The TMGEP Board of Directors
Shaylene King // President & Executive Director
Shaylene founded The Mean Girl Extinction Project in 2014 after almost a year of creative development.
Shaylene has mentored teen girls for over twenty years and has seen the issue of bullying progress into the phenomenon that it is today. As an educator, she is the first to admit she overlooked bullying as just “girl drama,” and often encouraged the victim to “just ignore” the situation. When she found out that her teenaged daughter’s friend was being cyberbullied on Facebook by the same type of girls she was doing research on for her tween fiction series, she was faced with three realities:
1. Girl bullies are vicious.
2. As an educator, she was not helping victims of bullying but rather harming the situation by regarding the attacks as if it was simply drama.
3. The bully was getting away with bullying and something needed to be done.
Shaylene has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She currently teaches the first grade at Windsor Christian Academy in northern California. In her spare time, Shaylene also continues work on her tween girls’ fiction series. Her first book, Liberty Lane and the One-Girl Rebelution, is currently seeking representation. The time that she isn’t working is spent with her husband of twenty years and her two high-school aged children.
Liz Jung // Vice President
Liz Jung brings 15 years of project management and professional experience to The Mean Girl Extinction Project with a focus on communication and resource management. Liz has a unique ability to merge her communication, technical and time management skills in a way that allows her to work successfully with diverse audiences and achieve vast objectives. She has received several awards from a national project management firm for completing Level 5 projects (5000+ hours; budget at or more than $4 million) on time, on budget and to scope.
Liz has been a part of TMGEP since its early days of planning and has been excited to see the organization grow from an idea discussed over coffee on the couch to a legitimate nonprofit.
She also runs her own business of photography and jewelry design and is blessed to be a stay at home mom. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband of 23 years and her teenage daughter. She also enjoys reading, gardening and antique treasure hunting.
Rhonda Staton // Director of Advocacy & Grants
Rhonda Staton has over twenty years of experience within non-profit agencies and has worked with at-risk populations in a variety of settings since 1994. The bulk of her experience has been serving current and former foster youth in group home, residential treatment, transitional housing and community-based settings at all levels from line staff to directorial roles. She has volunteered as a sexual assault counselor, and crisis line responder on a myriad of calls such as suicide hotline, grief-line, homeless hotline, and school tip-lines.
Rhonda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Hope International University and Master’s of Social Welfare degree from UC Berkeley. She is employed full-time as a licensed clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with current and formerly homeless veterans. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, reading, hiking, and playing baseball/softball.
Grace Freeberg // Director of Marketing
Representing the 90’s kids on the TMGEP executive board is Sonoma County native Grace Freeberg. While continuing her education at Biola University, Grace obtained experience in public relations through agency and non-profit work, as well as various marketing platforms including event management and and digital marketing. In the spring of 2014 she graduated from Biola with a degree in Journalism & Integrated Media, an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor in Biblical Studies after just three years as an undergraduate. After taking a few months after graduation to travel, she began her professional career with E&J Gallo Winery as part of their Management Development Program in sales and marketing. Grace spends her free time traveling, cooking, snapping photos, and training for global Tough Mudder events (up next: Heading to Canada for Whistler 2016!).
Laura Skiles // Secretary & Treasurer
The newest member of the TMGEP Team, Laura Skiles, was an independent contractor for Pampered Chef–a national direct sales company–for over 14 years. During her time with Pampered Chef, she managed a team of 40 people and met various incremental sales goals. On top of her career with Pampered Chef, Laura did bookkeeping for her family business–a position that she still holds today. For two years, Laura volunteered as a sexual education awareness speaker at local public and private schools. Laura also currently helps elementary and middle school students create memories for a lifetime through school yearbooks. Her passion for youth and anti-bully stemmed from years of working with church youth groups in the North Bay.
Laura is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area–born & raised. She has been married to her husband James for 27 years; they have three wonderful children. In her free time, Laura enjoys tackling whatever literature her book club is currently exploring, whipping up new delicacies in the kitchen, adventuring to far off places and spending time with friends and family.
The Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is a collective group of young women with a heart for their peers. The board is comprised of representatives of various ages from middle school through high school who provide the “girl voice” to The Mean Girl Extinction Project. These teens and pre-teens who live in the “combat zone” of bullying provide relevant solutions and insight into how to navigate bullying situations.
Without their knowledge of current social stratosphere, our organization would not be able to remain relevant.
Our Current YAB members are Jordan King, Sarah Jung, Courtney McDowell, and Delainey Moore.