WEI Executive Advisory Council

Our Executive Advisory Council is a vital component to our programs’ success. 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 initiatives/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 the Women Empowerment initiatives/programs in their sphere of influence
  • Share ideas on collaborations, resources, and participants, and make other advisory contributions to enhance the initiatives/programs
  • Provide guidance for fundraising and allocation of program resources, including scholarships
  • Facilitate peer groups, mentor individual program participants and/or speak at Women Empowerment programs/events
  • Contribute intellectual capital by publicly sharing their stories, experiences, and perspectives.


Our Executive Advisory Council members:

Bootsie Ackerman Congressional Staff US House of Representative
Tami Allensworth Vice President JB Hunt
Karen Armstrong Intern Program Manager for Arvest Bank
Lori Brown Vice president Kimberly-Clark
Susan Chambers EVP Global People, Walmart Stores (retired)
Catherine Corley Senior Vice President, Global Operations at Catalyst
Kathy Deck Director- Center for Business & Economic Research at the U of A Walton Business College
Tara Dryer Director of Training Corporate Development U of A
Carla Farmer Associate Vice President for Marketing & Strategic Communication, Cottey College
Ida Fineberg Co-owner, executive broker at Fineberg & Associates Commercial Real Estate
Meza Harris Realtor Lindsey & Associates
Sarah Heimer Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sister of Northwest Arkansas
Mandy Hunt Board Member at The New School
Evelyn Jorgenson President, NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Nancy Leake Founder of Community Development Corp
Trisha Montague Senior Vice President Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Cynthia Nance Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement at U of A Law School
Kathy O’Kelley Police Chief, Springdale Arkansas (retired)
Sharon Orlopp President Orlopp Enterprise, Global Chief Diversity Officer at Wal-Stores (retired)
Peaches Peterson Community Leader
Margie Ramondo Owner, Vintner at Raimondo Winery
Lisa Ray Regional Executive for Arvest Bank in Northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri
Mireya Reith Executive Director of Arkansas United Community Coalition
Betsy Reithemeyer Senior Vice President, 8th & Walton
Amy Robinson Founder of Tribes of Women
Angela Robinson CEO at The Job Guide
Anita Scism President/CEO Endeavor Foundation
Esther Silver-Parker President/CEO The SilverParker Group
Shelley Simpson EVP JB Hunt
Jann Weitzel President Cottey College for Women
Sherece West-Scantlebury CEO/President Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Marge Wolf President/CEO at NWA Food Bank