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.
Katy Giebenhain, Co-President
Katy Giebenhain co-hosts a poetry reading series at the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse in Gettysburg with Martin Malone and Alan Bogage. She is the author of Sharps Cabaret. Katy works in a bookstore. Her degrees are from Oregon State, University of Baltimore and University of South Wales. She and her husband have been happy YWCA members since moving to Gettysburg 12 years ago.
Betsy Meyer, Co-President
Betsy 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.
Kelly Alsedek, Co-Vice President
Kelly Alsedek was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College, with a major in biology and minor in art. After pursuing graduate study in art and design, she worked for several years as a medical illustrator at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and then, as a graphic artist for public television affiliate WPSX-TV in State College before moving into higher education communications. Kelly returned to Gettysburg College in the early1980s to work in the public relations office, then moved on to positions at Dickinson College and then Lebanon Valley College, where she served as director of publications and associate director of marketing and communications. Kelly retired from Lebanon Valley and moved to Gettysburg in 2013. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Y and found it to be a great resource as she became integrated into life of the community. She serves on the Communications Committee and Board of Directors of the Land Conservancy of Adams County, as well as the Gettysburg College Alumni Board of Directors. Kelly’s significant other, Ken Ross, lives in New Cumberland, PA. They met 6 years ago at a dog park—thanks to their Portuguese Water Dogs—and discovered they had many other interests in common. Their current Porties are Madigan and McDougall.
Jessica Ritter, Co-Vice President
Jessica is 26 years old and has a Master’s Degree in religious studies. She focused on sociology of religion, and researched how a community (and individuals within) gendered God. Her bachelor’s degree is on sociology and religious studies as well. She is very passionate about a wide range of issues-from astronomy to violence against women, and is excited for the opportunity to engage her interests in social justice at the YWCA.
Denise Wood, Secretary
Denise grew up in Gettysburg. After attending Oberlin College, she worked in public broadcasting in the Washington DC area and then spent 20 years at AIGA, the professional association for design in New York City. She returned to Gettysburg in 2015, to be closer to her family, participate in the community, breathe fresh air, and to give Coco, her mini schnauzer, a backyard to patrol. She is a daily swimmer at the YWCA as well as an avid tap dancer, knitter, and gardener.
Linda Raymond, Treasurer
Linda is the product of a nurturing small town environment. She grew up in the Earlville, Illinois and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Millikin University. After a few years of teaching and performing, she was recruited to be one of the first women singers in The United States Army Band, Washington, DC when that military occupation was opened to women. She ultimately became the enlisted director of The US Army Chorale. When her husband Pat was transferred by his company to northern New Jersey she took retirement and began a new chapter, working for BMW of North America and later Jaguar Land Rover North America as a manager in dealer development. She retired in 2014 and continues to pursue her long time passion, instilled by her mother, of a holistic life of family and well-being. She is a certified yoga instructor and volunteers as a substitute teacher at the YWCA. She also serves on the finance committee and participated in a series of Blue Zone brainstorming sessions to help the YWCA promote longevity through the community. Linda’s son is principal trumpet of The US Army Brass Quintet, and she and Pat have three grandchildren.
Jane 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.
Stephanie 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.
Kristin Rice is known professionally for her role as Chief Public Defender for Adams County. She is a graduate of Goucher College and Dickinson School of Law. Her profession began as a founding partner of Wolfe and Rice, LLC, which she started with her husband John Wolfe, in 1986. She has previously served on the Boards of Adams County Children and Youth Services, Adams County Library System, Apple Line Transit Authority as well as the YWCA. Kristin is a proud mother of three young men.
Sharon is a nuclear physicist, mother of two, and wife to one. She also writes literary nonfiction and runs a few half marathons each year at a very slow pace. Sharon lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she walks to work and teaches the next generation of scientists as a professor at Gettysburg College. Read her blog at http://www.strangeandcharming.com/, tweet her at @Sharon_Steph
Megan is an adjunct professor in the Humanistic Studies Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She received a Master of Arts in Critical Studies from MICA, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC. Her education also includes undergraduate coursework at Gettysburg College in music performance and the history of the arts. She has taught at the Corcoran and for Penn State University and has worked in Public Relations and Development at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in the Registration Department of the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer-Sackler Museum of Asian Art. Her mixed-media studio artwork incorporates found and shredded text and explores the myriad, subtle constraints on women living in and negotiating place in patriarchy.
Megan grew up in Gettysburg, left periodically for adventure and self-challenge, and has been back to stay since the mid-1990s. She was associated with the Adams County Literacy Council from 1998-2008 as volunteer tutor, program assistant and finally coordinator. She travels with her husband, Eddie who is from Northern Ireland, sees too little of her step-children, Laurel (who lives in LA) and Devon and his wife Shilpa (who live in Alabama), and happily retains a sense of her inner child with both of her parents still close by. She enjoys therapeutic time with her cats Wabba (named by a two-year-old) and Jack, and laments a lack of time to read all the books she’d like.
Autumn graduated honors from Messiah College with a passion of providing positive experiences for others to enrich their lives. She has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and interned with Capital Blue Cross, aiding their Medical Policy and Appeals and Grievance departments. Additionally she was given an opportunity to work with the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Hanover Area Young Professionals and Main Street Hanover initiatives. She is currently the Office Coordinator and Accountant for the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
She is a member of the Gettysburg Foursquare Gospel where she gave a Nutrition Seminar the last week in April. Additionally she is committed to competing in powerlifting in three divisions with the USAPL women’s division this fall. She takes interest in renewable energy sourcing, medical policy and administration, food policies, social ethics, health and wellness, accounting, genetic research, ecological sustainability, theology, business development, public relations, and marketing. Autumn is committed to living a creative, peaceful compassionate life and hopes that everything she does in some way makes the world a better place.
