Hello! I am Molly Hayes and I serve as the Scholarship Director of Girls in STEM. I have always been passionate about volunteering and helping others, and I am excited for the opportunity to serve young girls through this nonprofit organization. I held many leadership positions throughout college, and I look forward to continuing to influence and encourage others.
I graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Baylor University, and I currently work as an engineer for a tissue bank. I have learned so much about writing validations, launching new products, and improving processes. I have also experienced what it is like to be a woman in the workforce. I have faced many challenges as a woman engineer, and I would like to see greater acceptance for women in STEM fields. I am excited to invest my time in such an incredible organization to watch these girls grow into confident young women.
Sara Persily is a D.C. area native who moved to Colorado a few years ago. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is now working as a Mechanical Engineer in Denver. Sara has always had a deep love of math and became interested in science in high school thanks to some great teachers and role models, most of whom were women. She believes that providing girls with mentors and role models they can relate to is invaluable in encouraging them to pursue their interests, especially in STEM fields. Sara is very excited to volunteer with Girls in STEM and to engage with the next generation of STEM professionals!
Jessica O’Neale is the Enterprise Process Excellence Manager at AlloSource, a human tissue bank. She oversees organizational project management planning and execution, and is involved in high visibility corporate projects, such as technology transfers, partner process improvements, and system implementations. Previous to AlloSource, Jessica held various Operations and Commercial leadership positions at LABS, Inc., a laboratory that performs testing for organ and tissue transplants.
Jessica holds Bachelor degrees in Integrative Physiology and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from University of Denver. She recently began volunteering at Girls in STEM, and has volunteered as a tutor and mentor at DPS.
Jessica enjoys hikes and mountain trips with her husband of 5 years, and hilarious and loving two year old son.
Rebecca Evrard is an Atmospheric Scientist currently working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. She is the project coordinator for the Big Earth Data Initiative (BEDI) Project aimed at making global monitoring data better discoverable, accessible, and usable.
Rebecca is a New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Meteorology before moving to Texas to complete her MS in Atmospheric Science at Texas A&M University. Immediately after graduation, she moved from Texas to Colorado to pursue a career in Atmospheric Science.
Rebecca recently began volunteering for Girls in STEM Denver but has long been an advocate for girls and women in STEM. She looks forward to helping with social media, grants, and events, as well as encouraging girls throughout the organization to pursue their dreams in STEM fields.
Hello, I’m Emily Singer! My passion for renewable energy came during high school while watching the destruction taking place during the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. I was haunted by the images of wildlife and humans suffering by the drilling of fossil fuels, and from there my desire for researching renewable energy and environmental protection was formed. In college I studied biology, environmental science, and government to get a better understanding of how to best protect our environment while working with our country's governing bodies, fueling my interest in politics and activism. After graduation from Skidmore College with Honors in Biology, I moved to Denver to work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where I research renewable chemicals and energy that could be generated by yeast and bacteria. During this time, I wanted to get involved in organizations that empowered young women, particularly those interested in STEM, which is how I discovered the wonderful organization Girls in STEM. I have been participating in this organization since the Fall of 2016, and it has been an absolute privileged merging my passion for science for my desire to empower young women to be leaders, especially in the STEM field. I am currently working at Gevo, a company making isobutanol from yeast to make renewable fuel and chemicals, and I am exciting to share my learning experiences in labs with young women aspiring to do similar work.