Kim Arena, Development Officer - Special Events and Individual Giving
Kim joined WOMEN’S WAY as Development Officer - Special Events and Individual Giving in November 2012. In this role she leads in the planning and implementation of all special events including the Fall Gala and the Powerful Voice Awards. Kim also provides leadership to the WOMEN’S WAY Young Women’s Initiative. She fostered her passion for women’s rights early on while spending her summers working in case management, and later while interning at Women Against Abuse. Prior to WOMEN’S WAY, Kim worked in association management where she assisted four nonprofit associations by planning annual conferences and supporting the memberships’ daily needs. She holds a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Messiah College. Kim lives in Manayunk with her high school sweetheart turned husband and cat, Stella.
Debasri Ghosh, Director of Education and Communications
Debasri enthusiastically joined WOMEN’S WAY in July of 2012. In her role, Debasri is responsible for broadening the WOMEN'S WAY community through public education events and initiatives. Additionally, she oversees the agency’s branding, communications and public relations. Debasri is passionate about WOMEN’S WAY’s dynamic mission, having spent the last ten years working to improve the social conditions of her beloved Philadelphia. Prior to WOMEN'S WAY, Debasri worked to empower women and girls in a variety of settings, most recently serving as the Director of Education and Community Relations at Women In Transition. Debasri’s diverse experience includes gender-based violence prevention, coalition-building, nonprofit communications, direct service delivery, community organizing and fundraising. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and has been recognized as a Visionary Emerging Leader by the Valentine Foundation. A fluent bengali speaker, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Bengali Cultural Society of South Jersey and currently sits on various advisory committees in the greater Philadelphia area. Debasri lives in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia with her charming husband and their grumpy cat.
Rebecca Gorena, Development Associate - Instutional Giving and Volunteer Liaison
Rebecca joined WOMEN’S WAY as Development Associate – Institutional Giving and Volunteer Liaison in October 2012. As a new addition to the Development department, she provides direct fundraising services and maintain relationships with foundations and institutional funders; supports the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of fundraising projects and programs; and manages WOMEN’S WAY volunteers. Rebecca, born and raised in South Texas, considers Spanish her second language and plans to extend her work in Texas' Hispanic community to the community here in Philadelphia. Prior to joining WOMEN’S WAY, she developed her passion for women’s issues through her Americorps VISTA Summer Associate position with GENaustin – The Girls Empowerment Network in Austin, Texas. Rebecca graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with majors in Government and Rhetoric, where she worked at the university’s Undergraduate Writing Center as a writing consultant. She has also done work as a Curriculum Director for Frida Inc., an art education nonprofit based in South Texas; and as Copy Editor for UT’s liberal arts research journal. Rebecca eventually plans on pursuing her J.D., but until then, she can be found playing tennis, trying new recipes and restaurants, reading, exploring the city, at a concert, or playing Scrabble. She lives in Center City with her wiggly dachshund, Samson.
Jen Horwitz, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Jen joined WOMEN’S WAY in December 2012 as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. In this role, Jen oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy initiatives, including lobbying, issue campaign development, and cultivating and sustaining community relationships. Jen has a background in government relations, grassroots advocacy, campaign strategy development, policy research, media advocacy, fundraising, and project management. Prior to joining WOMEN’S WAY, Jen worked for Amnesty International USA, The ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the American Cancer Society. Jen also has experience working in the international development field and in the corporate sector. Jen received her graduate degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and her BA in Government and Legal Studies, with a minor in Biology, from Bowdoin College. When she’s not raising awareness of important policy initiatives, Jen loves spending time with her rescue dog, Princess, skiing, mountain biking, spending time with friends and family, going on adventures, and curling up with a good book. Jen lives in Mount Airy.
Pam Jones, Manager of Database Systems
Pam joined the WOMEN’S WAY staff a little over 14 years ago. She began her time with WOMEN’S WAY as the front desk person before changing hats to become the Manager of Database Systems. You can generally find her tucked behind her computer processing names and numbers or, on occasion, looking reproachfully at the screen as she engages Ctrl+Alt+Delete. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and has a passion for writing, science, logic and PBS. When not juggling names, numbers and computer keys, Pam spends her time with friends and family, creating confections, snapping pictures and meeting the rigorous challenges of yoga, Pilates and aqua boot camp! Pam makes her home in Germantown where she routinely tries out her baked goods on unsuspecting neighbors.
