW Board Chair
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.
Mike Bonacorsi, CFP ® CDFA ™ is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ™ in Amherst NH with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Mike currently serves on the board of directors for the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire, is Past Chair of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in several non-profit and trade organizations.
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.