Connor is a second year student at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Connor has a keen understanding and appreciation of the need for gender equality and, indeed, during his time as Class Vice President at Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, he consistently strove to foster a more inclusive environment.
Connor is a skier, sailor and avid outdoorsman. He has enjoyed volunteering for local youth groups as a chaperone on several outdoor expeditions. Connor is looking forward to taking advantage of the unique opportunity of living and studying in Washington DC to promote and spread the message and work of Rockflower.
Dhara graduated from the University of Gujarat with a degree in journalism and communication. She also completed an internship with the media group, Times of India. During her studies, she spent time at web-based, Radio Asia Live, which works for the unity of Asian countries.
Dhara has always been interested in creating a crime free world and using her personal life experiences and education to better understand how women's empowerment intersects with custom and culture.
Elizabeth is a second year student at Virginia Tech pursing a degree in Business Information Technology with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management. In 2014, she graduated from Georgetown Visitation, an all women high school in Washington, D.C., where she lead and participated in many service-oriented clubs and made service trips to New Orleans LA, Camden NJ, Appalachia, and locally in the Washington area.
Elizabeth is a strong leader who brings enthusiasm to everything she does and especially enjoys helping people. She is a member of the Collegiate Women in Business club at Virginia Tech and is very involved in the philanthropic efforts of her sorority, Delta Gamma. She will be working in the Dominican Republic this upcoming spring semester, assisting Haitian immigrants with their small businesses and developing a presence on the internet.
Francesca is a second year student at the University of British Columbia studying Conservation of Natural Resources in the Faculty of Forestry. As an avid skier, surfer, and climber, she sees British Columbia as the perfect place to live and study.
For her high school senior project, Francesca created a prototype Rockflower surfboard and plans to work with socially conscious companies to develop a line of boards that are designed “for” and “about” girls and women, raising money and awareness for the five keys of Rockflower. Francesca is currently spending the summer living in Nicaragua working with one of Rockflower's partners - Casa Congo - helping to teach surf lessons, English classes, create women’s empowerment and leadership programs, as well as doing conservation field work in the local protected area of Astillero.
Hannah is a rising junior at American University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a degree in International Studies with a minor in Communications. Hannah has an interest in global peace and security, global equality and development, and sustainability.
Hannah is a board member for the Northeast Maritime Institute Foundation. At Tabor Academy, where she attended high school, Hannah was a part of the Elizabeth Taber Foundation, which helped students organize fundraisers on campus, advised students on fundraising strategies, and determined monetary donation to the fundraisers.
Hannah has a strong passion for helping people within her interpersonal relationships, her community, and on the global scale. She is very excited to help bring Rockflower to Washington, D.C. with the goal of empowering both men and women on American University’s campus.
A North Carolina native, Hannah has lived on both the coast and in the mountains. She graduated in 2010 from UNC-Wilmington with a major in Spanish and minor in Psychology. Hannah is a passionate and enthusiastic cook and baker which led her to her current job as a Food and Beverage Manager in the North Carolina mountains. Her particular interests include gardening, nutrition and farmer's markets as well as animal communication and rescue and women's empowerment and reproductive and sexual health.
Isabella is a Junior at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick MA, a school that specializes in students who learn differently than the mainstream. Originally from New York, her favorite team is the New York Rangers and she makes sure to never miss a game.
Isabella is interested in all aspects of sport. She plays soccer, squash, and tennis and also sails. She hopes to study Sports Medicine at college. Isabella is looking forward to contributing her time and energy to Rockflower having always believed in the power of young girls and women to make positive change in their communities
Luca is enrolled at The University of British Columbia in the Natural Resources Conservation program where he also works as a research assistant in forest ecology.
His life changed when he spent a summer working alongside the community of El Astillero in Southwestern Nicaragua. Struck by the happiness of the local community, despite their difficult circumstances, he was inspired to show his gratitude by working to improve the lives of the local people through a series of community and conservation programs. This work resulted in Luca, and fellow Youth Advisory Board member, Sol Rodriguez, founding Casa Congo.
Casa Congo focuses on building ecosystems that provide solutions that make communities more resilient in today’s environmental uncertainty.
Lulu Ward graduated from Tabor Academy in 2016. She is currently a Freshman at New York University’s Stern School of Business and lives on campus in New York City. Lulu is interested in studying Finance, Global Business, and Economic Theory.
In high school, Lulu started a “Gay-Straight Alliance” on campus to promote awareness and inclusion for students and teachers of all identities and sexualities. She hopes to continue this work through university, paired with her work on the Youth Advisory Board.
Lulu is excited to bring Rockflower to NYU and is looking forward to receiving support and involvement from both the young women and men on campus.
Megan Thomas Quick graduated Cum Laude from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she received a B.A. in Theater with a focus on Shakespeare. She has studied acting in London and New York, and has written and acted in several short films and plays. She loves stories that focus on the female perspective, exploring women’s strengths and vulnerabilities and is excited to utilize this passion for Rockflower.
Megan is currently based in New York City where she continues to act, write, and work. In her free time she likes to read, run and watch plays.
Olivia is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Political Science and English and minoring in Arabic and Near East Civilizations. Her focus is International Relations, primarily in the Middle East, and she hopes to go to graduate school to study Conflict Resolution after graduating from Penn.
Olivia writes weekly articles for the Odyssey Online, often focuses on refugee crises, current economic events and political turmoil. She also serves as a board member for Wharton MENA (Middle East/North Africa), where she coordinates high profile speaker events, fundraisers for refugee resettlement, leads marketing efforts for MENA's annual business conference and advocates for economic opportunities for growth in the region.
Olivia is a also bookworm, skier and creative writer.
Sol is about to finish an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is a passionate entrepreneur with a strong sense of direction of what he wants to do and how he wants to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
His education background has sparked a passion to design and build sustainable cities. As a native of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in Central America, he has seen the stark contrast between social classes.
His dream is to set standards for sustainable development in rural communities around the globe. He believes that development can coexist with nature, while fostering long-term economic growth. In order to pursue his passion, he co-founded Casa Congo with Youth Advisory Board member Luca Marsaglia.
Suchi is currently entering her fourth year at The University of Texas at Austin. She is part of the Business Honors Program and pursuing a Masters in Professional Accounting. After embarking on a micro-finance brigade to Ghana, Suchi discovered her passion for social finance and empowerment issues. She has helped create a female mentorship program on campus designed to encourage female student leaders and chaired a campus-wide environmental campaign to commemorate Earth Week.
Currently, she is the CFO for International Youth Council, a UN affiliated organization, and is continuing her research on impact investing/ social finance. She is a daredevil enthusiast and an ardent St. Bernard lover.