You put the POWER in girl power!

Thanks to generous support from so many, and lifted further by an extraordinary match of $25,000 from a special donor family, this year’s Monica Terez Girl Power Fund soared to $51,500.

The funds are already being used for good – every dollar has been invested in 6 standout programs that build strength and can-do confidence in girls.

Monica gave so much in service to others, and she was such a champion of girl power. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have joined forces with us to build up the next generation of women leaders!


Tom Terez (Monica’s brother),  Lauren Rendell (Monica’s daughter), Annie Terez (niece), Melanie Terez (niece), Angela Terez (sister-in-law)

 MARCH 2022  


Monica Terez Girl Power Fund


About the PROGRAMS receiving Girl Power Funds

We were extremely thorough in deciding where to direct the funds. Through our partnership with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and their grant-making process, we reviewed detailed grant applications – paying special attention to program capabilities, proposed action plans, and projected outcomes. The six programs we selected are positive and practical, and they all have aspects that remind us of Monica and her commitment to girl power.

For more about each program, click below:

  • Girls on the Run of Central Ohio received $9,700 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund.
  • We invested $9,700 in Girls on the Run last year as well. They do important work and they do it so well!

Girls on the Run of Central OhioGirls on the Run of Central Ohio inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running.

Teams are formed in the spring and fall, but this program is about so much more than running. With support and guidance from dedicated coaches, the program enhances girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors – so they can better navigate life experiences. The girls even create and roll out a community service project, and they celebrate their progress with a concluding 5K event. Together, the activities fortify girls with a real sense of achievement and an inner confidence for setting and achieving goals.

Girls on the Run is passionate about inclusion, diversity, and accessibility – and they do a great job breaking down barriers in order to reach and serve more girls. Powering all of this is their vision of a world where each girl recognizes her limitless potential.

Monica would love this program. She liked to run, she inspired others to run, and she collected her share of race bibs. But most important, she understood the bigger benefits. Running powered her with increased self-esteem, a can-do spirit, and good health – all of which strengthened her in so many aspects of her life.

  • Proyecto Mariposas received $10,000 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund.
  • Last year, we invested $8,000. We love this program and are thrilled to support them once again!

Proyecto MariposasProyecto Mariposas (Butterflies Project) is dedicated to developing brave girls and strong women. Programs involve Latina girls and their mothers, with ongoing activities that build self-esteem, encourage risk-taking, and create a community of love and learning. In other words, girl power!

The "Valiente Fuerte Latina" program (brave and strong) covers a full 12 months. Program topics are wonderful: the power within you, goal setting, mindfulness, setting boundaries, bouncing back, your strength and courage, community engagement, and many more. A planner is used so the girls and their moms can track their discoveries and chart their goals.

There's a week-long day camp in the summer, led by girls for girls, to build on topics covered during the enrichment sessions. There will be a new two-day Day of the Girl conference this year, organized by girls, where they'll share their knowledge and create actions for change. Proyecto Mariposas will even be sharing its bilingual resources by adding a database of activities and resources to its website – to inspire and inform others.

We love the program's mother-daughter connection. Monica's daughter (Lauren) explains: "My close relationship with my mom was one of the reasons this project called my name. We experienced so many moments throughout life together where we were able to lift one another up, as well as both be lifted up at the same time from a shared experience."

Monica had a deep interest in cultures and customs. In Haiti, she embraced the differences and worked to learn the language. With her additional service in Africa, she would come home talking about people, places, cultures, customs, music, and more – always so interested and eager to share. Monica would love how Proyecto Mariposas inspires Latina girls and women to embrace their heritage

  • Eryn PiNK received $10,000 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund.
  • We contributed $9,000 to Eryn PiNK last year. This is a wonderful program – a guaranteed great investment in girls!

Eryn PiNKEryn PiNK is a fictional 8th-grade girl who serves as a positive representation of a girl with purpose – a girl who shows up and never gives up, who exerts power with her knowledge and takes positive action. She's the guiding spirit of Eryn PiNK the organization, which works to instill these qualities through mentoring and empowerment.

