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Board of Directors

Why an all-female board? Despite many gains made over the last several decades, women remain underrepresented on executive boards at all levels. Among 71 percent of Fortune 1000 companies, women occupy less than 20 percent of board seats (the rest have female board representation of 20 percent or greater). At small nonprofit organizations (budgets less than $25 million), women make up 45 percent of CEOs and 43 percent of board seats. At large nonprofits (budgets $25 million and up), women make up 21 percent of CEOs and 33 percent of board seats.*

The YWCA offers an opportunity for women to develop leadership skills and have a real voice in the organization’s management at the executive and board level through maintaining an all-female board and a female executive director. This empowerment carries over into other areas of life. Many former board members have expressed that their experience on the YWCA board has provided them with experience and skills to enable them to pursue other leadership positions and contribute to other organizations in the community. The guidelines for all-female boards and executive directors are set forth by the YWCA USA.
*Information from 2020 Women on Boards, 2020wob.com.

Nancy Cook – Nancy arrived in Gettysburg in August of 1971 as a Gettysburg College freshman and has lived here ever since. She has taught Kindergarten through third grade in Gettysburg and Littlestown schools and raised two children with her husband, Jeff. She became involved with the YWCA when she began teaching preschool at the YW’s original home on Lincoln Square. She was also involved with the young mothers group, and remains friends with many of the women who were in that group.  She says she is indebted to the YW for the many programs and services that have enriched her family’s lives as well as the friendships she has made.

Pat Crowner was born and raised in Springfield, Ill. She met her husband, Dave, while attending a six-week German summer school in Portland, Ore. They have lived in Gettysburg for many years, even though they had only planned to stay for three years. The couple has three children and five grandchildren. In addition to teaching German, Pat attended earned her master’s degree and administration degree from Shippensburg University. She taught students with learning disabilities and later became supervisor of special education for Gettysburg Area School District. Her hobbies include sailing and spending time with her dog. She is exploring dog therapy training for her dog. She feels fortunate to live in Gettysburg, enjoys exercising at the YW, working with people of all ages and meeting new people.

Rita Frealing was born in Gettysburg and attended St. Francis Xavier elementary school and Gettysburg High School. She continued her education at Penn State and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Ms. Frealing worked as a television and radio reporter for two Harrisburg television and radio stations. She served as a deputy press secretary for a Pennsylvania governor and worked as general counsel for a state senator. She also directed a county domestic relations office and held several other communications position in state government, including serving as public liaison for the PA State System of Higher Education. In her spare time, Ms. Frealing taught various exercise classes throughout the Harrisburg area.

Katy Giebenhain is originally from Minnesota, grew up in Oregon and spent a chunk of her adult life in Germany. She has been in the Borough of Gettysburg for six years. At the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Katy  supports the Office of Communications and edits the “Poetry & Theology” rubric for Seminary Ridge Review, their biannual scholarly journal. Her M.Phil. in creative writing is from the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Katy and her husband live on East Middle Street. Her father in Oregon is a long-time, hard-core pickle ball player, and she’s happy to know pickle ball is at the YW!

Jane Hyde is a Gettysburg resident and Senior Vice President of WellSpan and President of Gettysburg Hospital. She moved here recently from Wisconsin, but is a Pennsylvania native who spent much of her career and life in the Susquehanna Valley. Jane has a Bachelor of Science in English/Communications, graduate education studies, a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Leadership Studies with Wisconsin’s Marian University. Jane has two children and three step-children. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren and considers work her hobby.

Shaunaca James is currently an assistant teacher at Head Start who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education at Eastern University. Next fall, she plans on working towards her Master’s Degree in Critical Mental Health for Children. She has a daughter, Kendallyn. Shaunaca previously worked at the YWCA Service Desk.

Jennie Knox is a graduate of Shippensburg University, a child developmental psychology major, and of Mount St. Mary’s University with an MBA in Marketing. She has worked in non-profit management, for a national environmental engineering firm as a Senior Marketing Coordinator covering the State of Florida, for a multi-billion dollar asset management firm in Lancaster, and most recently as an entrepreneur operating Gettysburg Photo, LLC.  In 2008 Jennie had her daughter, Tehya. Within 10 months, she decided to leave retail to spend more time with her daughter and returned to consulting. Currently, Jennie consults with several local businesses, including Gettysburg Day Spa, LLC, to organize marketing efforts and implement management systems to facilitate business expansion.

Christine Brandt Little is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Texas Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked as a writer and editor in various capacities for more than 20 years, most recently for clients including the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Adams County Arts Council, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, and Lebanon Valley College; she is also managing editor of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary’s theology journal, Dialog. She has done volunteer work with the YWCA Membership Committee, the Adams County Arts Council, the Adams County Land Conservatory, and Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, among others. She and her husband, Tom Little, have two children: Ben and Casey. They have been active members of the YWCA since the day they moved to Gettysburg in 2001.

