Women's Leadership Guild

Improving women’s and children’s health and wellness by supporting Pullman Regional Hospital’s highest needs and community needs through the impact of informed, focused philanthropy.

Grant Update

Thank you for submitting your grant applications for the 2019-20 Women's Leadership Guild Grant Cycle. We received 16 applications--a new record! Our grant review team will be meeting to determine eligibility, completeness, alignment with the Guild’s mission and vision, and community impact.  They will determine the qualified grant applicants and make a recommendation to the board for those agencies that should be asked to attend the September 19th meeting.

Are you looking for a meaningful membership experience? Upcoming events:

  • Luncheon at Stratton’s Cutting Garden—Wednesday, August 21, noon to 1 pm (bring a sack lunch, lemonade and iced tea provided)
  • Non-Profit Agency Presentations—Thursday, September 19, 6-8 pm in the Gladish View Room
  • Cooking Class with Wine Pairings with Cathy Harbour of Fork in the Road—Saturday, November 2, 6-8 pm at the Community Action Center
  • Grant Award Celebration—Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm, location TBD

Girlfriends Gather—One Night, Hundreds of Women, Thousands of Dollars to Your Charity 

Our inaugural event brought together 78 women on Thursday, May 30th to award one deserving non-profit all funds raised. After the votes were tallied, a $7,800 check was awarded to Families Together for People with Disabilities! Thank you for joining the mission to empower women and children's health and wellness with the Women's Leadership Guild. 

Agencies represented:

  • Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
  • Boost Collaborative
  • Circles of Caring Adult Day Services
  • Community Action Center
  • Community Band of the Palouse
  • Families Together for People with Disabilities
  • Family Promise of the Palouse
  • Friends of Community Hospice
  • 4-H Regional Robotic Team
  • iBelieve of the Palouse
  • Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
  • Kiwanis Club of Pullman-Funding Mary’s Park
  • Lauren McCluskey Foundation
  • Northwest Cancer Foundation of Hope
  • Palouse Care Network
  • Palouse Habitat for Humanity
  • Pullman Child Welfare/Pullman Food Bank
  • Pullman Schools Pantry Program
  • Pullman Regional Hospital Feeding Team for Children
  • Rosario’s Place-WSU Women’s Center
  • The Willow Center
  • Whitman County Friends of CASA YMCA of the Palouse

Empowering Women & Children

Since 2015, the Women’s Leadership Guild has been building a tribe of passionate, take-action, community-focused women who want to empower women and children to live better, healthier lives. Through membership contributions and networking events, the guild awards grants to regional non-profits who provide shelter to homeless families, food to children in need, care for the aging and disabled, and support to grieving and orphaned children. Join us! We want you to experience the joy of helping women and children.

Women's Leadership Guild funds $22,000 in 2018 grant awards!

Thanks to membership contributions and the power of philanthropy, eleven regional non-profits will receive a $2,000 grant to empower women and children through health and wellness programs:

  • Albion Food Pantry—kitchen and sports equipment to improve capacity in serving nutritious meals and expanding the ability to offer fun physical activities for adults and children.
  • Community Action Center—two 6-week cooking class series and four 4-week food management class series, on site at the food bank, to decrease rates of food insecurity in households by increasing food management skills. 
  • Family Promise of the Palouse—hygiene and first aid products, day center supplies, minor medical expenses, and fuel cards for transportation needs, serving homeless families on the Palouse.
  • Friends of Community Hospice—training, testing and application fees for 4 to gain End-of-Life workforce development skills and obtain Home Care Aid certification for the Serenity House.
  • iBelieve of the Palouse—funding for 10 events during parent-teacher conference days for Pullman school children, providing healthy meals and a safe meeting place.
  • Palouse Care Network—educational materials, meals and giveaways for seminars and funding background checks for 5 new volunteers to educate parents about online boundaries and filters for their children.
  • Palouse Discovery Science Center—renovation of the “COVE” space in the science center, providing a space where children can develop problem-solving skills through discovery
  • Pullman Community Council on Aging—support of the senior chore service program for rebuilding and strengthening existing relationships with seniors and volunteers.
  • Pullman Regional Hospital Feeding Team—course fees for three staff members and a scholarship fund for patients whose insurance may not cover feeding therapies.
  • Pullman Schools Pantry Program—funds will be distributed to each school in the Pullman School District to purchase age appropriate food for children, supplementing food available to children and their siblings over the weekends and long holidays.
  • YMCA of the Palouse—provide seven family nights during the spring semester with fun activities, field trips, guest presenters, educational takeaways and endless opportunities to be together as a family with no cost to the family.


Philanthropy at Work in Your Community

GROW THE GUILD New Member Promotion: $500 contribution!

100% of your annual tax-deductible membership contribution of $1,000 supports women’s and children’s health:

  • 50%: Allocated to Pullman Regional Hospital’s highest needs for women and children, identified through the Annual Giving for Excellence fund drive
  • 50%: Allocated to local agencies through grant awards


Meaningful Membership Benefits

  • Experience the power of philanthropy—enhance women’s and children’s health
  • Select and award grants to improve the health of women and children on the Palouse
  • Stay up-to-date on current women’s and children’s health issues
  • Meet passionate, innovative and dedicated women community leaders
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Celebrate our success at an annual affair


Membership Experience

  • General Membership Meetings (4/year) provide a rich experience to all members through:
  1. Celebration of new members and recognition of current
  2. Educational presentations on critical and emerging needs related to regional women’s and children’s health
  3. Networking and social engagements in a casual, inclusive environment
  4. Review and award grants to local agencies aligned with guild core values
  • Hands-On Activities (2-3): visit and see first-hand how local agencies needing our support serve our community
  • Grant Award Celebration: celebrate the impact of awarded grants and learn about results


Membership Commitment

Flexible membership: 20 hours a year The Women’s Leadership Guild welcomes all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective philanthropy.

