The GIRLS (and BOY!) of GHGP

There are a LOT of people who make this whole thing work. But here are the people at the         of our operation.

Emma Joy

Emma is a student at American University in Washington, DC where she is studying environmental science and public policy. Emma plays for the AU Ultimate Frisbee team and spends every free second exploring her new home city, which she absolutely loves.

Emma is an expert in tap dancing, but she will take up any fun exercise challenge.

Emma is obsessed with Brockhampton and yummy, healthy food. Please feel free to recommend great finds in the DC area!

You should be very afraid because Emma drives a vehicle. Not often enough to be any good at it, just often enough to shuttle her sister around, which makes their mama happy and terrified at the same time.

It might surprise you to know that Emma has a photographic memory. She can recall things that happened to her when she was really little and easily memorizes lyrics and lines for shows she performs in.

Not so fun fact about Emma: She spent a full year in a body brace when she was 15 due to scoliosis, but thanks to exercise and being very health conscious, she's in great shape today.

Quinn Joy

Quinn is a 16 year old high school student whose favorite subjects are psychology, science and art. When she's not volunteering, Quinn is on the softball field, playing the sport she has loved since she badgered her way onto a kindergarten team when she was just in preschool.  Quinn has experimented with five different musical instruments and is accomplished in exactly zero. When she grows up she wants to find a profession that combines her interests in art, architectural design, biology, photography and farming. (If you have ideas, please let her know!)

Quinn is a collector of everything. Her family calls her "Squirrel" because she gathers stuff like a squirrel collects acorns.

25 years from now Quinn thinks she'll live in New York and have a lot of pet bunnies.

Quinn's best quality is she can make anyone laugh. She finds humor in everything and her family never stops cracking up when she's around.

Quinn secretly wishes she could read people's minds.

Elise Joy

Elise is a television journalist who has produced everything from the evening news in New York for NBC to the hit series "Lockup" on MSNBC. She also produced two amazing daughters who founded Girls Helping Girls. Period., which she now oversees fulltime. Elise is a lover of yummy food, a total sentimental mush who keeps more than 80K photos of friends and family on her computer, a HUGE fan of U2, her beloved Cornell hockey team, Martha's Vineyard and the Boston Red Sox. She is also a lifelong smarty pants for whom there is no hope of conversion.
Elise is an expert in volunteering. In addition to her GHGP duties, she has recently retired from coaching her town's travel softball team for a decade and she works at a local food pantry weekly.
Shh, don't tell but Elise, in fact, does know where her husband hides the Oreos. And may have tapped into the reserve once or twice.
Elise thinks it would be awesome to sing (well) in front of a huge audience. But she will keep her musical "talents" reserved for her car, and the ear of her cockapoo, Chance, who is the Canine in Chief of Girls Helping Girls. Period.

Rick Joy

Rick works in the finance field where he does a lot of research and writes a lot of stuff his kids don't understand. Every other second of his time is filled with running his daughters to their endless activities, trying to get through the list of things that need fixing around the house, playing or coaching softball and thinking of new things to cook on his prized smoker.

Rick is an expert in managing the crazy women in his life. He brings humor and calm to the chaos.

In Rick's wildest dreams he is the guitarist in a heavy metal band he'd call, "Steel Wool."

Rick thinks it's a secret that he plays video games on his xBox in the middle of the night. (Umm, it's not.)

It would surprise most people to know that Rick is a total goofball at home. Of the thousands of photos Elise has taken of him, this is one of the only ones where he isn't embarrassing himself.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Jen is a lawyer, writer, nonprofit exec and author of Periods Gone Public. By day she's a vice president at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She has written for for all kinds of media outlets, including The New York Times, Newsweek, TIME, The Nation, Cosmo, Slate and Ms. Magazine, among others. Wonder why so many of us are talking about periods openly these days? You can thank Jen for that... she dedicates every day to advocacy and education and is changing the way the world deals with periods. Jen is also the mama to three awesome kids who are currently all over the world making her very proud.

Jen is an expert in Period Policy! After meeting the good folks at GHGP and learning about the crisis in menstrual access, Jen made a national campaign out of fighting for menstrual equity, using tools of policy, law and media. Bustle since named her one of the nation's "badass menstrual activists." Newsweek dubbed her the "architect of the U.S. policy movement to squash the tampon tax."

To stay up to date on the fight to ax the tampon tax, follow #menstrualequity or check out and

Shh, don't tell but Jen is a Broadway wannabe. She can rap the whole soundtrack of Hamilton, saw it three times (including with the POTUS) and even got herself and her daughter backstage to hang with the cast.

If Jen had a whole day to herself she would eat her way through her favorite borough of NYC (Brooklyn baby!), starting with a ramen burger at Smorgasburg and ending with a cone of "It Came From Gowanus" ice cream at Ample Hills. 

Marie Randall

Marie has been a nurse for more than ten years. She joined KIPP NJ Schools in 2012 after working as an outpatient nurse at Beth Israel Hospital, a geriatric staff nurse at New Community Extended Care Facility, and a pediatric day care nurse at Newark Preschool Council; all located in Newark, NJ.

Marie decided to join KIPP after witnessing the extraordinary lengths of the staff to ensure every child is on track for success in life. She wanted to contribute by delivering her professionalism, capability and compassion to teach optimal health care practices to each and every family she encounters.

Today Marie serves more than 1,000 students as a school nurse, but still finds time to innovate and bring new programs to the campus to help students with “body image” and “personal hygiene” issues. She is the creator of programs BMI (Beautiful Me Inside), NFL Play 60 (fitness program), and Girl.Fresh (menstrual hygiene). 

Marie LOVES to dance (or try to!) She likes anything spicy and her guilty tv pleasure is... The Real Housewives of New York!

With a bit of extra time you might find Marie rehabbing old furniture.

But if she suddenly had a whole day to herself... she would drive down to Atlantic City, book a room, go to the Spa, catch a show, gamble on the penny machines, get a good night’s sleep and then come back home the next day totally refreshed!

Laura Riso

Laura is the mother of four very active and athletic kids.  She spends most of her days volunteering at the schools her children attend. She may be found in the library, the cafeteria, the copy room or even in the gym organizing dance parties for the 6th graders.

In Laura's past life she was a broadcast producer for an advertising agency (a career that somehow seemed less stressful).

Laura is an expert in Automobile Acrobatics. She has mastered the art of car travel routes, scheduling carpools, the pack and go meals (with silverware and sauces), the quick car wardrobe changes, assisting car-time homework, car-time counsel sessions and finding important items well hidden under hand-altering narrow spaces.

Shh, don't tell but Laura sneaks away for a few hours a week and plays a mean game of tennis!

Contact us:


Girls Helping Girls. Period.

PO Box 222

South Orange, NJ 07079


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