Old Board Members
Diane Villano is the proprietor of Lost Souls Curiosity Shoppe, an online boutique specializing in jewelry, books, and ephemera for those with a taste for the vintage and unusual. Prior to embarking on her current role as a solopreneur, Diane spent more than a decade in a global corporate environment in administrative and community-facing roles most recently managing community outreach programs. Diane also has experience in the manufacturing and public recreation industries. She has been a member of the S.T.E.P.S. Inc. Board of Directors since 2016. She has a strong passion and drive that keeps the mission moving forward and the program growing.
Erin McDonald, M.A. Educational Technology
I stay committed to this program because I see a strong need for adolescent girls to have a safe space where they can share ideas, be inspired, discuss their fears, empower other girls, learn from each other and have a sisterhood of support without judgement to guide them through a difficult time in their development. This is my fourth school year with STEPS, and having girls stay in the program from middle school to high school has afforded me the opportunity to see and experience the positive impact it has had on these girls. It is so rewarding to watch them grow and gain more confidence in themselves and their abilities.
My immediate reaction to discovering STEPS and what it does for my community was that its mission is something I really believe in and it was an organization that I could really get behind 100%. I was thrilled when I was invited to work with STEPS and the inspiring women who are the founders and backbone of this much needed and successful program. The most rewarding part of working with STEPS is witnessing girls build self-esteem and self-efficacy to become positive leaders in their communities. I feel fortunate to have found the STEPS organization and even more grateful to have become a member of the STEPS team.