What is the Women’s Leadership Council?

Formed to Change Lives In Nevada

United Way of Southern Nevada Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) promotes community involvement and philanthropic giving among women in our community with the purpose of furthering United Way’s community-based agenda. United Way is in a unique position to leverage the collective giving ability of women leaders in the community. Part of a national network of dedicated women philanthropists who have collectively raised over $1B in supporting United Way’s mission in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability, in southern Nevada, the WLC has raised almost $1.9M in just seven years, investing their dollars in critical projects which are changing lives. From empowering at-risk teens to graduate, to helping young children learn how to read, to providing underserved students a medical home and preventative healthcare, to supporting on-the-edge women in their quest for employment and financial independence, these dynamic and generous women are truly change agents for the community.

WLC |  Vision and Mission The vision of the WLC is to strengthen the social landscape by engaging women leaders to inspire others in taking action, creating long-lasting change in the community through Education, Health, and Financial Stability. This influential group, led by volunteer co-chairwomen Angel Williams and Robyn Caspersen, is forging the way to a better future through their gifts of time, leadership and financial support. The mission is to engage and develop our members to be leaders in creating impactful change in our community through Education, Health and Financial Stability.

WLC at Work The Women’s Leadership Council has aligned closely with United Way of Southern Nevada’s key impact areas. Members of the WLC take action in improving the lives of Southern Nevada’s children by their role in a number of critically important community projects.

The WLC Family Engagement Resource Centers The WLC has invested in United Way’s Family Engagement Resource Centers (FERCs). The Family Engagement Resource Centers are located in 4 local high schools and target underserved teens who are at risk of dropping out. Through their involvement, these teens and their families receive support, comfort and resources to strengthen the home-school connection and assist in keeping kids on track to graduate. The FERCs are located in the following schools:

  • Clark
  • Sunrise Mountain
  • Eldorado
  • Silverado

In 2014, the very first cohort of this project reached graduation eligibility. We proudly watched 279 seniors who had been identified by CCSD as 100 percent at-risk, walk the stage to receive their diploma.

Breakfast with Books In partnership with Spread the Word Nevada, the WLC sponsors “Breakfast with Books” once a month. Families are treated to a light breakfast, a book reading, and a free developmentally appropriate and enriching book to build their home libraries. The excitement and smiles on the children’s faces as they choose their new books is truly heartwarming. This important program promotes English literacy and fluency by increasing the number of available tools to promote language acquisition. The participating elementary schools are Jeffers, Paradise, Petersen, Robert Taylor and Whitney.

WLC Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship The WLC enjoyed the culmination of much hard work in the first ever Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship in June 2014. Two highly-deserving high school graduates wishing to attain post secondary education were granted the WLC Scholarship to assist with much needed college costs, Monica Guiza and Leslie Miranda. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet specific GPA requirements.

WLC Annual Suit Drive The annual WLC Suit Drive coalesces our community together for donation of suits and professional items for women in need. These items are donated to agencies serving women in back-to-work programs. While we gathered almost 12,000 items this past November, it takes just one suit to enable success and independence. Through this community event, we really are changing lives, one hanger at a time! Please join us in changing lives for the 8th Annual Suit Drive on Friday, November 6th, 2015 in the NV Energy parking lot.

Girls on the Run 5K Supporting girls in the lifelong endeavor to increase physical activity and healthy eating, this year the WLC is sponsoring this fun run for girls which incorporates positive youth development curricula. It’s an amazing day of exercise, learning, and meeting goals.

WLC Stability for Families Continuing to support families gaining independence, the WLC brings one-on-one budgeting, financial literacy and rental counseling to residents working towards leaving transitional housing and living on their own. Through the Women’s Development Center, women learn to establish short and long term financial goals as well as how to manage a monthly budget.



WLC Meeting and Events Calendar

Please mark your calendars. See you there!