They have a great mission: "to challenge the narrative of what it means to be a girl in today’s society, by inspiring girls to set standards and expectations that align with their values and morals, to encourage confidence so that they can confront stereotypes and peer pressure, and to empower them to find and use their voices."

Eryn PiNK involves several girl empowerment programs. We were especially drawn to the She's Gold Leadership Program, for girls in grades 6 to 9, which brings girls together with uplifting role models. The program has wonderful content – it guides girls in challenging stereotypes, developing their leadership skills, and envisioning their future in a positive way. It's all about developing a stronger sense of confidence and belief in themselves and their ideas.

There's so much to love about Eryn PiNK, including how it encourages girls to speak up – to be loud and proud. That's a key aspect of girl power. Monica was all about taking a stand and speaking up. It was challenging for her at times, but she developed skills and strengths in this area, and she used them for good throughout her life.

  • My Project USA received $10,800 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund for its program on Leadership and Empowerment for Immigrant and Refugee Girls.

My Project USAMy Project USA has served thousands of children in the last seven years through recreation, mentorship, career prep, and leadership development – but this leadership and empowerment program specifically for girls represents something new.

The ultimate goal of the new program is to empower refugee and immigrant teens to develop a self-directed, self-sufficient, healthy life – and to become leaders who advocate for themselves and their communities.

The program will serve 50 girls in middle and high school. Most are immigrants or first-generation Americans, and are overwhelmingly Muslim, Hispanic, and Black. They'll develop the tools they need to take control of their bodies, minds, educations, and careers while helping to produce a cultural shift where people see girls as equal to boys.

Over the course of 20 sessions, the girls will explore a range of topics, learn from new experiences, and build relationships with older girls for mentoring, guidance, and peer support. Topics include serious subjects (like academic success, healthy relationships, mental health, career exploration, and more) as well as lighter topics, recreational events, and outings. The girls will have opportunities to represent themselves at civic meetings and events – where they can participate, present, sharpen their leadership skills, and grow their confidence.

It's wonderful to note that My Project USA will provide childcare during each session. Many teen girls are expected to care for younger siblings, but with childcare covered, they'll be free to participate in all of the program sessions. As an added benefit, the childcare will be an opportunity for younger siblings to develop new friendships and support networks, while also seeing their older sisters learning and growing.

Through her international work, Monica developed a deep concern for people from other countries trying to find their way in the United States. She talked in particular about the Somali population in her home city – Columbus has the second-largest Somali population in the US. We are truly continuing Monica's legacy by investing in this new program for immigrant and refugee girls.


  • TRANSIT ARTS received $10,000 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund for its Black Girls Glow project. TRANSIT ARTS is a youth arts development program of Central Community House, which has been strengthening the community with programs and services since 1936.

The Black Girls Glow project gives girls a transformative opportunity to express themselves, learn about themselves, and empower themselves. It uses creative expression as the vehicle for exploration and discovery – including music, visual arts, and writing.

Each cohort meets for six weeks of workshops that combine creative arts with wellness activities. Four cohorts are planned for the year, with about 12 girls in each.

Activities are planned with a licensed professional counselor, in collaboration with artistic staff and contract artists. They tailor the sessions to address stressors that the girls are experiencing. Activities focus on developing skills to help participants envision how they see themselves, how they believe others see them, and how they want to be seen in the future.

For the girls, Black Girls Glow is a journey of personal discovery – a journey that's free of adultification, with a safe space for girls to be girls. The outcome is improved social-emotional health, strong self-esteem, and greater self-confidence to stand tall and stride with purpose into the future.

Monica knew firsthand the power of creative expression. She kept a journal to celebrate joyful experiences, process painful experiences, and try to make sense of it all. Some of the people who were especially close to her use art, music, and writing to work through their own emotions, to spread joy, and to achieve solace in times of strife. Truly, an embrace of creative expression can create a glow that benefits us all.

