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November Birthdays

2 Amber Jacott
3 Debora Delzell
3 Lalitha Pamidigantam
3 Abigail Paquette
3 Valerie Henthorn
4 Ken Yahnke
15 Dwayne Meadows
16 Donna Connelly
16 Betsy Kile
18 Joyanna Reese
23 Patricia Hunley
23 Caroline Woliver
26 Beverly Gyure
28 Kaleena Wiseman

December Birthdays

3 Michelle Hameed
4 Rachelle Harvey
5 Fred Mills
14 Emily Brehm
17 Alaina Ciminillo
17 Milita Lee
20 Brian Rogers
21 Breona Cunningham
21 Taylor Hardin
24 Barbara Freeman
27 Monica Harris
30 Stevi Chiles
Vanessa Green


November Anniversaries

Sabrina Horton
Lalitha Pamidigantam
Claresha Woodard
Teresa Woods

Lisa Buie-Collard
Edward Ford

Stacey Hough

Angela Walls

Dan Hook
Bryan Williams

Danyel Brown

Linda Damron

Helen Widman


December Anniversaries

Emily Brehm
Justis Davis

Sonya Todd

Christie Angel
Deborah Locklear-Oglesby




Lauren Baker
Program Assistant YKP

Jeanne Ballard
Program Assistant YKP

William Benson
Safety & Security Assistant for Griswold Front Desk

Haley Bingham
Program Assistant YKP

Lanice Brown
Program Assistant YKP

Desmariah Clark
Assistant Teacher for Safe & Sound

Julie Gay
Program Assistant YKP

Joseph Glandorf
Foundation & Corporation Grants Administrator

Heather Martin
Safety & Security Assistant for Griswold Front Desk

Abigail Paquette
Program Assistant YKP

Tiara Shields
Family Support Specialist

Alicia Smith-McGill
Family Support Specialist

Alex Von Der Embse
Program Assistant YKP

Cornelius Washington II
Program Assistant YKP

Diana Yates
Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Our team continues to find opportunities to grow at YWCA Columbus

Breonna Cunningham
has been promoted to be the Site Director at Royal Manor in Gahanna.

Farewell: YWCA Columbus would like to wish Steve Stevenson, Managing Director of Housing, our best and congratulations as he moves forward with his career, accepting a new position as National Vice President of Field Services for A Kid Again. Steve, we truly appreciate your time with YWCA Columbus and wish you the best as you approach this new horizon and continue to be a lighthouse for the central Ohio Community.


Activists and Agitators 2021

If you weren’t able to attend live on Wednesday, October 27th, here is a recording of the full event!

Secondly, here is a link to the YWCA Columbus 2021 Activists and Agitators Resource Guide.


Team Announcements + Updates

Medical Benefits 

ICHRA Benefits Enrollment/Quotes. As a reminder, all benefits eligible staff are required to either sign up for a quote for their medical benefits, or go in and waive the coverage via this link. Supervisors are asked to please touch base with your staff to ensure this task gets completed. 

If you need assistance, please contact Annette Reyes in our HR department at 614-627-1225 or areyes@ywcacolumbus.org


Empowered Resilience Training 

Reminder for staff to complete the survey for the “Empowered Resilience: Engaging in Culturally Responsive and Trauma Supportive Care for Marginalized Individuals and Communities”  training conducted on 10/7/2021.

This is a mandatory training for all staff and is available on the ADP Home Page.  Employees who did not attend the session can log into the ADP portal, scroll down to the bottom left side and see the video link and password under Required Trainings.  Staff have until November 15th to complete the training and survey. 

Policing Primer

Take a look at the new Policing Primer here, created by Lalitha Pamidigantam, Kyasurina Adhikari, and Jillian Olinger.

And with special thanks to:
Kenza Kamal, Director of Policy, Juvenile Justice Coalition
Claire Decker, Columbus Safety Coalition
Zeb Larson, PhD
Allie Valocchi


Advancement Team Update

The Advancement Team welcomed several new staff members:  

  • Joseph Glandorf, Foundations & Corporate Grants Administrator 
  • Ruthi Orloski, Consultant, Data Management 
  • Diana Yates, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

We are excited to welcome these new members of our team and head into 2022 with a fully staffed Advancement Team, continuing to add resources to our amazing organization, plan signature events, and showcase the great work happening across YWCA Columbus.

New Partnership Event

The Family Center recently partnered with OSU where residents were able to talk about skin health, hair health, breast and maternity issues and go over cancer screenings. We had 17 families attend this event which is 46 people! We plan on having similar events with this same group of OSU doctors to continue to spread awareness and assist families.  

Events & Updates

On October 28th, the Education Department turned around to celebrate Lights On Afterschool (LOA), a national event to recognize and create awareness around the importance of Out of School Time (OST) programs.

Also on October 28th, at the Ohio Statehouse, the YWCA Education Department administrative team joined legislators, organization leaders, and state experts to discuss how afterschool programs impact lives of Columbus children, families and communities.

The team is also gearing up for an Entrepreneurship Education initiative in our Kids Place programs, thanks to a generous grant from AT&T. Coming in 2022, we will be hosting a “pitch challenge” with local leaders to evaluate students’ shark tank presentations and give them a real-world opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial skills. If you know someone who would make an excellent judge, please email Nichelle at nharris@ywcacolumbus.org. 

The United Schools Network team recently opened our new Kids Place program at UPrep East! Special thanks to Cheryl, Steve Hiller, Helen Tewolde, and our awesome Assistant Teachers for all their hard work to make this happen.

The Education Department leadership team is looking to improve the infrastructure and capacity of our staff. Kaleena is implementing new online curriculum, to use a more rigorous, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate framework to better meet the needs of her children.

