As a young girl, Claudia grew up in an environment without much inspiration or empowerment. Luckily, as an adult, she discovered her strength and voice, which inspired her to create a program where young girls would have access to fun, motivational and empowering activities so they could learn to identify themselves as valuable, beautiful and powerful. And so, 4GIRLS was born. Claudia lives in Long Beach with her husband and two children. She graduated from CSULB with a bachelor degree in International Business. Since 2009, Claudia has been a docent at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Maria immigrated to the United States as a small girl and has called Southern California home ever since. Growing up as an only child in an environment that was not always inspiring and empowering, she was immediately drawn to the concept behind 4GIRLS. Today, she is a mother, wife, high-tech professional and volunteer who is actively involved in her community. Although her work with the 4GIRLS Organization is focused on girls, as a mother of a boy, she understands full well the importance of also inspiring and empowering the future men of our society.
Rosemary, is a native of Long Beach and lives there with her husband and two children. For years she has volunteered in her children’s schools, scouting groups, and sports activities. It is this exposure that has made her aware of the diversity of needs and backgrounds of children. After attending the Women’s Conference for many years she became inspired to make a difference in young girls’ lives. It is her desire that 4GIRLS will expose young girls to new experiences that reinforce a positive belief in themselves, empower them to be successful in their lives, and inspire them to be leaders in their community. These are the same hopes she has for her own children and is excited to support young girls in this manner.
Kerith grew up lacking external inspiration or empowerment. College was a transformational experience where she discovered her voice and has been empowering others to change their own futures. Kerith has worked in many social justice causes, currently at the Wage Justice Center, empowering workers to recover wages lost due to wage theft. Kerith lives in Santa Ana with her husband. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in History and from Wharton with an MBA.
Janet Bittner is the Director of sales at Brother International which is an electronics company with global headquarters in Nagoya Japan, and North American headquarters in Bridgewater, NJ.
Janet’s career path has had her working in the computer industry for the past 28 years, starting her career at Ingram Micro as an associate sales representative and working her way up the career path to Senior Regional sales manager. Her current position is Director of sales at Brother International.
Over these 28 years she has been fortunate to manage, coach and mentor all kinds of individuals, from a new hire straight from college to an individual with over 30 years of sales experience. She has a way with people and can relate to all individuals no matter what the situation or opportunity she is need to help with. She is a people person who is passionate about whatever she is involved with and she would be an asset to any organization.
Janet went to High school in Huntington Beach CA, and then went on to win a basketball scholarship to Idaho State University. She attended 4 years there and was sad to leave her Idaho family but was looking forward to starting her sales career in her home state of California.
When she is not traveling for work, you can find her spending time with her family at their family cabin in Running springs where she loves to go hiking, fishing and skiing with her nephews.
Lacking guidance and direction growing up as a young girl, Lisa had to navigate through the precarious teenage years on her own. She was rebellious and tenacious, yet also very guarded. As she became a young adult, she gradually was able to positively translate those traits in to independence, resourcefulness, and confidence. She realized she wanted to reach out to young girls and help them identify and use the tools needed to reach their full potential.
Lisa first became a mentor to at-risk middle school girls with the AAUW-Long Beach branch in 2002, and since then has participated in numerous volunteer activities and organizations throughout her adult life. Seeking to become more involved in empowering and inspiring young girls again, she volunteered at the 4GIRL’s Orange County workshop in 2016, and since then has been enthusiastically involved with 4GIRLS.
Lisa lives in Costa Mesa and has a 6-year-old son (soon to be 7). She is a CPA and a CFE, and graduated from CSULB with an MBA. She has worked in government auditing for over 17 years, the last five at the City of Anaheim.
Pamela has worked with youth for many years. For over 10 years, she was a camp counselor for a leadership camp for middle and high school girls. Since 2003, she has been a Social Worker. She has worked with children in the foster care system, as a therapist for students at elementary schools, and currently is working with teenagers at a shelter for youth in crisis. Pamela has been involved with 4GIRLS for 4 years and loves watching young people find their passion for life. Pamela is also the mother to a daughter who inspires her each day.