Volunteers join the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities board for a variety of reasons. Two themes emerge among those who choose to serve: a passion for empowering women and children, and a desire to have a positive impact on the local community.

During a 3-year term, board members use their time/talent/treasure to manage all the tasks associated with hosting our annual luncheon. Board members self-organize into various committees, including communications, allocations and recruitment to keep the organization humming and complete the fundraising and allocation process.


President: Sylvia Chapman

Sylvia was formerly the CEO for St. Joe Valley Credit Union. Currently, Sylvia is employed with Numerica Credit Union as Branch Manager for the Richland branch. She is currently pursuing her B.S. degree in Business Management. Sylvia is passionate in helping women and children and when she saw an opportunity to serve on WHWF she took it! Some of the areas you will see her in the community is working with MS walk, 2nd Harvest food bank, and Kadlec Foundation. When she has down time she enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years Josh and her two kids Michael and Rebekah.

President Elect: Rachael Hammer

Inspired by her father’s spirit of generosity, Rachael joined the WHW board in May of 2015. No longer able to ignore the tug on her heart, she couldn’t think of a better organization with which to start her journey of service. A native Washingtonian, Rachael graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Communication. She helps save lives in high-risk work environments, working as an Account Executive at Vivid Learning Systems. Rachael finds inspiration exploring the great Northwest with her husband and daughter, creating and sharing “mix tapes” with friends and cooking delicious/healthy meals. In addition to WHW, Rachael is passionate about donating to the Red Cross, the Three Rivers Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of the Columbia.

Treasurer: Sarah Timmons

Sarah Timmons is an Independent Oversight Assessor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is responsible for leading and managing independent verification and validation assessments of management and operations programs. Previously she spent ten years serving in project management and project control positions including the Deputy Operations and Training Manager for the Project Lifecycle Division at PNNL where she developed, implemented, and taught project management theory and system training.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and is a certified Earned Value Professional (EVP) through AACE International. She joined the WHW-FTC Board in January 2016.

Secretary: Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed where she provides clients with invaluable financial guidance and support. Erin has over 16 years of experience guiding individuals toward secure financial futures and successful retirements. Together with her team, they share a passion for the financial success of everyone they have the opportunity to work with.

Erin was elected to the Board of Women Helping Women in 2015.She brings a passion and a strong desire to empower women in our community. Through her drive and enthusiasm, she founded a group connecting Tri-Cities business women together. By aligning her group of Tri-Cities business women with Women Helping Women’s mission, Erin’s confident the futures bright on making an impacting difference in the lives of women and children in our community.

Throughout her busy life, she stays grounded by her wonderful husband, Colby and their two amazing children, Finley and Sawyer. Traveling, enjoying nature and living life to the fullest is what their family strives for. Be kind, work hard and never stop exploring are her mottos!

Past President: Peggy Vasquez

Peggy’s passion and personal mission statement is to “empower others to succeed.” She gravitates toward opportunities to inspire, connect, teach and lead others.  This passion is exactly what led her to WHW first as an attendee, then a board member and now the President.  She is honored to serve alongside an incredible group of women that have become a united force and is commonly referred to as a “sister-hood”.

She is actively involved in her community, and has served on various boards over the years.  Peggy is an Author, International Speaker, Coach and Chief Executive Assistant to the Director or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Peggy is happily married to Rene’ Vasquez and treasures time with him and their children and grandchildren.


Angie Cook

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Stacey Eneix

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Mary-Lynne Giordano

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Hanna Goss
Traci Jao

Traci Jao joined the WHWFTC board in June 2015.  Traci is passionate about helping grow the Tri-Cities community and improving the lives of women and children.  Traci has worked as the Director of Member Services and Communications for TRIDEC since December of 2007, promoting the community as the bolder brighter location for businesses to grow and thrive, advocating for the growth and advancement of young professionals, and inspiring young women to consider nontraditional jobs in the manufacturing industry as a career option.

Traci spends her free time creating memories with her 11 year old son and husband of 14 years, running or biking along the beautiful trails of the Tri-Cities, reading a good book, and sharing laughs with her friends.

Carla Martinez

Carla Martinez joined the WHWF-TC board in January 2015.  She is the Public Affairs Supervisor at Energy Northwest, where she has worked since 2003.  She is responsible for management oversight on all matters pertaining to board relations, educational outreach and visual communications.

Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Martinez was the Compliance and Concerns Program Manager.  She served as a Board of Director for the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals.  Additional positions held included Human Resources Manager and Management Council Representative to the Utilities Service Alliance, a cooperative comprised of 11 U.S. nuclear power plants.

Prior to joining Energy Northwest, Ms. Martinez was an executive in the healthcare industry.

Ms. Martinez holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University.  She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities.

Kaylee Morris

Kaylee Morris is a Project Control Engineer at Washington Rivers Protection Solutions out on the Hanford Site.  Kaylee is responsible for managing project budget, funding, and finical analysis. Kaylee received her AA from Columbia Basin College, and then took a leap completing her Bachelors online through City University of Seattle.  Kaylee has lived in the Tri-Cities all her life and has a true passion for this community. October 2015 was the first luncheon Kaylee attended, and from that point on she knew that Women Helping Women was the perfect place for her to give back to this community.

Shannon Spencer

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Audra Thurman

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Executive Coordinator: Alysia Johnson

Alysia Johnson joined Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities as the Executive Coordinator in April of 2015 after attending the luncheon for years.  Alysia’s extensive fundraising experience has paved the way for her to fit right into the WHWFTC organization.

Prior to assuming her current position Alysia was a stay at home mom for 7 years which was extremely rewarding.  She was blessed to be able to spend quality time with her daughter and be available and involved with her son during his teenage years.  Thru these years Alysia also served on a few boards.  Past board member of Tri-Cities Food Bank and current board member of the Children’s Reading Foundation and Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties (past board chair).  She was a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities class XI and past LTC board member.

Alysia’s career initially was in banking which lead her through many sides of the industry.  From teller, new accounts, loan officer, assistant manager in branches to credit analyst & executive administrative assistant in the commercial loan department.

She is excited to take the culmination of her experience to the organization and work hard for our community.  Alysia is married to her best friend, Derek and has 2 fabulous kids, Bradley & Sierra.  She is passionate about giving back and helping others where she lives.

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