women fund of western ma logo Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts 2015 Annual Report

Message from the CEO and Board President

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Though a transition can often mean an organization slows down for a period, thanks to donors like you, your Women's Fund was able to go full speed ahead. Our mission: to create economic and social equality for women and girls in western Massachusetts through grant making and strategic initiatives in the areas of educational access and success, economic justice, and safety and freedom from violence.


In May we celebrated 33 new LIPPI graduates at the Women Lead Change celebration at the Log Cabin. It was our largest celebration of graduates since the program's inception five years ago. We also honored Attorney General Maura Healey and Mass. Treasurer Deb Goldberg with a She Changes the World award. A new video about the impact of LIPPI was also unveiled at the event and has now been shared hundreds of times online.


Your Women's Fund is the leading philanthropic organization serving the needs of local women and girls. As authorities in the field, we design grant making programs utilizing the latest research, regional data and analysis, our network of renowned experts, and our unparalleled knowledge of home-grown efforts for gender equity and empowerment. You can feel good knowing that your investment is not only in good hands, but is also doubling in size and impact by compounding it with funds from like-minded donors who have prioritized women and girls in their giving.

In addition to completing the first year of our inaugural multi-year grant cycle, in FY15 we proudly launched 3 new partnerships for a total of $480,000 in grant commitments. Partners will each receive $60,000 over three years to deploy innovative programs that will help shift the landscape for women and girls. During that time, we will encourage their success through an additional $35,000 investment in leadership training for core grantee staff, and consistent and robust impact evaluations that track successes and help minimize challenges.

A brand-new way of investing with your Women's Fund was also established this year with the Survivor's Recovery Fund, our first Donor Advised Fund. These special reserves allow us to expand our partnerships with organizations while connecting donors directly to the work that inspires them. In the next fiscal year we expect to make up to 20 small grants from this pool totaling about $15,000 in funding to the community. We invite you to learn more.


We engaged with new audiences through social media, allowing us to increase awareness about issues that impact women and girls. With the help of our marketing consultant, Cardinale Design, we produced a record number of polished email communications, print ads in BusinessWest and other targeted publications. We updated our website to include a twitter feed on the homepage, carousel of upcoming events and engagement opportunities, and we were the first non-profit in the state to produce an all-digital annual report like the one you are experiencing now. We also had a record number of earned-media placements including articles in The Recorder, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, MassLive and The Republican, Mass Non-Profit News, and television coverage on WWLP, Mass Appeal, and Fox News.


Thanks to you, we started FY16 in one of our strongest positions ever and are building on that success with a new strategic plan, adding office space in Franklin County, and an updated Leadership for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) program. On behalf of the Women's Fund staff, Board of Directors and Committees, thank you for being part of our winning team.

With gratitude,

Signature of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Barajas-Román
Chief Executive Officer

Signature of Elizabeth
Michelle Theroux
President, Board of Directors

FY15 Year-End Statistics


An interview with Jody Kasper, Northampton's first female police chief.

Leadership Institute for
Political and Public Impact (LIPPI)

LIPPI is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts. The non-partisan, 10-month intensive program, equips women to become more involved as civic leaders in their communities, to impact policy on the local, state and national level, serve on boards, and to seek and hold elected positions. Now on its 6th cohort, with over 200 graduates, "LIPPIstas" comprise a wide spectrum of backgrounds, ethnic groups, and age. They also represent all four western Massachusetts counties and their achievements include executive promotions, running for office, managing campaigns, and participating in the Yale Women's Campaign School. Two graduates ran for mayoral seats last fall: Linda Tyer '13 now runs the City of Pittsfield, and while Patty Morey Walker '14 lost her race by about 100 votes, her campaign is credited for motivating record turnout and energizing a new base of informed voters. Together, graduates form a strong network of like-minded women who support each other at every turn in their journey.

