Board of Directors &  Team

Founder & Chair, Board of Directors

Executive Director

Kristen Newsome, M.Ed

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Kristen Newsome is an educator, coach, and entrepreneur who has trained and coached leaders at all levels and various industries, inspired innovative and creative problem-solving, and empowered countless clients to find their true career passion and build successful businesses. Always known as the Inspirational Leader, Kristen is passionate about mentoring young women in communities of color to become the next innovators who cure diseases, explore space, heal our environment, start and run innovative businesses, and create technology that changes the world.  She is now applying this passion and focus to her non-profit, My Sister's Keeper Success Institute, which will  shift narratives about what is possible for young women of color and invest in helping them to see their best selves through the power of mentoring.

Executive Board of Directors

Sonya Sanders
Secretary, BOD

We have a responsibility to encourage, mentor, and guide girls in our community to see all their possibilities. MSKSI is an organization that lives this premise and I am proud to serve with them.

Keith Newsome, MPA
Treasurer, BOD

Board of Directors

Samarra Blake
Student Ambassador

Every time I volunteer with the girls makes me realize how much brilliance and potential is here to be a blessing to the world!

Olivia Allen
Student Ambassador
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Karen Totty
2019 - 2021
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I am proud to be a supporter and advocate of MSKSI and support them through EXIT Alliance Realty's philanthropy and in-kind donations.

Tumona Austin, Ed.D.
School of Awake Advisor

I have been mentoring since the first SOA, and I am so proud to have been a part of it again this year!

Kevin Pitts, MBA
2021 - 2023
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Mili Metz, PsyD
2021 - 2023
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Matthew McLaughlin
AILS Advisor - Media & Film
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 Program Mentors

Kaysha  Smith
Vista Murrieta High School 
Coordinator, SoA Mentor
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SOA was a phenomenal experience and I look forward to launching the program at VMHS!

Lina  Luu
STEAM Mentor
Environmental Science

I am excited to help girls learn about the many ways they can improve the health of the planet and their own health by caring for the environment in innovative ways

Dr. Brianna Clark
STEAM Mentor
Naturopathic Medicine
Selena Culpepper
Technology Mentor/
GWC Facilitator

We need more girls of color to see their opportunities in tech and embrace systems thinking...

Dazhanae Houston
School of Awake
Junior Mentor

It was amazing to be a facilitator for the Coding Club this spring, I look forward to continuing as a mentor with MSKSI!

Committee Advisors

Jeri Christopher, CPA
Finance Committee
Will Pina
Marketing Committee
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