Co-Founders

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LYNN JOHNSON

Lynn is a social entrepreneur, girl advocate dedicated and the Co-Founder and CEO of Spotlight:Girls, the producer of Go Girls! Camp.  A graduate of Northwestern University and a former actor, director, and teaching artist, Lynn has worked with people of all ages from all over the country using theater as a tool for personal transformation and community development. Lynn works regularly as a speaker, facilitator, and workshop leader. She lives in Oakland, CA with her wife, co-founder Allison Kenny, and daughter, a 7 year old Go Girl!.

Read her full bio here.

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ALLISON KENNY

Allison is an actor, writer, blogger, teaching artist, and co-founder of Spotlight:Girls.  She is the author of Starring Celia, a chapter book about a fictional Go Girl!, and the upcoming Go Squirrel!, a series of chapter books aimed at teaching young readers complex social/emotional lessons through fun and accessible social stories.

In 2015, Allison and wife, co-founder Lynn Johnson, adopted their first child through the foster care system.  She writes about her family’s adventures on the blog Raising a Go Girl!.

Allison will be working as a Play Director this summer during Session 2 at the Berkeley JCC location.  Read her full bio here.

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CHRISSY MULVIHILL

Chrissy is an award-winning teacher, champion coach, and facilitative leader with over 25 years experience empowering children and youth to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and in the world.  

A credentialed K-8 public school educator, Chrissy has taught both physical education and mathematics in the Phoenix, AZ area where she won a “Pride of Peoria” Teaching Award (2014) as well as the Student Council Advisor of the Year Award (2013).  As a student council advisor, she takes great pride in having prepared hundreds of 5th-8th graders to take leadership through organizing and planning events, mentoring younger children, and collaborating with adults to provide service to the school and community.

In addition to teaching, Chrissy has worked as a coach, youth minister and summer program leader with programs throughout the Phoenix area.  A former athlete, Chrissy has coached youth softball, basketball, and track.  Currently, she coaches club volleyball in the 12 and under girls division, where her team defeated dozens of teams from all over the world to take 1st place in “The Volleyball Festival.”

Read her full bio here.

Teaching Staff (alphabetical by first name)

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ADINA GOLDSTEIN

Adina has been a camper and a part of Go Girls! since she was 4 years old (then Glitter & Razz). In fact, she was one of the 22 girls that attended the first ever Go Girls! Camp back in the summer of 2008. After growing out of camp, Adina became a member of the GGLT (Go Girls! Leadership Team) for three years and is excited to have the opportunity to be an assistant teacher at camp this summer. Adina loves to work with kids, and also wants to help make sure that the next generation of girls are prepared to thrive in this changing world. Adina greatly enjoys being in plays herself, and has been in many of her school’s theater productions. She has played roles such as “Big Mama” in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and “The Wicked Witch Of the West” in The Wizard Of Oz. When Adina has downtime (which is rare because she is a hardworking high school student!) she enjoys creative writing, especially writing poems. Adina’s other interests include reading, dancing, listening to music and Star Trek.

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ALEX LEE

Alex is thrilled to be an assistant teacher this year at Go Girls! after working at Go Girls! for the past three summers.  She is currently a rising junior at Lowell High School in San Francisco.  Alex is involved in many clubs at her school including Interact club and Best Buddies.  She is also a board member of the San Francisco/Marin Jewish Teen Federation.  She is an aspiring actress in the Bay Area who has worked with numerous theater companies and is represented by NYLO talent agency.   She has been taking classes with co-founder Alison Kenny since she was two years old and strongly believes in the Go Girls! mission statement to empower young girls through the arts.

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ANISYA LUSTIG-ELLISON

Anisya is very excited to be an Assistant Teacher at Go Girls! Camp this summer after being a GGLT for the past three years. She is currently a Freshman at Encinal High School in Alameda. Anisya has a huge passion for theatre and participates in her local theatre group, Tomorrow Youth Repertory as well as school productions. Besides theatre, Anisya loves babysitting, doodling and exploring the Bay Area. She has been with Go Girls Camp! since she was eight years old when she was a camper and then began interning at age eleven. She strongly supports the Go Girls! theme of girls empowerment and hopes to share her compassion with young girls.

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ANNIKA PRAGER

Annika is a quirky, peaceful, and loving artist. She is currently enrolled at Oakland Technical High School where she is primarily studying theatre and humanities. When she isn’t teaching at Go Girls !Camp, Annika is teaching and performing in shows with OakTech Rep. Her aspiration in life is to combine social activism and theatre to create inspiration and educational art, an art form she calls “Performing Arts for Social Justice”. She loves that Go Girls! combines empowering girls and making art and can’t wait for this summer!

