October 20, 2016

Leadership & Board of Directors



President / CEO

sabrina-headshotSabrina, a native of New London, CT, graduated with a B.A., concentration in Healthcare Administration from Charter Oak State College, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education. During her younger college years Sabrina worked for AmeriCorps teaching inner-city teens computer skills. Sabrina has always had a passion for helping underrepresented girls strive to reach their full potential. While still in college Sabrina took a proposal writing class, it was through that class that Girls For Technology (GFT) was inspired. After a decade in corporate America in the Health Insurance sector, she felt an inability to make an impact the way she envisioned and Founded GFT.
“Mentoring is very important and through GFT girls will see prominent successful women and exposed to different career paths and most important build a life long love for technology and engineering.”

Fun Fact: Always wanted to be an identical twin, instead she had fraternal twins.

Vice President/COO

Vice President / COO

anthony-barrettAnthony, a native of Hartford, CT is an social entrepreneur who wants to improve opportunities for at-risk kids and level the playing fields, by creating awareness and opportunities for girls in the computer sciences and engineering space. Anthony, who worked with Juvenile Boys for nearly 10 years is pleased to provide gender specific programs and leverage his experiences to invigorate underrepresented and underserved girls to pursuit career paths in STEM. Anthony received his Bachelors degree in Psychology with a concentrated focus on Criminal Justice from University of Hartford, and his MBA in Leadership Management from Springfield College. “We must knock down the doors and break the proverbial glass ceiling that too often plague our communities and disenfranchise our youth.”

Fun Fact: Lived in Montreal, Canada and spoke French fluently as a child.

Research & Development

Director of Research & Development

Monique-GoldmanMonique Golden is a doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership and Education Policy program with a focus on Leadership and Educational Policy at the University of Connecticut. She is a proud New Jersey native, born and raised in Elizabeth. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut.

She is self-proclaimed math geek, who enjoys crunching numbers and running data analyses. Her research interests include student leader success, quality in higher education, history of education (specifically, the intersection of race, racism and education), and girls of color in STEM programs.

Board of Directors

Girls For Technology’s Board of Directors governs the work of the organization. They shape the organization’s direction through its strategy, budget, and key programs, ensuring that leadership, resources, and finances are in line with the organization’s vision. The GFT Board meets quarterly, as well as between regular meetings as needed to conduct the organization’s business.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Member

tiana-hercules-headshotTiana Hercules, is an attorney who is passionate about helping every day members of the community fight for their rights while walking them through a complex legal system. Mrs. Hercules focuses on criminal law, family law and administrative appeals, as well as civil litigation and business matters. During law school she participated in a dual degree program at the University of Connecticut School of Business where she was awarded an MBA. Tiana is an active member in her community and serves on several non-profit boards; NINA, The Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford, Inc., Hartford Food Systems and Girls for Technology, Inc.

Fun Fact: Likes to go horseback riding

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Board of Directors Member

letia-barnesLetia Barnes, is a Procurement Team Lead at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, NJ. She received her Masters in Science with a concentration in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technlogy. In 2013, Letia received Women of Color STEM Rising Star in Technology Award. Letia is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Letia is an active Big Sister at Big Brother Big Sister organization. Letia has had successful experience working with youth development at Willingboro Receational Center and Leadership Education Athletics Partnership (LEAP) after school program as counselor.

Fun Fact: Letia is an active XBOX Madden Football gamer

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Board of Directors Member

icsg_team_lisaLisa Lazarus is Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Integrated Compliance Solutions Group. Prior to her current role, Lisa held senior roles at several highly-reputable and innovative organizations including Prep for Prep, Booz Allen Hamilton, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii at Joint-Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, and KRA Corporation. Lisa has expertise in the areas of operations, recruiting, human resources, workforce analytics, and development and talent management.

Lisa holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MBA in Human Capital Management from American University. Lisa dedicates her time to various education and charitable organizations committed to empowering women and children through education.

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Board of Directors Member

donte-lloydDonte Lloyd is a United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Supply Chain Management Business professional, responsible for executing material & logistics strategy, including strategic sourcing, transportation and on-time delivery of Military Aftermarket Spares for the F-35/F135 Joint Strike Fighter. Donte has more than 10 years’ experience in the aerospace industry, all spent in a supply chain management capacity.

Donte is an active participant in employee resource groups, serving as treasurer and board member of the Pratt & Whitney African American Forum. He is also a member of the military engines employee engagement team. Lloyd earned a BBA in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Board of Directors Member

jeniese-pollardJeNiese Pollard, was born and raised in Ledyard, CT. She has over 14 years of professional experience working in various settings. Non-profit, education, finance, several facets of the retail industry, and telecommunications. For the past 7 years JeNiese has been working for United Healthcare on their Broker and Employer Operations Team specializing in Broker Compensation. She has earned a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge to this program and show girls that they can have careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Fun Fact: Jeniese likes to bake choclate chip cookies from scratch