Join us, and experience the power of philanthropy.

Contact Angie Feuerstein, Women's Leadership Guild Chair (509) 432-8894 wlg@pullmanregional.org or 

Stephanie Pierce (509) 332-2044 stephanie.pierce@pullmanregional.org at the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation to learn more. 

Help us build our grant award pool, and make a gift online today!
Contact Us

ANGIE FEUERSTEIN, Women’s Leadership Guild Chair (509) 432-8894, or wlg@pullmanregional.org

Women's Leadership Guild Passes $100,000 in fundraising

Since 2015, the Women's Leadership Guild has successfully raised more than $100,000 in funds to support local non-profits and the hospital's highest needs.

Join Us in Making an Impact

Complete a Women’s Leadership Guild Membership Form and return it along with your contribution to: Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation 840 SE Bishop Blvd., Suite 200 Pullman, WA 99163

Our Staff
Ashley Alred
Guild Chair, 2015-2016; Board Member 2015-present

Ashley was our founding chairperson for the Women’s Leadership Guild, even with a full schedule as a busy mom, business owner, landlord and wife. She loves the country life, drinking coffee, rehabbing homes and most importantly, being a mother. Ashley is surely a woman with many irons in the fire, and lists her mother as her hero.

Lori Ammons

Lori is a mom to four furry dogs and finds herself about as far from home as you can get—she grew up in Florida! She enjoys traveling, photography and supporting various local charities. She believes in the power of a woman, and brings to light that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards in high heels. She wants to be a woman that gets things done.

Shelley Bennett
Board Member, 2015-present

Shelley loves life and believes you can do whatever you set your mind to. As a Women’s Leadership Guild Board member Shelley wants to leave a legacy of giving gobs of money to very deserving entities. When she’s not moving mountains in the commercial real estate business, Shelley enjoys spending time with her two daughters and six grandchildren. You may also find her on a ski slope, in a yoga studio, a garden or a pool.

Carrie Coen

As the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Pullman Regional Hospital, Carrie Coen is passionate about improving the health of all members of our community. She would spend everyday outdoors if she had the option. She enjoys spending time with her patient and kind husband of 35 years, her two grown daughters and her granddaughter. She has a menagerie of animals including: dogs, cats, goats, horses and chickens and of course spends lots of time cleaning up after them. She also enjoys photography, gardening, music, reading and exercising. Marie Curie, Virginia Apgar and her grandmother are all women she looks up to.

Angie Feuerstein
Chair, 2017-present

Angie graduated from WSU in 1981 and hasn’t left since. She loves the international community in Pullman and likes to host students. She has four grown children of her own and a spunky and sweet Boston terrier named Oliver. When she’s not making a pleasant home or working she enjoys biking, boating, scrapbooking and creating gluten free and vegan recipes. She travels with her husband and children when time allows. Angie finds heroes in every single mom she’s ever met and Carmento Floyd, the late Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd’s wife. Notable leaders in her mind are John Wilberforce, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King.

Virginia Martinson
Board Member, 2017-present

Virginia has lived on the Palouse since 2009, married to a local boy, she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. She enjoys gardening and enjoying her five cats and one dog when she’s not busy banking. Virginia serves on the Palouse Habitat for Humanity Board and recently began serving on the Women’s Leadership Guild Board. She looks up to all the women who traveled life’s journey before her and made the world a better place. She hopes to connect to the community and be a part of making it a better place. Her favorite quote is, “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers

Stephanie Pierce
Member, Staff Support

Stephanie has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1998 and is the mother to four children ages 2 to 15. When she’s not working or shuttling kids to their various activities, Stephanie enjoys gardening, working out, hiking, walking all around Pullman with a baby on her back and eating. Her heroes are the selfless people who do mission work in dangerous, scary and undesirable places around the world. She thinks it’s cool that the same God that created mountains, oceans, galaxies and puppies, thought the world needed one of you too. She hopes to help grow the Guild into an inspiring organization that empowers women, improves the lives of children and serves the community.

Stacey Swift

Stacey is a busy mom to three kids ages 2 to 8 years old. She grew up in the small town of Sprague, WA but has since moved across the border to Moscow. When she’s not banking she likes to watch sports and draws her favorite quote from Michael Jordan, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” John Stockton and her grandmother are also positive role models to Stacey. She hopes that the Women’s Leadership Guild will help grown our communities and make a big impact.

Katie Van Wyngarden

Katie is a proud Coug alumnus and has enjoyed getting to experience the joys of owning a home and the “non-student” side of Pullman. An accountant, when she’s not crunching numbers Katie enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her friends. A very kind woman, Katie’s favorite quote is, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Alison Weigley

Alison loves the idea of empowering women and children and providing a means to help others thrive. She has been involved with the Women’s Leadership Guild since day 1, providing support as a hospital Foundation employee. Alison believes in the everyday hero—ordinary people doing extraordinary and meaningful work to make our world better. She enjoys the process behind making a dream, a goal, a new idea come to life—which is why she is so talented with marketing. Alison believes that life begins when the world doesn’t end.

Verna Yockey

Verna is a well-traveled mother of three grown children. She’s traveled the world over and back to the Pacific Northwest because there is no other place so beautiful. A nurse and department director at Pullman Regional Hospital, Verna enjoys hiking, traveling, snorkeling, beach-going, sight-seeing, reading self-help books, girls’ vacations and wine. Maya Angelou’s quote, “When we know better, we do better.” inspires her. She sees her role as a Women’s Leadership Guild member as helping those in need formulate and achieve their goals.