About Women's Resource Agency
Women's Resource Agency is the oldest, continuously operating women's human service organization in the Pikes Peak region. Since forming in 1972, we have helped thousands of women re-enter the workforce and grow personally and professionally.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Women's Resource Agency coaches women on how they can become financially independent and achieve employment success, and educates at-risk adolescent girls to make healthy life choices, attain educational goals, and enter adulthood as successful members of our community. WRA meets clients where they are in their lives and teaches them how to improve their situation in a non-threatening and nonjudgmental environment.
We assist about 1000 participants each year through individual coaching, career-building workshops, personal development classes, computer training, image consulting and a professional clothing boutique for women.
Over the past decade, the Women's Resource Agency has expanded to provide in-school prevention and leadership courses for at-risk teenage girls, and programs for female juvenile offenders.
Single moms and even women in two-parent households need to be working in steady, meaningful jobs in order to provide safe, stable, and thriving families. This has created higher demand for our programs. Our empowerment services to assist women find a career that meets their personal financial needs are necessary in any economic environment, but especially now.
Women's Resource Agency relies on community support and involvement to fulfill our mission of helping women of all ages attain and maintain self-sufficiency. We appreciate your support in fulfilling this important goal. We are proud to be a partner with Pikes Peak United Way to work together to build a better community!
Melissa Marts - Executive Director
Melissa has an established history of community engagement. From her early roots as a special education teacher who rallied for the first unified soccer team with her students to her work on local and healthy food access to her job coaching with Women’s Resource Agency women, Melissa appreciates having been a part of such great changes that improve the quality of life for women and girls in Colorado Springs. Melissa has a Masters in Special Education and spent the last ten years cultivating her leadership in the non-profit sector.
“It is the best reward ever to witness the transition of a friend from defeat to success. The Women's Resource Agency plays a critical role in these life experiences daily.”
Kyleah Daily - Programs Director
Kyleah graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Nursing. She has been an advocate with TESSA and CASA and her passion is supporting and encouraging women and teens to be self-sufficient.
Emily Kindley – Program Administrator
Emily has a BA in Business with emphasis in Accounting. She has worked 9 years in retail and is excited to take on volunteer management & administration of Women's Resource Agency.
- Joan Lucas, Board President
- Sarah Ryals, Vice President
- Natalee Rosanne, Treasurer
- Else Drescher, Secretary
- Lisa Bigelow
- Ryan Garner
- Stefanie Legan
- Jane Peck
- James Proby
- Christine Randono
- Suzanne Tulien
- Kim Worth
Board members passionate about the work of the Women's Resource Agency guide the organization to reach its fullest potential. We currently have a board of directors consisting of 11-13 active members. Each represents different segments of our community and brings gifts of time, talent and resources. The four officers of the Board are president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Each board member serves on one or more standing committees : Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Programs Committee, Governance Committee and Resource Development Commitee.
"I believe in WRA's mission to coach women to become financially independent and help at-risk girls to become successful members of our community."
Lisa Bigelow is retired from a 30-year career in local government. She retired as the Budget Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. She received her bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and her Master's degree in Public Administration from UCCS.
As a newly appointed board member, Lisa is amazed at the passion of the Board members, staff and volunteers and is excited to be a part of an organization that helps women and at-risk girls in our community.