Welcome to our new Board Members!

YWCA Lancaster welcomes seven new members to the Board of Directors with three-year terms.  These community leaders will help the mission of the YWCA Lancaster to eliminate racism and empower women.  

The elected members are an impressive group of women, selected among dozens of community business and civic leaders referred for the openings this year.  These individuals will join the dedicated leaders already part of the Board to guide the agency in the coming year.  The Board is chaired by Deborah Wilson Gadsden, the first Black woman to lead the Board since its existence.  She has served as a member of the Board, including the mission and executive committees since 2014.   

“Its an honor to lead such a powerful group of women.  Our mission is important and we are so pleased to have this caliber of women stepping forward to work with us,” said Gadsden.

New Board members include: 

Mary Auker-Endres, community organizer and trainer 

Maxine Cook, Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County, Lancaster NAACP 

Gretchel Hathaway, Franklin & Marshall College 

Stephanie O’Hara, Landmark Homes 

Jessi Purdy, FIC Human Resource Partners 

April Russell, COBYS Family Services 

Kim Tull, Godfrey 

 Check out the new board member bios here

Nominations for the Board of Directors can be made year-round and selections are made in December.  See https://ywcalancaster.org/about/team/ for details. 

We need your voice for our committees!

The YWCA Lancaster is looking for community members who are committed to eliminating racism and empowering women in Lancaster County to be part of our volunteer board committees.

See committee opportunities