Program Directors

Director: Lori Swann

Lori was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when she was a citizen in 1980. She is a graduate of Rice University and The University of Texas School of Law. Lori was an assistant District Attorney in Harris County before joining Cunningham Law Group in Houston. In addition to serving as Director, Lori has been Co-Director and Associate Director of Girls State.

Co-Director: Connie Bridges

A citizen in 1974, Connie was elected Girls State Governor. From 1988 to 1996 Connie was the Chairman of the Girls State Committee and from 1995 to 2013 she was Director of Girls State. She is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 345. Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She works for the Cedar Park Independent School District.

Associate Director of Administration: Ann Doan

Ann was elected Federal Party Whip when she came to Girls State from Tyler in 1966. A member of ALA Unit 569, she serves as the Chairman of the Girls State Committee. Ann earned a Bachelors degree in Education and Mathematics from Texas Tech University and received her Masters degree in Education at Texas Wesleyan University. She is a retired math teacher.

Associate Director of Personnel: Karen Miller Rodriguez

Karen was a citizen at Girls State in 1981 and served as the Secretary of State. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University. A former public school teacher, Karen now works as a software training consultant and also volunteers with local schools. Karen is a member of ALA Unit 594 and in her spare likes to go fishing.

Associate Director of Education: Katie Foehrkolb Stewart: 

Katie came to Girls State in 2007 and has returned as a Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, County Coordinator and Education Coordinator. Katie attended The University of Texas and is an 11th grade US History teacher in Austin.