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Our Leadership is made up of YWCA Staff and the members of the Board of Directors.

Women have held leadership positions throughout the history of our organization. At the YWCA, most of the administration and program directors and all board members are women. We believe representation matters. Our leadership, along with the whole of the YWCA staff, reflects the efforts the YWCA makes to reach out to women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups.

Chief Executive Officer

Administrative Team





Management Team

Shannon Cornelius, Director of Health and Wellness | Ext. 230 | email 

Shaneka Haynes, Director of Women’s Empowerment | Ext. 104 | email 

Emma Nguyen, Director of Development | Ext. 102 | email 

Kathleen Kuster, Director of Facilities | Ext. 107 | email 

Millad Nooraei, Director of Early Childhood Education | Ext. 106 | email

Kitty Schmidt, Director of Aquatics | Ext. 110 | email

Alesia Summey, Director of Empowerment Childcare | Ext. 113 | email 


Leadership Team

Melinda Aponte, Nutrition Coordinator | Ext. 117 | email 

Aminat Bashorun, Getting Ahead Coordinator | Ext. 219 | email

Rebecca Buchanan, Finance Coordinator | Ext. 218 | email

Sydney Cole, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ext. 227 email

Courtney Gentry, Grants Coordinator | Ext. 103 | email

Gizelle Herrera, Finance and Human Resources Assistant | Ext. 112 | email

Dave Hiriak, IT  | Ext. 220 |email

Cynthia Markstahler, Mission Advocacy Coordinator | Ext. 119 | email

Lisa McKnight, Early Learning Coordinator | Ext. 119 | email

Leigh Anne Miller, Human Resources Specialist | Ext. 217 | email

Kelsey Maldonado, Membership Coordinator | Ext. 105 | email

Jessie Phillips, Early Learning Coordinator | Ext. 111 | email

Anita Rose Ph.D, Communications Specialist  | email

Charlene Shelton, Early Learning Program Coordinator | Ext. 109 | email

Nnweyna Smith, Light a Path Coordinator | Ext. 229 | email

Board of Directors

Board Officers


Zakiya Bell-Rogers

Ashley Cox
Sustainability Chair

Lauren White Gibson
Nominations Chair

Elizabeth Becker

Tiffany Armstrong

Joanna Knowles
Ximena Del Corral Smith
Advocacy Co-Chairs

Board Members

Amparo Penny
Jennifer Lyons Tracy
Jess Rothenhoefer
Judge Julie Matthiessen Kepple
Kalla Hughley
La’Neice Blessing
Lisa Sherman
Nicole Kendall Cush
Sherry Whitesides Poole

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