2015 LIPPI Cohort

  • Farima Afaq, Hampshire County
  • Lisa Andrews, Hampden County
  • Susanna Apgar, Hampden County
  • Jessica Avery, Hampden County
  • Mary E. L. Bell, Franklin County
  • Roslyn Broch, Berkshire County
  • Denise Brown, Hampden County
  • Trish Bonica, Hampshire County
  • Carol Chandler, Hampden County
  • Katharine Cooney, Hampshire County
  • Wendy Dagle, Hampshire County
  • Janet Diani, Franklin County
  • Mary Gomez, Hampshire County
  • Nicole Griffin, Hampden County
  • Laurene Kendall, Hampshire County
  • Kate Lockhart, Hampshire County
  • Pamela Lumpkin, Hampshire County
  • Cassandra Mark, Berkshire County
  • Ashley Mark, Franklin County
  • Ruth Mikulski, Hampshire County
  • Lianessa Paris, Hampden County
  • Keleigh Pereira, Franklin County
  • Yael Petretti, Hampshire County
  • Stefanie Robles, Hampshire County
  • Arlene Rodriguez, Hampden County
  • Julie Singley, Berkshire County
  • Heather Sullivan, Hampden County
  • Diana Sutton-Fernandez, Hampden County
  • Kathleen Talbot, Hampden County
  • Camille Theriaque, Hampden County
  • Ananda Timpane, Berkshire County
  • MarAngela Tolliver, Hampden County
  • Elise Trujillo, Berkshire County
  • Shannon Wissman-Hoar, Franklin County

2015 She Changes the World Awardees

Presented to honor Exceptional Contribution to Social Change, Creating Economic and Social Equity for Women and Girls

  • Deborah B. Goldberg, Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts
  • Maura Healey, Attorney General of Massachusetts


High-Impact Grantmaking

Your Women’s Fund is the leading philanthropic organization serving the needs of local women and girls. As authorities in the field, we design grant making programs utilizing the latest research, regional data and analysis, our network of renowned experts, and our unparalleled knowledge of home-grown efforts for gender equity and empowerment.

In addition to completing the first year of our inaugural multi-year grant cycle, this year we also proudly launched 3 new partnerships. We are also testing a new strategy of “stacking” grant cycles for maximum impact. Franklin County’s Women’s GARDEN Project were recipients of the Women’s Fund 2014-2016 grant award and were also awarded a second grant for the 2015-2017 cycle for a total $120,000 investment over four years.

You can feel good knowing that your investment is not only in good hands, but is also doubling in size and impact by compounding it with funds from like-minded donors who have prioritized women and girls in their giving.

Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy
Berkshire United Way

Hear from Natalie Carzon, Coordinator of Youth Development at Berkshire United Way, about the impact of the Face the Facts.

Your Women’s Fund is a key funding partner of the Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy project, a county-wide coalition led by Berkshire United Way. From 2009 to 2014, Berkshire County has seen a reduction in the teen birth rate of 54%. This significant reduction has occurred through a four pronged strategy: advocating for comprehensive Sexual Health Education, inspiring and facilitating parent engagement, improving access to reproductive health services, and developing innovative youth-specific marketing campaigns around reproductive health. Encouraged by the recent decline, the coalition aims to reduce the teen birth rate by another 50% by 2020.

Berkshire County

Funding Cycle: June 2014–June 2017

Partnering Organizations: Tapestry Health, Pittsfield High School, Railroad Street Youth Project, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Herberg Middle School, Miss Hall’s School, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Taconic High School, Wahconah Regional High School, Berkshire Children and Families, Elizabeth Freeman Center

PBP: Advocacy and Training
Prison Birth Project

Hear from Marisa Pizii, Co-Director of Programs and Lisa Andrews, Director of Development and Co-Founder

The Women’s Fund supports advocacy and educational programming of the Prison Birth Project (PBP). PBP was instrumental in passing S.2063, Anti-Shackling legislation abolishing the harmful practice of shackling incarcerated women who are pregnant or in labor, becoming a national leader as other states implement similar legislation. In addition, PBP has 18 fully trained doulas (and more being trained annually) that are providing care such as weekly childbirth education classes to at least 75% of all pregnant women at the Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee. They provide doulas with continuing education trainings such as Opioid Dependency and birth, and created a support group for currently incarcerated women known as “MAU: Mothers Among Us,” which has 26 unique participants being trained as leaders and advocates.

