• 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

Cassandra Yarbrough, Secretary
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Burnet

Gaye Adams Massey
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA St. Paul 

Mara Ascheman
Senior Attorney, Xcel Energy

Kristin Beckmann
Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications & Scheduling, Office of Governor Tim Walz

Charles Bradley
Senior Publishing Coordinator, Thomson Reuters

Angela Burns Finney
Central Region Tax Marketing Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Shelley Carthen Watson
Senior Associate General Counsel, University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel

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

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

Alison Lehman
Associate Counsel, Securian Financial Group

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

Anika Ward
Director for the Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Paris Watts-Stanfield
Vice President/Corporate Audit, Medtronic

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

Management Staff

Gaye Adams Massey, Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Daniel, Director of Development

Bill Smith, Interim Chief Financial Officer

Susan Olsen, Director of Human Resources

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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