Founder and CEO
Meaghan Davis is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. She first established BRAVE in the Spring of 2013 while working as a social studies teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Her development of BRAVE was initially inspired by her work with students as a classroom teacher. She truly believes in the positive power of students and she is determined to help each student discover their best self and realize their own full potential. Meaghan’s initiative to found and expand BRAVE as a non-profit organization was triggered by the documentary film Girl Rising, which promotes awareness of the human right to education and the impact of empowering girls to create change in the world. She continues to be inspired everyday by the words, actions and stories of courageous people, especially girls, from around the world. Over the past three years Meaghan has worked to contribute to this special movement by improving and expanding BRAVE to different schools and communities.
Areej Nitowski is Co-Advisor of the Sedgwick Middle School Program within BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. Areej became more involved in the program in 2014. During this time, she has been amazed by the energy and positive influence BRAVE has given so many girls and young women. She has worked as a 7th grade science teacher at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, CT since 2010. Prior to teaching, Areej spent 20 years as a life scientist in academia, biotech and pharma research. She received her BS in Biochemistry and MS in Toxicology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Areej is a proud SU Orange basketball fan, even while living in Connecticut. She is a strong believer that public education is the main way to influence young people. Areej is thrilled to see the enthusiasm that BRAVE has inspired within so many girls and young women, and is eagerly anticipating more success with the organization.
Adam is an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Adam works with faculty on projects and initiatives related to student learning. He has experience working in educational technology, instructional design and curriculum support, computer support, web design, and social media. Adam is a graduate from the Secondary Social Studies teaching program at the UConn Neag School of Education. Adam also serves on the Lebanon School Board in Lebanon, NH.
This will be Andrea McDermott’s second year on BRAVE’s Board of Directors! She is excited to continue her duties as Treasurer, and to lead the Development and Advancement Committee. Andrea enjoys making music, reading, and being outside in her free time. She believes that if we all use our talents to help our communities, the world would be a better place.
Mar is the Conference Chair for BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. As part of BRAVE for several years now, they continue to return due to the welcoming and loving sense of family BRAVE has given them. Mar hopes to provide all students and incoming members an equal amount of love and support so that they may too find a home within BRAVE. Mar seeks to make the world a better place each day by speaking up for others and encouraging respect for all humans. They are currently studying Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and hope to one day become a child advocate.
Michelle is a graduate student at UConn working towards a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering. She joined the BRAVE team in Fall 2017. During this time, she has helped develop and rebrand the website as well as present at BRAVE’s annual conference on Combating Human Trafficking with Artificial Intelligence. Michelle is interested in how technology can be used for social good and change. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career combining her computer science skills and desire to promote and protect human rights. In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading and riding her bike!