Jessica Yeomans has lived and worked in Teton county for 15 years as a coach, counselor, teacher, restorative justice coordinator, and mom. Jess firmly believes in the importance of having a strong community of women and girls. Jess loves working with girls so they may grow into their silly, courageous, confident, curious, shy, unique, artistic, giving, talented, and wonderful selves.
Kate Ferguson comes to us from Texas and is an advanced practice nurse, who has been working in primary care and internal medicine since finishing graduate school in 2010. She has a passion for wellness and prevention that lead her to complete a certification program through Duke University’s School of Integrative Medicine in health coaching as a way to help patients make successful lifestyle and behavior changes. kate’s interest in chronic disease management and prevention helped her understand that individuals with an education and well developed sense of self and emotional balance have better health outcomes as well as improved quality of life.
Current board members: Carolyn Ripps (Board Chair); Jennifer Bradof (Vice Chair); Cathy Wikoff (Secretary); Pam Sather (Treasurer); Hailey Morton Levinson (former GAP! girl); Stacey Grohne; Bobbi Moses; Katie Colbert Brady.
In the fall of 1997, middle school teacher Amy Manhart and Julie D’Amours decided start an active club for girls. They were tired of watching traditional gender roles unfold before their eyes. Why do girls shy away from technical skills, afraid of making mistakes in front of a group?
The club grew from eight girls in the eighth grade the first year to twenty the next and has continued to expand its mission and programming to all girls in the Jackson Hole Middle School. They did not want another girl to be defined by society instead of being defined by her own character.
In June 2004 GAP! established its 501© 3 status with nine women sitting on its board making decisions for the betterment of the program.
In 2007, the program celebrated a decade of services in the valley reaching over 400 girls since its inception and changing lives.
2017 will mark twenty years of GAP!‘s important promotion of confident, competent, community minded women. The development of these three characteristics found in today’s most successful women, are what guide our meetings and propel our focus.
Raising Girls was conceived and developed by Jackson Hole-based mother of two Carrie Kirkpatrick in 2010. Wanting to learn from experts and share with other parents, Carrie convened an initial event with a panel of three local counselors and a very engaged audience. Seeing strong interest in the general topic, she committed to continuing the discussion in a public forum.
Raising Girls and The Equipoise Fund coalesced in late 2010 when Carrie and Equipoise President Mickey Babcock recognized not only the complementary nature of their two endeavors, but also the potential synergy and capacity-building of collaboration.
Past Raising Girls Events: (See Resources for event notes)
In 2015, Raising Girls became a program of Girls Actively Participating!