Since 1997, your Women’s Fund has awarded over $2.5 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations. Your investment helps build long-term, sustainable, change through:

  • Leadership Development – 250+ women trained to lead your communities in public, private and policy leadership roles through our Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI).
  • Local Investment – 3 million women and their families in Massachusetts are impacted through our strategic partnerships and grant making
  • Shared Vision – Over $2,500,000 has been invested by you, and more than 4,000 like-minded donors. Together, we change the game, to change the world.

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts fuels progress toward gender equity by funding the most promising solutions, collaborating with results-oriented partners, and by elevating the collective power of local women to take charge, and to lead with purpose.


Donna Haghighat

Chief Executive Officer

Monica Borgatti

Chief Operating Officer

Jorene Lomenzo

Development Manager

Kelley Bryant

Communications & Events Manager

Amber Roberts

Office Administrator

Alycia Gay

Community Investments Coordinator

“The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

Board of Directors


Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, President
Student Employment Administrator
Springfield Public Schools

Leigh Rae, Vice President
Non-profit Consultant

Fung Chow, CPA, Treasurer
Director of Tax
Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.

Pia Kumar, Clerk
Head of Corporate Development
Universal Plastics

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Trish Bonica
Director of Human Resources
YWCA of Western Massachusetts
Founder of Survivor Recovery Fund

Luzed Guzman
Insurance Agent
Liberty Mutual

Denise Hurst
Vice President of Advancement & External Affairs
Springfield Technical Community College
Western MA Springfield School Committee Member at Large

Rania Kfuri
Assistant Director of the Smith Fund
Smith College

Chelsea Kline
Executive Director
End of Life Choices, New York

Shela Levante
Director of Development
Berkshire Community College

Martha Potvin
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Springfield College

Lisa Ranghelli
Senior Director of Assessment and Special Projects
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Dora Robinson
Retired, former President and CEO of the
United Way of Pioneer Valley

Nancy Robinson
Senior Director of Operations
Food Bank of Western MA

Michelle Sears
Director of Finance
Health New England

Michelle Theroux
Berkshire Hills Music Academy

Karla Travieso
Development & Communications Coordinator
Gardening the Community

Gwendolyn VanSant
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Multicultural BRIDGE

Anne Weiss
Weiss Consulting

Committee Roster

Executive Committee

Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, President
Michelle Sears, Vice President
Fung Chow, Treasurer
Pia Kumar, Clerk
Leigh Rae
Michelle Theroux
Gwendolyn VanSant

Community Investments

Leigh Rae, Co-Chair
Lisa Ranghelli, Co-Chair
Shela Levante
Sienna Baskin *


Anne Weiss, Co-Chair
Luzed Guzman, Co-Chair
Rania Kfuri
Tara Marshall *
Dora Robinson
Karla Travieso
Victoria Worth *

Finance & Investment Committee

Fung Chow, Chair
Yindra Dixon *
Suzette Fontaine Collins *
Lynn Hatch *
Martha Potvin
Nancy Robinson
Michelle Sears
Felicia Seton *
Deborah Stephenson *
Melissa Williams *
Tammi Wortham *

Joellen LeGrand, ex officio


Trish Bonica, Co-Chair
Gwendolyn VanSant, Co-Chair
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
Denise Hurst
Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez
Leigh Rae
Michelle Theroux

YWI Steering Committee

Denise Hurst
Jynai McDonald*
Kayla Monroe*
Sonja Shaw*
Maria Sombe Baraka*
Audrey Straw*
Tammi Wortham*

* Denotes At Large Community Member

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Springfield, MA  01103
(413) 529-0087

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