  • United Preparatory Academy (State Street) received $1,000 from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund, to support ROX empowerment programming for 5th grade girls.

United Schools NetworkThe ROX program involves 20 weeks of exceptional sessions in which girls build confidence from the inside out – with nurturing guidance from experienced facilitators. The aim is to create confident girls who control their own relationships, experiences, decisions, and futures.

Support from the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund is for programming at United Preparatory Academy-State St. The school has enthusiastic leaders who are all about providing students every opportunity to be successful.

The ROX empowerment program at UPrep-State Street will focus on a group of fifth-grade girls. They'll explore and develop keys to inner strength: finding value and self worth, appreciating abilities, addressing pressure and coercion, defending themselves physically, viewing their bodies as strong and powerful, and more. The girls will also be interacting with diverse women from various occupations. It's a holistic approach that's nicely summed up in what ROX stands for: Ruling Our Experiences.

The ROX program is part of the larger ROX organization, which is national in scope and has tremendous expertise working with diverse girls and researching their experiences and needs. The ROX program is informed by outcome data and empirical insights that have been gathered since 2006.

Long story short: UPrep-State Street is bringing a powerful and proven program to fifth-grade girls. ROX rocks!

Monica would love the can-do spirit of ROX – and how the program strengthens girls' confidence at such an early and formative age.

Her daughter (Lauren) explains: “My mom paved the way for the next generation of young women when she signed up for her international healthcare job. She stepped up to the plate with a level of confidence that was built on a lifetime of former pain, struggle, wins, losses, and accomplishments. Her can-do spirit at the time demonstrated that women CAN take the 'scary' jobs, they CAN be the boss, they CAN lead, and they can do it all very successfully. I love that this program focuses on empowerment and confidence building because we need more girls and young women to be secure in their ability to step up to their own plates with confidence and courage!”

Celebrating our community of CONTRIBUTORS

Donor MapThis year’s fund was powered by 102 donations from 132 people in 21 states, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Donations came in through GoFundMe and by check, employer match, and direct contributions – and they were generously magnified by a matching donation of $25,000 from an Ohio family. The family wishes to remain anonymous, but we speak for many in saying to them: Thank you so much. We are truly inspired by your deep commitment to girls and their future.

A special thanks to our Power Partners. Your significant contributions took the Girl Power Fund to the next level!

Amy and Sean Myers-Payne • Erik and Elizabeth Yassenoff Monya Amallia • Matt Moore • Keely Croxton • Kyle Blair • Bill and Mary George-Whittle • Derek and Kasia Skorupski • Daniel Sedmak • Cheryl and Steve Wall

We love The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio! Thank you Kelley Griesmer (President & CEO) and Kelsie Fields (Director of Operations). Your inspiration, guidance, and assistance continue to make all the difference!

