Cabinet Members2018-09-14T06:14:15-07:00

2018-2019 Cabinet Members

Lori McNeill
Lori McNeillChair
Lori McNeill is the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley, 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. Her career has run the gamut from developing materials for space vehicle applications to helping Fortune 500 companies understand and optimize their investment in the digital world. Lori is passionate about STEM educational outreach and using her data analytics 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
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 where our two children, Kristi Davis and Michael Patten now live with their families. We continue to be very active with our family, and are happy to be a part of our grandchildren’s busy lives.
For many years I was an insurance agent at AAA, after leaving there in 2003 I became a jewelry appraiser and enjoyed working at the Goldmart.
Over the years I have been a part of many community groups. I’ve served 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 Reading Rotarians, and most recently I became a Women’s Fund Cabinet member. My mother taught me the importance of volunteering and supporting the community and I am happy to follow in her footsteps. It has also been wonderful to see my children continue my mother’s legacy by giving back to their community.
I love living in Redding. I enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking and most things outdoors. We love to travel and we are grateful for so many wonderful trips we have been able to take.
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.
Liz Poole
Liz PooleSecretary / Governance 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.
Tammy Parker
Tammy ParkerTreasurer / Finance 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.
Denise Yergenson
Denise YergensonCEC Chair
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.
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.

Lori Mathiesen
Lori MathiesenEvent Chair
Lori has lived in the Redding area for 24 years and counting. She has worked in state government for over 27 years and is currently working for Caltrans has the Chief of Health and Safety. She graduated from Simpson University and has worked in Human Resources, Emergency Services, Public Affairs and instructing on various discipline subjects. Lori volunteers at the Haven Humane Society, working with the animals and staff as time allows and joined The Women’s Fund to continue being a part of a community organization that gives back locally. She became a cabinet member in 2018.
Cathi Lathrop-Cummings
Cathi Lathrop-CummingsMembership 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.
Natalia Garvey
Natalia GarveyCEC
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!
Noella Pearson
Noella PearsonCEC
Erin Resner
Erin ResnerCEC
Erin Resner is the co-owner of Dutch Bros Coffee-Redding, Palo Cedro, and Anderson, where she and her husband employ more than two hundred young people amongst eight locations. For the last twelve plus years they have been champions of the youth who work for them as well various community programs throughout Shasta County.
The Resners, as well as their business, are known for the generous heart they embody. They have received numerous awards including both the Virgil Covington Award as well as Business of the Year, by the State of California. The message that Erin preaches was most recently highlighted by the founder of Dutch Bros Coffee in Forbes magazine and throughout the Harvard Business School’s case study on Dutch Bros.
During her Entrepreneurial career Erin has spent time sharing with other business owners, students, school administrators, and teachers on what they are doing right with the next generation, including how to best set them up for success in the business world. Erin has paralleled her time in business with her dedication to her city and the youth within it. She is a philanthropic member and Vice-Chair of The Women’s Fund, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in Dependency Court, a Commissioner for the City of Redding’s CSAC, as well as a major donor to multiple children-focused programs within the community.
She believes that the gift of business is the opportunity to impact people with whom you might not usually be in contact. Erin Resner and her husband live out their passion for people and their dream of making the world a better place, one cup at a time.