Hampden County

Funding Cycle: June 2014-June 2017

Partnering Organizations: National Institute for Reproductive Health, Prisoners Legal Services, Families for Justice as Healing, Mt Holyoke College, Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC), and Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) of Hampshire College

TurnUP! Young Women in Science program
Flying Cloud Institute (FCI)

Hear from Lindsey Berkowitz, Young Women in Science Program Director, about the impact of TurnUP!.

Fifteen years ago, a grant from WFWM led to the founding of FCI’s Young Women in Science program (YWIS). This funding cycle, focusing on girls in rural Berkshire County and urban Pittsfield, TurnUP addresses the barriers local girls must overcome to successfully enter STEM careers. The Women’s Fund’s multi-year grant makes it possible for YWIS to deepen relationships with host schools and communities, create a Women in STEM network, promote curricular changes in the public schools, build corporate partnerships, and develop new promotional materials to catalyze change.

Berkshire County

Funding Cycle: June 2015 – June 2018

Partnering Organizations: Rights of Passage Empowerment (ROPE)

Voice Activated
Neighbor to Neighbor

Hear from board president Karen Hansmann, and board members Olga Pedraza and Sonia Mendez, about the impact of Voice Activated.

Voices from Inside (VFI) and Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) are partnering to form Voice Activated, a project to build a powerful base of formerly incarcerated women, standing up for their rights, and advocating for an economic empowerment agenda. Through their involvement with VFI, formerly incarcerated women find their voices, tell their stories, and build their self-confidence. They then join Neighbor to Neighbor in their Jobs Not Jails campaign, which is working to pass the Justice Reinvestment Act through the Massachusetts state legislature.

Hampden County

Funding Cycle: June 2015-June2018

Partnering Organizations: Voices from the Inside

Firm Foundations: Policy Change for Mothers

Hear from Shannon Rudder, Executive Director and Lisa Newman, Volunteer advocating for the Pregnant Worker's Fairness Act, about the impact of Firm Foundations.

This project empowers participants to share their stories to create lasting impact on policy for mothers in Massachusetts; specifically pregnant workers. Women need protections in the workplace so that being pregnant or being a mother does not mean losing their job or living in poverty. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) provides this substantial support. This project features collaboration between MotherWoman, state legislators, local universities and colleges, and national policy advocacy organizations to ensure passage of PWFA for mothers and families in Massachusetts. If passed, this bill could affect thousands of women across the Commonwealth with workforce accommodations during pregnancy.

Hampden County

Funding Cycle:June 2015-June 2018

Partnering Organizations: Hampshire College and UMass Amherst

Franklin County Women’s Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks (GARDEN) Project
Greenfield Community College Foundation

Hear from Ilana Gerjuoy, Acting Director of NELCWIT, about the impact of the GARDEN project.

The GARDEN project empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Franklin County by providing 1 college credit for each of four Re-Skilling courses completed through Greenfield Community College’s Farm & Food Systems Program offered at sites in the community.  The project also includes coordination of transportation, childcare, translation services, peer mentoring and advocacy by successive cohorts to ensure successful completion of skills classes. Over four years an expected 75 women and their families will take steps towards healthy life-styles, food security and economic independence by creating cooperatives and maintaining community gardens in Turners Falls, Greenfield, and Orange.

Franklin County

Funding Cycle: June 2014 – June 2017; June 2015 – June 2018

Partnering Organizations: Greenfield Community College Sage Education Center, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, NELCWIT, Seeds of Solidarity

Re-envisioning Foster Care Together
Treehouse Foundation

Hear from Kerry Homstead, Community Facilitator, about the impact of Re-envisioning Foster Care Together.

Re-Envisioning Foster Care Together promotes widespread community engagement and collaboration among individuals, organizations, and institutions to benefit children in foster care. Through the annual REFCA conference, the intergenerational Treehouse Community, advocacy, education and collaboration, Re-Envisioning Foster Care Together promotes child welfare reform and empowers the leadership and voice of women and girls.  Working locally, regionally and at state and national levels, Re-envisioning Foster Care Together project is building an exemplary model of innovation in the Pioneer Valley, which will advance a national movement.