Jennifer Leith, Director of Grantmaking
Jennifer joined WOMEN'S WAY as Director of Grantmaking in December 2011. She was previously the Director of the Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. where she oversaw all grantmaking and fiduciary functions of HAFI (a Philadelphia-based philanthropic organization). She was previously the Director of Grantmaking for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well as the Director of Development & Fundraising at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. She also spent two years in the Peace Corps (in West Africa) where she engaged and mobilized rural-based women’s groups with regard to income-generating activities and created a girls mentoring center. She has a BA from Bucknell and a MA in history from Rutgers. She lives in Ardmore with her husband and two children.
Tiffany Lomax, Office Manager
Tiffany joined WOMEN’S WAY 14 years ago and handles a variety of office responsibilities. She always answers the phone with a smile and is compassionate when assisting callers in need of various services. She also keeps the office running efficiently while juggling the needs of staff, board members and volunteers. Since her teen years, Tiffany has been active in her church and a member of a Christian girls society that empowers, encourages, and embraces young women and girls. In 2008, Tiffany returned to Temple University to finish her degree in criminal justice and proudly graduated on January 31, 2013. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice during the evenings at Cheyney University’s City Campus and just entered her third semester. Tiffany enjoys spending quality time with her son Omar, participating in church activities, shopping for shoes and, of course, being a part of the WOMEN’S WAY team!
Mary Scout, Controller
Mary has been the Controller at WOMEN’S WAY for over 16 years. She is a CPA and started her career at PriceWaterhouse in 1965 and then was with the Pitcairn Company in Jenkintown for over 17 years. In the 1980s, Mary served on WOMEN’S WAY’s Board of Directors. Mary is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She serves WOMEN’S WAY as its parliamentarian and also serves the NJ PTA and Dance Masters of America. Mary enjoys working with the young women at WOMEN’S WAY who are committed to the mission of the organization. It is WOMEN’S WAY’s mission that keeps Mary involved with the organization. Mary has served on the Boards of several women’s organization and is currently treasurer for her church. She is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Accounting. Mary is married and resides in Medford, NJ where she enjoys baking.
Wendy Voet, Executive Director
Wendy Voet joined WOMEN'S WAY as the Executive Director on November 13th, 2013. Within this role, she is responsible for maintaining and expanding the vision and mission of the organization and overseeing all program initiatives and operations. She is thrilled to be at the helm of WOMEN'S WAY as the issues the organization represents and fights for, such as girls empowerment, human rights and women’s leadership, are the issues that made her passionate about the field of public health and drew her into the profession in the first place. Prior to joining WOMEN'S WAY, Wendy was the Deputy Director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. While in that position she helped to establish a refugee health clinic at Penn Center for Primary Care and was honored with the Golden Door Award by Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. She also has worked towards reproductive health and rights internationally and domestically through previous positions at Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, The Family Planning Council, JHPIEGO Corporation and in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Wendy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She also speaks French and Hausa. Wendy currently lives in Swarthmore with her husband, two daughters and dog (a pug named Mo).
Emily Wyner, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
Emily delightedly joined WOMEN’S WAY in July 2013 as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for helping to lead the organization’s public policy and advocacy work; developing and maintaining WOMEN’S WAY’s social media presence; and recruiting, empowering, and sustaining the organization’s supporters to engage in issue advocacy. Emily holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Tufts University, where she graduated cum laude with thesis honors for her autoethnography on the intersections of the Occupy Wall Street movement and contemporary food activism. She brings years of leadership and issue-based organizing experience to the table, and most recently pursued her passion for women’s issues as a performer, fundraiser, and planner for a series of Vagina Monologues productions and related events in Massachusetts. When not gabbing about or organizing around hot-button issues, Emily can be found doing jigsaw puzzles, participating in world dance classes, meandering into thrift stores and flea markets, or fermenting foodstuffs in her Center City apartment, which she shares with a wonderful roommate.