Empowering Women & Children

Since 2015, the Women’s Leadership Guild has been building a tribe of passionate, take-action, community-focused women who want to empower women and children to live better, healthier lives. Through membership contributions and networking events, the guild awards grants to regional non-profits who provide shelter to homeless families, food to children in need, care for the aging and disabled, and support to grieving and orphaned children. Since 2015, the Women's Leadership Guild has successfully raised more than $265,750 in funds to support local non-profits and the hospital's highest needs. Join us! We want you to experience the joy of helping women and children. 


Philanthropy at Work in Your Community

100% of your annual tax-deductible membership contribution of $1,000 supports women’s and children’s health:


Meaningful Membership Benefits

  • Experience the power of philanthropy—enhance women’s and children’s health
  • Select and award grants to improve the health of women and children on the Palouse
  • Stay up-to-date on current women’s and children’s health issues
  • Meet passionate, innovative and dedicated women community leaders
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Celebrate our success at an annual affair


Membership Experience

  • General Membership Meetings (4/year) provide a rich experience to all members through:
  1. Celebration of new members and recognition of current
  2. Educational presentations on critical and emerging needs related to regional women’s and children’s health
  3. Networking and social engagements in a casual, inclusive environment
  4. Review and award grants to local agencies aligned with guild core values
  • Hands-On Activities (2-3): visit and see first-hand how local agencies needing our support serve our community
  • Grant Award Celebration: celebrate the impact of awarded grants and learn about results


Membership Commitment

Flexible membership: 20 hours a year The Women’s Leadership Guild welcomes all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective philanthropy.

 Girlfriends Gather
Board and Recipients with Check

On May 14, 2024, 64 women gathered to hear from three inspiring local non-profits serving women and children’s health and wellness. Presentations from the Lauren McCluskey Foundation, Circles of Caring Adult Day Health and Pullman Child Welfare inspired attendees. After the votes were tabulated, Pullman Child Welfare was the winner of a $6,400 gift. One incredible evening of collective philanthropy will empower women and children on the Palouse.


Join us, and experience the power of philanthropy.

Stephanie Pierce (509) 332-2044 stephanie.pierce@pullmanregional.org at the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation to learn more. 

Women's Leadership Guild Board Members:

  • Stacey Swift, Chair
  • Ginger Flynn
  • Cheryl Oliver
  • Susie Skavdahl
  • Katie Van Wyngarden


Our Members

Ashley Alred
Heidi Benjamin
Shelley Bennett
Bernadette Berney
Leslie Brunelli
Laurie Caraher
BJ Carlson
Carrie Coen
Rebecca Cooney
Karen Davis-Morris
Becky Deuben
Reanna Dubree 
Anna Engle
Jeannie Eylar
Angie Feuerstein
Ginger Flynn
Jessi Hall
Helene Hopkins
Vicki Jahns
Erin Jessup
Dustene Johnston
Karen Karpman
Jean  Logan
Virginia Martinson
Jennafer McCutchen
Sandy O'Keefe
Cheryl Oliver
Kathleen Peringer
Stephanie Pierce
Karly Port
Noel Schulz
Susie Skavdahl
Stacey Swift
Jenny Thomas
Lenore Turman
Katie Van Wyngarden
Barbara Wachter
Alison Weigley
Sandra Woodrow

Girlfriends Gather

Girlfriends Gather is a unique annual opportunity each spring to experience collective philanthropy in a casual and incredibly impactful evening. Local women excited about philanthropy have awarded the following non-profits at our annual Girlfriends Gather events:

  • 2019       Families Together for People with Disabilities
  • 2020       Pullman Regional Hospital
  • 2021       Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
  • 2022       Pullman School Pantry Program
  • 2023        YMCA of the Palouse