Elizabeth Cling - Super Girl Facilitator Trainer
Elizabeth Cling is our Super Girl Facilitator Trainer. She grew up in northern New Mexico and moved to Arizona in 1986 to attend Arizona State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Counseling. For the last sixteen years, she has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in therapeutic and group home facilities, schools, and correctional institutions.
She and her husband are the proud parents of four amazing children, and the owners of four very unruly dogs. She spends her free time watching her three boys drive race cars and supporting her daughter at cheer competitions. When she has a few minutes to herself, Elizabeth loves to cook, read, do Cross Fit training, take photographs, and volunteer in her community.
Personally and professionally, Elizabeth has witnessed the devastating impact that bullying has on children and she is committed to making a difference by bringing bullying solutions to young girls.
Amie Randall - Empowerment Coach
Amie Randall brings 25 years of business experience which includes 20 years in learning and development with extensive experience in adult education in the financial, health and academic environments. She has held multiple leadership positions and has led up to 170 employees. Her experience includes creating competency-based curriculums, managing and facilitating leadership development and succession programs, and directing performance management processes. She coaches in a way that inspires others to achieve and exceed individual, team and organizational goals.
Amie has proven return on investments through performance consulting. She is a collaborative communicator who develops strong working relationships and influences cross-functional groups to achieve win-win results.
Amie’s vast experience lends itself to clients looking for a better overall working environment.
Carrie Severson - Founder and CEO
As a young girl, Carrie knew she was meant to make a difference in the world. Yet these very feelings of wanting to shine and lead were buried deep inside her for a long while. Being heavier than other girls her age, she was made fun of, left out, and bullied throughout her entire childhood. Instead of enjoying these years, she felt ashamed of her body, depressed and continually worried that she would be embarrassed in front of her peers. Though she lacked self-esteem, she loved to dance and thrived on stage. This creative outlet gave her the freedom to be herself.
In January of 2011, at the age of 32, with only her savings and 401K dollars in hand, she left the corporate world, launching Severson Sisters to help address the significant impact of bullying, specifically, among girls. Carrie strived to create a program that bridges self-compassion and social behavior through creativity, given its critical role in youth development.
In 2012, Carrie was honored for her work with Severson Sisters through Sally Hansen’s ‘Best of You’ recognition in New York City and was featured in the September 2012 issue of Glamour magazine. She is currently enrolled as the first nonprofit into Class 15 of the prestigious two-year AAAME program, sponsored by APS, for small, minority and women-owned enterprises throughout the Phoenix area. In January 2013, she was honored as the Young Non-Profit Professional of the Year for Phoenix by the Young Non-Profit Professional Network – Phoenix Chapter. She was included in the 2013 Top 50 Power Women issue of New Made Revolution Magazine. Most recently, Carrie was selected by USA Network and NBCUniversal as one of the 2013 “Characters Unite” award winners.
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Holly (Severson) Hammerquist
Holly is an integral spoke in this wheel – and the real sister in Severson Sisters! As an educator in Phoenix, Holly brings so much of her education and experience to our programs. Holly makes sure that the girls enrolled in the Severson Sisters Super Girl Program always show their true colors. She strives to do her personal best every day and expects the same from her students and the people she surrounds herself with. She enjoys empowering girls. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program, studying curriculum.
Shirley has a passion for psychology and working with children. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, families, and adults in the capacity of a counselor, problem solver, and advocate. Shirley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies at Northern Arizona University. At age 15, Shirley’s passion with working with children began, at her first job working at a summer camp with children with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and other physical handicapped conditions. She continued working with children in various capacities as a summer camp counselor, lifeguard, swim coach. After college, Shirley worked as a social worker for the State of Arizona and had the experience of working with hundreds of children and families. Shirley currently works in the field of Human Resources as a Director of Employee Relations where she is able to use her Psychology degree by assisting nearly 1,000 employees with employment related conflict and problems. Although she no longer directly working with children, Shirley continues to feed her passion by serving on board of directors with a non-profit groups in Phoenix who raise money for various children’s charities, and she also completed countless hours of organizing and participating in hands-on activities with girls and young women. Shirley believes that passion for working with mental health issues and giving stem from caring for a father who has battled his own mental health illness for her entire life.
Anne is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children, adults, and families in a variety of different roles including counseling, psychological testing and research. She has functioned as a advocate for children, adults, and the elderly, always focusing on positively affecting their sense of well-being. Her experience includes providing services for a myriad of settings, including disabled students at state universities, intake and crisis management at local hospitals, psychological and counseling services for local schools and social service agencies, and conducting clinical drug trials for mood disorders. Anne completed her Pre-Doctoral internship at Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, where she specialized in behavioral medicine and focused on helping others cope with the psychological aspects of medical illnesses. She then returned to the Phoenix area and completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship with the Sheriff’s Office, conducting pre-employment evaluations, employee crisis management, and counseling services. She currently provides consultation services to medical personnel as needed and lives in Scottsdale with her husband and three young children.
Board of Directors
Kristina Beres - Treasurer
Kristina Beres is our numbers expert! She has 15 years in the financial services industry, is a member of FINRA, and Vice President Client Advisor at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. We do keep her pretty busy with Severson Sisters, but this Super Girl still finds time to further her education! She is in her graduate program at University of Phoenix. She’s also a former kids Martial Arts instructor and Dog Lover! Send Kristina a note if you’re interested in donating to our mission.
Nicole brings 14 years of business-to-business sales to our crew. Her professional goal year in and year out is to continue to love her job and always grow within her company. With a marketing degree from ASU and a MBA from University of Phoenix, Nicole believes in life long learning. Originally from Oregon, she loves to travel, especially to beach destinations. Above all, Nicole enjoys spending time in San Diego with her best friend and goddaughter.
Ed is the CEO of Lutrum LLC, his own business. With a background and B.S. and A.A.S. in Information Technology, Ed’s our tech guy! We put him in charge of the fulfillment process for the Severson Sisters Super Girl Kits. He’s a Dad’s Club Member for Settler’s Point Elementary School, Contributor to Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology organization, 2010 Arizona Republic’s 35 under 35 Entrepreneurs, and lead previously owned IT organization to 2009 Small Business of the Year and 2010 Chandler 100 recognition.