Leigh Magraw Ayers
Leigh was born and raised in Gettysburg and is very familiar with the work of the YWCA. She participated in Leadership Hanover in 2016, a unique leadership program focused on discovering and developing the leader within yourself. Leigh is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Gettysburg, a community organization made up of men and women who share the goal of serving the Gettysburg and Adams County areas through service to children and the community.
She has a passion for advocacy and recently volunteered with the Day of Transformation, an event focused on helping women who are aspiring to make a change in their lives and could use a helping hand to gain confidence and guidance for a better future.
Professionally, her career has been spent working in both the non-profit and for-profit world which has taught her a lot about the issues individuals and families face. She truly enjoys helping people and strives to make a positive impact on her community in the short term and for the future.
Maggie grew up in Poland, however, fell in love with the United States while traveling during her time in college. When the opportunity came up to experience life in Gettysburg post-graduation, she jumped at the chance. After living here for 8 years, she was granted American citizenship, a very exciting time in her life! She has worked at the Hilton Garden Inn in Gettysburg since 2007, steadily climbing her way to Director of Sales through her dedication and hard work.
Maggie joined the YWCA for its vast offerings and found fitness as a personal love in her life. She has found it to be a positive transformation both physically and mentally. She also enjoys the new friendships she has made through her membership. She enjoys racquetball, riding her motorcycle – especially through the beautiful battlefields, and officiating youth sporting events in her spare time.
Susan Abele has lived in Gettysburg for 18 years. Her family moved here when her husband took a job at the college as an economics professor. Susan has 3 kids ages 11 – 21. Susan enjoys yoga, long walks on the battlefield with her friends and is looking forward to exploring creative hobbies in her spare time. Susan grew up in Lexington, MA with her parents, 2 sisters and a brother. Her family still lives in New England where she frequently visits to help take care of her parents. Susan says she has a tight knit family who have historically been involved in the YWCA. Susan attended college at Georgetown University and after graduating, went to Cameroon West Africa to teach English. She attended graduate school in Madison, WI where she received her Master’s in Social Work after doing a practicum on the Lac Court Oreilles Indian Reservation. Susan’s professional experience includes working at a forensic hospital in Madison, working as a patients’ rights advocate at a hospital in Williamsburg, Survivors, mobile therapy for Cornell Abraxas and working as a mental health clinician for the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex. Susan currently does outpatient therapy at True North where she specializes in trauma therapy, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and assists with the Suboxone program here in Gettysburg.
Lyne graduated from Shippensburg University with an elementary degree and received an administrative certification from Penn State University. She taught in the Gettysburg Area School District for 40 years where she served on many district committees. During her teaching career, she helped write grants, presented workshops, and designed programs. The Lincoln Elementary Activities Program (LEAP) and Girls Robotics were a partnership between the YWCA and local elementary schools to provide opportunities for children. Presently, Lyne is a Supervisor of Student Teachers at Gettysburg College. Since retirement from GASD, Lyne is serving the community by volunteering with St. James Lutheran Church and Gettysburg Optimist Club and wherever needed (Ruth Harvest, Cares, etc.) Lyne enjoys playing cards, dancing, traveling, and the beach. She lives in Gettysburg with her husband, Daryl, and spends as much time as possible visiting her two daughters, two granddaughters and family.
Emily is a young professional who has worked in the Gettysburg area since 2015. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and has earned a master’s degree in social work from Shippensburg University and a bachelor’s of arts degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. In her current roles as Social Services Director for Homewood at Plum Creek and Client Services Specialist at Survivors, Inc., she is able to put her advocacy and counseling skills to good use in working to improve the lives of older adults and survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Environmental sustainability, international women’s rights, and food security are other causes near and dear to her heart! In her spare time, Emily loves being outdoors, camping, traveling, kayaking, and running. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to collaborate with other strong women leaders and the Adams County community through the YWCA!
Camille Horton is a native of Gettysburg, PA. She graduated from Gettysburg Area High School in 2008 and from Gettysburg College in 2012 with majors in Health Sciences and Environmental Studies. Before graduating, Camille studied abroad in Chile, and learned how to speak Spanish fluently through living with a Chilean host family and taking courses in Spanish. After graduating, she worked in a position funded by AmeriCorps VISTA and served as the coordinator of the Adams County Food Policy Council. Camille then decided to go back to school for public health nutrition, and took a year to gain some experience specific to this field (she took an internship with the Woman, Infants, Children supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at the Adams County SCCAP office) and to take prerequisite courses for graduate school. In December 2016, she graduated with a Masters of Public Health from the Nutrition Department of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC, and passed the registration exam to be a Registered Dietitian in January 2016. Camille now works at SCCAP for their Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, as a nutritionist. In addition to being an active member of the Gettysburg YWCA, Camille sits on the Adams County Food Policy Council, is a volunteer for The Gleaning Project (of both Adams and Franklin Counties), co-teaches cooking and nutrition classes at the Adams County Arts Council, and is a member of the community gardens at the Adams County Agricultural Center. Camille would love to become more involved in affecting positive change specific to issues of racial division and stereotypes and professional advancement of women, and would thus be honored to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the board of directors for the YWCA of Gettysburg, PA.
Tracey is the dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus. She joined HACC in 2005 as a technician in Financial Aid then proceeded into roles such as; specialist, Financial Aid, fiscal support specialist, and director of enrollment services. She previously served as an instructor for the Medical Billing program previously offered through Workforce Development (2004-2008). Tracey is a proud HACC graduate with an associate’s degree in Social Science. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Eastern University, St. Davids, PA, and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Portland, OR. Tracey serves on the board of directors for the Learning Center at Filey’s, Dillsburg, and recently became a group mentor with Project Hope in Gettysburg. She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.