Hampden County

Funding Cycle: June 2014-June 2017

Partnering Organizations: Rudd Adoption Research Program at ​UMass Amherst​; ​​Boston College School of Social Work; MA Department of Children and Families (DCF)​; Children’s Study Hom​e; Enchanted Circle Theater


In addition to local grant making and leadership development, your Women's Fund works closely with strategic partners to amplify impact.


On Friday, March 5, 2015 at UMass Springfield, Donna P. Hall, President & CEO of the Women Donors Network, was the keynote speaker at the "Summit for Success," presented by your Women's Fund. The event was designed to bring together over 100 non-profit and state and national decision-makers on the issue of improving the lives of area women and girls, and to begin discussions on coalition building. Other presenters included: Sara Gould, Smith College Activist-in-Residence, former President and CEO Ms. Foundation for Women; and Kat Allen, of Communities That Care Coalition, Franklin County.

Community Outreach and Awards

State Treasurer, Deborah Goldberg, appointed Women's Fund CEO, Elizabeth Barajas-Román, to a state advisory committee on wage equality, and the state's Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board. She was also honored by Business West as a 40 Under 40 awardee. The Women's Fund outreach also includes work with a Latino Task Force comprised of Latino leaders within the Hampden region who meet regularly to discuss education, leadership and community improvement. Women's Fund staff have been invited to speak to groups throughout the region including League of Woman Voters of Massachusetts, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, Springfield College, Elms College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, New England Women's Policy Conference, and the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield.

Strategic partnerships

We also were proud to partner with the following community leaders by supporting their educational and capacity-building events. Baystate Health Diversity & Inclusion Conference; Sandy Fabian Memorial Golf Tournament; Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Valley Gives Partner; Hampshire College Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference; and Women in Philanthropy.

Financial Information

Berdie Thompson,

Gifts and Events Coordinator for
Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation

Trish Bonica

LIPPI Alumna and Founder of Survivors Recovery Fund

Magui O'Neill

Donor, Volunteer, and Board Alumn


A conversation with supporters of your Women's Fund.

My Women's Fund is ME

Your Women’s Fund connects your vision and generosity with evidence-based programs, cutting-edge research and advocacy, and a base of trained women leaders ready to create change. By aggregating resources, we are able to multiply the impact you have in your community. You are the heart and soul of your Women’s Fund. Thank you.

 Board  LIPPI donor  Alumnae  Joan's Circle of Friends  Community Committee  Sustainer donor ($10,000+)  LIPPI Advisory Board

