• Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

    Through programs and services in Housing & Supportive Services, Youth Development, Employment & Economic Development and Health & Wellness, YWCA St. Paul breaks down barriers and builds up communities. View the Annual Report
  • A Century of Service

    Founded in 1907 to meet the needs of the young women working in St. Paul’s factories and mills, today’s YWCA serves women, children and families. Learn More
  • Investing in Community

    81 cents of every dollar goes directly to services for women, children and families. Donate Now


A committed Board of Directors and dedicated leadership team help make it possible for the YWCA to meet urgent community needs.

Board of Directors

Beverly Jones Heydinger, Chair
Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Retired)

Tina Grant, Vice Chair
HR Director, Employee Relations & Compliance, Ecolab

Steve Halvorsen, Treasurer
Manager, National Accounts Health Solutions, HealthPartners

Lisa Lissimore, Secretary
Associate Director, Minnesota State High School League

Gaye Adams Massey
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA St. Paul 

Mara Ascheman
Senior Attorney, Xcel Energy

Kristin Beckmann
COO, Center for Economic Inclusion

Charles Bradley
Senior Publishing Coordinator, Thomson Reuters

Kim Ferguson
Vice President of Fixed Income, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Sara E. Gross Methner
General Counsel and Secretary, University of St. Thomas

Robyn Hansen
Partner, Public Finance, Commercial Lending, and Real Estate Lending, Stinson Leonard Street (Retired)

Valerie Littles-Butler
Principal on Special Assignment, Central High School, Saint Paul Public Schools

Yvonne Mitchell
Director, 3M Engineering

Mary Nash
Commander, Executive Commander to Chief of Police, Saint Paul Police Department

Kathleen Pinkett
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Securian Financial Group

Barb Tretheway
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, HealthPartners

Paris Watts-Stanfield
Vice President/Corporate Audit, Medtronic

Dr. Yohuru Williams
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of St. Thomas

Cassandra Yarbrough
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Burnet

Management Staff

Gaye Adams Massey, Chief Executive Officer

Constance L. Bowers-Capen, Director of Organizational Effectiveness

Michelle Daniel, Director of Development

Peter Olsen, Chief Financial Officer

Susan Olsen, Director of Human Resources

Lindy Vincent, Director of Health and Wellness

Deena Zubulake, Director of Programs

Nikki Beasley, Assistant Director of Programs

To reach our staff by phone, call the front desk at 651-222-3741.

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