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Our Board Members work tirelessly with a commitment to the Shelter, our residents, volunteers and our community.

Angelique O'Bryan, President

Angelique O'Bryan, President

Senior Director of People, Process, and Culture, Shopper Events

“I am honored to serve on the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Board and am excited about the opportunity to give back. Domestic violence can affect anyone, and so it’s important that we band together as a community and give survivors of domestic violence the resources and empowerment that they need to plot a course for recovery. I’m passionate about anything we can do to work towards a violence-free tomorrow.”

Shelli Cathcart, Vice-President

Shelli Cathcart, Vice-President

“I believe by empowering women and supporting families, we create a chance for hope to grow. With hope, all things are possible.”

Ashley Abel, Secretary

Ashley Abel, Secretary

Merchandising PMO, Walmart

“I believe in fighting for what is right, taking action against domestic violence in NWA, and hoping one day the resources of the Shelter will not be needed.”

Bill Bennett, Treasurer

Bill Bennett, Treasurer

Director, Pricing Strategy, Walmart

“I am passionate about providing a place of refuge for people who find themselves in dangerous situations. Nothing is more foundation-shaking than not having a safe place to stay. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the NWA Women’s Shelter.”

Tom Evans, Past-President

Tom Evans, Past-President

VP and General Counsel, Walmart

“As I came to understand the severe impact of domestic violence on many if its victims, I was compelled to do what I could to support the NWA Women’s Shelter in accomplishing its mission to give domestic violence victims a safe environment to build hope, inspiration, and the opportunity for a fresh start.”

Gina Allgaier

Gina Allgaier

Vice President of Marketing, Bentonville Film Festival

Information Pending

Deanah Baker

Deanah Baker

SVP/General Merchandise Manager- Ladies Apparel, Intimates, Jewelry and Accessories

Information Pending

Wendy Cathey

Wendy Cathey

Consultant, Cathey Consulting

“I joined the board to help educate and promote awareness within our community that domestic violence does not discriminate against age, race, sex, education or socioeconomic status. I have learned so much from other board members, shelter staff and most especially the victims we support. I want to help empower ALL victims (men, women & children) to know they can change their situation & they don’t have to do it alone. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of such a wonderful group of individuals knowing that everyone at the NWA Women’s Shelter is here to help!”

Debra Layton

Debra Layton

SVP Merchandising and Supplier Administration, Walmart

“Every chance I get I support,defend, prop-up, and help women and girls that I interact with both personally and professionally. I also had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in a very matriarchal family where I had many positive female role models who knew the value of hard work, perseverance, and an education. They have truly inspired me. Perspective is a wonderful thing, and I have learned that it’s not about me—it’s about giving back and one person can make a difference. It’s up to all of us to be that person!”

Harvey Millar

Harvey Millar

VP Sales, Mars Chocolate

“I am both honored and excited to be serving on the Board of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. I have been inspired and humbled by the people I’ve met and the cause we serve. It is important to me personally to be involved in such a valuable mission, and to help make a difference in our local community.”

Rev. Ken Parks

Rev. Ken Parks

Rector, St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church

“I am a member of the Board of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter because I sense a need to be a part of helping to heal the wounds inflicted upon the victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault and to be a part of the vision that violence is a choice and that together, we can redirect that choice in such a way that future generations will speak of all forms of abuse in the past tense.”

Simone Schwarze

Simone Schwarze

Business Development Manager ASIA Region, Category Management & eCommerce, Nestlé S.A.

“Domestic Violence has no race, age, gender, or social status qualifications. Signs of domestic violence are easily overseen and often take place without anyone noticing. I am honored to serve on the board to help raise awareness and educate about domestic violence in our community.”

Tina Winham

Tina Winham

Walmart Business Development Manager, SC Johnson

“I had always hoped that someday I could contribute in a way that really made a difference in the lives of women and children. Serving on this board allows me to contribute in a meaningful way to a mission of changing lives to become violence free.”