Meet our 2019-2020 Board of Directors
The YWCA Greater Green Bay is fortunate to have this outstanding group of strong, inspirational women on its board. Thank you for leading and serving our community!
Pooja Agarwal is a lecturer for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. She received a BS from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University in 1997. She received an MBA from HIMCS in 2000 and an ME from Kent State University in 2001. Pooja’s teaching interests include Computer Applications, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Statistics. Her research interest is in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is currently teaching undergraduate Human Resource Management, Marketing, Statistics, and Management Information Systems/Quantitative Methods.
Tenaye Francois-Arneson holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from McMuarry College and Master of Accounting degree from University of Illinois. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor with more than 20 years of Internal Audit experience. Tenaye currently is senior Auditor with University of Wisconsin System Administration serving all UW institutions and a member of various professional organizations: such as Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Fraud Examiner, and Association of University and College Auditors. When not working on audit or investigation, Tenaye enjoys spending time with her son and husband, watching the Packers, traveling, and cooking. Tenaye believes on giving back and supporting her community, especially supporting women and children. She currently serves on the audit committee of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes and a Board member of Francois Bere foundation supporting a nonprofit primary school in her birth country, Ethiopia.
Vice President of Human Resources, Aurora Health Care
Gwen serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the North Market Group of Aurora Health Care. In the role of Vice President Human Resources, Gwen provides strategic direction for human resources functions within the market group and is also responsible for ensuring human resources strategies and practices align and effectively support the achievement of the organization’s objectives and mission. Other groups important to Gwen are the Greater Green Bay Health Care Alliance which is a consortium of health care employers, colleges and universities and the Workforce Development Board. Gwen has co-chaired a Clinical Placement sub-committee with the Health Care Alliance for over three years. Gwen has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organization Development from Silver Lake College. Health and wellness are important to Gwen; in her spare time, she enjoys biking and exercising. Travel is also a favorite past time. Gwen also spends time visiting her daughter and family in Raleigh, North Carolina and her son who is currently in a traveling role where ever he happens to be.
Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, St. Norbert College
Juliet Cole holds a Bachelor’s degree in social change and development and a master’s degree in cross-cultural counseling from UW-Green Bay. In addition, she holds a Cambridge University Certificate in Modern Management/ Administration, Jersey, Britain. Juliet is involved in several Green Bay- and Fox Valley-area committees and organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Green Bay, Green Bay School District Equity in Education Committee, African Heritage Inc., Appleton, MLK celebration planning committee and chairs the MLK Contest committee. She is currently a staff of the Wisconsin Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (DTAN), serving as a Co-coordinator for the DPI Collaborative Conference and a co-facilitator for Beyond Diversity (Courageous Conversation about Race). She is also a trained facilitator for Diversity Circles (Every Day Democracy). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and she’s an active member of the community.
Gail is responsible for the administration and efficient operations of both the retail and private banking services in Northeast Wisconsin. Her goal is to maximize client satisfaction in an inviting atmosphere. Gail specializes in business development activities and strategies to increase bank awareness while introducing clients to a broad range of products and services. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, joined Johnson Bank in 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Gail’s community involvement includes Appleton Downtown Rotary Club, NeighborWorks of Green Bay and UW-Fox Valley Foundation Board.
Retired Administrative Professional
A native of Milwaukee, Pat spent 14 years in banking prior to becoming an Administrative Professional. During the 16 years she spent with a local telecommunications company as an Executive Assistant, Pat also become involved with the International Association of Administration Professionals (IAAP) and earned the Certified Administrative Professional-Office Management specialty designation. She served in various roles on the WI Division Board of IAAP for five years, ending with a term as Division President. Currently retired, Pat continues to be involved in her church, most recently as Financial Secretary, and the community.
Pat has been volunteering since high school, fund raising for charities, assisting people with disabilities, tutoring literacy and ESL, teaching basic computer classes, mentoring through the Brown County PALS program, and assisting low-income families in need of diapers, clothing, and formula through the Love Life organization.
Johanna Garrigan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. Johanna is currently the Purchasing Supervisor for KI’s Bonduel division with over 19 years of experience in purchasing, continuous improvement, supply chain management and procurement. An active community member, Johanna is involved at St. Bernard Parish as part of the 6:30 Sunday Night Worship Band and serves as president of their Altar Rosary Society. Johanna and her husband Mark, are long-time residents of the Green Bay area. All four of her daughters have attended YWCA’s child care, and are learning to swim at the YWCA.
