Without our amazing volunteers we couldn't do half of what we do!
Kristen Sanders, Content Manager
Kristen Weiss Sanders is a proud ostomate and third generation girl with guts diagnosed with IBD in 2004. Raised in upstate New York, she moved to Atlanta in 2010 where she completed her master’s in neuroscience at Emory University.
Kristen is passionate about patient education and encourages those with chronic illness to be a knowledgable part of their healthcare team. She credits the constant example and support of the strong women in her family for her determination to thrive with Crohn’s disease and use her IBD journey to empower others.
Amanda Dewey, pen pal coordinator
After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 19 and facing major surgery by 21, Amanda found Girls With Guts on a random internet search in 2014. A few retreats and a whole lot of new in-person and online friends later, she made it through her surgeries with the support of her Girls with Guts friends and is adjusting to life with a J-Pouch.
Her favorite hashtag is #nocolonstillrollin. She is a nurse from California and lives with her wife and two very spoiled cats. Amanda currently serves as the GWG Pen Pal Program Coordinator.
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Katelyn, Twitter co-leader
Katelyn was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s Disease in 2012 at the age of 19. Katelyn found GWG during her senior year of college and attended her first retreat in 2015. At the retreat, she was finally able to spend face-to-face time with her co-Twitter managers, Sarah and Kenzie, whom she had previously met via the IBD Twitter community. Since then, Katelyn has attended all of the retreats and loves the amazing relationships and support she has gained from GWG.
Katelyn graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a BA in History. She now works as an automotive analyst and lives in metro Detroit with her two cats, Biscuit and Ginger. When she isn’t juggling trips to the pharmacy or appointments at the hospital, Katelyn enjoys reading, yoga, going to the beach, spoiling her cats, and cooking and baking.
kENZIE, Twitter co-leader
Kenzie was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis in December of 2013. Since then she has also been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBS and Psoriasis. She has been to two of the GWG retreats.
Kenzie went to college at Edinboro University in PA for two years. She then switched majors and colleges and got a BS is Biomedical Engineering Technology from Devry University in Columbus, OH in October 2011. Kenzie is currently working as a Field Service Engineer. She repairs and installs medical imaging systems, including MRIs, CTs, xray rooms and cath labs. In her free time Kenzie likes to read, play video games and ride her dirt bike.
SARAH, Twitter co-leader
Sarah is a moderator on the Girls With Guts Twitter account, a position she has held since February of 2016. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011 and has had a permanent ileostomy since 2015.
In 2015, Sarah attended her first Girls With Guts retreat in Oregon and has attended every year since. She is thankful to Girls With Guts for all of the support and amazing friendships it has given her! When not posting from the Twitter account, Sarah enjoys reading, watching baseball, and chatting with her IBD friends. She is also known for using duct tape to decorate her ostomy bags (a trick she learned from her GWG sisters!)