Women’s Advocates welcomes diverse group of new board members

Monday, August 6

Saint Paul, MN   August 6, 2018    Women’s Advocates, the first shelter in the nation for victims of domestic violence, is thrilled to announce that it has welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors. These caring individuals are now part of a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors, who represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives.  “By joining the board, these strong community leaders will help guide Women’s Advocates work,” board chair John Steiner-Manning said. “I’m so glad they’re stepping up in this way.”

The newly elected board members are:

  • Dennis Gerhardstein – Public Information Officer, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
  • Erica Lister – Director, Alvarez & Marsal, and Healthcare Consultant
  • Kevin McGuigan – Business Director, 3M Personal Safety Division
  • Maria Mitchell – Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
  • Kathy Moriarty – Chief Administrative Officer, Neighborhood Development Center
  • Kate Rykhus – Human Resources Consultant and Coach, CoCreated Consulting
  • Somah Yarney – Assistant Ramsey County Attorney


The new members join our continuing board members, including:

  • John Steiner-Manning – Director of Marketing & Communications, Minnesota Private College Council, Board Chair
  • Matt Fisher – Business Consultant, Treasurer
  • Dr. Tanya Gladney – Associate Professor & Law Enforcement Program Coordinator, University of Saint Thomas, Secretary
  • Elizabeth Boyd – Friends of the Saint Paul Library
  • A member of the Saint Paul Police Department


Women’s Advocates, through the leadership of its Board of Directors, will embark later this year on a strategic planning process focused on next steps in achieving its mission of eliminating violence in the lives of women, children and families.   Women’s Advocates Executive Director Estelle Brouwer is “excited to be working side-by-side with our wonderful board as we shape the future of Women’s Advocates and continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of so many families and children in our community.”

The public is welcome to meet new and continuing board members and find out more about Women’s Advocates at its annual Courage to Fly luncheon on October 10, 2018, at Inwood Oaks (formerly Prom Event Center).  Register at www.wadvocates.org/courage2018



About Women’s Advocates

Women’s Advocates was the nation’s first ever shelter for domestic violence victims, first providing shelter in October 1974.  Women’s Advocates’ mission is to eliminate violence in the lives of women, children, and families.  To break the cycle of domestic violence, Women’s Advocates annually offers violence prevention education to 6,000 people, phone-based crisis intervention to 3,000 people seeking safety, emergency shelter to nearly 400 victims escaping violence, and sustained safety for over 50 violence survivors as they begin their new, safer, more independent journeys.  Find out more at www.wadvocates.org.


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