Women’s Empowerment Center Executive Advisory Council

The WEC Executive Advisory Council is a vital component to the success of our programs. The council will meet twice a year and the council charge includes:

  • Include women who have a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Women’s Empowerment Center programs
  • Represent a variety of fields and corporations as well as nonprofit and educational institutions, bringing diversity to the council
  • Serve as advocates for women and are committed to advancing and promoting theWomen’s Empowerment Center programs in their sphere of influence
  • Share ideas on collaborations, resources, and participants, and make other advisory contributions to enhance the Women’s Empowerment Center programs
  • Provide guidance for fundraising and allocation of program resources, including scholarships
  • Facilitate peer groups, mentor individual program participants and/or speak atWomen’s Empowerment Center programs and events
  • Contribute intellectual capital by publicly sharing their stories, experiences and perspective


The WEC Executive Advisory Council members:

Bootsie AckermanDistrict Director for Congressman Steve Womack — Congressional Staff of U.S. House of Representatives

Tami AllensworthVice President — JB Hunt

Karen Armstrong, Intern Program Manager — Arvest Bank

Pat Bailey, Owner — Patricia A. Bailey Consulting and Coaching

Michelle BarnesExecutive Director — Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center

Theresa Barrera-Shaw, CEO/Co-founder — Barrera Shaw Group, Vice President Supplier Administration — Walmart Stores, Inc. (Retired)

Lisa Bridgers, Regional Director, Human Resources — VML

Lori Brown, Vice President — Kimberly-Clark

Susan Chambers, CEO — Chambers Consulting, Executive Vice President/CHRO — Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Jody Dilday, Director of Development — Arkansas Community Foundation

Ida FinebergCo-owner and Executive Broker — Steve Fineberg & Associates Commercial Real Estate

Catherine Gates, Director of Outreach and Engagement — Workmatters

Angela GraysonFounder and Principal Member — Precipice IP, PLLC

Tanya Hayes, Executive Coach and Community Volunteer

Sarah HeimerExecutive Director — Northwest Arkansas Boys & Girls Club

Johnelle HuntChairman — Hunt Ventures, Board Member — The New School

Laura JacobsChief of Staff — University of Arkansas

Evelyn JorgensonPresident — Northwest Arkansas Community College

Nancy LeakeFounder — Community Development Corporation (retired)

Trisha Montague, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrator — Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Cynthia Nance, Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law and Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement — University of Arkansas

Kathy O’KelleyPolice Chief — Springdale, Arkansas (retired)

Sharon Orlopp, President — Orlopp Enterprise, Global Chief Diversity Officer — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Janet PlyCo-founder and Managing Partner — Pendére 

Lisa RayRegional Executive — Arvest Bank Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

Mireya ReithExecutive Director — Arkansas United Community Coalition, State Board Member — Arkansas Department of Education

Betsy Reithmeyer, Senior Vice President — 8th & Walton, Alderman — Rogers City Council

Amy RobinsonFounder — Tribe of Women

Cynthia SchneiderAVP Business Development/Marketing — The Bank of Fayetteville

Esther Silver-ParkerPresident/Chief Operating Officer — The SilverParker Group, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs — Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President — JB Hunt

Karen StuckeySenior Vice President Private Brands/Sourcing, General Merchandising — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Celia Swanson*Consultant/Executive Coach/Speaker, Senior Vice President Global Associate Relations — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Ulanda TerryOwner — All Things Posh Events & Designs

Terrie Tomlinson, Director of Equipping — Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas

Jann Weitzel, President — Cottey College

Sherece West-Scantlebury, CEO/President — Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation

Tina WinhamWalmart Team Lead — SC Johnson “A Family Company”

*Chair of Inseitz Group Women’s Executive Advisory Council