BWA Staff

Executive director

Position open

Andrea Higgins, office administrator

Andrea is a part-time employee responsible for office functions. With BWA since 2015 and also operating a graphics design freelance business (, Andrea produces publicity for BWA events and programs. A Stroudsburg High School and Penn State graduate, Andrea resides in Jackson Township with her husband and twin daughters.

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Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley, development associate

Michelle is a part-time employee of BWA. Michelle began her BWA role in September 2018 and is responsible for fundraising, seeking foundational support and grant writing. Michelle is a native of Stroudsburg and, after graduating from the University of Arizona, made her way back home and resides in Stroud Township with her children.

Michelle can be reached at:

Carol Hillestad

Carol Hillestad, outreach specialist

Carol is a part-time employee since 2017 charged with community outreach. She coordinates and leads monthly walks (or talks) or community engagement events. Carol is retired from a career in banking communications and resides in Paradise Township with her husband, Jim. When Carol isn’t working or volunteering for BWA, she is also a volunteer at Barrett Paradise Friendly Library and other community organizations. She graduated from Syracuse University with multiple degrees in romance languages.