A letter from the Executive Director & the 2020 – 2021 Board Chair …
YWCA Greater Memphis begins its journey into a new century with a renewed focus on the needs of our community. We will continue to be a beacon of hope and respite for women, children and their families. But we will also raise our voices louder for changes in policy that adversely affect our community. We have a renewed commitment to providing safety at our domestic violence shelter, providing nontraditional job training to assist our clients earn a livable wage and encouraging conversations about racial injustice that lead to real changes in how we embrace and respect each other as part of the human race.
YWCA Greater Memphis has a devoted staff and Board of Directors who embrace our mission of “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women.” But we also appreciate you for embracing our mission as well. Your generous financial and in-kind donations have allowed us to help hundreds of vulnerable people in Memphis and the surrounding area. And for that…we thank you. But we also look forward to strengthening and building new relationships with you; and ask that you introduce us to others who may be interested in embracing our mission.
Even though YWCA Greater Memphis is almost 101 years old, we are just beginning our work. So, follow us…join us…and support us as we continue to make an impact on this great community.
Yours in service,
Ms. Marquiepta Odom
YWCA Greater Memphis
2023 Board Chair
YWCA Greater Memphis
YWCA Greater Memphis Leadership 2023
YWCA Greater Memphis Board of Directors
2023 Executive Committee
Sherica L Blair – Board Chair
Inventory Manager, Shelby County
Katherine King – Vice Chair
Clinical Project Management, St. Jude Hospital
Arlender Jones – Treasurer
Senior Commercial Loan Consultant, First Horizon
Marissa Hertzog – Secretary
Realtor, Keller Williams and Captain & Co. Real Estate
Marquiepta Odom – Executive Director
YWCA Greater Memphis (Ex-Officio Member)
Joanitha T. Barnes
Education, Criminal Justice and
Human Services &
Associate Professor of Criminal
Vice President, Isokides
Senior Engineer, FedEx
Stephanie Payton, M.D.
Pediatrician, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer, Regional One Health
Dr. Paula Young, Ed.D.
Faculty, Shelby County Schools/University of Phoenix