Board of Advisor Biographies

Mary Lou Babb – Co-Founder of the Women’s Impact Fund; Charlotte Woman of the Year; The Mint Museum Board of Trustees Chair; UNC Greensboro

Claire Tate – Co-Founder of the Women’s Impact Fund; Community Advocate for Charlotte, NC; Executive Director at Partners in Out of School Time; Sweet Briar College

Judy Allison – WIF Board Chair; 1st Grants Committee Chair; CPCC Board of Trustees; Wachovia Bank Director of Community Affairs & Charitable Giving; Director of the First Union Foundation

Dianne Bailey – WIF Board Chair; Nonprofit Organizations & Foundations Practice Leader at Robinson Bradshaw; Women’s Philanthropy Institute; 2015 Woman of the Year; Women of Justice Award; Cal Berkeley, Georgetown University

Robin Branstrom – WIF Board Chair; Robin & Robbins Art Consultants; Chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library;

Peggy Culbertson – WIF Board of Advisors; Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission; Counseling Psychologist;

Anne Essaye – WIF Board Chair; Real Estate Litigation at Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A.; Georgetown University

Jill Flynn – WIF Board of Advisors; Managing Partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership; Senior VP First Union Corporation; University of Alabama at Birmingham

Toni Freeman – WIF Board Chair; Executive Vice President at the Arts & Science Council; Chief Operating Officer of The Mint Museum; Michigan State University

Mary Gallivan – WIF Board Chair; Director of Student Success at Tech Talent South; Vice President & Director, Foundation For The Carolinas; Duke University

Sarah Belk Gambrell – WIF Board of Advisors; Owner of Steele Creek LP; Vice Chairman and President of various Belk Companies; Board of Princeton Theological Seminary and Furman University; Sweet Briar College

Dr. Joan Lorden – WIF Board of Advisors; Provost at UNC Charlotte; Dean in Residence at the National Science Foundation; Charlotte Woman of the Year; Yale University

Elaine Lyerly – WIF Board Chair; President & CEO at the Lyerly Agency; Chair of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle International Council; Central Piedmont Community College

Carolyn Meade – WIF Board Chair; Partner at Moore & Van Allen PLLC; Vice President & Genreal Counsel at Genetipetz; University of Virginia School of Law

Sonja Nichols – WIF Board Chair; Author; President & CEO of Nicholant Enterprises; 2015 Society – Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; Florida A & M University

Patty Norman – WIF Board of Advisors; Co-Founder of Good Friends; Co-Founder of Veterans Bridge Home; Converse College

Cyndee Patterson – WIF Board of Advisors; President of The Lee Institute/Duke Mansion; President of Patterson Blake, Inc.; Purdue University

Susan Patterson – WIF Board Chair; Program Director at The Knight Foundation; Publisher Knight Ridder; Charlotte Woman of the Year; University of Tennessee

Sally Robinson – WIF Board of Advisors; Founder of the Levine Museum of the New South; Charlotte Woman of the Year; Arts and Science Lifetime Commitment Award; Duke University

Sally Saussy – WIF Board of Advisors; Co-Founder of Good Friends;

Ruth Shaw – WIF Board of Advisors; Board of Directors at SPX Corporation; Board of Directors at DTE Energy; President & CEO of Duke Power; University of Austin

Mattye Silverman – WIF Board of Advisors; The Marc & Mattye Silverman Family Foundation; Emory University, Penn State

Jeanette Sims – WIF Board Chair; Senior Director of Community Relations & University Events at UNC Charlotte; Director of Corporate & Environment Affairs at Wells Fargo; Rhodes College