Meet The BOard

Lauren Carter


Executive Director

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Lauren found herself in Colorado in 2016 pursuing her career in Public Relations and Marketing. She was never expecting to start her own business, let alone a non-profit, but not long after moving to Denver she took over local girl gang Denver Sad Girls Club. DSGC would become a huge part of many Denver women’s daily life. In 2018, after seeing and accepting the true calling of the community, Lauren re-branded and registered DSGC as non-profit Bad Bettie Project. When Lauren isn’t managing the BBP community and it’s programming, she works full time as the head of marketing for a cannabis conglomerate as well as for her own business Currently Colorado. Lauren loves and lives to work, care for her fur babies and nag her husband. As Executive Director, Lauren is the heart of the BBP community.


Meghan palmer (she/her)

chair of the board 

Meghan Palmer was born and raised in Ohio but moved to Colorado as soon as possible once graduating college. She loves riding atvs with her husband, hiking and most of all loves traveling (only two states left). She joined BBP four year’s ago when it was still DSGC and has fallen in love with the mission of the organization and being able to support women. Meghan currently works as a WordPress developer for Quantum Metric, along with running her graphic design and web development business.

Megan Maher



co-chair of the board

Megan relocated to Colorado in March 2019 and joined BBP in April 2019 because Bumble BFF felt aggressive AF and she was tired of people bailing on brunch plans. Megan works in international exchange and is passionate about human rights, connecting people across their differences, and how to bake biscuits. When Megan is not overcommitting her schedule, one can find her hiking with her dogs or baking sourdough bread. As your Vice Chair, Megan is excited to say “Oh, I think you are looking for the other Meg(h)an” and to apply for grants on behalf of BBP to continue to support this wonderful community.


Megan Mcwilliams 



Megan moved to Colorado from Michigan in 2017 with her husband & 2 dogs. She is a personal trainer with a focus on helping women build confidence & strength while breaking the stigma that “smaller is better”. Through joining women based / supported communities like BBP, Megan found confidence in her own voice which played a huge role in building her business. As someone who has social anxiety, Megan has worked hard to grow personally & professionally and wants to be able to pay it forward. Megan’s husband also is an entrepreneur; owning a Private Tax Practice. With this experience and close guidance Megan is excited to support the Bad Bettie Project in the Treasurer position

lainee nickerson (she/her)

Secretary and Resource Coordinator

Lainee grew up in Central Illinois and moved to Colorado in April 2019. She was instantly referred to BBP by a friend to become a part of a new community that would help lead to new experiences and of course, new friendships. Lainee is a population health nurse within the Denver Metro Area and is passionate about exploring the world, connecting with others, and personal growth. If you see her around, she will most likely have a camera in one hand and a diet coke in the other somewhere in the mountains with her pup. As your Secretary and Resource Coordinator, Lainee is very excited to support the women in this community and of course, organize some content. 


(christa valdez


social media

Christa was born and raised in the Denver Metro area. Back in 2016, she joined BBP after meeting Lauren and some other Betties at a local concert. She has made countless friends from the group and was given access to endless opportunities due to the creative and supportive community BBP has created. Christa works as a tattoo artist and illustrator near Boulder, CO. Her hobbies include mostly the arts, but she also enjoys playing with her sweet dog and bunny. As the Social Media Manager, Christa strives to keep our community involved, informed, and excited about the amazing things the Bad Bettie Project is working to provide;  All while also conveying our mission, the importance of friendship, and the power of womanhood.

Amanda cain

member appreciation

Amanda a Colorado native and has been married for 4 years and I have a 17-year-old teen daughter. She feels lucky because most of her extended family lives in Colorado! She’s a mom to 2 turtles, Shelby and Myrtle the Turtle; a cat, Lollipop, and lots of fish. Amanda works full time in mental health as a peer specialist and is also a senior part-time at Adams State University studying sociology with an emphasis in criminology with hopes to go on to get a dual master’s in social work and law. She hopes to do something in the law field that ties into her mental health roots. When she’s not working or in school, she have pen pals throughout the world. She likes to hike, take photos (total amateur), cook, eat, explore new places, travel, listen to music, watch movies, garden, and watch Netflix. she also spends a lot of time working on mental health advocacy.

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