Who We Are

The mission of A Woman’s Work is to be a timely fund for local women, where we bridge the gap from need to financial stability.  We help women in the St. Vrain Valley who need financial support for immediate needs that cannot be met by other sources. Our assistance pays for a wide variety of needs including child care, housing, transportation, medical needs and more. In return, we ask only that the recipient pays the kindness forward.

It all started with a question asked by a small group of women in 2003: What happens to normally self-sufficient women in our community when they are met with financial crisis and there is no help available from family and friends? The answer they found was disappointing – so A Woman’s Work was created. Our vision, then and now, is to create a community where women and families have hope for a better tomorrow.

Serving the community is a team effort. Along with the kindness of individuals in the community, our Board of Directors and staff works with other non-profits, schools and churches to serve women in need.

HOW WE WORK

MEET OUR STAFF

MEET OUR BOARD

Together We Have Greater Impact

WHERE WE HELPED

WHY WE HELPED

Meet the Staff

Kate Gaddis

Executive Director
A Woman’s Work is an important and integral part of our community – because it bridges a gap for local women in need who don’t have anywhere else to turn. This organization gets help to the women who need it without red tape and in a timely matter. I am honored and privileged to be a part of A Woman’s Work.

My love affair with this organization began long before I was hired as the Executive Director. I served on the Board of A Woman’s Work from 2005-2012. During that time, I also served on the Executive Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Marketing and Communications Committee. I joined the AWW Board in 2005 after moving back to my hometown after college and graduate school. At that time, and today still, I was excited to be a part of an organization that allowed me to give back to a community that has given me so much. I graduated from the University of Colorado in 1999, and went on to graduate with a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2005. I am married to my high school sweetheart, John, and we have two children, Grant and Clare.

Libby FitzGibbons

Program Director
I have the pleasure of working with our hundreds of local professional partners who refer women in need to A Woman’s Work for immediate one-time financial assistance. Our partners include our school counselors from the SVVSD, local churches, non-profits, healthcare agencies and government agencies throughout Boulder County.

Happy to be one of the first 100 donors to A Woman’s Work when it was founded in 2003, I joined the Board of Directors in 2004 during which time I served on the Fundraising and Marketing/ Communications Committees for numerous years.

A native of Ohio, I am a 1983 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My early career years were spent in Chicago where I worked in public relations for many national and international clients including McDonalds’s Corporation where I directed the marketing and communications efforts of the Ronald McDonald House program, among other projects. Giving back to the community was something I learned at an early age growing up with strong, community-minded parents.

My husband Bob and I have lived in Longmont since 1993 and have three daughters: Bridget, Maggie, and Lauren.

Eve McConahy

Bookkeeper
My name is Eve McConahy. I am the bookkeeper for A Woman’s Work. I have a background in bookkeeping, taxes and human resources.

I am excited to be part of the staff of A Woman’s Work. I love the mission of AWW and the hope and comfort that we bring to this community. I am always amazed by our Board of Directors and volunteers and how much time and resources they donate to this organization.

I graduated in 1991 from Colorado State University. I have been married to my husband, Brian, for 25 years and have four children, Scott, Laura, Anna and Jimmy.

Jenn Wenande

Events Coordinator
My name is Jenn Wenande, and I’m the Events Coordinator with A Woman’s Work.

I joined AWW with 25 years of executive level support experience including large companies, start-ups and my own businesses. I joined AWW in February of 2017 to use my skills to help the community. I am extremely proud and grateful for the opportunity to work with such dedicated volunteers and hardworking Board to fulfill the mission of AWW.

Originally from the East Coast, I moved to Colorado a little over 18 years ago. I keep busy by enjoying the beautiful outdoors and raising three boys with my husband. If I’m not planning an event, you can most likely find me on a local baseball field.

Meet the Board

Jen Arndt

Jen is a Colorado Native and has lived in Longmont since 1982, she attended CSU where she met her husband. They moved back to Longmont to raise their family in 1993. They have 3 children- 19, 23 and 27.

She is a Guest Teacher with SVVSD and is honored to be involved with an organization so passionate about helping women and their families in the community.

When she isn’t teaching, you can find her on a tennis court, gardening, reading or crafting.