FY15 Annual Report — List of Donors

  • Anonymous Donors
  • Sharon Adams
  • M.J. Adams-Pullan
  • Susan Alston
  • Kay Althoff
  • Shakira Alvarez
  • Elizabeth Anema & Betsy Johnson
  • Sharon Looney- Armstrong
  • Catalina Arrubla
  • Christine Avery
  • Jana Bacon
  • Lee Badgett
  • Carrie Baker
  • Elizabeth & Magaly Barajas-Roman
  • Capt. (Ret.) Amy Barkin, USPHS
  • Grace Barone
  • Mary Barringer
  • Gina Barry - Bacon Wilson, P.C.
  • Lisa Baskin
  • Claire Bateman
  • Vicki Baum-Hommes
  • Jean Beard
  • Marguerite Bedell
  • Elizabeth & Sanford Belden
  • Mary Bell
  • Rita Bell
  • Lynn Benander
  • Carolyn Benson & Connie Baugh
  • Ellen & Peter Berek
  • Tina & Michael Berins
  • Joyce Berkman
  • Julie Bermant
  • Olivia Bernard
  • Channing & Marie Bete, Jr.
  • Barbara Bilz
  • Mary Kay Blake
  • Geoffrey Bluh
  • Deborah Blume
  • Sheila Bolduc
  • Trish Bonica
  • Meredith & James Boone
  • Monica Borgatti
  • Sandra Boston de Sylvia
  • Allie Brady
  • Kathleen Bredin
  • Vivian Bresnitz
  • Jacquline Brousseau-Pereir
  • Mary Thorpe Brown & Bruce Brown
  • Cynthia Brubaker
  • Regina Burgio
  • Kathy & Lori Burroughs
  • Sarah Buttenweiser & Hosea Baskin
  • Camille Butterfield-Elliott
  • Ellen Cain & Ruth Banta
  • Carol Campbell
  • Patricia Canavan
  • Kathy Cardinale
  • Nan Carey
  • Ellen Carlino
  • Dana Carnegie
  • Valerie Caro
  • Janet Caswell & Ferna Shrewsbury
  • Linda Cavanaugh & Karen Green
  • Deborah Charren & Timothy Diehl
  • Erin Cherewatti
  • Jaymie & Michael Chernoff
  • Fung Chow
  • Elaine & Michael Christopher
  • Michelle Clarkin & Marlene Eicholtz
  • Elsa Phillippi Cline
  • Susan Clopton & John Levine
  • Mary Ann Cofrin
  • Bernard Cohen
  • Beth Cohen
  • Chianna Cohen
  • Nilda Cohen
  • Roy Cohen
  • Sara Cohen & Jim Kessler
  • Carolyn Collette
  • Loleta Collins
  • Chia Collins & Michael Cohen
  • Suzette Fontaine Collins
  • Anne & Charles Connington
  • Carol & Rick Constant
  • Carla Cooke
  • Jessie Cooley
  • Beth & Paul Coombs
  • Clare Cooper
  • Kay Cowperthwait
  • Elizabeth Crane
  • Patricia & Tim Crane
  • Sally Crawford & Jane Porter
  • Sara Crawley
  • Sarah Creighton
  • Margo Culley
  • Sylvia Cuomo
  • Regina Curtis
  • Annette & Dean Cycon
  • Rima Dael
  • Valerie Dahl
  • Verda Dale
  • Elizabeth & Charles D'Amour
  • Lynn Dashevsky
  • Debbie Davis & Grace Delvecchio
  • Laurel & Linda Davis-Delano
  • Ute DeFarlo
  • Isa Deloge
  • Julia Demmin
  • Peggy DeMott
  • Jean Marie Derderian
  • Florence & Peter DeRose
  • Kelly & Charlie DeRose
  • Linda Desmarais
  • L. Alexander Dest
  • Kerry Dietz
  • Elizabeth Dineen & Stephen Spelman
  • Michele & George Ditomassi
  • Lori Divine-Hudson
  • Dianne & Paul Doherty
  • Kathleen Donnellan
  • Catherine & Joseph Dorison
  • Eileen Drumm
  • Sandra Duda
  • Patricia Duffy
  • Corinne Dugas
  • Mary Dunn
  • Rose Egan
  • Janet & John Egelhofer
  • Ruth Elcan
  • Kristen Elechko
  • Victoria Elson
  • Jean Erlbaum
  • Suzanne Everden & Laurie Shannon
  • Jennifer Falcone
  • Joan Featherman
  • Liz Feeley
  • Jason Feifer
  • Michele Feinstein
  • Ann Ferguson
  • Ruth Folchman
