Meet The Board of Directors for ISGP
Molly teaches Spanish at her alma mater, The Thacher School, in Ojai, California where, in addition to teaching, she has served as Dean of Faculty, Language Department Chair, Head of the Community Service and co-Chair of the school's capstone program. Molly has been involved with ISGP since Carol Hotchkiss and Ellie Griffin founded it in the late 90s. The group's longstanding commitment to addressing gender issues in independent schools impresses and inspires her. She is honored to lead ISGP as Board Chair, hoping to follow in Carol and Ellie's footsteps as we endeavor to support feminists in our schools. When she's not working, Molly spends her time raising what she hopes will be two strong voices in the next generation of feminists.
Priscilla is the Middle School Dean of Students at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a geography teacher. As Dean, Priscilla has created programs to increase student leadership, involvement and awareness across the middle school grades. She is also the facilitator of the Faculty Gender Committee, a member of the Elder Stateswomen of Baylor, and the Faculty Advisory Committee -- all of which provide the opportunity to bring back the work of ISGP to her school. Priscilla also served as the Director of Residence at The American School in Switzerland. Outside of Baylor, she is a member of the Vestry at Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church and of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute. During the summer, when not involved in her Independent School Gender Project activities, she has created award-winning floats for her hometown’s Fourth of July Parades.
Deborah is Dean of Students at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland and teaches Constitutional Law. As Dean, Deborah helps design and lead a variety of programs that focus on identity, culture, gender, healthy relationships, leadership, and social justice. Before joining the OES faculty in 2000, Deborah was a practicing attorney. On campus, she is the faculty advisor to Student Council, the Multiracial Affinity Group, and student feminist club, Gender Lens. Deborah appreciates ISGP’s history of rallying students and educators, and she believes in this group’s power to change gender culture in independent schools through information, dialogue, and activism. Outside of work, Deborah serves on the Board of Directors of Bitch Media and Alder College, and is a member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon Educator Advisory Council. Her most important feminist endeavor is raising her two children.
Melanie is the Director of Counseling and Health Education at The Webb Schools in Claremont, California. Her role has allowed her to work with students as they gain a deeper understanding of themselves. She has enjoyed developing and leading school wide curriculum and a Peer Advisory program aimed at shaping healthy lives. She advises the LGBTQ+ and Allies club, and has been privileged to coach, travel with, advise, dorm parent, teach, and counsel students at Webb since 2004. Melanie is consistently in awe of the curious and powerful voices of teens, which is exactly what drew her to ISGP. She is inspired by the women who came before her, who spoke up when schools needed change and taught the girls in their schools to act with compassion, conviction and pride. In her spare time, Melanie climbs every peak she can, often with her dog Obie in tow.
Carol Artacho Guerra
Carol a bilingual feminist, physicist, Spaniard who is a member of the Science Faculty at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she teaches Physics and Robotics. Carol’s desire to promote and advance young women in science made her leave corporate America and join the teaching world, first at the university level and later in independent schools. Carol values ISGP’s sense of support and community, and the group’s desire and effectiveness to effect change in independent schools. On her own campus, Carol is part of the advisory board for The Brace Center for Gender Studies. In her spare time, she is the leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, an avid salsa dancer, and a beginner student in Krav Maga- a new endeavor that she is thoroughly enjoying.
Kim moved from Boston to Cleveland as Hawken’s Upper School director seven years ago. She now serves as the Assistant Head for the Gates Mills Campus there. As a graduate of Wellesley College her identity as a feminist and commitment to gender issues are long standing. Early in her career, experiences teaching science in predominantly male departments and being an administrator mostly among men, made her begin thinking about how to improve lives of girls and women in independent schools. While a lot has changed since those early days, some things seem surprisingly the same, a fact which has led to her ongoing commitment to ISGP since its second year. Kim spent 19 years at Milton Academy where she raised her two daughters, Alex and Katy. At various times, Kim’s partner, Folly Patterson, and her daughter, Alex Bean (now an administrator at an all girls school), have also been a part of the work of ISGP. It’s safe to say that trying to make the world a better place for girls is part of their family’s DNA. In her spare time, Kim enjoys outdoor activities and time in New Hampshire where she and Folly still have a New England foothold.