Who We Are
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
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
Nevada State Bank
Cupit, Milligan, Ogden & Williams, CPAs
Bishop Manogue Catholic High School
Immediate Past Chair
Drinkwater Eaton Law Offices
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate
Lewis Brisbois Law Firm
Christina Stoever Young
Gunderson Law Firm
Grafted Kitchen & Wine Bar
Earstin E. Whitten
Elizabeth "Beth" Hutson
My Women’s Center
Two Peas In a Prada
Northern Nevada Medical Center
Grand Sierra Resort
PK Electrical, Inc.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Beacon Trust Company
Wells Fargo Advisors
Truckee Meadows Community College, Retired
Reno Media Group
Valerie J. Clark
Clark & Associates
Resolute Capital Partners
Viki A. Windfelt
Nevada State Board of Accountancy
Meet Our Team
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.
Development & Program Administrator
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.
& Event Coordinator
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.
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