Board President | US Omni Channel Manager, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream
Hi everyone! I’m Cassie. I joined the Board of Directors in 2021 and am honored to serve as the Vice President of the Board currently. My biggest passion for our work comes from knowing that we serve everyone – if your home isn’t safe, we want to help you – we do not discriminate. The work we do is vital in ensuring that people are safe here in NW Arkansas.
Thank you for the support you give us. It is immeasurable and vitally important to the success of our programs. Together we can build an established safe haven to help even more people.
Board Vice President | Senior Director Business Development, Walmart, Kellogg’s
Hello there! My name is Nicole and I am so excited to be on the Board of Directors for the NWA Women’s Shelter! I officially joined in 2022, but have been engaged with the work at NWAWS for many years prior to that. I serve on the board of the NWAWS because I want to drive awareness and make an impact. Domestic violence comes in many different forms & your socioeconomic status doesn’t protect you. Several years ago, I had a very good friend who became a victim to domestic violence and the women’s shelter helped save her life. Without the shelter she might not be here today.
My vision for NWAWS is to continue to build strength, awareness and education in the community. Building a community that has open, honesty conversations about domestic violence and how we can help. I want everyone to know we are hear to listen, offer support, provide resources and respect your choices. Our goal is to support you on every step of your journey.
Hey you: I’ve had the awesome opportunity of joining the NWAWS Board of Directors the summer of 2020. I am honored to have been asked to serve in this capacity. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the entire staff and their accomplishments at the shelter to date; I am fortunate to have the opportunity to support their efforts to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a human being here in NWA, I feel it is our responsibility to do what we can to make NWA a safe place for all people to live and raise their family.
In my free time I enjoy being anywhere with my kiddos and of course this great place we call home “ The Natural State”.
Senior Manager, Sourcing, Walmart
Hello! My name is Megan, and I joined the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter board in 2023. I am so excited to be a part of the NWAWS team because we are not just there in a crisis but helping to change the generational roots that led to it. I am very passionate about abuse recovery and ending the cycle, and it’s exciting to be part of a team that advocates for the vulnerable in our community!
Hello, I’m Liz! I am excited to be a part of this inclusive organization that supports vulnerable and abused members of our community through immediate disruption in crisis situations and long term structural support programs for a brighter future for families in need of help.
Owner, Freedom Realty
Hello! My name is Deba Masterson, and I joined the NWAWS Board of Directors in 2023. I am passionate about giving back to the community and helping people navigate challenging situations to start fresh. As I have become involved with NWAWS, I have been impressed that the organization strives to support anyone experiencing domestic violence in the community, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and marital/relationship status. The organization strives to provide a safe refuge for those escaping domestic violence, empowerment to those seeking a fresh start and becoming independent, and community education to understand domestic violence better and stop the cycle before it even begins. I am honored to work with the talented leadership at NWAWS to further their cause and to help make Northwest Arkansas a safer community for all.
Broker/Owner, NextHome NWA Pro Realty
I joined the NWAWS Board of Directors to gain a better understanding of the needs of our community and to make a bigger difference in NWA. I’m most excited to work with the board to collaborate on how to make an even bigger impact on our community and provide needed help to as many people as possible, including men and children.
VP of Sales for Walmart & Sam’s Club, Mars Inc.
Hi! I’m Lauren and I joined the NWAWS Board of Directors in the beginning of 2022. I am passionate about serving women and children in the best way I can. I love calling NWA my home and am eager to make a positive impact in the community.
I want everyone to know that NWAWS touches lives of families in NWA and they need the help and support of our community to continue to make an impact. My hope is that we can diminish domestic violence in our community and empower all of the courageous survivors.
Director of Sales – Walmart/Sam’s Club, Galderma
Hello everyone! My name is Carrie and I thrilled to be the Board of Directors for the NWA Women’s Shelter! I serve on the board of the NWAWS because I want every survivor out there to know there is a safe place for them to come to for help, a place for them to realize they aren’t alone, and to know that no one deserves to be abused. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate; it doesn’t care where you come from, nor does it care about your socioeconomic status. My passion for our work stems from both personal experiences as well as those of dear friends and family.
Many years ago, a dear friend of mine experienced abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, a football coach at an elite college where everybody loved him. She suffered in silence for months, feeling she had nowhere to go, that no one would understand how someone like her would end up in the situation she was in. It wasn’t until she was brutally attacked and life-flighted to a Level 1 trauma unit that everyone realized what was going on and she was able to escape.
Afterwards, she finally found an organization who would help her learn to once again love herself and heal. Now she is truly Thriving. THAT is why I am here to serve the NWAWS. Because everyone should have a safe place to go for help, a place that doesn’t discriminate or judge. My vision and hope for NWAWS is to continue to bring to light the realness of domestic abuse, to encourage open and honest, though often difficult conversations regarding domestic abuse. To help build a community that is safe, for anyone, any age or gender. Because at the end of the day, we all deserve to feel safe, to feel loved and to feel heard. Because when a community comes together and works together by listening and dealing with the ugly head on, magical things happen. Together, with your support and donations, we CAN and WILL continue to build a safe haven where all domestic abuse survivors can turn.