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.

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.

Mindy Grabau

Mindy grew up in Western Nebraska where community was a way of life. Her parents especially served as an example of loving, giving, and supporting their community. Today, Mindy desires to carry on this legacy. She is honored to be a board member of A Woman’s Work and is excited to touch the lives of women in the St. Vrain Valley School District, her community. Mindy is married to the love of her life, Eric. They have three kids Nathan (25), Megan (23) and Coltan (21). She is passionate about her faith and her family. Being a mom has been one of her greatest joys in her life! When she is not hanging with her family, Mindy can be found managing their rental company (G5Properties), entertaining, exercising, decorating, or enjoying the outdoors. What really makes each of these activities extra special is when they are shared with a friend or two. Since becoming an empty nester, Mindy has taken up pickleball, golf, and traveling.

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.

Alissa Kegler

Alissa is honored to be a part of A Woman's Work, assisting and empowering women in our community! Alissa is a graduate of Skyline High School and then moved to San Diego to attend Nursing school. She earned a Master's in Nursing from UCLA while serving as an officer in the US Naval Reserves. She returned to Longmont with her family in 1999 and has worked as a nurse at Longmont United Hospital ever since, currently as the Director of Quality and Education. Alissa has been married to her husband, Steve, for almost 30 years and has 2 grown children. She enjoys sharing meals with family and friends, relaxing in the hot tub, and playing tennis or walking on her off time.

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.

Kylee Martin

Kylee was born and raised in the Longmont/Niwot area. She married her high school sweetheart, Jordan, and they have both of their families locally here in the St. Vrain Valley area. Kylee attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her husband attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kylee and husband own a State Farm Insurance Agency in Longmont, and they enjoy giving back to their community at any opportunity they can. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and their rescue dog, Dany, as well as spending time with family and friends. She has always been involved in this community growing up, and knows that being a part of AWW is one of the best ways to support and help the women in the community she grew up in.

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.

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.

Ann Wiley

Ann is a Colorado semi-native, having grown up in Longmont since age 5. She worked in health care as a PT for nearly 30 years. During her time in home health, she became familiar with A Woman’s Work through a patient who was her husband’s caregiver and was laid off from her job the day before he went on hospice. It gave her great joy to see this hard-working woman be able to move forward with training in a different direction as a result of A Woman’s Work’s assistance and generosity. Ann is excited to be involved in this wonderful organization that so greatly benefits the Longmont community that she loves. She looks forward to helping to continue the mission of helping women in need as a board member. Ann has been married to her husband Bob, also a Longmont semi-native, for nearly 7 years. Together they enjoy spending time with Bob's daughter Abbey, 23, doing anything outdoors. When they aren’t in the mountains, you can usually find Ann spending time with friends or painting shoes.

Heather Williams

Heather Williams was born and raised in Colorado. Her husband, Todd, grew up in Longmont and they moved back in 2005 to raise their three sons, Ethan, Hagen and Mason. When she’s not busy with all their teenage sons’ activities, she enjoys spending time with her family traveling, golfing, skiing and also enjoys her creative outlet through her Interior Design consulting business. Heather likes giving back to her community volunteering in various ways over the years. She was presented with an opportunity to become involved with A Woman’s Work back in 2016 volunteering her time for a fundraising event and has been involved in one way or another with these events ever since. She appreciates what AWW stands for and is honored to be a part of this organization to help support and empower the lives of women and their families during challenging times.

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, Eve Bruce, Olga Cordero, Dr. Kim Lane, Julie McVicker, Mary Ellen O’Rell