|John Mitty Friday, February 24, 2017|
Deer Park, NY - February 23, 2017 - Girls Inc. of Long Island is pleased to announce a new leadership team with Renee Flagler as the Executive Director and Barbara Joy Beatus as Associate Director. Together, Renee and Barbara bring over a decade of experience in youth and nonprofit development to the organization.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Long Island, we are thrilled to welcome Renee Flagler and Barbara Beatus as our new Executive Director and Associate Director," says Board Co-Chairs Ryan Reilly and Kathy Wisnewski. "Their passion, demonstrated leadership, and wealth of hands-on experience will help Girls Inc. move forward in its mission to ensure that all girls on Long Island will have the tools to be strong, smart and bold. We are delighted to see Renee and Barbara take the organization to the next level."
Prior to being promoted to the role of Executive Director, Renee worked as the Program Manager, overseeing programming, curriculum, school partnerships, and training and supervision of the programming staff. She spent many years in youth development, business, and marketing before joining Girls Inc. in 2015. Renee is also an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and a speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose. Additionally, she is a founding board member and former Board Chair for LEAP (Literacy Empowerment Action Project) Global, an organization with a mission to provide innovative literacy, youth empowerment programming, and high school scholarships to students in Ghana, Africa.
"I truly believe that service is our human duty and I'm delighted to be of service to girls on Long Island by carrying out the critical mission of Girls Inc. This work is more important than ever," says Renee. "I'm honored to be in a position to help take Girls Inc. of Long Island to the next level."
Before taking on the role of Associate Director, Barbara Beatus was the Operations Manager at Girls Inc. for over three years, overseeing database management, grant-writing, marketing and communications, and partnership requests. She has always been inspired by the mission of Girls Inc. and originally started out as a volunteer, teaching yoga to both middle and high school girls during the summer. She has taught therapeutic yoga for nearly a decade and is also an active member of the Artist Action Group on Long Island, a collective of artists and creatively minded people committed to strengthening Long Island's creative and cultural scene. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University.
"I am so excited to be part of the leadership team helping to grow Girls Inc. of Long Island. This is a critical time to stand up for girls and support them in realizing how powerful they are. I truly believe the girls we serve are the change agents this world needs," says Barbara. "Our mission inspires me every day and I feel so lucky to wake up every morning and do what I love."
About Girls Inc. of Long Island
Girls Inc. of Long Island inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing school and community based programming that serves the unique needs of girls, ages 5-18, living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Girls Inc. of Long Island is dedicated to the advocacy of gender equity for all girls in all areas of their lives. Through participation in our programs, girls learn the skills to become leaders in their communities, leading to exponential change.