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May 14, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Springs Preserve

Flip Through Summer | Family Fun Summer Kickoff
Flip Through Summer was a blast this year! We hope to see you again next year on May 14, 2016 for this special walk down storytime lane. Please bring the whole family to this fun-filled, free community event.  The Third Annual 2016 FLIP THROUGH SUMMER will be a special day of celebration, imagination and will feature new books and… Continue Reading

WLC Executive Committee 2015-2016

As of July 1st, we welcome new 2015 Executive Committee members:

Monte Smith – Vice Chair
Rosamari McNulty – Co-chair Volunteerism

Committee List

WLC Co-Chairs Angel Williams
Robyn Caspersen
Vice Chair Monte Smith
WLC Chair Emeritus Rhonda Clausen
Family Engagement Resource Center (F.E.R.C.) / Mentoring Co-Chairs Sandy Dewees
Barbara Doble
Outreach & New Member Engagement Co-Chairs Janet Linder
Della Tisher
Project Funding Co-Chairs Judy Kropid
Rhonda Clausen
Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Beth Campbell
Karie Hall
Leadership Co-Chairs Shelley M. Dubin
Marilyn Spiegel
Nominating Co-Chairs Rhonda Clausen
Volunteerism Co-Chairs Keri Serrano-Long
Rosamari McNulty
Members at Large Josephine Binetti McPeak
Krista Darnold
Rita DeSimone
Holly Lloyd
Anne Wayman




WLC Membership List

Please welcome these new members since 7/1/15.

Cindy Brinker
Nadine Faulis –  Merrill Lynch
Lynda Keeton-Cardno –  Keeton CPA
Sandra Olson –  Roche Constructors, Inc.
Taiya Thompson –  BNY Mellon

Complete Membership List

Anne Aniello-Wayman
Soraya Aguirre
Tina Anderson
Victoria Joy Avedesian

Sandra Baker
Sandi Battles
Jill Bell
Jody Belsick

Susan Best
Elizabeth Brickfield
Carol Brink
Cindy Brinker
Paula Browne
Beth Campbell

Chris Cappas
Diane M. Carlson
Jennifer Caro
Donna Cashman
Robyn Caspersen
Janet Chao
Michelle Chatigny
Virginia Christenson

Rhonda Clausen
Wendy Colosi
Cheryl A. Constantino

Denette Corrales
Rachelle M. Crupi
Krista J. Darnold
Rita DeSimone
Sandra L. Dewees
Barbara Doble
Sallie Doebler
Julie Donohue
Shelley M. Dubin

Doretha Easler
Laura Erhardt
Nikki Etherington
Nadine Faulis

Jill Fournier
Abbie G. Friedman
Monica Garin
Maria Jose Gatti
Mary Giuliano
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
Tammy Grabel

Robbie Graham
Karie Hall
Danylle Hitchen

Rebecca Howell
Florence Jameson, M.D.
Terri Janison
Marilyn Jentzen
Cathy Jones
Bea Katz
Lynda Keeton-Cardno
Linda Kirk
Judy Kropid
Dawn LaBonte
Tanya LaCosse
Dee Ladd
JoyceLynn Lagula
Lawrel K. Larsen
Marsha Larson
Rosemary Lato
Ruth Lauber
Cynthia Lee
Janet Linder
Eva Littman, M.D.
Holly Lloyd
Malinda Maile
Linda Marvin
Punam Mathur
MJ Maynard
Kristin McMillan
Rosamari McNulty
Josephine Binetti McPeak
Deb Mele-Blanchard
Dianne Merkey
Amy Meyer
Darlene Miller
Rosemary Missisian-Serru
Eileen Moore
Jennifer Morgan

Magaly Munoz-Mejorado
Emily T. Neilson
Sandra Olson
Janice Paligutan
Jane Ann Pete-Kasick
Kimberly Planchunas
Audrey Plotkin
Michelle Polisano
Darci Poloni Wall
Vijaya Poluri
Jillian Prieto
Kate Puterman
Sharry Quillin
Michelle Quinn
Phyllis Radack
Ingrid Reisman
Donna Russell
Tammy Seichi
Keri Serrano-Long
Monte Smith
Marilyn Spiegel
Linda Staley
Judy Stokey
Rikki Tanenbaum
Taiya Thompson
Della Tilsher
Lori Ware
Carolyn Wheeler
Angel Williams
Jacquelyn Williams
Ronna Wiseman
Emily Wofford
Nancy Wong

Please, welcome our New Members for 2014-2015!



Ways To Get Involved | Executive Committee Descriptions

Nominating Committee | Rhonda Clausen, Chair
Committee is responsible for recommending WLC members to serve on the WLC Executive Committee and annually nominating a slate of Officers when vacancies occur.

