About the Nevada Women’s Fund


The Nevada Women’s Fund is dedicated to strengthening our community by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.




Co-Founders Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller, Barbara C. Thornton

Founded in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for the women and families of northern Nevada, NWF was established to correct the then national imbalance of financial distribution from traditional resources that resulted in less than 6% of grants going to women and children.  Since 1983, NWF distributions are over $7.7 million.

NWF works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. We identify critical social needs and address them through award of individual education scholarships and grant making to northern Nevada non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.


About 1NWF is governed by a volunteer board of directors and its daily operations are guided by a President & CEO, Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.  The board convenes 9 meetings annually.  Standing committees include: Allocations, Board Leadership, Development, Investment and Finance, and Marketing


Grants are awarded to community organizations or programs providing assistance to women and children.

These dollars have assisted a wide range of groups including the prevention of violence against women and children, adolescent pregnancy prevention, support services for the disabled, childcare, education and mentoring programs, English as a second language, health care and medical assistance to low income, minority families and/or senior citizens.


About 3Most NWF scholarship recipients are re-entry women and single mothers who have not had the opportunity to complete their educations due to family issues and/or financial constraints. NWF scholarships are awarded directly to the recipient.  NWF’s philosophy is to continue to allocate scholarships to a deserving woman (given that need and academic performance continue to be proven) until she achieves her degree.

Fundraising Activities and Events

NWF supports its grant making and scholarship activities through two annual fundraising events; contributions from generous individual donors; and earned income from its endowment.

NWF at a Glance

  • Founded in 1982
  • Scholarship and grant distributions began in 1983
  • Since 1983: $3,664,740 in grant funding has been awarded to 158 community organizations
  • Since 1983: $4,003,144 in scholarships to 1,704 women
  • Endowment value: $2,723,678 (Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Since 1992: 1,822 women have been honored through the Fund’s Salute to Women of Achievement event


2019 Board of Directors

The NWF Board of Directors is comprised of women community leaders who share NWF’s vision of a brighter world for Nevada’s women and families.


Kerry Eaton, Chair
Jamie Gazza, Vice Chair
Sarah Crumby, Treasurer
Ronele Dotson, Recorder
Kristen Chinvarasopak, Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Alexia Bratiotis Jobson
Amanda Alfaro
Amy Shocket
Andi Guevara
Ann Wilkinson
Beth Hutson
Bethany Sexton
Carolyn Barbash
Christina Stoever Young

Dawn Welsh
Debby Bullentini
Jamii Uboldi
Jen Eastwood
Jill Johnson
Joanna Jacob
Kaitlyn Ovard
Karen Purcell
Kathy Picollo

Kelly Corrigan
Marge Millar
Megan Brown
Michele Casey
Olivia Baugh
Sarah E. Baley
Sharon Wurm
Tricia Gallenbeck
Valerie J. Clark


Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson

President & CEO

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Isabelle brings to the Nevada Women’s Fund more than 30 years of experience and expertise in management and

 administration, public affairs, public relations, marketing, media strategies and major event planning for corporations and national non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Fund in 2012 she served as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

Isabelle has enjoyed a fascinating career working with international dignitaries, members of Congress, high-level federal and state government officials, corporate and special interest groups and entertainment celebrities. She started her career in our nation’s capital as a legislative analyst developing and implementing marketing and advocacy strategies to lobby the Legislative and Executive branches of government. She then served the White House as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States. In this role she directed the elaborate details associated with the domestic and international event activities, travel, protocol and media for President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Michele Montoya

Development and Programs Administrator

Michele is Development and Program Administrator for the Nevada Women’s Fund after many years with the Community services Agency, in Reno, where her work focused on the development of services designed to improve the lives of low-income Nevada families. She holds multiple years’ experience in strategic fund, business, affordable housing, economic and new program development, with a strong emphasis in data analysis. Michele holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno and also a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is active in the community through many professional organizations. Her interests outside of work include yoga, reading, traveling and cycling.

Stephanie Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator

Stephanie is Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator. A native of Kings Beach and later working in Truckee and Verdi, Stephanie comes to the Nevada Women’s Fund with experience in product and client management, skills in customer service and problem-solving. She is familiar with managing multiple projects. Her prior knowledge and desire to make a difference in her community make her a perfect fit for the Nevada Women’s Fund. Stephanie has previously worked with non-profit organizations including the North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Whole Hearts Minds and Bodies.