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ASHLEY MCKILLIPS

Ashley is a energetic, enthusiastic, and empowered 10th grader at Oakland Technical High school. She aspires to Rule the world or become an Oscar winning actress but would gladly work in art therapy or children’s psychology…you know…if being in charge of the universe doesn’t work out. She celebrates her connection with the arts by stuffing her schedule full of photography outings, plays, and ceramics classes. She hopes to inspire the Go Girls! to seize the moment and become queens in their own lives.

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BEN GUSTAVSON-SCHARF

Ben will be a teaching assistant for his second summer. Ben is a rising senior at the Drew School in San Francisco. At school, Ben enjoys the subjects of history and band and enjoys participating in groups like the GSA.  Outside of school, Ben engages in other extra curricular activities. These activities include playing jazz drums and piano, writing music, and creating and acting in various plays for all ages at the New Conservatory Theater Center. Through these performing arts activities, and through being an involved member of his school’s community, he has developed his skills of encouraging creative cooperation, inclusion and community building. With these skills and a ton of enthusiasm, Ben will be a role model for and help others in letting their most creative and adventurous sides out, and in taking center stage.

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CAROLINE SEARS

Caroline is a new-comer to the compassion revolution and is so excited to learn the ways of a Go Girl!  She is a film student at the University of North Texas and spends her time outside of school with her books, instruments, and friends! All in all, her favorite thing to do is to make beautiful creations that can lead us to learning more about ourselves and this world we live in. She will be an assistant teacher this summer and hopes to lead the girls towards empowerment and confidence.

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CELIA CODY-CARRESE

Celia is a rising junior at UCLA majoring in Geography/Environmental Studies, who has been experiencing the magic of Go Girls! since she was 14. and She loves the culture code of Go Girls!and is excited to share it with your girls this summer! Celia has a varied background in theater, dance, and music, which she will be bringing to camp as a music and dance specialist. In past summers she has created choreography for plays and led the Go Girls! song, and this summer she can’t wait to create even more with campers!

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CLARA HOLLOWGRASS

Clara is a sophomore at Oakland Technical High School. She has been at Go Girls! Camp since she was 8 years old! Clara loves art, creativity and overall fun and games. She has been an assistant teacher in the art room at Go Girls! Camp for 2 years as part of the GGLT. She loves helping campers explore all of their unique gifts and talents. She is looking forward to doing more projects with all the girls through new opportunities. She wants to share her knowledge, support and smiles with even more campers!

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ELLA JOHNSON

Ella is excited to be returning to Go Girls! Camp as an assistant teacher this year! She moved to Texas last summer and sadly didn’t get to participate, but she worked as a GGLT in the two years beforehand. She is currently on her dance team as an incoming sophomore at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. Ella has 3 little sisters so she is constantly surrounded by young girls, and has lots of experience. In her free time she likes to dance, hang out with friends, watch movies and travel. She loves how Go Girls! enables girls to become inspired and empowered and can’t wait to be back on the team this summer.

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FRANCESCA LEVETT

Francesca is extremely excited to be an assistant teacher at Go Girls! this summer! She has been going to Glitter & Razz since she was four, was one of the first Go Girls!, and worked as a GGLT for the past two summers. Francesca is a rising sophomore attending Saint Mary’s College High School. Francesca loves to spend time with her family and friends, play soccer, travel, and be a part of Go Girls! She believes in helping young girls learn how to take center stage and how to be strong and kind through the Go Girls! mission.

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GIGI GILBERT-IGELSRUD

Gigi is pumped to be spending her final Bay Area summer with the Go Girls! family. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley with a minor in music, and is attending Simmons College in the fall to become a magnificent youth services librarian. She spends her time organizing experimental theatre, writing music, learning about art and language, letting her imagination run wild, and finding joy in collaborating with young people.

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HANNAH GAVAGAN

Hannah is wildly excited to return for her third summer as a Go Girls! Play director.  She is a performing artist, teacher, adventurer, mentor, and author of the Go-To Go Girl: a weekly blog for the Go Girls! community. Hailing from the East coast, her wanderings have finally brought her out West to share her love of theatre and play as a Go Girl!

