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 21 years ago and founded Girls at Work in 2000. Nearly 16 years later, more than 8,000 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
Sammie Luker is the Account Director at Human Care Systems, Inc. in Boston, MA. She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Psychology and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh.
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.
Jennifer Sanctuary, CPA, joined Berry Dunn in 2005 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with her M.S. in Accounting.
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.
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.
Kate Fleming received a BA from the University of Denver in Mass Communications. She is a former public relations professional and business owner from NYC who now works as the Events and Outreach Coordinator at Intown Concord.