  • Judi Fonsh
  • Marianne Foote
  • Donald Forest
  • Anna Gallo Foss
  • Katherine Francis
  • Sue Freeman
  • Marlene Fried
  • Elizabeth Friedman & Peter Kassis
  • Sally Fuller
  • Jonna Gaberman & Bruce Wintman
  • Peter Gagliardi
  • Jennifer Gallant & Nancy Doby
  • Sylvia Galvan
  • Dorothy Gavin
  • Karin George
  • Janine & Thomas Giles
  • Dana Gillette & Camille Gagliardi
  • Catherine Gobron
  • Gina Golash Kos
  • Lynn Goodhue
  • Molly Goodwin
  • Michael Gordon
  • Rachel Gordon
  • John & Natalie Grabill
  • Steve Grande
  • Beth Green
  • Amy Greenbaum
  • Patty Greene
  • Joan Greenfield
  • J. Lynn Griesemer
  • Deirdre Griffin
  • Frederick Griffiths
  • Sally Griggs
  • Mary Grimm
  • Peggy Gruen
  • Jan Hackman
  • Mary Hale
  • Daphne & Stephen Hall
  • Patricia Hallberg
  • Karen Hansmann
  • Craig Harbison
  • Dena & Felda Hardymon
  • Alane Hartley
  • Judi Haskell
  • Lynn Hatch
  • Rebecca Hedgecock
  • Fran Henry
  • Diane & Don Hewat
  • Eliza Hewat
  • Christie Higuera
  • Louise & Arthur Hillman
  • Herbert & Janet Hodos
  • Samalid Hogan
  • Julie Holt
  • Kerry Homstead
  • Pam Howland
  • Katherine Hudson
  • Denise & Justin Hurst, Sr.
  • Marjorie Hutter
  • Judith Ingis
  • Peggy Jablonski
  • Devorah Jacobson
  • Amy Jamrog & Kim Cook
  • Nancy Jamrog
  • Maria Jobin-Leeds
  • Susan Joel
  • Patricia & William Jolicoeur
  • Elizabeth Jones Hayes
  • Amy Kahn & Jeff McQueen
  • Vera & Chester Kalm
  • Kate Kane
  • Ticia Kane
  • Jacqueline & George Keady
  • Christine Keenan
  • Lyne Kendall
  • Judith Kimberly & Chris Palames
  • Janet Klausner-Wise & Jeremy Wise
  • Susan & Ed Kline
  • Deborah Koch
  • Rae Korengold & David Rosenmiller
  • Estate of Ruth Krauss c/o Cohen & Wolf, P.C.
  • Julie Kumble & Bruce Watson
  • Anne Kusiak
  • Jennifer Ladd
  • Janet Lansberry
  • Susan B. Lantz
  • Carol Laplante
  • Carol Hurst LaRocca
  • Wendy Laurin & Jeffrey Konowitch
  • Karen LaVerdiere
  • Carol A. Leary
  • Ronnie Leavitt
  • Melinda & K. Frances Lee
  • Joellen LeGrand
  • Vikki Lenhart
  • Stacey Lennard
  • Kristin & Simon Leutz
  • Claudia Levin
  • Ellen Brout Lindsey & Bill Lindsey
  • Sally Livingston
  • Eleanor Lord
  • Elizabeth Loughran
  • Susan Lowenstein Kitchell
  • Peggy Lucey
  • Kerry Lusignan
  • Marlene & Dan Lyons
  • M.J. Maccardini
  • Judith Machanik
  • Susan & Alfred Magee
  • Christine Maiwald
  • Dr. Barbara Mandell
  • Meryl Ann Mandell & Stephen Smulski
  • Melissa Mann
  • Elena Mansour
  • Linda Marchesani
  • Susan Mareneck
  • Joanne Marqusee
  • Wendy Marsden
  • Vanessa Martinez & Jamie Locklar
  • Kevin McCaffrey
  • R. Keith McCormick D.C.
  • Roberta McCulloch-Dews
  • Betsey McKearnan
  • Molly Mead & Carole Bull
  • Felicia Mednick
  • Meredith Michaels & Lee Bowie
  • Brenda & Martin Miller
  • Bob & Pat Miller
  • Sarah & Hugh Mitchell
  • Sue Monks
  • Sarah Montgomery & Priscilla Wahler
  • Sarah Morin & Andree Demay
  • Cynthia Morrell
  • Molly Moskal
  • Marcie Muehlke
  • Natalia Munoz
  • Paula Murphy & Deb Burkhalter
  • Kristi Nelson
  • Dorothy Nemetz & John Todd
  • Lydia K. Nettler
  • Robyn Ann Newhouse
