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: 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.

President Elect: Lety Torres

Lety Torres has an extensive background in the insurance and finance industries. She grew up in Lake Chelan, Washington, and after graduating high school, she spent several years in Arizona, where she gained valuable work experience in her field.

Twelve years ago, Lety relocated to the Tri-Cities, where she began her adventure with a non-profit organization. In this role, she provided workforce development subject matter expertise and oversaw day-to-day operations, ensuring that program model components were implemented effectively, and contractual outcomes were met.

Lety and her husband, Joe, now work together as a local residential and commercial real estate team. Lety is passionate about being involved in the community and giving back, and she and her family of six now consider the Tri-Cities their home.

In her free time, Lety loves to volunteer for various organizations, including 2nd Harvest, Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and local high schools. She is also a board member for the Workforce Development Council and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington. Lety’s dedication to her community and her passion for helping others are qualities that make her a valuable asset to any organization.

Treasurer: Stacie Anderson

Stacie Anderson is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Central Plateau Cleanup Co. out on the Hanford site.  Stacie has a 30-year professional career on the Hanford Site, working in different facets of finance that include Financial Compliance, Internal Audit and managing accounting teams.  After attending several luncheons over the years, Stacie joined WHWFTC organization in 2022.   Stacie has a passion for helping people and has a strong belief in the power of community, especially when it comes to supporting women and children.  You will often see her giving back by volunteering around the community, that is why WHW has been a natural fit.

Stacie has lived in the Tri-Cities since she was five years old and raised her, almost grown, children, Jacob and Megan, here.  Stacie and her husband, Dave, have a combined total of four amazing children, two beautiful grandbabies, and four active dogs.  They love the outdoors, entertaining friends and family, and spending time together as a blended family.

Secretary: Amanda Treml
Past President: 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.


Sunny Almeida

Sunny is an unabashed enthusiast for all things richly rewarding- life, family, friends, and service to others. Approaching each experience and every person with equal passion and unequaled commitment to excellence, who I am, does translate into what I do.

I’ve been an aesthetician for over 50 years and have owned my own business since 1980. Being a woman in business has brought me challenges but much joy. The biggest joy in my life is my family. Husband, Fred of 58 years, Daughter and her husband, and Granddaughter and her husband and now two Great Granddaughters! Volunteering has always been a part of my life and being a part of Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities has also brought me new friendships and opportunities to serve my community in new ways I had not been able to in the past. My favorite thing to do is to make “Memories”.

Eryn Brooks

Eryn Brooks has called the Tri-Cities her home for the past 12 years, and the longest place she has ever lived. As a kid she moved around a lot but enjoyed the opportunity to move to new locations and meet new people. This sense of a “vagabond” life sparked her passion for travel and provided her the ability to jump into any situation and become easily acquainted and acclimated.

Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Idaho in public relations where being involved in Greek life kicked off her devotion to community service and helping those in need. It wasn’t until several years later as a single mom of a beautiful daughter that Eryn checked off one of her bucket list items – to complete her master’s degree, which was completed in 2020 from the University of Southern California (USC) in human resources management. Education and continuing to learn is a daily goal.

Currently, besides her role on the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities Board, she is the Board President for the Columbia Basin Chapter of Society of Human Resources Management (CBSHRM); serves on the Communications Committee for Partnering for Progress (P4P) that does work in Kenya and has even been part of a medical mission to Kenya; is active at Christ the King School, where her daughter is currently in 6th grade and is involved in several local non-profit organizations in the community.

Eryn loves spending time with her daughter and she is a gift in her life. She is the owner of a lively rescue pooch, Angus, and an adopted turtle, Turtle. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, a fabulous meal, a good glass of wine, laughing, reading, music, art and enjoying every moment of life.

Amanda Torres


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 (secretary), Children’s Reading Foundation and Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties (board chair and treasurer).  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, has 2 fabulous kids, Bradley & Sierra and sweet granddaughter, Avery.  She is passionate about giving back and helping others where she lives.

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