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: 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.

President Elect: 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.

Treasurer: 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.

Secretary: SaLee Charlesworth

SaLee has over twenty years in banking/lending. Her experience started as a teller while in college, then worked her way to becoming a residential mortgage loan officer where she spent most of her career. After a successful career in residential, she migrated to commercial and business lending where she had the pleasure of working with all types of businesses including start-up companies, commercial real estate and multi-family. She enjoys learning about different industries and working with clients to help them grow their business.

She has volunteered as a JA Teacher, at the United Way, Red Cross and a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher.

In her free time, she enjoys living in the country where she and her husband raise chickens for farm fresh eggs, Angus/Wagyu cattle and pigs. She also has a small Concord grape vineyard,  lots of dogs and her horse. She loves to be outside with the animals, working in the yard and garden, cooking as well as crafting.

Past President: 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!

Directors

Renee Brooks

Renee Brooks is a Communication Lead for Mission Support Alliance. She has spent five years with MSA and previously served as Director of Government Affairs and Communications or a local trade association. A native Tri-Citian, Renee has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

A graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class XIV, Renee is also dedicated to community service. She serves as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, is a member of the Kennewick Public Facilities District Board and a frequent volunteer at Second Harvest and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

She attended her first Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities luncheon in 2012 and is excited to be a part of this dynamic board that makes a positive difference in the lives of so many.

Susan Coleman

Susan has worked in and with various government agencies over the past 40 years, the past 25 at Hanford.  Coming from military parents she joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school.  Susan is retired from the U.S. Navy and has a BS in Business Administration.  During her career, as a minority within her predominately male field, she was focused on doing the best that she was capable of for her employer in many intense and high stress jobs, and being a positive role model for women.  Now that she has entered the next phase of her life she is focusing on giving back to her community.   Having lived around the world and the United States she has seen how challenging life can be, which is why she believes strongly in giving back and paying forward.  She is also a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class XIX and currently on the LTC Board of Directors.

Susan Coleman joined the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities Board in 2018 after attending the luncheon for years.

Jessica Holloway-Haytcher

Jessica Holloway-Haytcher grew up in Eastern Washington. She joined the US Air Force in May 2002 as a mechanic on the Fighting Falcon F-16. She served for over eight years. During her military career, Jessica worked in a primary male career field. Her time in the military made her more aware of the need for positive female role models along with the need to continue to give back to her community. After she got out she came to the Tri-Cities. She started her staffing company JLH Group in February of 2016. She also works with the local Work Source and colleges to help transitioning Veterans with their resumes and interviewing skills. Giving back to the community that helped her is a passion that drivers her every day.

Jessica Holloway joined the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities Board in 2019 after attending the luncheon with Maja Kazazic. Her speech about surviving the Bosnian genocide and her ability to be a positive influence really inspired her.

Shelby Moore

Shelby Moore is the Executive Director for Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care where she works to establish and implement goals for programs and services that promote high standards of quality and contribute to a positive organizational philosophy. Shelby is extremely passionate about philanthropy, starting her career in Development and Fundraising, and works to foster a culture of philanthropy everywhere she goes. Shelby is originally from Enumclaw, Washington, and has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2016.

Shelby was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019 and is extremely passionate about helping women of all cultures and ethnicities be empowered to fulfill their personal and career goals. Shelby has her Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Montana and specializes in Nonprofit Management. Shelby earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive Certificate in 2018 and understands the unique facets of the nonprofit sector. Shelby and her husband live in Richland where they enjoy hiking Badger Mountain, eating at Three Eyed Fish, and playing with their French Bulldog, Oakley.

Lara Rohrer

Lara Currie is a trainer, speaker, podcaster, and the author of “Difficult Happens; how triggers, boundaries & emotions impact YOU every day”

Businesses’ and Professionals in high-stress fields hire Lara to communicate confidently, build valuable client relationships and cultivate strong productive teams with a healthy company culture.

With 28 plus years of experience in high-conflict positions, she has a unique and intuitive understanding of the impact the human element has on communication.

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.

Lety Torres

Lety grew up in Lake Chelan, WA. After graduating High School she spent several years in Arizona where she worked in the insurance and finance industries. 10 years ago she relocated to the Tri-Cities and began her adventure with a non-profit where she provided workforce development subject matter expertise and oversaw day-to-day operations, implementation of program model components and ensured contractual outcomes. She, along with her husband Joe, are now a local residential real estate team. Lety is passionate about being involved in the community and giving back as she and her family of 6 now call the Tri-Cities home.

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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