 2021-22         Highlighted names = Power Partners

Donor family contributing extraordinary match of $25,000Monya Amallia • Namrata Amin • Carol Andreae • Mary Kay Beduhn • Tom and Hiromi Beeson • Kevin and Ana Blair • Kyle Blair • Crystal Bolon • Bill and Maria Boyce • Stacey Bradley • Joelle Brock, President and CEO, Leading EDJE • Greg Browning • Alex and Michael Buerger • Fred and Cheryl Burton • Leslie Caborn • Lisa Cantwell • Shannan Carlino • Adrienne Caruso • KarenKay Coker • Keely Croxton • Guy David • Jennifer Davis • Lee Dempsey • Paul and Patti DePompei • Margaret Eggenberger • Chris Fracaro • Laura Fracaro Moore • Bill and Mary George-Whittle • Judy Gibson • Melissa Gourley • Racquel Graham • Kelley Griesmer • Melissa Griswold • Maria Grund • Susan Hanson • Sharlene Harris • Amy Hawthorne • David Hayes • Gudrun Herzog • Laura Hiscock • Sally Hughes, Founder and CEO, Caster Connection Inc. • Khalid Jalil • Roslyn Jones • Sandra Kinoshita • Barb Kipp • Katherine Lehman • Cathy Levy • Helen Mac Murray, Partner, Mac Murray & Shuster LLP • Timothy March, DDS, March Dentistry • Beth McGinnis • Ned and Patti McGrath • Jim and Kim Mermis • Nickie Miller • Matt MooreAmy and Sean Myers-Payne • Julianne Nachtrab • Amy and James Needham • Debbie Nelson • Gayle Novak • Heather and John Pastore • David Pezen • Sally Pla • Christine Pollard • Pam Potter • Shalice Reilly • Lauren and Matt Rendell • Vicki and Rick Richardson • Janet Riley • Suzanne Rizer, Agent, State Farm Insurance • Yahaira Rose • Rick and Meghan Rosenfeld • Jennifer Rutherford • Nick Savko • James Savnik • Daniel Sedmak • Alex and David Sell • Rob Sidney • Lynnsay Sinclair • Derek and Kasia Skorupski • Bill and Becki Soller • Mary and Felix Spittler • Lisa Steckel • Carolyn Stokke • Dorothy Sucharski • Angela and Tom Terez • Annie Terez • Melanie Terez • Nancy, Cate, and Dennis Terez • Connie Thompson • Jamie Tylicki • Joe Ungarsky • Laura VanArsdale • Jutta von Dirke • Amy Wagner • Cheryl and Steve Wall • Ted and Renee Wetzel • Amy Whittington • Bill and Bobbi Wittig • Erik and Elizabeth Yassenoff • Janet Zaccaro

The Monica Terez Girl Power Fund was launched in 2020. More than 300 people have generously contributed, raising $84,200 over two years. Every dollar has been thoughtfully directed to standout programs that support pre-teen and early-teen girls.
(See the impact of last year’s funds.)