Process Improvement Lead, Humana
Amanda is currently a Process Improvement Lead at Humana and responsible for strategic development, internal communications, and organizational content development. Throughout her tenure at Humana, she has held various roles to include a focus on the associate experience, culture, engagement, communication, organizational effectiveness, and strategy advancement. Amanda’s passion for helping others is demonstrated through participation in the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Diversity & Inclusiveness Task Force and co-leadership of a Community Partners Meeting, allowing local organizations to engage in conversations that will help build a more inclusive community.
Becky is a First Vice President with Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley. Becky has been a part of the Green Bay community her whole life. For fun and relaxation, she enjoys boating, gardening and spending time with her dogs. She is passionate about the well-being of animals and volunteers her time working with no-kill animal shelters and supporting local organizations such as the Bay Area Humane Society and Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary. © 2019 Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley
Grace Meyer is a Manager of Hospitality Services for Aurora BayCare Medical Center managing a combined non-medical staff of 65 in multiple locations. In her role, Grace is charged with creating and implementing procedures for each department that she manages as well as facilitating customer service retreats and conducting group presentations. Grace feels very strongly about giving back and is very involved in the community. She is serving her third term as President of the De Pere Rotary Club, she is the Vice President of the St. Norbert Alumni Board, and the Treasurer of the Packers Women’s Association. Grace has done extensive volunteering including Board involvement for Literacy Green Bay, and the CP Center among others. Grace received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from St. Norbert College and her MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Rebecca is a 2011 graduate of Santa Clara University with a BS in Psychology. Since graduation she has worked at the American Foundation of Counseling Services, Schneider National, and is currently the Director of Marketing and People Operations at Flexagon. Rebecca has been involved in the community with the Neville Museum Foundation, The Volunteer Center, the East High Fine Arts Institute, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay.
Brown County Board of Supervisors
Alex and her father came to Ashwaubenon in 1983, as refugees from Viet Nam. Following the Fall of Saigon, her father, an officer who fought alongside our American troops, was taken prisoner-of-war. After 6½ years of hard labor and torture in a Communist “re-education camp,” her father escaped, and they fled Viet Nam with 110 others in a 41-foot wooden fishing boat. She was 9 years old. Alex graduated from Ashwaubenon High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS degree in Medical Microbiology & Immunology. She later returned to graduate school to obtain her MBA in Finance and International Business. She currently works for an engineering firm, and has recently been elected to Brown County Board of Supervisors, representing District 21 of Ashwaubenon.
Academic Advisor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Katie joined the NWTC Academic team in Fall 2013, and finds joy in helping students achieve their academic and career goals. She also serves on the NWTC Diversity Team and the NWTC Title IX Team. Katie strives to help make NWTC a welcoming place for all indivduals. She has worked in the field of higher education for the majority of her career. She earned her Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University in 2011, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2007, studying Anthropology, Sociology and Women’s Studies.
Allie VanLanen is a Supply Chain Manager at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay, WI, focusing on leadership, project management, and continuous improvement. She graduated from St. Norbert College in 2007, with a degree in English and an emphasis in Women’s Studies. Allie has had the opportunity to be involved in Schreiber Foods’ Diversity and Inclusion efforts as co-chair of the PRIDE Business Resource Group and a member of their corporate D&I Council. Allie and her husband have two daughters and are members of the Green Bay community. She is joining the YWCA Board with a genuine interest in making a positive impact on her community.
Andrea Werner is a Senior Vice President for Cardiovascular and Pulmonology; Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine; and Pathology and Radiology at Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bellin Health serves a market of over 400,000 people across Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with a mission and vision centered around becoming the healthiest population in the nation. Bellin is comprised of a 244-bed community hospital with proven excellence in heart and vascular care, Bellin Medical Group, Bellin Specialty Group, Bellin Psychiatric Center, Employer clinics, FastCare retail clinics, and Physician Partners, Ltd. As a Senior Vice President, Andrea is accountable for all strategic and operational results. These include business growth and development, quality and safety, financial performance, patient and provider satisfaction, and population health. Andrea has her BSW from Marquette University, MSW from The University of Iowa, and completed The Improvement Advisor Training Program with The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts. Andrea has worked at Bellin for over 20 years.