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Meet our directors and the people who make this program so great

Lori Swann


Lori was a citizen of Girls State in 1980. She was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and was a delegate to Girls Nation. She is a graduate of Rice University and The University of Texas School of Law. Lori was an assistant District Attorney in Harris County before joining Cunningham Law Group in Houston. She also teaches in the professional development program at Rice University. Lori is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 449.

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Connie Bridges


Between 1995 and 2013, Connie Bridges was Director of Bluebonnet Girls State. A citizen in 1974, Connie was elected Girls State Governor. From 1988 to 1996 Connie was the Chairman of the Girls State committee. She is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 449. Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Ann Doan

Associate Director of Administration

Ann was elected Federal Party Whip when she came to Girls State from Tyler in 1966. A member of ALA Unit 569, she serves as the Chairman of the Girls State Committee. Ann earned a Bachelors degree in Education and Mathematics from Texas Tech University and received her Masters degree in Education at Texas Wesleyan University. She is a retired math teacher.

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Karen Rodriguez

Associate Director of Personnel

Karen was a citizen at Girls State in 1981 and served as the Secretary of State. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University. A former public school teacher, Karen now works as a software training consultant and also volunteers with local schools. Karen is a member of ALA Unit 594 and in her spare time likes to fish.

Stephanie McDonald

Associate Director of Education

Stephanie was a Girls State citizen in 1992 and a graduate of Austin College. She is on the Executive Team at Central Health, the Travis County Healthcare District, and lives in Austin.

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Katie Stewart

Associate Director of Education

Katie was a Girls State citizen in 2007 and served as a National Party County Chair. She has been a counselor and has served on the Education Staff.  Katie earned her Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters from Lamar University. Katie teaches US History in Austin and is the President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 449.

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Senior & Junior Counselors

Meet the Counselors who bring our cities to life.

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Shirley Hegwer

Lynda Redix

Carolyn Whitener

Office / Personnel

Donna Dillard


Shelby Igaz

Kelley LaCroix


Charlotte Toulouse

Allie Watters

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House and Senate

Claire Noel


Sophia Paolo


Devin Powell

Sofi Udawala

Education / County Coordinators

Danielle Bartz

Esha Chakraborti

Jorie Fleming


Eden French

Ashly James

Katelyn Lancaster

Megan McDonald

Kailey Peck

Kari Peterson

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Martha Collins


Virginia Donnelly


Dixie Jones


Clacey Core

Halle Fouch

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Phyllis Janke

Sarah Lawry

Teri Tippitt

Girls State Store

Tammy Boclair

Chree Boydstun

Candy Zavala

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Brenda Towers

Brand & Communications

Anabeth Fuller

Hillary Plocheck

Sarah Scalia

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