Kim Arena, Events and Program Manager
Kim joined WOMEN’S WAY as the Development Officer 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 South Philly 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.
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.
Romana Lee-Akiyama, Director of Grantmaking and Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Romana Lee-Akiyama enthusiastically joined WOMEN’S WAY as the Director of Grantmaking and Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in June 2014. Romana is responsible for overseeing the Community Women’s Fund and WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners portfolios, as well as managing a technical assistance program for funded agencies. Prior to joining the organization, Romana was the Director of Capacity Building at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she focused on strengthening the nonprofit sector in the region. Romana started her career at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, where she grew in her passion for advancing economic and racial justice in distressed communities, and then carried her passion to the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development based in Washington, DC, as their Deputy Director. Romana is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and is excited to support the diversity and inclusion efforts at WOMEN’S WAY. In her role, she hopes to further the organization’s critical examination of the intersections of race, gender and other differences in society. Romana holds a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations and both an M.S.S. and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Romana lives in the University City section of West Philadelphia with her husband and daughter, and spends her summers swimming laps at the local pool.
Tiffany Lomax, Office Manager
Tiffany joined WOMEN’S WAY 14.5 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 completed her fourth 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!
Diana Marques, Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
Diana joined WOMEN’S WAY as the Public Policy and Advocacy Manager in July of 2014. In this role she leads in the planning of the yearly policy agenda and implementation of WOMEN’S WAY’s priority advocacy initiatives. Diana developed her passion for women’s issues while first working in the public sector for the Pennsylvania State Legislature as a Legislative Assistant and Research Analyst before moving into the nonprofit sector. Diana most recently served as the Policy and Publications Analyst for Pathways PA, where she participated in coalitions addressing economic self-sufficiency, health care access and other pressing issues affecting women and families. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Moravian College and is currently pursuing her MSW at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Research. Diana lives in Radnor Township, where she enjoys the picturesque scenery, but always loves coming into the city!
Sarah Peterson, Director of Development
Sarah Peterson eagerly joined WOMEN’S WAY in the spring of 2014 as the Director of Development. With more than 18 years of experience working in human services and nonprofit organizations, Sarah is passionate about improving the lives of women, children, and their families. Sarah has served as the Director of Development at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., a large multi-service organization dedicated to strengthening Latino communities and HIAS Pennsylvania, an agency committed to serving immigrants and refugees. Sarah started at HIAS Pennsylvania as an intern in 2002, while earning her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She served at HIAS PA for more than eight years managing several projects and programs, and she also began her career in nonprofit fundraising and development. Sarah is bilingual in English and Spanish and has a passion for international travel. She and her husband took a sabbatical in 2005 and traveled to 12 different countries in 15 months. Her passion for women’s rights is rooted in her experience working with women’s groups while serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in Guatemala. She has also taught English as a Second Language in China. She currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition, and formerly served as a member of the board of Mount Airy, USA and the Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association.
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).