Staff

Sue Schooner (Executive Director)

Sue Schooner is the founder of Girls Group, and has served as the Executive Director for the last fifteen 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.

Jazmin Davis (Social Work Manager)

Jazmin Davis is the Social Work Manager for Girls Group. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jazmin studied at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth. Jazmin has provided early intervention, family preservation, and administrative oversight to families and programs in Michigan and Indiana. She is passionate about adolescent resilience and overcoming trauma. At Girls Group, Jazmin manages the MSW internship experiences and fee-for-service programming.

Xochitl Calix

Xochitl Calix is a Program Coordinator for Girls Group. Xochitl earned her BA in Secondary Education from U of M, and her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan. Xochitl is the proud daughter of Honduran immigrants, and is a first-generation college student. Her experiences have shaped her commitment to social justice, community activism, student leadership, and the empowerment of marginalized populations towards higher education. Xochitl worked at U of M, with a focus on undergraduate student support and high school outreach programming.

Deborah Denzel

Deborah Denzel is a Program Manager at Girls Group. Deborah earned her BA in Psychology from Bennett College, and her MSW from the University of Michigan. Deborah is a first-generation college student, and proudly attended an HBCU for women. She is passionate about advocating for foster care youth, and has participated with the foster care system through education, research, civic engagement, and publicly speaking about her personal experiences. Deborah is excited to mentor young women, and support them in reaching their full potential.

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.

Capri J Ervin

Capri Ervin is a Program Manager at 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.

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.

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.

Kristen Nye

Kristen Nye is a Program Coordinator for Girls Group. Kristen earned her BA in Psychology from Michigan State, with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently working towards her MSW at Eastern Michigan. Kristen’s experience includes child development scientific research, after- school youth programming, youth advocacy, and behavior support. Kristen looks forward to empowering the next generation of young women to be proud leaders and change agents in their communities.

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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