Our Board of Directors
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO SUPPORT THE MISSION OF INSPIRING GIRLS TO BE STRONG, SMART AND BOLD.
Mandy Trusas is a proud mother of three children, a dental hygienist, and an owner/office manager of a dental practice alongside her husband Dr. Trusas. She has held numerous leadership roles in high school, college and in the workplace and she feels very passionate about teaching young girls to be strong, smart and bold. Mandy joined the Girls Inc. NSV board in the spring of 2016 to help young women find their direction in life and achieve their goals. Mandy enjoys keeping busy and has volunteered in many local organizations throughout the years. She also loves kayaking, yoga, arts and crafts, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Vice President, Fund Development
Ashley was born and raised in Northern California. After graduating from Foothill High School, she obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. Ashley returned to Redding with her degree and worked locally as a licensed professional civil engineer. With the birth of her second child, Ashley decided to take some time from her profession to spend at home with her daughter and son. Ashley is actively involved in the local group of the Society of Women Engineers and enjoys hosting outreach events to teach young girls (and boys) about science and engineering. Ashley took on a facilitator role for Girls Inc in 2014 to expand her outreach efforts and help to encourage girls to be ‘strong, smart and bold.’
Vice President, Governance
Chris Fazzari has lived in Redding since 2001 when he moved from the Central Coast. He earned a degree in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Chris currently works as a biologist and Environmental Planner for the State. He is the father of two wonderful daughters. His oldest daughter is a talented illustrator, who just earned her undergraduate degree in the Bay Area. The youngest is a local student about to enter high school. Chris enjoys volunteering for several local groups and being involved with the north state community. Chris volunteered for Girls Inc. NSV for several years before joining the Board in August of 2015.
Ellen Hedfield has lived in Redding for 14 years and is an environmental engineer/project manager at CH2M HILL. During her time in Redding she has been involved with Leadership Redding and the Women’s Fund, served as a volunteer at Lassen Volcanic National Park, and joined the Girls Inc. NSV board in July 2017. Prior to coming to Redding, Ellen lived in Michigan, Southern California, Alaska, and Idaho, jumping at opportunities and adventures that presented themselves. With a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Geology, she is excited about encouraging girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. Ellen enjoys being outdoors – hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, skiing – and loves exploring the open road. She wants to help inspire our local girls to dream big and expand their horizons.
Jill has lived in Redding, CA her entire life. After graduating high school, and while attending Shasta College, she started working part-time in an accounting office as an administrative assistant. Throughout the next 20 years she continued to work part-time, at the same accounting firm, so she could spend quality time raising her three children. Jill is now working full-time as the Office Manager and is dedicated and proud of the team that comprises this office. She joined Girls Inc. NSV in 2018 and is the Board Treasurer. When not at work she enjoys spending time and creating a comfortable home for her family. She also enjoys traveling to visit friends and family, watching movies, and attending every possible activity that her kids are involved in.
Lisa Stewart works at Umpqua Bank as a Treasury Management Consultant. She travels all over Northern California for her work, advising the commercial clients of the bank with their cash management needs. She graduated from Chico State in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Business Administration. Lisa became a board member in 2015 because of her desire to work with girls in the local community and to help them to grow up strong, smart, and bold. Lisa and her husband Kasey live in Palo Cedro with their 2 young children and pug. She enjoys all outdoor activities that the North State has to offer, especially snowboarding, water-skiing, and golfing.
Our facilitators deliver research-based curricula to girls at local schools, community centers, and sponsored events.
Girls Inc. NSV Program Facilitators are trained in Girls Inc. National programs and the Girls Circle training program. Girls Circle integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. Girls Inc. NSV feels that partnering these two programs gives maximum impact to our local girls.