Sally Barbe

Sally Barbe has been an active member of the community of Longmont since 1977. She is married to her husband John and has 2 adult children, Lindsey and Blake. Sally is obsessed with dogs of all kinds, especially her “Summit” who is a 3 year old 140# Polish Tatra Mountain Dog. She also loves cooking, gardening and all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Sally’s father died when she was 4 years old and she was raised by an incredibly strong woman who taught her that women can survive and thrive in spite of all adversities thrown at them. In spite of the financial and emotional struggles Sally’s mother faced, her mother demonstrated love, kindness and generosity to others every day of her life and made Sally realize and appreciate the gifts they had. Her mother never closed her door or her heart to women that needed help, even if it was just lending an ear to their troubles and a hug. Sally loves A Woman’s Work because we are able to help when seemingly all other resources have been exhausted. Sometimes this is all a woman needs to get back on her feet and pay it forward in any way she can.

Sally worked in the healthcare industry for over 40 years as a nurse and administrator. Her passion is helping others to achieve their goals, whether it is health, wellness or life dreams.

Eve Bruce

Eve and her husband, Dave, have lived and worked in the Longmont community since 1982. She enjoyed her career as an insurance and financial agent; and, then later as an owner of a shipping store. She loves helping people and joined the A Woman’s Work board to help women towards self-sufficiency. When we help a woman, we help a family, and can literally change their lives.

Olga Cordero

Olga Cordero is the Director of Student Services for the St. Vrain Valley School District. She has served in the St. Vrain Valley School District for 25 years. Her love for humanity is what brought her to AWW. She is one of five sisters in her family who were raised to be kind, intentional, and driven. Born and raised in the St. Vrain Valley community, she is proud to mentor and serve other women to rise up when times get tough. Olga is proud to be recognized as a Cultural Broker in Boulder County because of her fluent bilingual/bicultural skills as well as her long-standing work in the community. She is honored to serve on the AWW Board.

Devi Dibella

Devi grew up in California with an abundance of family, including 7 aunts and a loving mom. She learned at an early age just how strong and resilient women are. It means a lot for her to have the chance to give back to the women in her community.

Devi and her husband, Dan, have three teenage sons. She has lived in the Longmont area for nearly 20 years. Devi enjoys skiing, house projects, hiking, and reading. She greatly cherishes her friendships with women.

Meredith Donahue

Meredith is passionate about working alongside the other women on the Board of Directors of A Woman’s Work to fulfill our mission. Her dedication to the organization stems from knowing

that we are directly helping women and families living within the SVVSD. Together we can strengthen our community and make a difference. Meredith’s husband, David, and she are natives of Longmont and have two daughters. They enjoy spending time outdoors snow skiing and boating.

Anita Gray

Anita Gray is a Colorado native and lives in Longmont with her husband Murrel they raised 4 children, 3 daughters, Tiffany, Alysa and Natalie and their son Nate in Longmont and love spending time with their 3 grandsons and granddaughter. She is a 35-year veteran in the restaurant industry and after working for the Oskar Blues Restaurant Group for 16 years is now the sole owner of Cyclops Bike Cantina. Anita is passionate about helping others in our community by providing meals to essential workers and to those in need.

As a young single mother of her two older children, Anita overcame many adversities in her life with the help of organizations like AWW and the opportunities she has been given to grow. A friend invited her to be a guest at a dinner benefiting AWW and she later participated in A Vintage Affair as a food vendor and she fell in love with their mission of helping local women overcome challenging times and gain opportunity.

Jackie Kapushion

Jackie serves as deputy superintendent for St. Vrain Valley Schools. She joined the AWW board because championing the women and families in our community is essential to the continued growth and success of everyone. Additionally, AWW helps women who have children in our schools — when a child’s basic needs are met, they are better engaged in their learning and can fully participate in the educational opportunities that will advance their success.

Dr. Kim Lane

Kim supports AWW because she feels a connection with the mission of the organization. She appreciates the efforts of the founders to the generosity of the donors and volunteers today. Kim feels we are all just one side step away from needing help as some time. When we provide financial support to help women and families, they have hope and can get back on track with their lives.

As an OB/GYN in our community for 20 years, Kim has been given the rewarding opportunity to care for women, participate in the joy of new life, help them stay healthy, and get through the tough times. Now Kim is fortunate to have multiple generations in her practice, including some of the young women she delivered! Kim is truly grateful and wants to pay this forward!