Jane Lordeman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, her Master’s Degree in Education from Villanova University and completed the CFP™ Professional Education Program at the College for Financial Planning. After teaching high school physics for 13 years in King of Prussia, Jane moved to Gettysburg in 1987. She worked briefly at the YWCA as Development Director in the early 1990s. Jane has worked in financial services since 1994, and started Lordeman Associates in 1997 to provide Financial Planning to families, individuals and small businesses. She has three children and three grandchildren and lives with her life-partner, Steve Askew.

Betsy Meyer is a native of Pennsylvania who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Business Administration, finance, from Loyola University. She was employed by Sasol and its predecessors from 1976 to 2011 and lived in Baltimore, Houston and Frankford, Germany before moving to Gettysburg in 2011. She volunteers with numerous non-profit organizations, including LIU #12 Adams County Literacy Council, South Central Community Action Programs, Lake Heritage Women’s Club and Gettysburg Garden Club. Betsy and her husband of 29 years, Eric, enjoy working out at the YW and Betsy takes spin, Tai Chi and yoga classes and also organizes the YW’s Running Club. She has three grown children, a spoiled Chihuahua and is looking forward to grandchildren.

Vanessa Pellechio is a 24-year-old reporter at The Gettysburg Times, covering Adams County government, court cases, the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg Area School District and Vida Charter School. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Bloomsburg University. She is a Pennsylvania native, growing up Pottstown with a bilingual mother, born in Uruguay in South America. She feels she never works a day in her life because she is living her dream. Vanessa attends classes at YWCA from early morning Boot Camp with Howard to enjoying the fun and energetic Zumba classes at night.

Rukhsana Rahman has been a radiologist at Gettysburg Hospital for 25 years. Born in London, Rukhsana has lived on three continents but is proud to call Gettysburg “home.”  She is a member of the American College of Radiology, Penn Medical Society and the Adams County Medical Society. Rukhsana has volunteered on the YWCA’s Hallmark and Mission Committee. Since leaving full-time work in 2005, Rukhsana, Rukhsana has mentored at El-Centro, helped in the ESL class at James Gettys Elementary School and hosted a high school exchange student from Jordan for one academic year. She is an avid reader and is active in a charity knitters’ group that she started with a few friends. Her husband Athar Rafiq is a computer consultant; they have 2 sons at home and a daughter in California.

Kristina Rebert – Kristina Rebert is a graduated of Lock Haven University with a degree in Health, Physical Education with a specialty in Athletic Training. She is currently employed with WellSpan as a manager of laboratory informatics. Kristina enjoys working out at the YWCA and being part of its Masters Swim Club. With the Masters Swim Club, Kristina competes in several competitions each year, sometimes traveling to Maryland and New Jersey. She also enjoys reading and crafts.

Christina Turley is a 28-year-old widow who has primary custody of her stepson, William (Harrison) Turley. She has worked at the Hilton Garden Inn since January of 2006. Turley has held many different roles within the hospitality industry and finds it to be a rewarding career choice. She enjoys doing charity work since she comes from humbled backgrounds and finds that giving back to those who have less than she is extremely important. Christina has been a supporter of Relay for Life for several years; participates in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society events including “Light the Night Walk,” and many other events during the year for local organizations. Turley describes herself as having a humble, yet outgoing, personality. She is optimistic despite many situations that can occur and tries always to see the bright side of things. Turley has a passion for knowledge and always believes you can grow personally and professionally.

Stephanie Wansel Moses was born in Gettysburg, lived in Frederick, Md. for 10 years as a child and returned to Gettysburg. She has worked at Legal Services in Gettysburg and Frederick, the Faith Home in Hanover for victims of domestic violence and now works at the Adams County Housing Authority. Stephanie was co-owner and operator of Uncle Moe’s Soul Food Concessions for five years. She is the mother of two wonderful children, a daughter, Dorian, now 23 and a son, Taurean. Her son, now 27, was in childcare at the YWCA in one of the first classes in 1987/1988 and now works for the Department of Labor in Harrisburg. Her daughter is a graduate of Kaplan University in Harrisburg.  Stephanie’s family is one of the oldest black families living in Gettysburg.  She previously worked with the Improved Benevolent Order of the Elks of the World (I.B.P.O.E. of the World) as financial secretary and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Gettysburg Black History Museum, Inc. She is a strong advocate for empowering women.

Maxine Willis has been a YWCA member since 2000.  She has taught Physics at Gettysburg Area High School since 1983 and in 1995 began teaching AP Physics and AP Calculus.  She has organized and instructed workshops for colleagues at the national, state and local levels through the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson Dreyfus Master Teach Program, among other organizations.  She was active in the YWCA Girls Robotics program and served as the school advisor for the YWCA /GAHS STEM Savvy girls’ science club.

Karla M. Wolfe – Karla is a Fairfield native who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Penn State University. She currently works for a national homebuilder and mortgage banker in Frederick, Md. and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Education. Karla and her husband live in Arendtsville with their three sons. They also enjoy boating, hiking, watching football, archery and gardening.