Staff

Sue Schooner (Executive Director)

Sue Schooner is the founder of Girls Group, and has served as the Executive Director for the last thirteen years.  She holds a BS in Accounting from Ithaca College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Sue is a retired automotive executive, and developed mentoring programming at both the Chrysler Corporation and Textron Automotive.  Sue’s experience in networking, strategy, business development, management, finance, and budgeting has helped Girls Group to grow into a well-respected, low-overhead organization with enviable success.  Sue is proud of the excellent staff and Board of Directors at Girls Group.

Kia Sweeney, LMSW (Program Director)

Kia Sweeney is the Director of Middle School, High School and College Programs for Girls Group.  Kia holds a BS in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science, a Master of Public Health Degree (Health Behavior & Health Education), and a Master in Social Work (Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth, and Families), all from the University of Michigan.  Kia’s passion is to reduce social and health disparities by providing holistic education and intervention workshops.  Kia’s responsibilities include mentoring students, developing and maintaining relationships with middle schools, high schools and colleges, supervision of program coordinators, supervision of management interns and overseeing various programs.

Yatesha Robinson, LMSW (Program Director)

Yatesha Robinson is the Director of Social Work and Client Referrals for Girls Group.  Yatesha is a Licensed Master of Social Work, which she earned at the University of Michigan. She is a current PhD student in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Western Michigan University.  As the former Director of Family Support Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kalamazoo, she developed a passion for cultivating optimal wellbeing in communities.  At Girls Group, Yatesha is responsible for managing our social work programs in partnership with the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Wayne State Universities.

Nicole Baskin, LLMSW

Nicole Baskin is a High School Program Coordinator at Girls Group.  Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University.  Prior to working with Girls Group, Nicole held the position of Crisis Line and Volunteer Coordinator at Ozone House providing intervention services to youth and families. This work has contributed to Nicole’s passion for empowering youth to reach safety, stability, and their full potential. Nicole’s responsibilities include coordinating high school programming at Huron, Skyline and Pioneer High Schools, and overseeing the Youth Advisory Council.

Capri J Bowers

Capri Bowers is the Middle School Program Coordinator for Girls Group. Capri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She brings to Girls Group her experience working with “It’s Great to Be a Girl” where she assisted in program content development and mentor training. As a former participant in Detroit middle school programs, Capri knows firsthand the life changing impact that mentoring has on the growth and development of female adolescents. Capri is passionate and enthusiastic about helping young women recognize their true potential and worth.

Jessica Detrio

Jessica Detrio is the Grants and Program Evaluation Coordinator at Girls Group. She holds a BSW from the University of Utah and an MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Jessica previously worked for the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development as the Homeless Management Information System Administrator, was a victim advocate for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department, and refugee foster care case manager for Catholic Community Services, and also served as a community organizer for the United States Peace Corps. Jessica’s responsibilities include coordinating grants and fundraising efforts, internal evaluation, communications and media support, and providing the research and data needed to make decisions, engage donors, and promote strategic initiatives.

Debbie Koch

Debbie Koch is the Administrative Coordinator for Girls Group.  She is an experienced, detail oriented professional, has a collaborative spirit and focuses on optimistic outcomes.  Debbie provides office services and maintains the continuity of operations.  She monitors administrative workflow, procedures, policies and various projects.  She enjoys being involved with youth and has interacted with them in various activities, including volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader for a troop from kindergarten through 12th grade, serving as leader of a 4H Club, and acting as Service Unit Manager of Dexter Girl Scout Leaders for four years.

Heather Messina

Heather Messina is a High School Program Coordinator at Girls Group. Heather holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University, and returns to Girls Group as a previous intern/contractor.  Heather has served a diverse range of populations and also brings experience from working with various community partners. Heather’s responsibilities include high school programming, overseeing Girls Group’s Young Women for Change program, community service and outreach, the parent advisory council and coordinating various summer opportunities for participants.

Amber Morson

Amber Morson is the College Prep and Career Planning Coordinator at Girls Group. Amber earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and an MSW concentrated in Management of Human Services from the University of Michigan. Amber is passionate about facilitating holistic opportunities for youth to find confidence in their own ability to succeed. Amber is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of college prep and career planning programs as well as mentoring youth individually and collectively across multiple locations served by Girls Group.

Bianca Victor

Bianca Victor is the College and Career Planning Coordinator at Girls Group.  Bianca received her Bachelor of Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Bianca has more than 15 years’ experience working with youth in college admissions, employment training and support services.  She has served on several boards and consortiums over the years including as President of Washtenaw Literacy Coalition and Madam Secretary of the Consortium of Graduate Schools.  Bianca’s responsibilities include working with and empowering women participating in Girls Group’s Women of Purpose program.

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