YWCA Leadership Team

Charisse Mitchell – CEO

Eileen McKeever – Senior Director, Residential Services

Mat Klemp – Senior Director, Non-Residential Services

Laura Town – Senior Director of Development

Amy West – Director, Project HEAL

Julia Hawkins – Director, Crisis Intervention Services

Stephanie Solis – Director, Nurse Examiner Program

Tikia Putnam – Director, Safe Connections



YWCA Board of Directors

YWCA West Central Michigan board members are elected to serve terms of three years and are charged with the governance and oversight of the organization. Potential members are identified by the YWCA Board Development Committee – a rotating group of community leaders, long-time YWCA volunteers, and board members – for consideration by the current board of directors. New members are selected based on a proven commitment to the YWCA mission – Eliminating racism; Empowering women and girls; Promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all — and their ability to support the organization as it works to meet that mission.


2022-2023 Fiscal Year

Michelle Rabideau – President
Veronica Bradford – Vice President and Secretary
Peggy Bishop – Treasurer
India Manns – Immediate Past President

Shateka Abbott
Pastor Jathan Austin
Matthew Cook
Meg Hackett
Sara Hendrix
Jessie Jones
Lisa Knight
Lisa Kreager
Janina Kreider
Michelle LaJoye-Young
M. Paola León
Gretchen Murphy
Cindy Rogowski
Doug Wilterdink

Charisse Mitchell – CEO