Women United in Philanthropy is a volunteer organization. All members are invited to participate in our Committees and to nominate other members to serve. Our Committees work together to fulfill our mission to engage like-minded women, learn about community needs and philanthropy, and leverage collective giving to support human services for local women and children. To volunteer, email your interest to the committees below.

2021-2022 Steering Committee

  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Steering Committee Chair
  • Anna Patchias, Steering Committee Vice Chair
  • Allyn Gutauskas, Immediate Past Chair
  • Maribeth Haynes, Communications Chair
  • Keshia Washington, Communications Vice Chair
  • Karen Poos, Grant Chair
  • Kristin Breen, Grant Vice Chair
  • Elaine Attridge, Membership Chair
  • Tamara Diaz, Membership Vice Chair
  • Joan Forrest, Program & Events Chair
  • Sue Friedman, Program & Events Vice Chair
  • Deborah Conway, Member at Large
  • Connie Horan, Member at Large
  • Kendra Stribling, Member at Large
  • Ravi Respeto, United Way Liaison
  • Caroline Emerson, United Way Liaison

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee shares news and information with members and our community. Our key responsibilities are to promote the mission and vision of Women United, serve as ambassadors for the organization, and engage our members and the community. We welcome anyone with skills or interest in media relations, marketing, social media, writing, and website or graphic design.

  • Maribeth Haynes, Chair
  • Keshia Washington, Vice Chair
  • Kristin Breen
  • Gwen Cassady
  • Anita Dunbar
  • Carol Lindsay
  • Bijal Patel
  • Alaina Schroeder
  • Susan Thomas
  • Louise Wyatt

Grant Committee

The Grant Committee serves Women United in Philanthropy’s mission of strengthening our community through the impact of collective giving. Through a comprehensive and transparent annual process, the Committee manages the nomination and selection of grant recipients. This process includes accepting nominations from Women United members, issuing RFPs, reading grant proposals, reviewing non-profit financials, committee engagement and on-site visits. 

 Members for the 2022 Grant Committee will be determined by December.

  • Karen Poos, Chair
  • Kristin Breen, Vice Chair

Thank you to the Members of the 2021 Grant Committee:

  • Connie Horan, Chair
  • Karen Poos, Vice Chair
  • Kimberlee Barrett-Johnson
  • Kristin Breen
  • Pam Calary
  • Leigh Ann Carver
  • Margery Daniel
  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh
  • Liza Fields
  • Mary Ann Harkins
  • Yvonne Harmon
  • Molly Hurt
  • Carol Johnston
  • Jennifer Lehman
  • Georgia Lindsey
  • Kendra Stribling

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is not only responsible for new member recruitment, but also for engaging and retaining our current members. Working closely with Communications and Program & Events, we are looking for new, creative ideas to engage our members and increase event and committee participation.

  • Elaine Attridge, Chair
  • Tamara Dias, Vice Chair
  • Ella Jordan
  • Jennifer McCune
  • Tiffany Norman
  • Gail South

Program & Events Committee

The Program and Events Committee provides dedicated experiences for Women United Members and prospective members through both educational and social events. We manage program topic selection, speaker/participant selection, and coordinate venue and logistics at the event. Our goal is to be informative, fun and engaging for all our members. 

  • Joan Forrest, Chair
  • Sue Friedman, Vice Chair
  • Deborah Conway
  • Anita Dunbar
  • Wendy Ferguson
  • Mary Anne Grant
  • Barbara Hutchinson
  • Ann Kellams
  • Anne Lassere
  • Alicia Lenahan
  • Caroline Metsch
  • Deana Nowell
  • Susan Thomas

Women United in Philanthropy is a volunteer organization and we are always looking for members who want to be more involved. Please let our Committee Chairs know if you are interested in volunteering.