We are on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
We work where we are needed most.
F or over 125 years YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has been creating an environment for women to feel empowered, supported and able to build opportunities to make positive change. While our mission has not changed, "eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” our programming and services have continued to evolve. Just like needs of women in our regional community.
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region works where we are needed most. We believe that positive change begins with understanding individual needs. We listen, learn, and respond to best serve the unique needs of the women in our community.
Over the 127 years, we have evolved but have always focused on empowering women. Over the decades the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has served as a safe place for women. In 1928, there was Camp Maqua, the premier camp experience for girls. In the 1940-60’s there was a heavy focus on social issues for women. In the 70-80’s services appealed to the working women, such as surviving the business world and work life balance. Today, we focus on empowering women of all ages through programming such as our Getting Ahead program, Girls Empowerment Summer Camps, Special Needs Summer Camps, Resource Center, and Parenting program.
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region had great success in 2017 by touching the lives of 851 participants. Our Getting Ahead program had 85% of participants reporting an increase in self-sufficiency, measured by 11 factors. All our summer empowerment camps participants reported in increase in developmental assets; including personal power and self-esteem.
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region’s programs grow: Self Confidence, Knowledge, Hope, Personal Power, and Self-Discovery. Our programs are more than just numbers. They change lives.
If you are interested in becoming part of this change, we invite you to get involved. Contact us to see how, together, we can create great change across our region.
Ann Coburn-Collins, President
Chey Davis, Secretary
Janelle Felan, Vice-President
Kristi Kozubal, Treasurer
Stacy Erwin Oakes
Misty Janks, Executive Director
Rachelle Hilliker, Director of Programs & Advocacy
Neena Hogle, Empowerment Program Manager
Jasmine Sledge, Parent Education Coordinator
Brandon Strong, Operations & Marketing Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
Executive DirectorReporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for effective and forward-looking YWCA administration, services, and advocacy. The ED sets the tone of the organization, creating and sustaining an environment conducive to unity around the mission and strategic direction, forward momentum, collaboration, and diversity in representation and thinking. In addition, the ED integrates information from nonprofit trends, development and effectiveness into planning processes and deliberations. To these ends, efforts center on: Organization Mission & Strategy, Leadership & Management, Board Governance, Planning & New Business, and Financial Performance & Viability.
Professional Qualifications:The ED will be thoroughly committed to YWCA GLBR’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, fund development, and community outreach experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s Degree. Master's Degree preferred.
- Five or more years of senior nonprofit management experience.
- Budget management skills, including preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
- Success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
- Experience leading staff and volunteers to support operations, programs and events.
- Strong written and verbal communications with ability to convey the mission to staff, board, volunteers, donors and the community.
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations in the nonprofit sector.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.