Liz Kittner is launching a pilot initiative to help skill up Assistant Teachers in critical technology competencies that support their job function. Launching in mid-November, this project aims to improve digital literacy and equity within our department through hands-on workshops and growth-mindset coaching.

Recently, the team has also begun implementing a recognition program for Employees of the Month to celebrate those unsung everyday heroes, who make the lives of those around them better through their amazing work ethic, flexibility and attitude. For September and October, congratulations to Cheryl Glenn, David Lubin, Helen Widman, and Camille Moultrie!

Not only did each and every program host spook-tacular LOA events, like trunk or treating and fall festivals, but we were so happy to welcome the YWCA Columbus leadership team to tour our programs and see what afterschool is all about. A huge thank you to Christie Angel, Judy Peterson, Sabrina Horton, Jillian Olinger, Melanie Henterly, Jessica Wichtman-Will, Caroline Woliver, Phyl Flanagan, Mike Nicholson, and Diana Yates for graciously giving their time and spending the evening with us; we appreciate your support!   

Booster Shot

As a team, we encourage all of us to continue our vaccination efforts by getting a booster shot. 


Save the Date

Leadership for Social Change Application

The application for the 2022 cohort of Leadership for Social Change is now open! Do you know a young professional woman in your life with a passion for developing leadership skills and learning about current social issues and models for creating change? If so, encourage her to apply for the 2022 Leadership for Social Change program before the November 19th deadline.

Leadership for Social Change Graduation 

Join YWCA Columbus as we celebrate the 2021 Leadership for Social Change Virtual Graduation on Thursday, December 9th from 5:00-6:00pm. Over the past 11 months, participants have been developing their leadership and advocacy skills to enact positive social change in our community. As the program comes to a close, help us celebrate their accomplishments and welcome them into the YWCA Columbus Alumni Family! Click here to RSVP!

Women of Achievement Announcement & Alumni Mixer

Join us virtually on Tuesday, November 16th from 5:00-6:00pm to hear an update from YWCA Columbus President & CEO, Christie Angel, and our announcement of the 2022 class of Women of Achievement! Additionally, we’ll use some of our time together to build community…something I know many of us are missing these days. Our 2021 Leadership for Social Change program participants recently learned about networking and we want to help them practice. For about 30 minutes, we’ll engage in virtual speed-networking in break out rooms where you’ll be able to make connections with our LSC participants and other YWCA alumni! Click here to register to attend!



A shout out to Dwayne Meadows on 30 years working for YWCA Columbus. We officially celebrated on October 28th - his official anniversary!
Nichelle Harris was presented with a commendation from Representative Mary Lightbody for her advocacy work for afterschool and summer learning. Congratulations Nichelle, very well deserved!
Lalitha Pamidigantam has been passionately working to update YWCA Columbus’s Advocacy Agenda for 2022, adding new critical components that impact racial equity to our advocacy platform, such as Critical Race Theory. She has been instrumental in introducing dialogue about YWCA’s stance on abolition and community care as alternatives to current models of policing, as well as streamlining that information to the larger community through her creation of the policing primer.
Huge SHOUT OUT to the 2021 Activists and Agitators Planning Team (Nichelle, Melanie, Mindy, Spencer, Caroline, Jessica) and to all staff who played a supporting role (Phyl, Lalitha, Michael, Diana, Sharday, Cindie). And, our own Sonya Todd, Family Center Director, takes center stage to facilitate a discussion around housing. At YWCA Columbus, we recognize that our greatest asset and resource is OUR PEOPLE. We appreciate you for all of your hard work and for making this year’s event a success.
Shout out to the entire Women’s Residence team – Service Coordinators, Engagement Specialists and Front Desk Security. They’ve been working together as a well-oiled machine, and have been “shouting out” to one another throughout the month. What a great way to recognize everyone’s contributions and to work together as a team! Keep up the good work!
Another shout out to Adrienne for going above and beyond to try and ensure the women’s residency program is fully staffed. I know she has been working late nights to make sure we have coverage and I would like to bring light to her drive. Adrienne, you are amazing!!
A shout out to Val and the entire finance team. Despite an entirely new staff: Jennifer Roundtree, Sherita Smith and Shantanna Aburokbeh, work continues to flow and our financials are getting out the door. This small but mighty team are the unsung heroes of our organization!!!!!
Shout out to my team of advocates at the Family Center for going above and beyond for one another. We recently got a 99% on an audit that would not have been possible without them working hard with our data team. They also stepped up when members of the team dealt with personal health issues and COVID.
Big shout-out to our amazing Site Director hosts, Marjorie Buie-Collard, Kristy Hylton, and Marilyn Muniz for their everyday efforts along with leading special #LightsOnAfterSchool events over the past month!
Camille is our first teacher of the month at Safe and Sound. She is always willing to lend a hand, flexible, and has a tremendous amount of compassion with our kiddos that are struggling or having a rough day. Thank you, Camille!

YWCA Columbus in the News

YWCA Columbus and the Columbus Urban League co-hosted a panel discussion focused on rebuilding trust and community safety. The Columbus Dispatch shared an article before and after the event, and 10TV promoted the event as well. (September 2021)

90.5 WCBE aired a Columbus Metropolitan Club forum about Columbus’s LinkUS mobility initiative. Christie Angel joined the panel of city leaders for the discussion. (September 2021) 

Columbus Parent shared a profile on the work of Eryn Hathaway and noted she was part of the YWCA Columbus Women on the Rise. (October 2021) 

The YWCA Family Center was listed among local emergency shelters in The Columbus Dispatch article when the City of Columbus announced $8.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for shelters. (October 2021) 

Spencer Stultz was featured in The Columbus Dispatch article about Activists and Agitators. (October 2021) 

Columbus Navigator called Activists and Agitators “the most inspiring event in Columbus.” (October 2021)