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.

2023-2024 Steering Committee

  • Cheri Lewis, Steering Committee Chair
  • Mac Weems, Steering Committee Vice Chair
  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Philanthropy Chair
  • Tiffany Norman, Philanthropy Vice Chair
  • Peggy Echols, Membership Chair
  • Janasha “Jay” Bradford, Membership Vice Chair
  • Cheri Lewis, Programs & Events Chair
  • Mac Weems, Grants Chair
  • Kristin Breen, Communications Chair
  • Portia Boggs, Communications Vice Chair
  • Simone Alley, At Large (Grants)
  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, At Large (Finance)
  • Sasha Tripp, 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.

  • Kristin Breen, Chair
  • Portia Boggs, Vice Chair
  • Jill Colby
  • Khalilah Jones
  • Bijal Patel

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 2024 Grant Committee:

  • Mac Weems, Chair

Thank you to the Members of the 2023 Grant Committee:

  • Kristin Breen, Chair
  • Mac Weems, Vice Chair
  • Sakeena Alkateeb
  • Simone Alley
  • Janasha “Jay” Bradford
  • Pam Calary
  • Leigh Ann Carver
  • Jill Colby
  • Molly Crawford
  • Paige Eldridge
  • Stephanie Gatewood
  • Mary Anne Harkins
  • Anne Hemenway
  • Georgia Lindsey
  • Karen Poos
  • Mimi Scully
  • Mary Sherman

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.

  • Peggy Echols, Chair
  • Janasha “Jay” Bradford, Vice Chair
  • Elaine Attridge
  • Simona Holloway
  • Ella Jordan
  • Beth McNew
  • Gail South
  • Ann Taylor

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. 

  • Cheri Lewis, Chair
  • Pam Calary
  • Deborah Conway
  • Anita Dunbar
  • Joan Forest
  • Susan Gallander
  • Deb Jewell
  • Alicia Lenahan
  • Judy Pointer
  • Kristin Sorokti
  • Ann Taylor

Philanthropy Committee

The Philanthropy Committee’s mission is to implement a plan for the long-term sustainability of Women United by maximizing funds available for grants each year and addressing administrative costs in perpetuity. 

  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Chair
  • Tiffany Norman, Vice Chair
  • Wendy Ferguson
  • Cheri Lewis
  • Anna Patchias
  • Mary Frances Porter

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.