Your girl will become a confident, bold, and powerful leader. We are ready to bravely embrace the work to ensure that we possess the necessary skills that will anchor us in our journey.​

Dr. Laura Domer-Shank

Founder, Chief Executive Officer 

Dr. Laura Domer-Shank is a School Psychologist, Educational Consultant, Adjunct Psychology Professor at Tunxis Community College, and Educational Surrogate for the Connecticut State Department of Education.  Additionally, Dr. Domer-Shank volunteers her time by serving on Boards that provide services and protects the welfare of survivors of human trafficking and homeless pregnant mothers. She was the Vice President and current consultant of the VCN, a networking organization committed to identifying and coordinating services for the improvement of communities.


Dr. Domer-Shank’s 25 year career has included individual and group counseling, crisis management, assessment and evaluation, family therapy, psychoeducational groups, and advocacy for children and families.  Dr. Domer-Shank’s independent research project on young women in trauma highlights the need for specific supports and education that aid in prevention of issues that girls and young women must deal with in the light of societal pressures and life stressors.  


Dr. Domer-Shank received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Education at Elms College, her Master’s and Sixth Year degrees in School Psychology at the University of Hartford, and her Doctorate Degree at American International College.  She recently received a Women in Leadership Certification from Yale University. She is currently enrolled in a School Neuropsychology post-graduate certification program. Dr. Domer-Shank is also a Certified Life Coach, Nationally Certified BOLD girls facilitator, and has advanced certification in Mindfulness, Child and Adolescent Trauma, and Trauma Informed Resilient Schools. 


Laura and her husband, Neil, an Athletic Director and Coach spend much of their time actively involved with their three children - two daughters, ages 10 and 12, and 19 year old son.


Sherry Smith

Advocate, Chief Strategic Officer 

Sherry started her own management consulting firm after retiring from a 35-year career in corporate America. She currently works with executives from Fortune 100 companies to solve complex problems within their organizations. Her passion is problem-solving and her approach is finding and resolving the root cause vs. just addressing the symptoms. Sherry has also worked with several non-profit organizations that are focused on empowering marginalized women in all parts of society.


Emma Joy Hill

Advocate, Chief Creative Officer

Emma Joy Hill is a playwright, performer, theatre artist, and survivor. Her work concentrates on feminist themes such as the believability of women, the male gaze, and the liberation of sexuality. Her passion for theatre-making extends into a deep concern for societal constraints against female-identifying bodies, rape awareness, and sexual violence activism. In the past, Emma has devised with a number of professional theatre companies working to bring voice to these issues. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies + Playwriting along with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Connecticut. Here she has had multiple workshops and staged readings of her work, including her play Those Hollow Bodies, which focuses on the systematic cycle of violence expressed in the story of sexual exploitation of  a young girl. The play received a full production at the University in May 2019 and will have its Chicago premiere in coming months at Theatre L'Acadie. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to support Brave Embrace and its mission. In her spare time, Emma likes to read poetry, play cards with her family, and take down the patriarchy. To get a better idea of her work and advocacy visit