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.

Maud Sipe

Maud, 23, is a recent graduate of Wells College. She finds it important to share experiences and help others take steps toward reaching their dreams. She also loves making crafts and goofing around with friends.

Maud was also a mentor at the 2016 summit, where she worked closely with Wendy Coates, BITSS’s theater instructor.

Michelle Contos

Michelle, 23, is from Amherst, NH. She recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently working as a paraeducator in an elementary school. Michelle was diagnosed with TS when she was 15 years old. Michelle loves to travel and gets way too excited about the X-Men and the Avengers!

This was Michelle's first summer with BITSS, and she’s so glad to have been part of such an awesome group.

Shanna Ladlee

Shanna, 34, lives in Clermont, FL. She was diagnosed with TS at birth, and was on a double blind study growing up out of Philadelphia. She attended a TS summer camp in Colorado when she was 15.

Shanna was born and raised in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. She moved to Florida at 18 and started working at Walt Disney World. She has worked there ever since. Shanna had the pleasure of mentoring at BITSS in 2016, and she had a blast this year too!

Sydney DaCosta

Sydney was born in Providence, RI and was diagnosed with Turner syndrome in 2011. Sydney is in the 2017 graduating class of Emmanuel College. She will be starting graduate school at Boston University for a Masters in Social Work this fall.

Sydney has always loved working with kids and helping others, and she has followed this passion. Most recently, she has worked in the psychiatric inpatient unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She was previously a dance instructor and has also been a camp counselor for Camp Broadway and Camp Surefire, servicing kids with diabetes.

Nicole Heward

Nicole Heward, 26, is a kindergarten teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Elementary Education.

Nicole was diagnosed with Turner syndrome at birth. She is a member of the Turner Syndrome Society of Edmonton, where she volunteers as often as possible, attending events and helping raise money. Nicole enjoys music, concerts, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.