Sarah Gilstrap

President & Treasurer

Sarah is an environmental scientist for an engineering and consulting firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She has chemistry and biology degrees from Drury University and earned her master’s degree at the University of Kansas in Environmental Science. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, yoga, interior design, and eating good food. 

Dream dinner guests: Michelle Obama, Jessica Seinfeld, Cleo Wade, Mindy Kaling, and Rashida Jones.

Leia Anderson


Leia is co-owner of Second Best Coffee in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband. She is also a certified running coach. She runs the Mud Babes, a trail running organization, and co-owns Team Sparkle Productions which offers workshops, events, retreats, and coaching geared towards the trail running community. Leia also has a background in art and education, which often organically ties into her other ventures.

Dream dinner guests: Nikki Kimball, Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Billie Jean King, Sojourner Truth.

Jen Lacy

Director of the Academy

Jen is a high school science teacher in the Kansas City area. She earned her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is passionate about creating personally meaningful learning experiences for her students and AD Academy participants. She works with school, community, and neighborhood partners to develop the American Daughters Academy curriculum. 

When she's not teaching high school students, she enjoys taking walks in the River Market and spotting trains with her son, Abel, watching documentary films, and reading. 

Dream dinner guests: Lauryn Hill, Maxine Greene, bell hooks, Rachel Carson, Amy Sedaris.

Jessica Jaskiewicz

Director of Creative Strategy & Design

Jessica is a freelance graphic designer living and working in Kansas City. She earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in May of 2017.

Dream dinner guests: Georgia Hardstark & Karen Kilgariff, Solange Knowles, Jane Jacobs, Amy Poehler. 

Heather Harrison

Director of Partnerships

Heather serves as Executive Assistant for the Kansas City Public Library. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature, previously served with AmeriCorps, is a former Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator, and volunteers for a local Girl Scouts troop.

Dream dinner guests: Jane Austen, Fred Rogers, Kristen Wiig, Franz Liszt.