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

Julie Holt

Office Manager

Christine Monska

Community and Youth Investments

Nikai Fondon

Youth Development Coordinator

Jorene Lomenzo

Development & Communications

“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


Layla Taylor, President
Attorney; Partner
Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn

Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, Vice President
Learning and Performance Consultant

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

Leigh Rae, Clerk
Non-Profit Consultant

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

Kathy Cardinale
Cardinale Design

Janet Casey
Owner/Agency Director
Marketing Doctor, Inc.

Attorney Elizabeth G. Dineen
Executive Director
YWCA of Western Massachusetts

Denise Hurst
Regional Manager of the Massachusetts State Lottery
Western Mass. Springfield School Committee Member at Large

Chelsea Kline
Director of WELL, Humanities, and Leadership
Bay Path University

Pia Kumar
Co-Owner/Corporate Development
Universal Plastics

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

Michelle Sears
Director of Finance
Health New England

Michelle Theroux
Berkshire Hills Music Academy

Anne Weiss
Weiss Consulting

Committee Roster

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will make recommendations concerning the vision and structure of the fund. They will have the authority to make final decisions on all matters related to the WFWM. They will have primary responsibility for fundraising and for creating and monitoring the organization’s budget.

Layla Taylor, President
Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, Vice President
Katherine Cardinale
Fung Chow, Treasurer
Leigh Rae, Clerk
Michelle Theroux
Donna Haghighat


The Finance Committee will monitor the budget, and financial statements of the WFWM.

Fung Chow, Chair
Suzette Fontaine Collins**
Leigh Rae
Nancy Robinson*
Michelle Theroux
Donna Haghighat


The Investment Committee will monitor the investment strategies and performance of the WFWM.

Lynn Hatch*
Louise Nicholas*
Amy Santarelli*
Susan Ware*
Donna Haghighat


The Governance/Nominating Committee will be responsible for identifying and recruiting directors and officers for the Board. They will also be responsible for orientation of new board members and advising on matters of governance and board development.

Michelle Theroux, Chair
Liz Dineen
Donna Haghighat, Staff (non-voting)


The Fundraising Committee will be responsible for identifying, educating and soliciting donors.

Layla Taylor, Chair;
Monica Borgatti, Staff
Heather Milkewicz*
Jill Paul


The Marketing Committee will be responsible for increasing public awareness of the fund.

Kathy Cardinale, Chair
Donna Haghighat


The Grantmaking Committee will be responsible for developing the grantmaking policies and procedures for the fund. They will oversee the grant selection process.

Leigh Rae, Chair
Denise Brown
Jean Canosa Albano
Chelsea Kline
Lisa Ranghelli*
Hannah Richards
Mia Sullivan*
Pia Kumar*
Donna Haghighat

LIPPI Advisory Board

Lisa Baskin*
Cynthia Brubaker*
Camille Butterfield Elliott*
Elizabeth Cardona*
Liz Dineen
Kristen Elechko*
Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier*
Sue Freeman*
Patricia Hallberg*
Clare Higgins*
Chelsea Kline*
Kristin Leutz*
Dora Lewis*
Lida Lewis*
Laurie Loisel*
Sharon Looney-Armstrong*
Suzanne Parker*
Alex Russell*
Elizabeth Silver*
Rep. Ellen Story*
Diana Sutton-Fernandez*
Katie Zobel*
Donna Haghighat

*Community member

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Financial Profile

FY2017 Annual Report

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FY2015 Annual Report

FY2014 Annual Report