Mentors

Our mentors are the backbone of our program, acting as guides and role models to our participants. They are all successful young women with Turner syndrome, coming from different backgrounds with different areas of expertise.


Michelle thumbnail Michelle Contos

Michelle recently moved to Medford, Massachusetts and is from a small town in New Hampshire. She is currently working as a paralegal at a law firm in Boston and is pursuing a master's degree in Political Science and International Relations at Suffolk University. This will be Michelle's second year mentoring with BITSS and she is super excited! She loves vegan baking, the Avengers, and spoken word poetry. She can't wait to see all of the returning BITSS folks again and to meet the new ones!



Sydney thumbnail Sydney DaCosta

Sydney is 23 years old and lives in Rhode Island. She got involved with BITSS last year, graduated from Emmanuel College last year, and is currently getting her MSW at Boston University. She was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome in High School. She works at Tides Family Services with kids who have DCYF involvement. She is also involved with a camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes. "BITSS is an amazing experience and I am excited to continue to be a part of it this year!"


Elizabeth thumbnail Elizabeth Hartsell

Elizabeth is a 25 year-old college student at Salem State studying psychology. She originally is from North Carolina and moved to the North Shore area last March. So far the North Shore has been a wonderful new home for her. When she was 14 diagnosed she was diagnosed with classic Turner Syndrome. Although it was difficult to adjust to this news, it didn't stop her from striving to be her best. Also, she keeps an upbeat attitude and a sense of humor through any challenges. One mantra she has is that Turner syndrome doesn't define her. She's looking forward to working at BITSS this summer.


Nicole thumbnail Nicole Heward

Nicole is 26, living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is so excited to attend BITSS as a mentor for the 2nd year in a row, and sends a big hello. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, volunteer, read, go to concerts and travel! She is looking forward to returning and meeting everyone.

 


 


Tess thumbnail Tess Leone

Tess is a graduate of the Bachelors of Social Work program at Rhode Island College and is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at UCONN. She is currently working at a day care center with young children. Tess was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at age 11, something that helped instill a deep appreciation for the helping professions. Some of her favorite things to do include spending the day the beach and yoga. This will be Tess' first year as a mentor with BITSS and she is extremely excited to be joining this wonderful group of people.


Tess thumbnail Emily Bistline

Emily is 24 years old and recently moved to Columbus, OH from suburban Philadelphia, PA. She currently works for the Institute of Genomic Medicine cytogenetic and molecular genetics lab at Nationwide Children's Hospital and hopes to become a genetic counselor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Allegheny college in 2016, where she was also a French and psychology double minor. Diagnosed with classic Turners syndrome shortly after birth, she feels it is important for young women with TS to have the chance to meet each other and share their experiences. In her free time, Emily loves horseback riding, reading, watching TV, and also loves to travel. This will be her first year mentoring at BITSS, and she is super excited to meet everyone and is looking forward to having a great experience.