Dr. Shellie Hipsky

President/Executive Director


Dr. Shellie Hipsky is the CEO of Inspiring Lives International an “Inc. Verified” motivational media company. The American Chronicle called her “A top entrepreneur in the U.S.,” and The Huffington Post categorizes her as a “Fierce Woman.” She is the president of the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) The Global Sisterhood, a charity that guides and supports women and girls toward their dreams and goals. Dr. Shellie is very proud of the impact of the Global Sisterhood through #PopUpGiving, events, volunteering, our media platform, and our Charity Partnerships.

Dr. Shellie has earned the titles of “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment,” the “Women of Achievement Award,” “Best Woman in Business,” and “VIP Woman of the Year.” Three of her 13 published books, the Common Threads trilogy focused on Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio show, earned international bestseller status. The former tenured professor of Ph.D. students and host of Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie on NBC has keynoted internationally from Passion to Profits in Hollywood to The University of Oxford in England and now teaches her signature EmpowerU Master Class, making the world her classroom. This powerful entrepreneur and influencer is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Global Sisterhood’s Inspiring Lives Magazine: The Magazine for Empowering Women.

She has been featured on over 23 magazine covers and on all the major TV networks, and she is delighted to bring the world Ball Gowns to Yoga Pants: Entrepreneurial Secrets to Create Your Dream Business and Brand through Morgan James Publishing. This mother of two has dedicated her life to inspiring and empowering the women of the world.

Valerie Sickles Lerch

Vice President


Valerie is a founding member of the Global Sisterhood and has been a board member since its inception. She is deeply driven by her aspiration to promote the importance of mental health treatment, and after working in the field for over 20 years, she has opened her own mental health outpatient clinic in her hometown. She also has a passion for event planning and design and has organized all of the Global Sisterhood events as well as other local fundraising events.  Being on this board has allowed her to fulfill her goal of joining a philanthropic organization and giving back to her community. Valerie completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Business Administration and Marketing at Kaplan University. She lives outside of Pittsburgh with her loving husband and 3 children, and she enjoys helping at her church and spending time with her family and friends.

Ani Marie Meade

Assistant Secretary


With a passion for giving and a love for children, Ani Marie has been in the education field for over 12 years. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business, Computer and Information Technology Education and her Masters of Education in Business Education from Robert Morris University. After 7 years of being in the classroom as a technology teacher, she decided to make her first pivot in life by obtaining her certification in Professional School Counseling with hopes of one day working as a High School Counselor. 

In 2018, she was offered a position as School Counselor in an inner city, failing school district where all the students were considered “At-Risk”. This school district is the poorest school district per capita in the United States of America. Many people in Ani’s life couldn’t understand why she was making this change and going to such a “dangerous” school. After the first day of school in August 2018, Ani knew she made the right choice and this is where she belonged. 

With hopes and aspirations of becoming a clinical counselor and opening a residential alternative school, Ani knew the Global Sisterhood was meant for her to be part of. She looks forward to working with and learning from some of the most amazing women leaders worldwide.

Courtney Daylong



Courtney Daylong is a Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College alum. She served as a Teaching Assistant for the Communications/Public Speaking course and holds a Masters in Public Management with a focus in Strategic Planning. She spent a decade in executive leadership as a District Manager and Regional Vice President in higher education and American Honda Motor Co. throughout the Midwest and California. She also completed doctoral studies from the University of Southern California in Public Policy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She is a certified Nutritionist/Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and an Instagram Influencer in health and wellness @mostlyplantmama. She’s a proud homeschooling mama to three little ones.

Stacey Palmer

Acting Treasurer


Stacey is a skilled attorney with nearly two decades of professional experience.

Stacey was awarded a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997 and then joined Reed Smith LLP, where she was a member of the Financial Industry Group and practiced in the area of investment management for 10 years. Her legal experience also includes the acquisition, development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate along with counseling small businesses and startups in various corporate matters.

In addition to her law degree, Stacey holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management from Truman State University in Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, and can often be found on the sidelines watching her boys play football, basketball, and baseball.

