CYWOC

Board of Directors

The people who make us who we are

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Janay Woodruff


Janay Woodruff, also known as Janaesound, is a performer, activist and the Founder and President of CYWOC. She graduated from Washington University of St. Louis in 2016 and originally hails from St. Louis. She began cultivating her love for music at the tender age of 9 through the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Janay has performed in MANY events and stages throughout her incredible career. She is known for producing events which showcase BIPOC and LGBTQ talent and raise money for local non profits that support marginalized communities. Currently she’s based in Portland, Maine where she leads the team at CYWOC.

Florence S. Edwards


Florence S. Edwards DDS, moved with her family to Maine when she was middle school age. She left Maine in her early adult years for college, dental school and the U.S. Army before returning back to Maine in late 2013. Since then, her interests in protecting marginalized groups has focused primarily on LGBTQ+ community with being on Equality Maine’s Board.  Flo is excited to be apart of the new CYWOC board, and never would have dreamed of an opportunity in Maine to continue protecting and educating female youths of color; one of the most vulnerable marginalized groups in existence. When Flo’s not working or volunteering, she is enjoying Maine’s outdoors with her wife and two labs.
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Liz Rhaney


Liz Rhaney is a video and sound artist who uses her knowledge of different disciplines to create a multilayered artistic practice. Her work is inspired by her passion and experience with community activism. Her first experience with art was as a drummer, which she has been doing for 3 decades. She obtained her BFA from Armstrong State University (now Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University) in 2016, focusing on Graphic Design. She also minored in writing, taking classes in Feminist and Cultural Studies as well as working for the campus newspaper The Inkwell. She obtained her MFA from Maine College of Art in 2020. She is currently researching the use of video as a multisensory form of storytelling and activism. She is the Collections and Programming Manager for the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA.

Bridgette Kelly


Bridgette Kelly (she/her/hers) is a Minnesota-based experiential learning educator seeking connection with young people, generational wealth for BIPOC (black, indigenous, and persons of color) communities, and collective healing through nature, yoga, and creative expression. 
Bridgette grew up in Northfield, MN and is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where she double majored in Psychology and Environmental Studies while also minoring in Business. Bridgette’s career experience spans from nonprofit program management, to corporate sales, to professional acting. Upon returning to the Twin Cities after living in Portland, Maine for 6 years, Bridgette felt called to serve BIPOC youth by sharing her knowledge with students navigating their post-secondary planning process. Bridgette currently serves as a Career & College Center Coordinator with AchieveMpls, a leading organization dedicated to providing anti-racist, culturally-informed post-secondary planning for underserved students.
Bridgette enthusiastically celebrates CYWOC’s dedication to training young womxn of color to be not only consumers of technology, but active, skilled, credentialed tech creators and is grateful to support CYWOC in developing a sustainable and equitable career-focused program and learning environment.

Olivia Orr


Olivia Orr. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Olivia moved to Maine in 2008 to attend Bowdoin College where she received a degree in Sociology. She currently works as a Web Designer at Bates College. Prior to this post, Olivia worked for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland, Maine. She also volunteers as a Coach and Board Member for Portland Nordic, and acts as an Advisor for the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Olivia is an advocate for civic engagement and passionate about equity in tech. In her free time, she can be found having picnics with friends, listening to podcasts or music, and streaming City Council meetings.