Michelle Leaming

Michelle lives in Longmont with her husband, Michael, and their four children. She is the owner of La Momo Maes Bakery and is passionate about giving back to the community both personally and through her business. She has been involved with A Woman’s Work for many years because she believes in lifting up women and empowering them so they can feel their worth and maximize their potential.

Char Marsh

Char lives in Longmont with her husband, Clay. She dearly loves their three adult daughters and son-in-law, but she holds a special place in her heart for their grandson, Liam! She also enjoys tennis, skiing, and hiking the beautiful Rocky Mountains every chance she gets.

Tennis for a Cause was Char’s introduction to A Woman’s Work. What began as a fun opportunity to connect with fellow tennis players in her new community quickly became a passion for supporting the mission of A Woman’s Work. For her, it’s an honor to offer her support to A Woman’s Work.

Julie McVicker

Julie is an educator who is retired from working full time. She is a senior consultant for Just ASK Publications and Professional Development. She has supported AWW for many years because of the powerful impact it has on women and children, assisting them on their road to becoming a stable family.

Jane Meagher

Jane Meagher moved to Boulder County in 2011 from Illinois. She and her husband, Scott Hemphill, have 3 grown sons. Both Jane and Scott agree that moving to Colorado was the best thing they ever did. Their passions include skiing, hiking, biking, and travel.

Jane has helped fundraise for AWW through her involvement with Tennis For a Cause. She is excited to now step up in a bigger way and give back to the community. She sees AWW as assisting and empowering women to be in charge of their lives and hopes that the help AWW provides will make a difference to each of their journeys.

Meredith Nelson

Meredith lives in Longmont with her husband Erik and their two pugs, Bogey & Divot. She owns and runs Nelson Real Estate and together she and Erik also flip houses and build spec homes in Grand County. Meredith loves to golf and is actively involved at The Fox Hill Club helping plan social events and participating with the Women’s Golf Association. Giving back has become a large goal in her life, so in addition to her work with A Woman’s Work, she also has recently joined the Longmont United Hospital Foundation Board and she also delivers Meals on Wheels. When not at home in Longmont, Meredith and Erik spend much of their time traveling or escaping to their mountain home in Granby.

Mary Ellen O'Rell

Mary Ellen ORell is passionate about her family. She have been involved with AWW for 15 years and enjoys using her fundraising skills to reach out to members in the community so we can provide much needed support for women who need a grant to remain sustainable. This also helps reduce stress for the woman and her family.

Cathy Skrine

Cathy Skrine has lived in Longmont since 2004 when her husband Jim and she relocated from Southern California. They have two sons: their oldest is a Navy veteran and the younger one is still in college. Cathy worked for Amgen as a project manager in the sales, finance and manufacturing areas before retiring in 2005. She loves being outdoors and her latest obsession is her golf game, but she’s happiest on the water in the summertime. Cathy has supported AWW through their fundraisers since she moved to Colorado and she’s excited to be a part of this organization that is taking care of such a great need in our community.

Special thanks to all of the ladies who have generously served on our Board or Staff!
Kerri Autrey, Monica Baldwin, Ivone Bagley, Laura Bickers, Christina Breitlow, Connie Brodt, Anne Bryan, Liz Carnival, Pat Carson, Allison Closson, Wendy Conder, Laura Cotter, Nancy Driscoll, Erica Eggers, Tammy Evevard, Kathy Ewing, Libby FitzGibbons, Sally Foss, Debbi Ford, Betsy Gray, Ann Hall, Katie Herrmann, Brenda Hockaday, Wendy Hughes, Nanci Kalamaya, Kelli Kanemoto, Bonnie Kelley, Mary Kopman, Karen Kramer, Connie Lehman, Shirley Lemmex, Lyndy Lubbers, Jody Lyons, Jean Mason, Laurie Mazzetta, Stephanie McKay, Evelyn McMahon, Sue Mesch, Melody Mills, Jenny Morrow, Anjanet Mort,  Julie Myers, Jill Nelson, Cindy Noble, Nancy Parker, Kirsten Pellicer, Sheila Phillips, Shelley Saxton, Karalee Schaefer, Sarah Schey, Glendora Shaffer, Carol Smith, Linda Snyder-Crockett, Kay Stanley, Julie Stapp, Diane Stow, Carol Valdez, Fran Wahl, Pat Walton, Janie Waters, Kathy Weber-Harding, Darla Wiley, Karen Wood, Janet Worrell, Dene Yarwood, Carol Yoakum