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March Birthdays

1 Mary Rogers
1 Shelby Gayer
2 Tameka Donaldson
3 Ryan Kennedy
6 Mariah Cox
9 Danielle Boyd
9 Mariah Davis
10 Yvonne McBroom
10 Leatha McCarrel
11 Jacqueline Johnson
15 Michelle Chapman
17 Deborah Huth
17 Bailee Reeves
19 Teresa Woods
20 Roselan Williams
20 Sydney Wilson
21 Anita Rastogi
26 Ashley li
28 Cyndi Robertson
31 Roberta Romito

April Birthdays

1 Michelle Chieffo
3 Betty Rickabaugh
8 Cheryl Glenn
8 Riana Stallworth
12 Monica Carmona
18 Lea Goldsmith
21 Christina Walls
23 Frances Call
28 Rosalyn Lasekan
28 Marylyen Jimenez-Ayala


March Anniversaries

Craig Hylton
Pamela Wilson

Rachelle Harvey
Phyl Flanagan

Montavious Cowart
Maurice Mills

Roselan Williams

Kenneth Yahnke

Elaine Colna

April Anniversaries

Gabriella Caroselli
Christian Johnson

Nancy Conkel

Beverly Gyure


We welcomed the following staff to the team to kick off the new year. We’re so thrilled you’re here! 

  • Danielle Mann – Executive Assistant to the President & CEO 
  • Eric Clifton – Family Center Security 
  • Catherine Less – Leadership & Social Justice Intern  
  • Lakeesha Palmer – Front Desk Engagement Specialist 
  • Veronica Bridges – Westerville Site Director 
  • Bobbie Hall – Westerville Program Assistant 
  • Michelle Chilton – Westerville Site Director 
  • Daniel Kinney – Women’s Residency Program Manager 
  • Bridget Stringer – Family Support 
  • Caroline Cruise – Marketing & Communications Specialist 
  • Tierra Murphy – USN Site Director 
  • Jacqueline Rivers – Family Support 


Team Announcements + Updates

When a candidate is interviewed, the hiring manager (or interviewer) should ask how the candidate learned of the opportunity. If the candidate identifies a current employee, and the hiring manager decides to hire them, they (hiring manager) should complete the employee referral form and submit with the Personnel Action Form (PAF), New User Form and resume. The Employee Referral Form can be found on the H: Drive in the HR folder (under “Policies,” on the second page of the Employee Referral Policy). 

The event planning team will need help on Thursday, April 27, to help the Women of Achievement luncheon go seamlessly. Stay tuned for more details and let Lea Goldsmith (lgoldsmith@ywcacolumbus.org) know if you’re interested! 

The Justice, Equity and Belonging program will be kicking off the first of three sessions of Racial Equity workshops for our local area commissioners and other community stakeholders on Saturday, March 4. Those sessions will complement two other workshops being offered by the Kirwan Institute at OSU and United Way of Central Ohio to help infuse more cultural humility and equity in community planning processes. Great job, Phyl and Danielle! 

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies 

YWCA Kids Place kicked off a 4-month initiative, “Healthy Minds + Healthy Bodies = Healthy Me,” in February that will engage children with creative and healthful ways to manage stress and support their mental health as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Each month, our YWCA Kids Place sites will be visited by a community partner in one of the following areas:  

  • March: Yoga & Meditation  
  • April: Art & Creative Expression  
  • May: Healthy Foods 

In February, the theme was physical activity. Be sure you’re following YWCA on Instagram and Facebook to see photos and videos from the visits at our YKP sites throughout the spring! 

Upcoming Recruitment Events 

The education team will be at Columbus State Community College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12-Thursday, April 13. 

Tell your friends we’re hiring assistant teachers and site directors! Flexible, part-time schedules are available. Contact Loren Beckett at 614.627.1204 or lbeckett@ywcacolumbus.org to learn more or apply online at ywcacolumbus.org! 


Save the Date

Who doesn’t love dancing for a good cause? Join Alison Barret at the Shamrock Club (60 W Castle Rd.) for her annual March Forth Dance Party this Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The proceeds for this event benefit YWCA! Register at https://bit.ly/MarchForthDanceParty or email Alison at abarret@gcac.org for more information.

YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge, a virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, will return April 17 – May 15, 2023. The topics for this year’s challenge include music, disability, mental health, and housing. Learn more here. Registration will be open soon! 

Meet this year’s class here and save the date – April 27, 2023 – to attend our virtual luncheon. 



Shout out to the LSJ department, advancement department, event ambassadors and everyone who contributed to and assisted with our staff Black History Month event. THANK YOU! <3 Phyl
A HUGE welcome to Steven Withers, content & creative strategist, and Caroline Cruise, marketing & communications specialist, who both joined the marketing team early this year. We’re so glad to have a full team again and – even better – staffed with two brilliant, creative marketers!
Women’s Residency is grateful for: Jackie Johnson for assisting on extra shifts and supporting her team day in and day out. Monica Harris for coming in when to assist on extra shifts and volunteering at the Undesign the Redline staff event. She is always going above and beyond to serve our women. AND Julia Berry for kicking off a new series, “Rainbow Tea,” and hosting her second successful event, celebrating and empowering our women to amplify their voices and confidence!
The Women’s Residency team has also started signing personal birthday cards for our residents, which has not gone unnoticed and is definitely appreciated!
And, last but not least, another resident shout-out for Nenneh Kamara: She cares a lot for us and it shows. Thank you, Nenneh!!

YWCA Columbus In the News

Undesign the Redline – the exhibit that YWCA brought to Columbus last October during Activists and Agitators – has continued to move around the region and is now at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. See recent coverage of its movement below: 

This year’s Women on the Rise, young women making a big impact early in their careers, were featured by The Columbus Dispatch to kick of Women’s History Month. Be sure to check it out and join us in April to celebrate this class of amazing women!