Dr. April Torrence

Director of Fundraising and Grants


Dr. April Torrence is an innovative leader, researcher, grant writer, and transformational speaker who is often sought out to mentor, consult, facilitate, analyze, and empower others to excel beyond their unlimited potential!

Dr. Torrence is the CEO of Zion Education Center, a non-profit academy for disadvantaged youth and young children in Farrell, PA.  She is also the CFO of Torrence-Avery, LLC, a logistics and beverage company in Hermitage, PA. Additionally, Dr. Torrence teaches Business Management at Westminster College. 

She is the wife of Kelvin Torrence and mother of 3 children: Brandyn, Temarah, and Cynthia. Most importantly, Dr. Torrence is a Woman of God, who enjoys spending time with family, including a bonus daughter, Charene, and every Zion Scholar who has attended her academy.

Rev. Nettie Bullitt

Global Ambassador


Rev. Nettie Jorinda Bullitt, a United Methodist Elder in full connection, is semi-retired on staff at Calvary United Methodist Church, on Pittsburgh’s Northshore. Rev. Bullitt is a 1963 graduate of Langley High School. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Vietnam Era in Montgomery, Alabama, and Wiesbaden, Germany, Rev. Bullitt earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1992. She earned her Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Iliff School of Theology, in 1996, and is currently a Ph.D. student with Northcentral University. She is a former Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker/Owner of Phoenix Real Estate on the Northside of Pittsburgh, a GRI (Graduate of the Realtors Institute), and the first president of the Pittsburgh chapter of NAREB (National Association of Real Estate Brokers). She is also the Founder/CEO of Daughters of Deborah Leadership Ministries, LLC.

The vision of the Daughters of Deborah Leadership Ministries is “to raise up armies of women and girls to recover God’s plans for their lives.” The mission is to “empower communities of women and children to achieve abundant living.”  Rev. Bullitt earned the certification of a professional life coach (CPC) from the Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching. Rev. Bullitt currently serves on the Board of Directors of The United Methodist Church Union (of the Southwestern Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church) and the Global Sisterhood 501(c)3 as the Global Ambassador.

Alice Beckett-Rumberger

Director of Governance


Alice Beckett-Rumberger is the owner of TheraFusion. She is a licensed PT with over 25 years of experience. She has worked with professional athletes, individuals with disabilities, and everyday folks wanting to improve their fitness, rehabilitate from an injury, or simply get the most from their bodies! She also co-owns Turning Leaf Rentals with her husband.

Alice is the active mother of seven kids and a wonderful wife who is always working to achieve a balance between being a professional and touching the lives of those she loves and her community.

She dedicates 10% of the profits of her company to philanthropic and charitable giving and serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

Dominique Murray

Director of Social Media

Lisa Freeman

Director of Fundraising


With a diverse career in both fashion and business, Lisa’s background includes management positions at Cache, Lillie Rubin, Chanel, and evening wear manager at Saks Fifth Ave.   She was the style columnist for the Examiner, contributor for AXS.com, and founder of Pittsburgh Social Scene which covers local non-profit events and raises awareness of their causes.  

Mrs. Freeman joined Freeman Realty in 1993 and has served as relocation director, director of corporate services, and currently as Vice President a position she has held since 2008.

Lisa turned her attention to philanthropic endeavors, including chairing and planning several non-profit fashion shows for the Salvation Army Family Caring Center, Project Bundle-Up, and the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh Pop-up boutiques, and “Fashion for a Cause”.  Ms. Freeman is on The Board of Directors of The Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, President of the RAMP Foundation, and chair of numerous committees and events. 

She is currently working on the RAMP Foundation “Fun, Food, and Fashion” event and planning fundraiser for the Global Sisterhood.

Her recognition includes 2014 Realtors Association Community Service Award, 2015 induction into the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame, 2016 Style Week Pittsburgh Best Blogger, 2017 RAMP Distinguished Service Award, 2017 Style Week Innovator of The Year, 2018 Inspiring Women in Business Award, 2018 CE Innovators in Real Estate (a national award), and 2019 Style and Glam Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lisa is excited to become part of the Global Sisterhood Board of Directors and looking forward to working with all of the members.                                                                

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