Meet the FUSIoN Staff

Michelle Jenks - Founder & Executive Director
Michelle has had a long-time concern for the victimization of women and girls. She is driven to make an impact in as many lives as she can in her lifetime. She has been a high school youth group director, co-creator and developer of a multi-state teen convention, volunteer coordinator for two rape crisis centers, corporate trainer and speaker, entrepreneur, and consultant. She has most recently become a published author. As executive director, she helps raise funds for The Fusion Project, speaks to raise awareness of the issues teen girls face, trains the leaders and continues to expand the programs into more areas. When she’s not working with The FUSIoN Project, Michelle enjoys traveling adventures with her husband, spending time with her family, hiking, and working out.
Leslie Stevens -Director of Operations and Programming

Leslie’s passion is to help every woman and girl realize her worth; to empower her to be all that she can be. When she first sat down with Michelle Jenks and heard about The FUSIoN Project, she knew immediately that FUSIoN’s mission was a perfect match to her passion. Leslie’s background includes being a youth leader, mentoring at risk students of all ages, extensive training in compassion ministry and a career in branch management and lending.  Leslie focuses on making sure The Fusion Projects runs smoothly by overseeing the operations and programs. Outside of The FUSIoN Project Leslie loves creating memories with her husband and family, traveling to new places and experiencing diverse cultures, reading, and taking long walks with her dog. 

McClaren McLaughlin - Program and Volunteer Coordinator
McClaren has years of experience working with kids and teens. She has nannied for three families, worked at Chesterbrook Academy as a preschool teacher, and coordinated a youth education program. Much of her last ten years have been spent battling a very rare disease that has given her a lot of experience at overcoming difficulties. She has been with The FUSIoN Project since the beginning. She wants to help as many girls as she can gain confidence and find their voice. She specifically focuses on training the leader and helps coordinate the programs.
 
Meaghan Sohst - Administrative Intern

Meaghan began working with us as a high school leader. Her energy and enthusiasm for embracing the junior high girls was infectious. When she graduated, no one wanted to see her leave. She stayed on as an adult leader. And shortly later, added “intern” to her title. Meaghan is currently a local college and youth leader with her local church. She is committed to empowering girls and has been trained to help lead our Chatter Girls camp. When Meaghan is not working with The FUSIoN Project, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, exploring new things and having fun.