Board of Directors


The Women’s Center believes that every individual is entitled to dignity and respect, and that women and men should be treated equally under the law and by society in general. No individual should be discriminated against or limited by society based on age, sex, gender, career choice, sexual orientation, or other circumstances of legitimate life choices.

The Women’s Center provides services in a non-judgmental and supportive manner to individuals as they make decisions for their lives. The Women’s Center advocates for change in the larger society to eliminate bias and to enhance the ability of all individuals to be fully functioning members of society.

Beth Casady – Dirctor

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Abigail Kauffman Wyche – Assoc Professor, NMU

I serve on the Women’s Center Board because I want to play a role in ending gender-based oppression, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault in the Upper Peninsula.  On the Board, I get to support the work of WC advocates who are diligently serving victims and educating the public everyday.  They need me…and you…to give our time, talent and dollars and make their jobs possible.

Wendy Irish – Secondary Science Educator

Alger County needs a voice on the Board of Directors, and I am pleased and challenged to be a voice for victims of sexual and domestic violence in my county.  In the few months I have been on the board, I have worked to increase awareness of the Women’s Center, to expand the support base in the Munising area, and to garner support and feedback from businesses and residents.  Understanding my community through the lens of the Women’s Center’s mission has brought me in contact with many worthy people.  “Act locally” has a deeper meaning for me.

Carol Touchinski – Program Manager, NMU

 I sit on the board of directors with the hope to empower the communities that we serve to come together and rise up in intolerance of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Rosa Diddams – Public Accountant - Retired

Being on the Women’s Center Board of Directors allows me to give back to our community and to assist women, men and children in need of domestic and sexual violence services. Staff at the Women’s Center are on the front lines of service delivery, advocating for and protecting those in need and I am proud to support the organization and its mission with my time.

Christine Lenzen – Assistant Professor, NMU

As a member of the Marquette community, I am happy to serve on the board of the Women’s Center. The services that the Women’s Center provides are vital programs that help the people in our community feel safe – and I believe that a healthy community is a safe community. The Women’s Center is dedicated to supporting people through unfathomable situations with care – whether through the Harbor House which shelters survivors and victims of domestic abuse, or the counseling programs that help both domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors move forward with skills to help better their situations, or Pak Ratz retail shop which provides survivors with emergency clothing and household goods and whose proceeds go towards running these programs. I believe in the Women’s Center mission and am proud to be able to do my part in making our community safer.

Julie Thurston – Construction Sales - Lowes

I joined the Women’s Center board of directors to support their efforts to help women, children and men who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I have known people who have experienced this and always felt powerless to help so by joining this board I feel in some small way I can make a difference in their lives and others.  Giving back to my community in this way is very important to me.

Wendy Rautio – CFO Munising Memorial Hospital

I have been in non-profit healthcare for almost 20 years. I like that I help people obtain much needed healthcare.  Now that my children are grown, I have extra time to donate to an organization. The Women’s Center serves a vital role in our communities. I thought it is a good fit to enable me to help people that I did not reach before.

Lucy Grove – HR Director, Community Action Alger-Marquette

Being on the Women’s Center Board of Directors allows me to take an active role in helping to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  Not only do we advocate for our clients but we also reach out to the community to educate them on our programs and garner support through contributions of time and money.  Victims no longer fit a certain profile and The Women’s Center is here to serve them all.  I could not be more proud to be a part of this wonderful agency.