Funding Totals

 2020-21         Highlighted names = Power Partners

Sam Allaire • Carol Andreae • Oksana Ani • Anonymous (27) • Chris Baker • Tony Barone • Lucy Bartimole and Brad Campbell • Mark Batchek • Heidi Beck • Amy Beckman • Tom Beeson • Emma Benson • Jonathan Bernhard • Kyle Blair • Ana and Kevin Blair • Alex Blandford • Bonnie Blankenship • Crystal and Gordon Bolon • Anne Boninsegna • Maria and Bill Boyce • Stacey Bradley • Greg Browning • Tamera Bryant • Alex and Michael Buerger • Lauren Buescher • Deborah Burke • Fred Burton • Chris Byrd • Leslie Caborn • Lisa Cantwell • Adrienne Caruso • Carol Caruso • Gina Cawley • Grace Chappell • Betty Chen • Jen Chopra • Mark Chow • Nancy Comninel • Jen Cook Joy • Corcoran Lehman • Brady Corless • Keely Croxton • Guy David • Jennifer Davidson • Shanna Davis • Dani Dean • Tina Dennis • Gina Dennis • Sirupa Dhar • Jim Dickey • Lonni Dieck • Jess Dillman • Beth Dinndorf • Diane Dolland • Dene DuPre • Sarah Egan • Peter Ehrlich • Sarah Ellis • Isabel Elssner • Bethany Engelhardt • Dagny Felker • Sophia Fifner • Michael FIore • Virginia Fitzgerald • Jennifer Flatt Fracaro • Beth Flynn • Skylar Fought • Laura Fracaro-Moore • Lana and Fielding Freed • Heather G • Ryan G • Bobby George • Margaret George Eggenberger • Bill George-Whittle • Dan Gigante • Brooke and Matt Ginnard • Elizabeth Glover • Maureen Golga • Rebecca Goodman • Melissa Gourley • Racquel Graham • Fayth Greegor • Kelley Griesmer • Maria Grund • Doug Halbreiner • Pamela Hart • Judy Harvey • Munia and Russell Hassan • David Hayes • Jennfer Hendrickson • Sheridan Hendrix • Gudrun Herzog • Anne and Keith Hevener • Jeffrey Higgs • Laura Hiscock • Michael Holmes • Rachel Holmes • David Hubinger • Kristin Hylland • Ava Improta • Steve Jackson • Robert Jones • Ros Jones • Andrea Kaluzny • Sandi Karnes • Kristin Kelly • Mary Kennedy • Tom Keramidas • Janie Kerzan • Sandra Kinoshita • Barb Kipp • Colleen Kirk • Shannon Kirkman • Karen Koontz • Molly Kowaleski • Erika Krausz • Susan Layman • Racheal LB • David Leavitt • Jaclyn Lerner • Cathy Levy • Miki Lewis • Lianne Link • Ady and Ethan Link • Amy and Clyde Linville • Morgan Lucas • Lauren and Matt Mattimore • Carrie Mazza • Rebeca and Brian McDaniel • Kelly McDonald • Dianna McNicoll • Sarah Melamed • John Millen • Nickie Miller • Emily Miller • Kelly Mitchell • Stacey Mitchell • Laura Moore • Everlee Moore • Dominic and Jai Morris • Jacob Myers • Amy and Sean Myers-Payne • Julianne Nachtrab • Abbey Needham • Amy and Jim Needham • Barb and Tom Needhman • Deborah Nelson • Gayle Novak • Lesley Nussbaum • Colleen O’Brien • Katie O’Byrne • Becky Padgett • Tom Palumbo • Shana Parson • Heather and John Pastore • Nilam Patel • Leah Peat • Alex Pham • Kim Phillips • Alana Piggott-Korzekwinski • Sally Pla • Katherine Poehnert • Chris Pollard • Connie and John Popielarczyk • Pam Potter • Jenna Rajczyk • Shalice Reilly • Vanessa Remijio • Henley Rendell • Lauren and Matt Rendell • Lois Reynolds • Victoria Richardson • Susan Riley • Janet Riley • Patrick Riley • Steven Romanoff • Barb and Chuck Rowe • Leyna Rozon • Jennifer Rutherford • Julie and Sean Ryan • Saghy Family • Nibras Saleh • Jean Saunders-Blanks • Nick Savko • Jody Scarbrough • Brittany Scheidemantel • Amy Schlegel • Molly Schmitz • Kat Schnee • Daniel Sedmak • Katie Sepulveda • Nikhil Shah • Peggy Sheldon-Scurlock • Emily Shindeldecker • Angie Shockley • Rob Sidney • Lynnsay Sinclair • Chuck Sivertsen • Derek and Kasia Skorupski • Boris Slogar • Jessica Small • Michelle Smith • Bill Soller • Phoebe South • Mary and Felix Spittler • Judy Springer • Kathleen Springer • Michael Staton • Lisa Steckel • Katie Stephen • Emily Stiner • Carolyn Stokke • David Subler • Dorothy Sucharski • Katie and Bill Svoboda • Gabby Sweet • Michele Sweet • Jess Swick • Patti Szymkowski • Dina Tantra • Kate Taylor • Taylor Tedeschi • Annie Terez • Cate Terez • Dennis Terez and Nancy Conrady • Jim and Phyllis Terez • Kelly Terez • Kristin Terez • Melanie Terez • Tom and Angela Terez • Anna Maria Thalassinos • Angie Theaker • Connie Thompson • Julie Trackler • Vanessa Trail • Nancy Turkal • Dara Turner • Chris Vacca • Laura VanArsdale • Carla Velasquez • Barbara Vineyard • Laura Von Bergen • Jutta Von Dirke • Rich Vranich • Annika Wachtman • Sara Wagner • Jill Waltz • Liz Weamer • Leah Weiser • Tara Weithman • Pam Weller • Amy Whittington • KarenKay Wiehoff • Rebecca Wiggins • Demarcus Williams • Mindy Wilson • Brianna Wissink • Bill Wittig • Lauren Wright • Erik and Elizabeth Yassenoff • Katie Yip


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