Project Funding Committee | Judy Kropid and Rhonda Clausen, Co-Chairs
The Committee partners with United Way’s Community Development department and the Health, Education and Financial Stability Councils to identify, review,and propose projects to the WLC Executive Committee  and general membership for approval.

Family Engagement Resource Centers (F.E.R.C.) Committee | Sandy Dewees and Barbara Doble, Co-Chairs
The goals of this initiative include site-based strategies in 4 local high schools to increase communication with parents about student requirements to graduate on time and achieve post-secondary success.  Teams are created at Clark, Eldorado, Silverado and Sunrise Mountain to assist AmeriCorps staff members with events and mentoring opportunities. Committee meets to assess and organize a program relative as to how volunteers from the WLC could best assist and mentor high school students in the four WLC high schools with the FERC program to promote their career development and financial stability.

Outreach & Membership Engagement Committee | Janet Linder and Della Tisher, Co-Chairs
Committee plans, implements and promotes networking, programs and opportunities for current and prospective WLC members that may include outreach events, follow- up strategies and membership engagement activities.

Leadership Committee | Shelley M. Dubin and Marilyn Spiegel, Co-Chairs
Committee is responsible for planning “members only” events for the purpose of: 1) sharing the interest and promoting the involvement of the members, and 2) educating and inspiring women on relevant or community–based topics.  Events may include, but are not limited to, Breakfast in the Boardroom meetings and Leadership Luncheons that offer intimate one-on-one opportunities to meet with community female leaders.

Annual Women’s Luncheon Committee | Beth Campbell and Karie Hall, Co-Chairs
Committee plans and implements the annual luncheon with the purpose of creating awareness about the Women’s Leadership Council and its mission and accomplishments, encouraging participation and recruiting new members.

Volunteerism Committee | Keri Serrano-Long and Rosamari McNulty, Co-Chairs
Committee identifies and coordinates volunteer projects that are in alignment with United Way’s core mission areas. Projects/sub-committee may include but are not limited to: Annual Women’s Suit Drive, Annual Women’s Luncheon and the Women’s Career Development Mentoring. 

Career Development Mentoring Committee | Barbara Doble, Co-Chair
One on one mentoring with women at The Shade Tree in their “Back to Work” program so they have a positive job-interview experience.

WLC Newsletter

member news

WLC Member News | May 2015

It’s so nice to rub elbows with such distinguished members of the community. Thank you for everything you do for southern Nevada!



Rhonda and Kirk Clausen


Rhonda and Kirk Clausen were recently honored at the Positively Kids Gala on April 11th. So very impressive!







Ken and Dee Ladd


Here are photos of Ken and Dee Ladd being honored at the Junior League Paint the Town Red Gala on March 21 as the recipients of the Florence Lee Jones Humanitarian Award.




Member News | Nov/Dec 2014

  We were deeply saddened to lose our dear friend Rosemary West, a founding WLC member and former United Way staff member. Her family will remain in our prayers this holiday season.       Recognized in the October 2014 Desert Companion were the Top Lawyers of 2014. These groups of lawyers were selected based… Continue Reading

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From the Committees… | Volunteerism Committee Jan/Feb/Mar 2015

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s centerpieces for the 2015 WLC Luncheon Fashion Show a success. They were delivered to SAFE House, SafeNest, The Shade Tree and Women’s Development Center after the luncheon. We have a new monthly volunteer event with Spread the Word Nevada at their offices located at 1065 American Pacific… Continue Reading

From the Committees… | Leadership Committee Jan/Feb/Mar 2015

On Wednesday, January 28th, 24 WLC members gathered at Made L.V. in Tivoli Village to hear Elizabeth Blau speak. She shared with us her journey from being the “taco girl” during high school in Connecticut, to how she has created successful restaurant concepts and her passion for philanthropy. The next Executive Leadership event is scheduled… Continue Reading

From the Committees… | FERC Committee Jan/Feb/Mar 2015

2014 was our first graduating FERC senior class with 279 seniors participating in graduation ceremonies this past June. This school year we continue the program in four local high schools – Clark, Eldorado, Silverado and Sunrise Mountain. On Thursday, November 13, 2014 the CCSD Board of Trustees recognized the Clark High School Family Engagement Resource… Continue Reading