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.

2022-2023 Steering Committee

  • Anna Patchias, Steering Committee Chair
  • Cheri Lewis, Steering Committee Vice Chair
  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Philanthropy Chair
  • TBA, Philanthropy Vice Chair
  • Tamara Dias-Wilkerson, Membership Chair
  • Sasha Tripp, Membership Vice Chair
  • Wendy Ferguson, Programs & Events Chair
  • TBA, Programs & Events Vice Chair
  • Kristin Breen, Grants Chair
  • Mac Weems, Grants Vice Chair
  • Louise Wyatt, Communications Chair
  • TBA, Communications Vice Chair
  • Deborah Conway, Member at Large
  • Karen Poos, At Large (Grants)
  • Kendra Stribling, At Large (Finance)
  • Elaine Attridge, At Large (Continuity)
  • Caroline Emerson, United Way Liaison
  • Markiana Smith, 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.

  • Louise Wyatt, Chair
  • Alaina Schroeder
  • Anita Dunbar
  • Bijal Patel
  • Gwendolyn Cassady
  • Maribeth Haynes

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 2023 Grant Committee will be determined by December.

  • Kristin Breen, Chair
  • Mac Weems, Vice Chair

Thank you to the Members of the 2022 Grant Committee:

  • Karen Poos, Chair
  • Kristin Breen, Vice Chair
  • Pam Calary
  • Leigh Ann Carver
  • Margery Daniel
  • Libby Edwards-Albaugh
  • Wendy Ferguson
  • Mary Anne Harkins
  • Connie Horan
  • Carol Johnston
  • Susan Landin
  • Georgia Lindsey
  • Tiffany Norman
  • Judith Selzer
  • Nancy Simpson-Banker
  • Louise Wyatt

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.

  • Tamara Dias, Chair
  • Sasha Tripp, Vice Chair
  • Elaine Attridge
  • Ella Jordan
  • Gail South
  • Tiffany Norman

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. 

  • Wendy Ferguson, Chair
  • Alicia Lenahan
  • Anita Dunbar
  • Ann Kellams
  • Barbara Hutchinson
  • Caroline Metsch
  • Deborah Conway
  • Joan Forrest
  • Maribeth Haynes
  • Mary Anne Grant
  • Sue Friedman
  • 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.