  • Anna Novey Cook
  • Paula Nowick
  • Venessa O'Brien
  • Lorraine O'Keefe
  • Nkeruka Okonmah-Sanders
  • Carla Oleska
  • Norma Oleska
  • Magui O'Neill
  • Lizzy Ortiz
  • Jenny Papageorge
  • Anne Paradis & Mary Jane Canavan
  • Ruth Pardoe
  • Ronda Parish
  • Suzanne Parker
  • Connie Parks
  • Jill Paul & Barbara Bilz
  • Jessica Payne
  • Claudia Pazmany
  • Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond
  • Stephanie Pellegrino
  • Gail Perlman
  • Barbara Perman
  • Robert & Bobbi Perry
  • Susan Personette
  • Paul Petell II
  • Karen Peterson
  • Lorna & Dale Peterson
  • Sally Pick
  • Emily & John Pietras
  • Victoria Pillard
  • Ruth Pinegar
  • Julie Pokela & Liz Denny
  • Lori Polep
  • Sister Kathleen Popko
  • Laurie Priest & Anne Harrison
  • Alice Pyle
  • Barbara & Tom Quinn
  • Leigh & John Rae
  • Nancy Reiche & Thomas Kane
  • Cornelia & Wallis Reid
  • Marjorie Reid
  • Barbara Reinhold
  • Martha Richards
  • Ann Romberger & Martha Ackmann
  • Dolores Root
  • Mary Rose
  • Denise Rosemond
  • Joan Rosenbaum
  • Joanna Rosenthal
  • Kenneth Rosenthal
  • Sheron Rupp
  • Jessica Saalfield
  • Leigh Salvage
  • Carol Samuels & Norene Pease
  • Nieve Santana
  • Elizabeth Sayman
  • Vivian Scheinmann
  • Cecelia Scott & Astrid Lindstrom
  • Linda Scott & Rebecca Sherer
  • Tanya Sears
  • Margarita Shannon & Nina Dabek
  • Kathleen Sharkey
  • Elizabeth Silver
  • Jean Simmons
  • Sierra Simmons
  • Julie Singley
  • Wendy & John Sinton
  • Linda Slakey
  • Suzanne Slater & Judy Dixon
  • Stephanie Slysz
  • BJ Smith
  • Ja'Net Smith
  • Susan Smith
  • Suzanne Smith & Christine Parrish
  • Judith Solsken
  • Cynthia Sommer & Andrew Balder
  • Sandra Southwick
  • Catherine Spath & Kate Kruckemeyer
  • Eileen Spira
  • Elizabeth Spong
  • Liz Stahl
  • Jane Stangl & Yanina Vargas
  • Cynthia Staniszewski
  • Sylvia Staub
  • Bruce & Katie Stebbins
  • Pamela Stobierski
  • Rep. Ellen Story
  • Lorna Strassler
  • Toni Strassler
  • Bonnie Strickland & Marjorie Nott
  • Maureen Sullivan
  • Diana Sutton-Fernandez
  • M.A. Swedlund
  • Alice Swift
  • Helen Symons
  • Sarah Tanner
  • Layla Taylor & Stephen Foley
  • Dorothy Terino
  • Millie Thayer & Rosa Oviedo
  • Michelle Theroux & Michael Ippolito
  • Peggy Thieriot
  • Martha Thurber
  • Francine Tishman & Janet Cain
  • Susan Tombs
  • Bernadette & Bill Toomey
  • Ketesah & Justin Trudeau
  • Cynthia Turnbull & Tina Shen
  • Nancy & Bruce Urbschat
  • Vanessa Van Stee
  • Frances Van Treese
  • Kevin Vann
  • Michael Vann
  • Madeleine Victor-Pieczarka
  • Peter Vogel
  • Abbie von Schlegell
  • Jean & Jerry Wagener
  • Lisa Waldman & Martha Lang
  • Margaret Walker
  • Patty Morey Walker
  • Phebe Wallace
  • Barbara Watson
  • Alison Weber
  • Emily & Rob Weir
  • Anne Weiss
  • Peter Weston
  • Halina Wiczyk
  • Joan Wilson
  • Shannon Wissman-Hoar
  • Jennifer Wofford
  • Virginia Wolf
  • Nina Wolff Landau
  • Cate Woolner
  • Andrea Wright & Peggy Anderson
  • Angela Wright
  • Rosamond Wulsin
  • Barbara Young & Eric Weber
  • Elizabeth Young
  • Emily Young
  • Valerie Young
  • Katie Zobel
  • Organizations

