Cabinet Members2019-08-14T22:33:34-07:00

2018-2019 Cabinet Members

Lori McNeill
Lori McNeillChair
Lori McNeill is the current Chair of The Women’s Fund Cabinet, and also serves our community as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and board member of the Shasta chapter of the California State Foster Parent Association.
Lori holds degrees in Materials Engineering and Management. She began her professional career developing materials for space vehicle applications at NASA and ultimately expanded to helping Fortune 500 companies understand and optimize their investment in the digital world through data analytics. Lori is passionate about STEM educational outreach and using her data science skills to address issues in her community. She is the founder of the Civic Hacker Network and the Civic Hacker Summit, a community and virtual conference that celebrates people using data and technology for civic and social good.
Kay Patten
Kay PattenVice-Chair / Membership Co-Chair
We moved to the North State in 1981 and were blessed to be able to raise our family in Palo Cedro. After 21 years there we moved to Redding.
For many years I was an insurance agent at AAA, after leaving there in 2003 I became a jewelry appraiser.
Over the years I have been a part of many community groups. I have enjoyed serving on the Library Commission, the Women’s Fund Membership committee, and am a past president of the Palo Cedro Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy working with the Redding Rotarians, and I am a Women’s Fund Cabinet member.
I am excited to be part of The Women’s Fund. They are an amazing organization and are truly committed to supporting our community with grants, educational programs and ongoing philanthropy.
Denise Yergenson
Denise YergensonSecretary
Denise was born and raised in Northern California and has made Redding her home since 1986. During the day, Denise serves as the Caltrans District 2 Chief Public Information Officer. She firmly believes in giving back to her community. She has served with a number of organizations throughout the years, including her current involvement with The Women’s Fund, Redding East Rotary, the City of Redding Community Services Advisory Commission and as a past member of the Redding Elementary School District Board. Denise believes that TWF is a perfect fit for her beliefs in giving back, helping those in need and working with a dynamic group of people who truly care about our community.
Tammy Parker
Tammy ParkerTreasurer / Grant Chair
Tammy has lived in Redding since 1982. She has worked for Redding Bank of Commerce for over 24 years, currently as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Tammy feels that The Women’s Fund allows you an amazing opportunity to be part of a greater good, and experience up-close the powerful impact collective giving makes in our community. She also serves as a Board Member for Haven Humane Society and is a member of the Catherine McAuley Circle. Supporting our community to be vibrant and strong is one of the best ways to give back and give thanks for the good health, family and happiness we’ve been blessed with.
Cathi Lathrop-Cummings
Cathi Lathrop-CummingsMembership Co-Chair
Cathi was raised in Sherburne, New York and moved to Redding in January 1996.
In New York, Cathi had a successful career in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry. She was an authorized instructor for the NY State Licensing exam. Upon moving to Redding, Cathi perused a career as Financial Advisor. Cathi earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 2005.
Along with The Women’s Fund, Cathi currently serves as President for Soroptimist International of Downtown Redding and is a past graduate and steering committee chair of Leadership Redding. Cathi is also a graduate of Rapport Leadership’s Master Graduate Program.
Cathi has served as Cabinet Secretary for 3 years and manages the membership data base for The Women’s Fund.
Janessa Gans Wilder
Janessa Gans WilderEducation Chair
Janessa Gans Wilder is a former CIA officer turned peacebuilder, social entrepreneur, and nonprofit executive. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Euphrates Institute, an organization that builds peace and understanding about critical Middle East issues. She founded Euphrates after five years at the CIA focused on the Middle East, including serving 21 months in Iraq from 2003-2005. Janessa is a frequent speaker in interfaith, community, government, international, and educational settings. She has written dozens of articles and been interviewed by major news outlets, including CBS, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Democracy Now, and many more.
For over a decade, Janessa has provided the vision and leadership to grow Euphrates Institute into a global network of peacebuilders and changemakers, now comprising over 30 Chapters in 15 countries. She created and leads transformative Travel Study programs to Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Jordan, focused on listening to the ‘Other’. She conceived of the Visionary of the Year program to honor, support, and increase the visibility of groundbreaking changemakers.

Previously, Janessa taught political science at her undergraduate alma mater, Principia College, and was a consultant to the State Department. She has a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in International Relations from Principia College.
Janessa lives in Redding, CA with her husband and three young children. She enjoys spending time in nature, running, and yoga.

