Board of Directors
Shannon Kim Wagner, President
Shannon Kim Wagner is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and founder of the Women’s Strength Coalition. She created the WSC with a firm belief that there are three fundamental elements necessary to creating real social change. People need to feel safe and strong in their own bodies. People need to feel supported and understood by their communities. People need to be educated on the lived experiences of others in order to instill compassion, and an obligation for action. Further, the demonstrable link between strength training and mental health spurs her drive to make lifting more accessible to all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, or income level.
Araliya Ming Senerat, Vice President
Araliya Ming Senerat, MPH Candidate, has previous experience in research, program evaluation, and event planning. Her skills bring to the team knowledge on creating and implementing a program, collecting and analyzing data, and report writing. Araliya also brings experience working in different countries with diverse populations.
Sarah Walter, Treasurer
Sarah Walter has six years experience working in the non-profit sector, and five as Executive Director of a non-profit Land Trust. Strength training has positively changed the way she experiences her body, and has allowed her to practice overcoming barriers and pushing through discomfort. She supports the Women’s Strength Coalition because movement and strength are life changing, and necessary in resisting the disempowerment and disembodiment experienced by so many.
Breanna Diaz is a queer feminist lifter based in Washington D.C. and Co-Organizer for Pull for Pride, D.C. When she’s not lifting, she’s Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign attempting to PR LGBTQ rights and recognition.
Davi Cohen (she/they) is a powerlifter, farmer, dance and theater artist, educator, and facilitator. Prior to joining WSC, Davi co-founded the New York Abortion Access Fund, performed and taught nationally and internationally, helped create the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and facilitated community-driven experiments in movement, strength training, artistic practice, and collaboration research for people of all ages. She is a farmer and the coordinator of volunteer programs at Queens County Farm Museum and has worked on educational, production, and homestead farms throughout New York City and upstate. Davi mentors teens through Insight Meditation Society and Awake Youth Project and is part of the Love Circle Sangha core collective. Davi served as MC for WSC's inaugural Pull for Pride.
Laura Khoudari has a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her MPA with a focus on Nonprofit Management from American University. She is an Assistant Strength Coach at JDI Barbell in Long Island City. Her mission is to increase access to somatic-based treatment for women and genderqueer individuals living with trauma, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, in order to help them restore a healthy nervous system, get in touch with their innate resilience, restore their quality of life, and begin to thrive.
Mary Nwosuocha is a 30 year old medical student from sugar land TX. She began lifting heavy things in Jan 2012. She has had experience in both weightlifting and powerlifting, but is currently concentrating on powerlifting. Besides lifting, she loves animals and playing with her son. She lives in New York City with her partner, son, and whatever animals they happen to be fostering.
Sayeeda Tahsin Chowdhury
Sayeeda Chowdhury is a medical student, native New Yorker, and a now powerlifter. She is passionate about social justice, human rights, and women's health. While fighting the patriarchy, she also loves fashion, makeup, and traveling.
Erica Smith is a sexuality educator with a M.Ed. from Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Based in Philadelphia, she works primarily with young women and queer and transgender youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She writes, consults, and teaches on a variety of human sexuality topics and has been recognized by Lambda Legal and Women’s Way for her advocacy for LGBTQ youth and young women. Erica began lifting in 2008. She has experience competing in powerlifting and strongman, but kettlebells are her first love.
Leah Ruth’s fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate and business development has required her to build relationship management, event planning, and creative marketing skills that she will utilize as the Volunteer Coordinator for the WSC. Leah started lifting three years ago, through Crossfit, and recently shifted her focus more towards powerlifting. Her first experience with the WSC was as a lifter at the Lift for Planned Parenthood.