Director-Lori Swann: Lori was a citizen of Girls State in 1980. She was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and was a delegate to Girls Nation. 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. She also teaches in the professional development program at Rice University. Lori is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 449.
Co-Director-Connie Bridges: Between 1995 and 2013, Connie Bridges was Director of Bluebonnet Girls State. A citizen in 1974, Connie was elected Girls State Governor. From 1988 to 1996 Connie was the Chairman of the Girls State committee. She is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 449. Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
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 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 time likes to fish.
Associate Director of Education-Stephanie McDonald was a girl’s state citizen in 1992. She is a graduate of Austin College and completed graduate coursework at The University of Texas College of Communication. In 2011 Stephanie received the Heywood C. Clemons Volunteer Service Award. She lives in Austin.
Associate Director of Education-Katie Stewart: Katie came to Girls State in 2007 and has returned as a Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, County Coordinator and Education Coordinator. In the “real world,” Katie attended The University of Texas and is an 11th grade US History teacher in Austin. Her favorite Girls State memory is singing to brand new citizens on Arrival Day!