Liz Poole
Liz PooleGovernance Chair
Liz moved to Redding in 2008 to become the Associate Director of First 5 Shasta, where she has been responsible for the development and oversight of many of First 5 Shasta’s programs and initiatives, particularly those with an emphasis on family strengthening. Before coming to Shasta County, Liz worked in foster care, child mental health, and with a variety of family and community violence prevention programs in Baltimore and Los Angeles. She became a member of The Women’s Fund after learning more about the idea of collective philanthropy and the ways that it has made a difference in communities. The Women’s Fund provides an opportunity for Liz to make a small investment that can have a much bigger impact on the community.
Natalia Garvey
Natalia GarveyCEC Chair
Natalia moved to the North State from the Bay Area with her husband, Kevin, in 2010. She is a stay-at-home mom and also works at her husband’s family business, DataRay Inc., a local technology company in Redding. She has a background in Accounting and Management Information System. She and her husband live in Palo Cedro with their two wonderful children. She believes in the Women’s Fund mission and is very happy to be volunteering with such dynamic and compassionate women.
Aleta Carpenter
Aleta CarpenterEducation
Aleta grew up in Shasta County, left for 40 years, and returned in 2007. Aleta had a 30-year career in politics during her absence, and was one of the first female lobbyists in California. She has also served as a public relations account executive; a reporter, columnist, and editor; a community education specialist; and a public speaking university instructor. Since her return to her roots, Aleta has spent time volunteering at Turtle Bay and fund-raising for One SAFE Place, and currently serves as vice-chair of the Youth Violence Prevention Council, Communications Coordinator for the Tobacco Education Coalition, school board member for the California Heritage Youth Build Academy, and Cabinet Member of The Women’s Fund. She is also a gubernatorial appointee to the State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and vice-president of the national organization American Women Artists. Aleta holds a B.A. in Communication/Journalism and an M.A. in Communication, along with certifications in public relations, mediation, and conflict resolution. She is married with one Redding-born son and numerous wonderful grandchildren. She loves life in Shasta County and never wants to live elsewhere!
Dana Silberstein
Dana SilbersteinCEC
Dana Middleton-Silberstein (nee Kennedy) was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Weaverville and Redding. She served as the first woman on the Shasta County Planning Commission. After a 37-year absence, she moved back to Redding to be near her father, Judge Donald Kennedy and her son Cameron Middleton.
Dana is an Emmy-winning journalist, former television news anchor, TV and radio talk show host, producer and news editor. She anchored radio newscasts in Santa Barbara, California and Seattle, Washington as well as television newscasts in Monterey, California and Seattle. She served as host for the nationally syndicated television travel series called News Travel Network that aired on eighty-three TV stations across the country. She hosted the Northwest Afternoon talk show on Seattle’s ABC affiliate KOMO TV, interviewing Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Natan Sharansky, Jimmy Carter, Quincy Jones and many others for which she won an Emmy for best host. She served as Washington State Communications Director and Press Secretary under Washington State Governor Gary Locke.
She lectured in Journalism at the University of Washington and provided key note addresses at a wide variety of Seattle community philanthropic organizations, as well as Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University over a period of thirty-seven years.
Dana has finally settled down to writing. Her work appears in THE MORNING NEWS, LONG READS, the French publication ULYCES and THE KYOTO JOURNAL. She is a member of the Salish Sea Writer’s Collective led by author Brenda Peterson.
Returning to Redding after all these years has meant seeing the area for what it is now and how it has changed and not changed over these many years. As a woman who was a child, a teenager and a young bride here it is heartening to have an organization such as The Women’s Fund dedicated to the health, safety and development of all women. It is an honor to be a part of that.
Linda Lingo
Linda Lingo
Linda was born and raised in South Dakota, and has called Redding her home since 1997. She has her own business as a Financial Coach & CPA. Prior to starting her Financial Coaching business, Linda was a Financial Advisor for 10 years. She has also been a Corporate Controller for a Fortune 500 company and CPA with Ernst & Young. Linda has an MBA in Finance from California State University San Bernardino and has been a CPA since 1988. Linda is actively involved in her community with The Women’s Fund, Assertive Women Entrepreneurs and Women of Vision. She has been active in Soroptimist International, and Girls Inc. She also supports women-owned businesses as an Activator with SheEO, and is active in the Cinderella to CEO Awards Program. Linda is a member of the California Society of CPA’s. Linda has two children and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and everything about wine.
Linda finds TWF a perfect fit for her to give back to the community because collective philanthropy means TWF can have a bigger impact in the community for a long time to come.
Noella Pearson
Noella PearsonCEC