  • Alida Lewis LIPPI Scholarship Fund
  • Barrington Foundation Inc.
  • Berkshire Hills Music Academy
  • Charles B. Hall Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • Eileen Fisher, Inc.
  • F. L. Roberts
  • Fleming Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • Katharine L.W. & Winthrop M. Crane Foundation
  • Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
  • Mount Holyoke College, Weissman Center for Leadership
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • Professional Business Services
  • Ruth K & Ralph G Webber Family Foundation
  • Sisters of Providence
  • South Hadley AHPC
  • Steve's Sugar Shack
  • Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn, LLC
  • UMACC - Community Health Charities
  • United Bank
  • United Personnel
  • In-kind donors

  • Elizabeth & Magaly Barajas-Roman
  • Kathy Cardinale
  • L. Alexandra Dest
  • Dianne & Paul Doherty
  • Andrew Jensen
  • Kate Kane

In Honor Of

all the fine women in western Mass

by Julie Kumble

all the great women the WFWM serves in our counties

by Lizzy Ortiz

Elizabeth Barajas-Román

by Mary Kay Blake
by Carol Leary
by Lorna and Dale Peterson

Denise Brown

by Michele and George Ditomassi

Carol Campbell

by Marianne Foote
by Carol Hurst LaRocca

Carol Chandler

by Susan Personette

Cinnamon, Aurora, Canela and Helena

by John and Natalie Grabill

Jo-Ann Davis

by Mary Dunn and staff

Isa Deloge

by Claudia Pazmany

Dianne Doherty

by Leigh Salvage

Kristen Elechko

by Chia Collins

for my daughters

by Paul Petell II

June M. Fuller

by Elaine Christopher

Sophia Hogan

by Samalid Hogan

Julie Holt

by Patty Greene

Denise Hurst

by Denise Rosemond

Amy Jamrog, Kim Cook and Jeanne Kopacz

by Anne Weiss

Joanne Jones

by Felicia Mednick

Julie Kumble

by Elizabeth Spong
by Bruce Watson


by Liz Friedman

Susie Lowenstein

by Representative Ellen Story

Arya Soleil Odunukwe

by Anonymous Donor

of the great support for women in jail

by Carolyn Benson and Connie Baugh

Carla Oleska

by Carla Cooke
by Deirdre Griffin

Dolores Pokela

by Julie Pokela

Zoe Rae

by Leigh Rae

Rosalinda Ramirez

by Elizabeth Barajas-Román

Shannon Rudder

by Annette Cycon

Zoe and Kaya Saalfield

by Kristen Elechko

Elizabeth Silver

by Connie Parks

Zoe Silverman

by Jill Paul and Barbara Bilz

Linda Slakey

by Kenneth Rosenthal

Anne Weiss

by Catherine and Joseph Dorison

In Memory Of

Karen Brandeau

by Rae Korengold and David Rosenmiller

Shirley Desmond

by Gina Barry - Bacon/Wilson PC

Jayson Falcone

by Jennifer Falcone

Joan C. Fusia

by Carol Campbell

Mary G. Lawsing

by Gina Barry - Bacon/Wilson PC

my daughter Josie Danielle

by Monica Borgatti

Tini Sawicki

by Carol Campbell

Tini Sawicki

by Carol Hurst LaRocca

Jana M. Tishman

by Francine Tishman and Janet Cain

Ruth Weston

by Peter Weston

Lillian Yudelowitz

by Joyce Berkman

Summit For Success Sponsors

  • Host Sponsors
  • UMass Center At Springfield
  • Women In Philanthropy
  • Other Sponsors
  • A. von Schlegell & Company
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • C&M Realty
  • DeJordy, Dugre, Croteau & Co., PC
  • Flowers, Flowers!
  • Nicholas LaPier, CPA, PC
  • Professional Business Services
  • Steve's Sugar Shack
  • Whalen Insurance Agency

2015 Corporate Underwriters

Women Lead Change: A Celebration of the LIPPI Class of 2015 Sponsors

  • Presenting Sponsor
  • Cardinale Design
  • Event Sponsors
  • Lisa Baskin
  • Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation
  • Chia Collins & Michael Cohen
  • Dietz & Co. Architects
  • Optical Studio
  • Anne Paradis & Mary Jane Canavan
  • Smith & Wesson