Who We Are

Mission

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

Sasha Osorio, scholarship recipient, and her daughters Mariah, Soraya, and Yazmine

Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller, & Barbara Thornton, founding members

Our History

We were founded in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for the women and families of northern Nevada. The Nevada Women’s Fund was born 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. And it worked. In fact, since 1983, our distributions are now over $7.7 million.

We work with our community of individual donors, sponsors and partners to raise funds and other resources to ensure we can meet the growing needs of our community and ultimate impact families long-term.

Board of Directors

The Nevada Women’s Fund Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who share our vision of a brighter world for Nevada’s women and families. The board of directors governs the organization and its daily operations are guided by a President & CEO, Development & Programs Administrator and Administrative Assistant & Event Coordinator. The board convenes nine meetings annually. Standing committees include: Allocations, Board Leadership, Development, Investment and Finance and Marketing.

Board Member, Jill Johnson with her daugher Romy, and her mother Richelle O’Driscoll a former board member

2020 Board of Directors

Officers

Jamie Gazza

Jamie Gazza

Chair

Nevada State Bank
Ronele Dotson

Ronele Dotson

Vice Chair

RAD Strategies
Sarah Crumby

Sarah Crumby

Treasurer

Cupit, Milligan, Ogden & Williams, CPAs

Jill Johnson

Recorder

Bishop Manogue Catholic High School

Kerry Eaton

Immediate Past Chair

Drinkwater Eaton Law Offices

Board Members

Amanda Alfaro

Amanda Alfaro

Ferrari-Lund Real Estate
Amy Shocket

Amy Shocket

Dickson Realty
Andi Guevara

Andi Guevara

2 News
Ann Wilkinson

Ann Wilkinson

Lewis Brisbois Law Firm
Candace Borrego

Candace Borrego

US Bank
Christina Stoever Young

Christina Stoever Young

Sunshine Tahoe
Courtney Forster

Courtney Forster

Gunderson Law Firm
Debby Bullentini

Debby Bullentini

Grafted Kitchen & Wine Bar
Earstin E. Whitten

Earstin E. Whitten

Soulful Seeds
Elizabeth "Beth" Hutson

Elizabeth "Beth" Hutson

My Women’s Center
Emily Wieczorek

Emily Wieczorek

Two Peas In a Prada
Jamii Uboldi

Jamii Uboldi

Northern Nevada Medical Center
Jen Eastwood

Jen Eastwood

Foundry
Kaitlyn Ovard

Kaitlyn Ovard

Grand Sierra Resort
Karen Purcell

Karen Purcell

PK Electrical, Inc.
Kathy Picollo

Kathy Picollo

Nugget Resort
Katie Nannini

Katie Nannini

NV Energy
Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

Race178
Marge Millar

Marge Millar

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Megan Brown

Megan Brown

Beacon Trust Company
Mena Spodobalski

Mena Spodobalski

EVOKE Fitness
Michele Casey

Michele Casey

Wells Fargo Advisors
Olivia Baugh

Olivia Baugh

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Sharon Wurm

Sharon Wurm

Truckee Meadows Community College, Retired
Tricia Gallenbeck

Tricia Gallenbeck

Reno Media Group
Valerie J. Clark

Valerie J. Clark

Clark & Associates
Vanessa Vancour

Vanessa Vancour

Resolute Capital Partners
Viki A. Windfelt

Viki A. Windfelt

Nevada State Board of Accountancy

Meet Our Team

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 & Program Administrator
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Michele is Development and Program Administrator for the Nevada Women’s Fund. 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 rock-hounding, yoga, reading, traveling and cycling.

Stephanie
Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant
& Event Coordinator
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Stephanie is our Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator. A native of North Lake Tahoe and later working in Truckee and Verdi, Stephanie comes to the Nevada Women’s Fund with experience in photography, website, client management, skills in customer service and problem-solving. She is quite experienced with adjusting rapidly to changing environments.

Stephanie is bi-lingual, Spanish being her first language. 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 Gateway Mountain Center.

Recognitions

Hall of Fame

At its annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon, the Nevada Women’s Fund recognizes community involvement and significant community contributions through its Hall of Fame award.

2019: Sandy Pearce Raffealli

2018: Jane Adams Nichols, Ed.D.

2017:  Norma Webster

2016:  Nancy Fennell

2015:  The Honorable Deborah Schumacher

2014:  Bertha Miranda

2013:  H. Elizabeth Lenz

2012:  Mary-Ellen McMullen

2011:  Mimi Ellis Hogan

2010:  Joni Kaiser (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)

2009:  Nancy Cashell

2008:  Jennifer Satre

2007:  Fianna Combs*

2006:  Charlotte McConnell

2005:  Fritsi Ericson (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award)

2004:  Sally de Lipkau

2003:  Dorothy Lemelson

2002:  Frankie Sue Del Papa

2001: May Shelton, Barbara Vucanovich

2000:  Jan Evans*

1999:  Sandy Miller

1998:  Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

1997:  Evelyn Mount, Jean Ford*

1996:  Trudy Larson, M.D.

1995: Marilyn Melton

1994:  Bertha Mullins, Sue Wagner

1993:  Lynn Atcheson

1992:  Maya Miller*, Barbara Cavanaugh Thornton

1991:  Gloria Fundis, Soroptimist Int’l of Truckee Meadows, Harriet Wolfe*

1990:  Joan L. Dyer, Dolores Feemster, Twentieth Century Club

 1989:  Dorothy Gallagher, Martha Gould, Moya Olsen Lear*, Dolora Zajick

1988:  Martha H. Jones*, Bernice Mathews, Inga Thompson

1987:  Dean Roberta Barnes,  Alice Jane Clark*, Joni Kaiser

1986:  Marsha Deming*, Patricia Miltenberger, Reno/Sparks YWCA

1985:  Eva Adams*, Physician’s Spouses, Jean Bonar, Hazel Guardella*

1984:  Maggie Banks*, Margery Cavanaugh*, Dr. Mary Fulstone, Juyoung Shin

1983:  Frances Smith Crumley*, Dr. Ann Howard, Linda Howard, Patty Sheehan

*deceased