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

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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 2019 Annual Report

Our People

Executive Committee

Board Chair

Diane Jordan

Vice Chair & Secretary

Anne Mulder

Chair Human Resources

Sarah Broman

Chair Advocacy

Christie Kuhns

Chair Communications

Jackie Reau

Immediate Past Chair

Jill McGruder

Chair Racial Justice

Alicia Townsend

Chair Facilities

Steve Kenat

Chair Program Evaluation

Jamila Watson

Chair Governance

De Asa Nichols

Chair Financial Development

Pam Weber

Chair Finance & Treasurer

Nicole Rasmussen

2020–2021 Board of Directors

Rebeca ArbonaPresident and Chief Truth-Teller, Brand TrueSarah BromanExecutive Vice President, Marketing Manager, Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky, PNC
Helen BufordStrategic AdvisorChristi CornetteChief Culture Officer, Cincinnati Bell
Jennifer DauerChief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Ohio State University Wexner Medical CenterStephanie HeadleyAssociate Director, Shopper Marketing & Scale, Procter & Gamble
Diane JordanPresident/CEO, Thembi Speaks LLCSandy KaltmanAttorney at Law
Steve KenatDirector of Community Development, GBBNVirginia KuertzRetired Wealth Management Executive
Christie KuhnsChief of Staff, VP of Operations & Community Relations, UC HealthAnitra MarshAssociate Director, Brand Communications, Procter & Gamble Skin & Personal Care
Jill McGruderPresident & CEO, IFS Financial Services, Inc., Western & Southern Financial GroupCarolyn MicheliSenior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Scripps
Anne MulderHuman Resources ProfessionalDe Asa NicholsSupplier Diversity Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Paaras ParkerHead of Human Resources, Kroger DigitalNicole RasmussenAudit Partner, Deloitte & Touche
Jackie ReauFounder/CEO, GameDay CommunicationsDarrin RedusVice President & Executive Director, Minority Business Accelerator, Cincinnati Regional USA Chamber
Zeinab SchwenPresident, Strategic Regulatory ConsultingLiza SmithermanVP Professional Development, Brewster Pumping/Jostin Construction, Inc.
Saema SomalyaLegal ProfessionalAlicia TownsendVP/Community Development Manager, OH Metro Markets Government Relations & Community Development, U.S. Bank
Jamila WatsonInsights & Design Research Advisor, FedEx ServicesPam WeberSenior Vice President, PNC Bank
Craig YoungFounder & President/Executive Director, Young Family Foundation, Inspiring Service

YWCA Executive Staff

President & CEO

Barbara C. Perez


Executive Vice President

Debbie Brooks


Interim Vice President, Finance

Frank Gottschall


Senior Vice President, Operations

Angela J. Jenkins


Executive Coordinator

Yvette Johnson-Hegge


Vice President, Facilities & Maintenance

Doug Rausch


Vice President, Development

Tracy Wells



Director, Childcare Center

Kathy Benkert


Sr. Director, Domestic Violence Residential & Non-Residential Services

Juwana Hall


Director, Youth Services and Transform

Jennifer Milani


Director, Grants Administration

Rachel Strasinger