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JAZZY LEE

Jazzy is a junior at Occidental College in LA majoring in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture. She has been with Go Girls! for nine years now and cannot wait to meet everyone at camp! As an Assistant Teacher, she is committed to making girls feel confident and compassionate through different art forms- writing, acting and painting are her favorite few. Jazzy loves to play drama games, read books, and have spontaneous dance parties.

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JULIE DOUGLAS

Julie is a Bay Area actor-creator, director, teacher and clown. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the UCSC and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International. Julie celebrates the empowering, connecting, expressive, collaborative, playful power of theatre and the arts. Making theatre can change the world and how we experience what is possible. She loves working with Go Girls! to create something that is uniquely theirs, allows them to take center stage and shine. Julie has been a Play Director with Spotlight:Girls (formerly Glitter & Razz) since Fall 2011 and the Administrator since 2013. She has also taught in youth programs with SF Shakespeare, We Players, SF Public Montessori, Yes Theatre of Marin, International Studies Academy, Dell’Arte International, Ferndale Repertory, and Summerfield Waldorf. 

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KATE JANK (KJ)

Kat lives in Oakland, and spends much her time playing, working, and still believing in Magic. She has a degree in Psychology, and a background in Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, Non-Violent Communication training. She has worked with Children and Families in all different capacities. She weaves her experience with Art, Theater, Music, Dance and Athletics into as many things as she can…especially when working with kids! Creating environments where people feel more able to be their full, expressive, authentic self is one of her main magical quests in life. She is very excited to be joining Go Girls! as a Play Director and Go Girls!/Reel Stories Lead Teacher.

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KAT REEVE

Kat Reeve is excited to be back at Go Girls! Camp this summer as an Expressive Artist. She is a creative writer and teacher who has learned a lot from Go Girls! about performing her own work on stage–even when she gets nervous! When she’s not camping, making jewelry, dancing or writing stories, you can find her wielding gold face paint and a magic bubble wand.

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KATE LEAGUE

Kate is so excited to be joining Go Girls! this summer as a Go Girls!/Reel Stories lead teacher. A recent graduate from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Kate is a budding drama therapist and an avid lover of the arts. She is also a cosmetologist, a teacher, an actor, a singer, a lover of puns, a coffee-drinker, and a serious kitty-cuddler. She can’t wait to meet all of you, and help you take center stage this summer! Go Girls!

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KELLY HANDLER

Kelly is going into her senior year as a high school student and is looking forward to spending her final summer vacation with all of her Go Girls! Camp friends. She is honored to be moved from a GGLT to an assistant teacher and cannot wait to have fun. Go Girls! Camp means a lot to Kelly and she hopes that this summer will be just as special as previous years. In her spare time, Kelly likes to write poetry and is passionate about theatre and performing arts.

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KELLY TAKUNDA ORPHAN

Kelly Takunda Orphan, a vocalist, percussionist, songwriter and dancer, has performed music around the world. She was raised in a family of mixed-heritage musicians in the Bay Area, sang in her church choir, studied piano, voice and percussion and toured with master drummer and teacher, Babatunde Olatunji before moving to Africa and discovering her deep-rooted passion for music and dance in Zimbabwe. In the last decade, Kelly has been studying the culture and music of Oaxaca, Mexico. She is also well-versed in music of the African diaspora.

With such a wide spectrum of knowledge, Kelly leads her own group, The KTO Project. In 1995, she released her debut album “Give it to the People.” She continues to perform in the San Francisco Bay Area to enthusiastic audiences.

Kelly holds a BA from San Jose State University in Creative Arts with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology as well as a minor in music. She also completed the Orff-Schulwerk certification program in 2001 at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Since 1995, Kelly has worked as a music specialist in Richmond, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland public and private schools, as well as in many private schools, In 1997, Kelly began to build a music program at Park Day School where she is currently teaches music to K-5 students, where she also leads choir and ukulele ensembles.

Kelly deeply values the work of Go Girls! Camps and has been part of the teaching staff since 2008.

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KHADIJA ROANE

Khadija is a graduate of Howard University receiving her BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She acquired a passion for the arts at the young age of 3 years old after her parents enrolled her into her first dance class. Since then, she has enhanced her craft with the study of Musical Theatre where she has performed in various productions such as The Drowsy Chaperone, American Dream, and Anything Goes, to name a few. Khadija hopes to inform and educate the world on the importance of the arts.

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KIONA MEDINA

Kiona Medina has been part of Go Girls! for the past 6 years, and she has loved every minute. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy and she is also a Kidpower Instructor. She is very passionate about the power of the arts to create personal and social change and she looks forward to this summer’s adventures.

