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32 years

Founded on passion and experience. What started out as an idea between six women to host a fundraising Luncheon has evolved into a thriving collective giving organization. 

$7 million

Our approach is proven and powerful. We've awarded over 600 grants and scholarships to support Spokane women and children.


Learn, grow, and give together. Whether it's a donation drive, site tour, podcast episode, or volunteer shift- you're sure to feel more connected to your community.

About Us


Together, we're a growing group of local, engaged, and strategic givers. We build community, fund solutions, support scholars, and produce data and research.

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Our Mission & Vision

Empowering Spokane area women and children to achieve their full potential, by building a strong, diverse community of engaged, and strategic givers.

We envision a healthy, safe and vibrant community where women and children flourish.

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2023-24 Board of Directors



Nicole Stewart

Director of Marketing, Providence

Jennifer O'Callaghan

SVP Marketing and Analytics, Numerica Credit Union

Jennifer Koenig

Vice President & Branch Director, Robert Half

Besse Bailey

SVP Commercial Lending, Mountain West Bank

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Gwen Cash-James

Dean of Arts and Sciences,

Spokane Community College

Nicole Diedrich

Owner, Diedrich Marketing Strategies

Kendel Froese

Owner, Froese Law PLLC

Megan Hulsey

VP Business Lender, Craft3

Brittany Lockwood

Head of Marketing Americas,
Engie Impact

Alison Mallahan

Head of Global Corporate Communications, Itron

Pam Murray

Chief Human Resource Manager, Providence

Dr. Anne Oakley

Community Volunteer

Tara Pendleton, CPA

Professional Practice Director,


Carol Plischke

CEO, Partners with Families & Children

Kelly Selby

VP, Bank of America Private Bank

Robin Toth

Governor’s Sector Lead Director of Aerospace, Washington State Department of Commerce

Kim Watkins

Community Volunteer

Beth Winter, CPA

Corporate Controller, Pyrotek

WHWF Staff

Heather Hamlin

Executive Director

Geneva Johns

Operations Director

Katie Parsons

Development Director

Current Leadership

Founding Members

Mari Clack
Marcy Drummond
Vicki McNeill 1925-1997
Shirley Rector 1951-2004
Janet Skaden 1923-2006
Vivian Winston 1911-2009

Our founders believed in the potential of all women and children and set out to remove barriers to their success. 

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