Staff

Sue Schooner (Executive Director)

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

Christiana Allen-Pipkin, LMSW

Christiana Allen-Pipkin is the Manager of Intern and College & Career Programs. She is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan. Christiana studied at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice and Health. She has experience in medical social work, program management, and crisis intervention. Christiana is passionate about reducing the racial wealth gap, addressing environmental racism, and identifying intersectional social identities to understand privilege and oppression. Christiana’s responsibilities at Girls Group include maintaining intern relationships with universities, supervising college and career programs, and managing intern and LMSW relationships.

Jennifer Brents

Jennifer Brents is a Program Coordinator for Girls Group. Jennifer earned her BSW from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work.  Jennifer's experience includes multiple years of youth program development and mentoring at-risk youth. She is passionate about being an example to younger generations and being a resource in the community.  She plans to enroll in grad school in the near future.

Alexia Burton

Alexia Burton is a Program Coordinator at Girls Group. She earned her BSW at Tuskegee University and her MSW, with a concentration in Management of Human Services with Youth and Families, from the University of Michigan. Alexia has experience providing mental health services to students in Washtenaw County. She has facilitated cyber safety education for students and adults. Alexia is passionate about empowering girls to plan for their futures and live purposeful lives!

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.

Samantha Ide

Samantha Ide is a Program Coordinator for Girls Group. Samantha earned her BSW with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Toledo and her MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Community Organizing. She has worked at the Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute and helped to plan the 14th Annual International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference. She also mentored youth at a charter school in Toledo and is enthusiastic about working with Girls Group participants to empower the next generation of young women to become self-sufficient and achieve their goals. 

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.

Sydney Morgan-Green

Sydney Morgan-Green is the College Prep and Career Planning Coordinator at Girls Group. Sydney earned her BA in Psychology and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After briefly working with a nonprofit dedicated to programing on creative writing with youth, she joined the Michigan College Advising Corps and for two years worked one on one with first generation high school seniors on college access. Sydney is responsible for creating college prep and career planning programs that empower young women to plan their college and career goals in their junior and senior year of high school. Sydney will help the young women in Girls Group to make impactful decisions that lead them to college or their desired career.

Kristen Nye (Program Manager)

Kristen Nye is the Program Manager at Girls Group. Kristen earned her BA in Psychology from Michigan State, with a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently finishing her Masters in Social Work at Eastern Michigan and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Kristen's experience includes developing and facilitating youth programs, conducting child development scientific research, and project management. Kristen is passionate about empowering the next generation of young women to be proud leaders and change agents in their communities. Kristen's responsibilities at Girls Group include maintaining relationships with schools, supervision of program coordinators, and overseeing summer enrichment and building for the future school year programming.

Kayla Schindler

Kayla Schindler is a Program Coordinator at Girls Group. She earned her BSW with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Michigan State University and her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Before joining Girls Group, Kayla worked with youth in multiple capacities and co-founded a business that aims to help college students combat sexual violence on college campuses. Kayla is enthusiastic about helping young people build character, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and find their own passions in life.

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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