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LEILA MERZENICH

Leila has been a part of Go Girls! since the very beginning. She went to the very first Go Girls! Camp as a camper, and attended many other Glitter & Razz camps with Lynn and Allison before that. This will be her third year as an Assistant Teacher, and 6th year working at Go Girls! She is going into her Senior year of high school at Oakland Technical School. In her free time, Leila enjoys singing and martial arts, which are two things she has incorporated into Go Girls! Camps in the past. She is looking forward to spending another summer helping young Go Girls! enjoy themselves and make a play!

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Liz has been working as a full time musician since 2010 when she released her first electro-kindie album for families as The Singing Lizard. She founded her own independent record label, was voted #1 Party Entertainer by Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Awards, won multiple grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was voted “Woman You Should Meet” of the Year by Tagg Magazine. Liz has performed over 500 shows throughout North America with her many music projects including The Singing Lizard, The Pushovers, Cane the Sticks and Tom Goss. She moved to the Bay Area in 2015 and has since launched a family friendly music series in Oakland (FamJam), released her third album for families and continues to tour regularly.  Liz is beyond thrilled to be a Go Girl! this year. Compassion Revolution here we come!

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MARANDAH FIELD-ELLIOT

Marandah is a second­ year UC Berkeley student studying Political Science and American Studies with a focus in Gender Analysis. She has been performing her entire life, from theater to music to debate to mock trial to slam poetry, and cannot wait to be a Go Girls! teach this summer! She believes that empowering girls through the stage is pivotal in creating a more equitable society, and is proud that Go Girls! is working to accomplish this goal.

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MARIA LENTZOU

Maria is a Psychologist, Licensed in Greece and an Expressive Body Work Coordinator with Specialization in Creative Resources in Buenos Aires. Originally from Greece, her love for different people, cultures and adventure led her to travel abroad and live in Argentina and Peru, where she worked as an arts educator with children and as a therapist with adults.  As an interdisciplinary artist and performer she is devoted to express the beauty and grace of life through her art and work.  Check out her work at http://www.marialive.net/.

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RHONDA CRANE

My mantra is, “No Music, No Life”.  

I grew up in the SF Bay area. Began my music study at 8 as a pianist, then on to viola at 12. At 16 I got my first job as a musician for SF’s historic Third Baptist Church. In 1970, traveled to Japan World’s Fair with Lowell High Orchestra at 18, after which I studied Music Education at San Jose State University and formed the Rhonda Hudson Singers Choral Ensemble. After college, I served as pianist for several Bay Area churches and Minister of Music in a Modesto Church. Upon returning to the Bay Area I began singing with renowned Gospel Artist Edwin Hawkins and Choral Ensemble Street Sounds, which toured the world.  I soon began teaching in schools in Oakland, then SF, and now I am blessed to share my gifts with children in Alameda, Walnut Creek, and San Mateo County. Currently, you can find me singing with band Chelle and Friends, or the a’cappella group Chelle’s Juke Joint, as well as the world renowned Love Center Choir.

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SARA SILVERSTEIN

Sara is a rising sophomore working as an assistant teacher this summer at Go Girls! Camp. She has been going to Go Girls! since she was four. She is very passionate about school. In her spare time she enjoys working tech crew for theater and dance productions at her school. She also enjoys learning about math and science. She is super excited to work at camp and looks forward to another great summer.

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THERESA MILLER

Theresa is a Teaching Artist, Actor and proud Go Girl! This is her third summer with Go Girls!, and she is thrilled to help girls take center stage. As an Actor, Theresa has performed with over 20 different Bay Area theatre companies. She is pleased to bring her acting training into the classroom as a Teaching Artist with StageWrite, Girls Leadership and Each One Reach One. She has also taught Shakespeare and worked at New Conservatory Theatre Center teaching drama classes and performing with the YouthAware program. She loves cooking, Shakespeare, Zumba and her cat, Portia.

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VALERIE LEE

Valerie is from Palo Alto, California and is currently studying Music Education at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She finds herself revolving her daily schedule around music and devotes most of her time to playing her cello as well as observing public schools in hopes of becoming a full time music teacher after graduating. This summer she is extremely excited to be an assistant teacher at Go Girls! Camp and is looking forward to igniting a Compassion Revolution with all the girls. She is also the International Director of the annual Kids N’ Fun Festival and currently reigns as Miss Taiwan US and is often found at events throughout the Bay Area and places emphasis on community service efforts to support different charitable organizations.