Board of Directors


The Women’s Center is an organization that believes that every individual is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, and that women and men should be treated equally under the law and by society in general. No individual should be discriminated against or limited by society based on age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The Women’s Center is an organization that provides services in a non-judgmental and supportive manner to individuals as they make decisions for their lives. At the same time, the Women’s Center advocates for change in the larger society to eliminate bias and to enhance the ability of all individuals to be fully functioning members of society.

Beth Casady – Director

I have been involved with the organization for over fifteen years as a supporter and as a former board member. I have always had a passion for equality and fairness in our world, particularly with women and children, which is one of the reasons I love my work here. The people I get to work with here are refreshing, dynamic, and committed to helping people who have domestic or sexual violence in their lives. They are wonderful, giving people. I feel that we make a difference in the world for the clients that we touch and that is very rewarding. It is never a dull moment in our world!

Abigail Kauffman Wyche – Assoc Professor, NMU

I serve on the Women’s Center Board because I want to play a role in ending gender-based oppression, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault in the Upper Peninsula.  On the Board, I get to support the work of WC advocates who are diligently serving victims and educating the public everyday.  They need me…and you…to give our time, talent and dollars and make their jobs possible. 

Carol Touchinski – Program Manager, NMU

 I sit on the board of directors with the hope to empower the communities that we serve to come together and rise up in intolerance of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Christine Lenzen – Assistant Professor, NMU

As a member of the Marquette community, I am happy to serve on the board of the Women’s Center. The services that the Women’s Center provides are vital programs that help the people in our community feel safe – and I believe that a healthy community is a safe community. The Women’s Center is dedicated to supporting people through unfathomable situations with care – whether through the Harbor House which shelters survivors and victims of domestic abuse, or the counseling programs that help both domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors move forward with skills to help better their situations, or Pak Ratz retail shop which provides survivors with emergency clothing and household goods and whose proceeds go towards running these programs. I believe in the Women’s Center mission and am proud to be able to do my part in making our community safer.

Julie Thurston – Construction Sales - Lowes

I joined the Women’s Center board of directors to support their efforts to help women, children and men who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I have known people who have experienced this and always felt powerless to help so by joining this board I feel in some small way I can make a difference in their lives and others.  Giving back to my community in this way is very important to me.

Lucy Grove – HR Director, Community Action Alger-Marquette

Being on the Women’s Center Board of Directors allows me to take an active role in helping to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  Not only do we advocate for our clients but we also reach out to the community to educate them on our programs and garner support through contributions of time and money.  Victims no longer fit a certain profile and The Women’s Center is here to serve them all.  I could not be more proud to be a part of this wonderful agency.