Board of Directors

WOMEN’S CENTER PHILOSOPHY

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.

Greg Eckert, Bricklayer, retired –

Dennis Roubal, Financial Planner –

Amy Bilodeau, Operations & Facilities Manager –

JoAnne Garrow – Counselor, GLRC; Caught Dreamin' Owner

I first learned about the Women’s Center while serving as an intern – a requirement for my Master’s in Social Work program.  This allowed me behind the scenes experience, working with survivors living in the shelter and with the hard-working employees that keep this important organization in operation.  I am now proud to serve on the Board of Directors, knowing that my time and efforts are giving to a much-needed community organization – helping to stop domestic violence and sexual assault.

John Centko – Department Head for Technology & Occupational Sciences, NMU

Marlene Mottes – Alger County Resident

Having recently moved back to the area, I was looking for a place for me to make a difference in the communities I now live and work in, Alger and Marquette counties, just as I had been able to do as a former board member of the Caring House, Inc. in Iron Mountain. I have spent most of my adult life working on victim/survivor issues and have a passion for fighting for more protections, more rights, more services, and for making sure victim/survivor voices are being heard! Being a part of this board, I can support the Mission of the Women’s center and ensure that ALL Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors needs are being met every day!

Mary Sullivan – Music Therapist, ret.

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board of the Women’s Center.   I have a passion for the welfare of children.  I believe that all children need to be raised in a loving, supportive home that is safe and free from violence and abuse, whether physical or emotional.  I also believe that Quality services must be accessible, and in our area, this means geographically accessible.  And the People who provide these services, whether they are paid staff or volunteers, need to feel that they are supported in their roles.  I look forward to growing and serving as a board member of the Women’s Center.

Peggy Jensen – Purchasing Management, ret.

As an active member of our local community, I was impressed with the philosophy and goals of the Women’s Center.  I began volunteering as the Editor of the quarterly newsletter a few years ago and after seeing how the Women’s Center could impact our community by helping women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence & sexual assault, it was apparent that I could have an even more impact by joining the Board.  Making a difference in my community is very important in my personal and civic life and I am pleased to make a difference and be a part of the Women’s Center.

Abigail Kauffman Wyche – Assoc Professor, Department Head of Social Work, 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. 

Lucy Grove – HR Director, Range Bank

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.