Meet our 2020-2021 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!
Vice President of Human Resources, Aurora Health Care
YWCA Board President
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.
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.
Bridget Erwin, Attorney
Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C.
Bridget is an attorney at Hager, Dewick & Zuengler. She assists her clients with a wide variety of estate planning matters, including wills and trusts, probate and trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships, special needs planning and marital property agreements. Bridget is a graduate of St. Norbert College and William Mitchell College of Law. Bridget is a board member for Wispact, Inc., the Neville Museum Foundation and the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Father Allouez Catholic School Site Advisory Committee. Bridget and her husband, Jeff, reside in Allouez along with their four daughters.
Gina is VP of Private Banking and a member of the Management Team at Fortifi Bank, a 140+ year old community bank headquartered in Berlin, WI. She has close to 30 years of banking experience and is a graduate of UW Milwaukee, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resources. Building strong relationships with her clients and being their “go to” person for whatever they need, giving them peace of mind, is what Gina loves most about her job. This is Gina’s second round as a YWCA Board member. Believing strongly in giving back to the community, she is also a current board member for Management Women and the West De Pere Youth Organization’s Fast Break program. Her past board involvement includes Literacy Green Bay, the Green Bay Rotary Club and the March of Dimes. Gina believes we should all be willing to help each other to strengthen our community, empower each other and give everyone the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their challenges. Gina is married to Lane Evans, and has two children, Gehret (23) and Brehna (20).
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.
Media Relations Manager, Schneider
Kara Leiterman is a Media Relations Manager at Schneider and a five-time Emmy winning former Television News Producer. Prior to joining Schneider, Kara was the Media Relations Strategist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. A driven storyteller and crisis communicator, she spent nine years in TV news in Green Bay, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities. Her journalism career lead her into public service with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and later the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where Kara was a spokesperson and social media Public Information Officer. For her, storytelling is about making a difference and changing lives. Kara holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from St Norbert College and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University of Wisconsin. She also serves as President for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Northeast Wisconsin. Kara lives in the Green Bay area with her husband and two daughters.
Strategy Advancement Advisor, Humana
YWCA Board Secretary
Amanda is currently a Strategy Advancement Advisor 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.
Lynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College. She has worked in corporate and non-profit communications for 20 years. Lynn is passionate about a wide variety of issues including disability rights, voter registration, inclusivity and female empowerment. She has volunteered with Syble Hopp School, Exceptional Equestrians, Coalition of Voting Organizations and the Democratic Party of Brown County. In addition to being a small business owner, she is a wife and mother who enjoys cooking, traveling and collecting vintage clothing. Lynn hopes to draw on her communication skills to further the YWCA’s mission and to help make Greater Green Bay a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.
Manager, Hospitality Services for Aurora BayCare Medical Center
YWCA Board Past President
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.
As Senior Vice President at Associated Trust Company, Charity Olson is responsible for the oversight and management of trust administration in the Green Bay market. Charity works with her team to put the client’s needs first and provide insight on Wealth Preservation, Estate Planning and employ Personal Trust and Risk Management strategies. She is responsible for overseeing the Corporate Trust Business Line of Associated Trust Company. Charity has a major in Public Relations Journalism and has done freelance writing for local publications. Passionate about her community Charity enjoys human interest stories. She believes that change starts at home and spends the majority of her free time with her family, which includes her husband, three children, two golden retrievers and a Beta fish. Charity tries to give an example at home by making her family a priority and then show the children the importance of giving back to the community. Active in her community, Charity has been the Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee and has served on the Wellspring Advisory Board.
Assistant to the Chairman & Chief Executive, KI
Amy Perrault holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Lakeland University-Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Administration from Concordia University, and a Certificate in Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from the University of Michigan. She is Assistant to the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of KI with a strong background in strategic planning, leadership, marketing, and project management. Amy enjoys being an active member of her community where she has offered her business acumen to All Saints Parish in Denmark, Wisconsin where she has served as a member of both their Finance Council and Personnel Committee. Amy is currently an Advisory Committee Member to the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She feels strongly about education and inclusion, and her values align perfectly with the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
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.
Pam is a CPA and attorney with an LL.M, Doctorate Master’s of Tax, from Chicago Kent College of Law. She retired as a partner with Wipfli LLP in 2018, and has recently joined the law firm of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., as a tax, business, and estate planning consultant. Pam has served on many non-profit boards and committees including the executive committee for the Green Bay Community Foundation and a special-purpose/unique asset foundation for the Fox Valley Community Foundation. Pam also currently serves on the Planned Giving Committee at St. Norbert College. Pam is married to Chad and they have two children, Breanna and Alec. She enjoys spending time with them boating, staying active, and at many different sporting events.
Willow Stewart is a Green Bay newbie (though she graduated from St. Norbert College in 2014) and is the Marketing Manager at the YMCA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Media Studies and Graphic Design. She’s also currently pursuing her Master’s in Leadership & Organizational Development with a nonprofit emphasis. She has worked in nonprofits her entire career in a variety of fields: education, childhood safety, affordable housing, and now healthy living. Willow coaches volleyball in her spare time at both the high school and club level. She’s passionate about empowering women and is so excited to move the needle by working with the YWCA.
Marti is a 2009 graduate of Carroll University with a BS in Psychology. She has spent the last ten years working with under-served, at-risk, and low-income populations in the Green Bay community through non-profit home visitation and child protective services. She is endorsed by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health. She loved being able to serve teen parents and their children. Since fall of 2020 she has been employed by GBAPS at Preble High School in their Family and Consumer Education Department. Marti also spends her time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Adolescent Parenting Coalition.
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.
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.