BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR

Hank Varnell
Nashville, TN

PRESIDENT/
DEV DIRECTOR

Carolyn Moor
Orlando, FL

SECRETARY

Jen Johnson
Los Angeles, CA

MWC STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gina Strasser
RENO, NV

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Sheryl Root
FRESNO, CA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Tracy Foelker
Orlando, FL

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Sunshine Woodyard
Orlando, FL

INTERN

Anna Reed
Orlando, FL

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Terri Haston

Terri Haston (Houston, TX) was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and completed her Masters of Economics at University of Tulsa. She is retired from an extensive career, spanning over 40 years, in Management Consulting. She started her consulting career specializing in market research, long range business planning and financial analysis. Over 30 years ago she founded a successful medical consulting company specializing in the management of physician medical practices, computerizing all aspects of physician billing, and creating and building medical practices of all specialties.

Following the example of her parents, she has always been active in her community, but especially active in non-profit organizations.  After moving to Phoenix, Arizona in the mid 90’s, Ms Haston continued her non-profit, volunteer activities by chairing fund raising events, large capital campaigns, and serving on various boards. For many years, Ms Haston was a single mother, raising a son, and running a successful business. She remarried before moving to Phoenix in 1993 and was suddenly widowed on Christmas Eve of 2009. Every widow’s journey and situation is different. She understands these struggles and is committed to helping other widows find the strength and purpose to build confident, successful lives.

Dr. Steven Southwick

Dr. Steven Southwick (West Haven, CT) is Glenn H. Greenberg Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, PTSD and Resilience Science. Finding his book, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, and being featured with him in the The Wall Street was a fateful, game changing moment for us!

He was a speaker at the Widow Empowerment Event in 2018 and hopes to join us in 2020 for our next WEE event. His research is already integrated into all of our programs. Now, we’re going to impact how widows are served applying his important life’s work even more!!!

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