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.

Officers

President: 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!

President Elect: Audra Thurman

Audra Thurman has more than 20 years of professional experience in project management, office management and customer relations that include working for Bechtel and several church organizations.

She also has over 25 years of experience in public speaking, mentoring and working with non-profit organizations. She has spoken at youth summer camps, women’s retreats and inner city schools on the subject of overcoming adversity. Her message teaches there is “lovely amidst the ugly” and imparts practical tools on how to use the “lovely” as fuel toward making choices as a victor, not a victim.

Audra attended her first Women Helping Women luncheon in 2016 as a table captain. The similarities between her past experiences and the mission of the organization inspired her to join the Board as the Chair of the Luncheon Committee and she was later elected Board Secretary.

Audra owns an interior design business and has worked with several local clients on projects that include staging homes for the Tri Cities Parade of Homes tour. Most weekends you can find her and her husband renovating their fixer-upper or on the soccer fields cheering on their three children toward victory!

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: 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.

Past 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.

Directors

Susan Coleman

Coming soon!

Angie Cook

Angie Cook is a Lead Project Controls Engineer with Washington River Protection Solutions out on the Hanford Site. Previously she spent 10 years in Seattle with Boeing as a Staff Analyst and Project Management Specialist.  After returning to the Tri-Cities she wanted to join an organization that supports and cares for the community. Angie joined the WHWF-TC board after attending her first WHW Luncheon in October 2016.

Angie enjoys spending time with her husband Paul and two (busy) boys, Brandon and Braxton.

Mindy DeLong

Coming Soon!

Mary-Lynne Giordano

Mary-Lynne Giordano is an Executive Assistant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she helps lead the Communications and Information Technology Directorate. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1993 and raised both of her children here.

Inspired from a young age by her parents’ compassion and generosity, Mary-Lynne has been involved in giving back to her community throughout her life. Donating the to Red Cross and volunteering at church have been her primary avenues of serving.  Joining the board of Women Helping Women in 2017 gave her the opportunity to help in a more broadly impactful way. She is grateful to witness the generosity of so many within the community of the Tri-Cities, and is passionate about working to help fund programs for women and children.

Friends and family, adventure and laughter are what bring peace to her soul.

Hanna Goss

Hanna Goss has more than 25 years of professional communications experience that includes managing all aspects of outreach and publications for scientific and academic organizations, as well as five years reporting for a statewide daily newspaper. When Hanna and her husband moved to the Tri-Cities from North Carolina three years ago, she was looking for a way to give back to the community that had so warmly welcomed them. While attending the 2016 Women Helping Women luncheon, she knew she had found the right organization and joined the board of directors in 2017. Hanna is passionate about the mission of Women Helping Women Fund, and is excited to be chairing the 2018 Communications Committee where she can utilize her skills, which include strategic communications planning, writing, working with news media, and social media.

Cindy Hemsworth

Cindy Hemsworth has worked over 32 years at Hanford, and is currently a Business Systems Analyst in the Mission Support Alliance IT Department.  Cindy has a BA in Business from Washington State University and a BAEd in Math from Central Washington University.  Cindy was born in Pasco and has lived in the Tri-Cities all her life with no desire to ever leave.  She is married with four children and five grandchildren.  Cindy attended her first Women Helping Women luncheon in 2016.  As an organization that gives 100% of money raised back to the community, Cindy wanted to be a part of Women Helping Women and joined the board of directors in 2018.  Cindy’s favorite word is “believe” and believes in possibilities for all women and children.

Lynn Stedman

Lynn Stedman grew up in the Tri-Cities and left for college after graduating from Richland High School.  She returned 14 years ago to assume the position as Director of the Dental Hygiene program at Columbia Basin College which is where she learned about Women-Helping-Women.  She and her staff wrote and received a grant from Women-Helping-Women to be used for dental work on women and men who were patients at Grace Clinic and had not had dental care for 5, 10 or even 20 years.

After attending her first luncheon, she became a table captain for the next three years and joined the board in 2018 when she retired from her job at CBC. She is now pursuing her second career as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has a private practice in Kennewick, WA.  Women-Helping-Women was her first choice for volunteer work so becoming a board member was a perfect fit for her commitment to improving the lives of women in the Tri-Cities.

She is particularly interested in working with people who are integrating children into a blended family.  She is the stepmother of two grown children and has seen the challenge that children face in single parent families.

Staff

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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