Who We Are

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Our Mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Join us in our mission to promote economic equality, prevent violence, ensure safety and end discrimination. Our work is more important now than ever, and we rely on our community of allies to join our effort.

Our Legacy

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world and has been at the forefront of most of the pressing social movements for more than 150 years.

Affordable Housing

Civil Rights

Pay Equity

Violence Prevention

Health Care Reform

Voting Rights

Learn More about our history

Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Founded in 1868 as the fifth YWCA association in the United States the YWCA has always tackled women’s issues.

At its inception, YWCA championed initiatives including a women’s employment bureau, minimum wage, protective labor laws, women’s suffrage, and job training for women. YWCA Greater Cincinnati was at the forefront of racial justice advocacy, establishing the first integrated cafeteria where interracial groups
could eat in the 1950s.

Since the 1970s, YWCA has provided services to victims of intimate partner violence and their children. The organization strives to build a coordinated community effort to provide the most comprehensive approach to prevention and intervention of intimate partner violence in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Our Programs FAQs 2021 Mid-Year Impact Report

Our People

Executive Committee

Board Chair

Diane Jordan

Vice Chair & Secretary

Anne Mulder

Chair Advocacy

Christie Kuhns

Chair Communications

Rebeca Arbona

Immediate Past Chair

Jill McGruder

Chair Racial Justice

Alicia Townsend

Chair Facilities

Steve Kenat

Chair Program Evaluation

Zeinab Schwen

Chair Governance

Craig Young

Chair Financial Development

Pam Weber

Chair Finance & Treasurer

Virginia Kuertz

2021–2022 Board of Directors

Rebeca ArbonaPresident and Chief Truth-Teller, Brand TrueSarah BromanExecutive Vice President, Marketing Manager, Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky, PNC
Julie CourtneyFounding Partner, Madison DesignBrandi ElliottExecutive Director, Identity and Inclusion, University of Cincinnati, Student Affairs
Sheri HarperHuman Resources ExecutiveStephanie HeadleyAssociate Director, Shopper Marketing & Scale, Procter & Gamble
Megan HubeDirector, DSD Advisors, LLCDiane JordanPresident/CEO, Thembi Speaks LLC
Sandy KaltmanAttorney at LawSteve KenatDirector of Community Development, GBBN
Virginia KuertzWealth Management ExecutiveChristie KuhnsStrategy, External Relations and Operations Executive
Anitra MarshAssociate Director, Brand Communications, Procter & Gamble Skin & Personal CareJill McGruderPresident & CEO, IFS Financial Services, Inc., Western & Southern Financial Group
Carolyn MicheliSenior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, ScrippsAnne MulderHuman Resources Professional
De Asa NicholsSupplier Diversity ExecutivePaaras ParkerHead of Human Resources, Kroger Digital
Jackie ReauFounder/CEO, GameDay CommunicationsDarrin RedusVice President & Executive Director, Minority Business Accelerator, Cincinnati Regional USA Chamber
Zeinab SchwenPresident, Strategic Regulatory ConsultingAlicia TownsendVP/Community Development Manager, OH Metro Markets Government Relations & Community Development, U.S. Bank
Pam WeberSenior Vice President, PNC BankCraig YoungFounder & President/Executive Director, Young Family Foundation, Inspiring Service

YWCA Executive Staff

President & CEO

Barbara C. Perez


Executive Vice President

Debbie Brooks


Senior Vice President, Operations

Angela J. Jenkins


Executive Coordinator

Yvette Johnson-Hegge


Vice President, Development

Tracy Wells



Director, Childcare Center

Kathy Benkert


Director, Residential & JFS Services

Nicole Williams


Sr Director, Non-Residential Services

Jennifer Milani


Director, Grants Administration

Monica Pepple