Meet The Team

We are a group of gal-pals who love women’s history.

Dr. Leah Leach

Executive Director , Founder

Responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of Gal’s Guide. Leah is the head of fundraising and community outreach programs. She leads Uhura Training Academy and is the Gal’s Guide Podcast Producer. Leah has won five awards for her work on podcasts she’s produced. Leah founded Gal’s Guide in 2016 after running a women’s group for three years as well as a multi-award winning film company for a decade. She is a high energy speaker and big thinker behind Gal’s Guide.

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Bonnie Fillenwarth

Library Manager & Grant Manager

Curates the quality of the collections that the library has to offer. Seeks for diversity in the library’s stacks. Sets up the borrowing and returns systems to see they run efficiently. Manages the services and facilities of the library. Bonnie also researches grants for Gal’s Guide projects. Bonnie is an acclaimed visual artist who creates colorful paintings celebrating women throughout history. Since 2018, she has created a women’s history calendar. Bonnie represents the state of Indiana on the Her Flag project. 

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Katie Harris

Assistant Library Manager

Works with Bonnie and Leah in assisting in planning, implementing and evaluating library services. Katie leads the weekly Short Story Club. Katie comes from a Vocational Service Manager’s background working with kids with developmental disabilities.

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Michelle Hammond

Audio Book Coordinator

Michelle has recently joined the Gal’s Guide team. Her passion for the written word makes her a wonderful addition! Michelle reads books aloud for the Gal’s Guide podcast and creates artwork for the online store. Michelle has a professional background in art and graphic design, but has a degree in literature and writing and loves to bond with anyone over a good book and a cup of tea.

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Mona Mehas

Head Volunteer

Mona leads our volunteers to the right projects and makes sure they have the tools and encouragement to get them done. Mona is 65 and a retired teacher turned writer. She is currently finishing up her memoir and she’s working on an adult fantasy novel, both under a pen name. Mona is currently sheltering in Noblesville IN, with her two 15-year-old cats, Thunder and Ess’e. She has a grown daughter, a Bonus daughter and several grandchildren.

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Board of Directors

The Gal’s Guide board is a strategy board with a few members also working as staff. Applications are reviewed in January, April, July, and October.

Leah Leach, President & Treasurer

Katie Harris, Vice President

Bonnie Fillenwarth, Secretary

Sean Woods, Board Member at Large

Heidi Yost, Board Member at Large

Mona Mehas, Board Member at Large

Shana Antas, Board Member at Large

Lisa Cardona, Board Member at Large