Sara Nowakowski (she/her/hers)
Director of Mission Impact
My name is Sara Nowakowski and I am the Director of Mission Impact at the Goodman Community Center. My first introduction to Goodman began in October 2016 as a Student Board Member, and I became a member of the staff in November 2017. I began my career in direct service work with youth, and it has brought me so far and to so many places, such as Mozambique where I worked as a Peace Corps volunteer. I received my MPA from the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs where I was trained in strategic planning, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative analysis, public programs and grant administration, and more. I love using an analytical mindset to find ways to continuously improve our community while also integrating diverse perspectives in the process. On a more personal level, I originally hail from Southern California, and you will always find me rooting for the UCLA Bruins!
Pahoua Vang (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Madison
I have been with Girls Inc. Since 2014. I started as the Lussier LOFT's Girls Inc. Coordinator, and during my first three years as a “Girls Inc. Mom,” I was so privileged to directly serve more than 100 Girls Inc. participants in Goodman’s middle school, high school and summer programs. In the last four years, I’ve supported the expansion of Girls Inc. programs as the Girls Inc. Outreach Coordinator, Girls Inc. Program Manager and now as the Assistant Director of Girls Inc. Before working with GCC, I interned with a Homeless Youth Shelter in Milwaukee and volunteered with various Milwaukee youth-serving nonprofits, like Our Next Generation and Hmong American Friendship Association. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee. I’m a proud dog mom of a 4-year-old beagle mix pup named Beemo, and I enjoy crafting, watching movies and spending time with my family.
Maggie Eckberg (she/her/hers)
Girls Inc. Administrative Coordinator
Hello! My name is Maggie Eckberg, the Girls Inc. Administrative Coordinator, and I absolutely love this amazing team! I graduated from UW-Madison in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History. During my time on campus, I worked as a Violence Prevention Peer Educator, facilitating workshops on topics such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence and bystander intervention. I also worked as a research assistant for multiple professors conducting qualitative analysis of media messages. On a more personal level, I love musical theatre and singing and have performed in various shows throughout the years. When I’m not working, you can find me cuddling my 100-pound lab/bloodhound Ajax, watching Downton Abbey or weightlifting.
Jade Koenigs (she/her/hers)
Girls Inc. Outreach Facilitator
Hello, Fam! My name is Jade and I love being a part of the amazing Girls Inc. team. Before repping Girls Inc., I lived in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) and co-facilitated a program called GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) for the Peace Corps (...let’s chat about the ethics of international volunteering sometime...). When not building the Girls Inc. empire, you can catch me adventuring in the wilderness, coaching rugby at UW-Madison or creating the fantasy world that is Dungeons & Dragons.
Rachel Ancheta (she/her/hers)
Girls Inc. STEM Coordinator
Hello! My name is Rachel Ancheta and I’m originally from the Philippines but lived the majority of my life in California. I recently relocated to Madison from the Bay Area where I was a youth mentor for a year and a Kindergarten teacher four years before that. I’ve also interned as a youth worker with an international nonprofit in several countries. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in music at California State University, East Bay. As the Girls Inc. STEM Coordinator, I’m building a STEM database with resources, local partnerships, and lesson plans for all of Goodman’s youth programs, while facilitating STEM program in our elementary after-school program. In my free time, I enjoy climbing, biking, watching NBA games, eating good food, playing music and hanging out with friends.
Girls Inc. STEM Intern
Hi my name is Morgan Brevard. I am an incoming Junior at UW-Madison, studying Computer Science with a Game Design minor. I live in Sullivan, Wisconsin, on a farm with my mother and father. On our farm we raise organic pigs and chickens. My hobbies include gaming, crafting, hanging with friends and going swimming. I'm super passionate about the STEM field and I hope to inspire and make learning about it fun for all!
Girls Inc. Summer Camp Counselor
Hey everyone! My name is Addison Carriere, and I am so excited to be one of your Adventure Camp Counselors for Girls Inc. of Greater Madison this summer! As for a little bit about me, I grew up in a town right outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'm an upcoming senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Psychology and earning certificates in Gender and Women's Studies as well as Disability Rights and Services. I have grown to love Madison so much in these past three years and am so honored to continue to develop a connection with this incredible community through Girls Inc. this summer. In my free time I enjoy yoga, cooking and trying out new plant-based recipes, as well as playing card/board games with my friends. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all this summer, it is going to be an exciting ride!
Girls Inc. Summer Camp Counselor
Hi, my name is Rachel! I'm originally from Peoria, Illinois, and will be a senior here at Edgewood College, majoring in Biology, Environmental Study and Broadfield Natural Sciences, and minoring in Nutrition. I run cross country and track at Edgewood, and in my free time I enjoy taking hikes or biking around Madison. This is my first summer with Girls Inc., and I am beyond excited to help with Adventure Camp!