Meet Our Board
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.
Meet our current members:
- Lindy Conter, Board President
- Kateri Kerwin, Vice President
- Lynda Nesheim, Treasurer
- Gayle Krzemien, Secretary
- Pamela Abrams
- Lisa Bigelow
- Tammera Cooper
- Kelli Holt
- Todd Matthews
- Liz Price
- Sue Reeves
- Sheldon "Shely" Saidman
"Women's Resource Agency's InterCept programs are critical to supplying girls with the support they need to stay in school, stay healthy, and reach higher goals."
Lindy Conter, a retired children's and family law attorney and editor for John Wiley & Sons Law Publications, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
Lindy's longtime advocacy for women and children led her to WRA in 2005. She believes that WRA serves a much-needed purpose in the community of ensuring that women and girls become economically self-sufficient. She also believes that It's so important to give each person the wherewithal to become successful in each aspect of her life, and that's what Women's Resource Agency programs do.
She has served on the board's Governance Committee, as an event chair, and currently as the board's president.
The Women's Resource Agency is an organization whose mission is at the very heart of the needs of so many women and young girls in our community. I am excited to be part of an organization that can restore a sense of hope and self-worth in individuals, providing the tools to help lead them to a life of self-sufficiency. We live in a community that can make great things happen if we all work together!
Lynda Nesheim is a staff accountant at Erickson Brown Kloster, PC in Colorado Springs. She has worked in the tax accounting field for over 15 years. She obtained a business degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Taxation from Colorado State University.
Lynda is currently serving as Treasurer for WRA.
"Part of our mission includes working with teenage girls so that the paths they choose will not lead to the dependent situations that many of their mothers, friends and female relatives have faced; changing their paths changes the future."
Gayle Krzemien, a mathematics faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College, joined the board in October 2007 and is the past President. She became involved with the organization through her job, by assisting Women's Resource Agency clients who want to attend PPCC.
WRA has a commitment to women, to help them no matter what their circumstances, and an attitude of 'You can come as you are, but you cannot stay as you are.' The goal is to move a woman to a better place for her life. Without our help, many would not have the courage to imagine that their lives could be radically different.
"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.
"The Women's Resource Agency is effective because of the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to meet the demands that women and teen girls in our community face."
A stay-at-home mom and registered foster care family, Liz Price has a Master's of Science degree from Baylor University and is a certified health education specialist. She serves on the Nominating Committee, Fundraising Committee and Curriculum Planning Committee. As a foster care parent, Liz sees first-hand the economic and social hardships that women face and wants to be part of the solution.
I like that as an organization, we are constantly trying to anticipate future needs in our community and address them proactively. The staff and board are optimistic people.
Sheldon B. "Shely" Saidman
"The Pikes Peak region has many exceptional organizations that do extraordinary work in helping thousands of our citizens in need. The Women's Resource Agency stands out from among them for its 40 years of outstanding service in executing its highly focused mission of empowering women and girls by suitably preparing them for the challenges they face in aspiring to succeed in the workplace and beyond. The WRA has assisted literally thousands of it clients through its wide range of highly instructive, results-oriented programs, that continue to make a measureable difference to both the individuals being supported and the community at large."
Shely is president of Saidman & Associates, Inc., a business management consulting practice. He is an experienced business executive who led several companies as president or chief operating officer. He has served on a number of boards for both public and private corporations, including the boards of Junior Achievement and United Way in the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities area.