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A letter from the Executive Director…

YWCA Greater Memphis has created and catalyzed a wide range of services designed to improve the lives and well-being of women and girls across all generations. We will continue to be a beacon of hope and light  for women, children and their families. But we will also raise our voices louder for changes in policy that adversely affect our community. We continue to provide safety at our domestic violence shelter, providing nontraditional job training to assist our clients earn a livable wage and encouraging conversations about racial and social 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 104 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
Executive Director
YWCA Greater Memphis

Shericka Blair

Shericka Blair
2023 Board Chair
YWCA Greater Memphis

YWCA Greater Memphis Leadership 2023

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YWCA Greater Memphis Board of Directors

2023 Executive Committee

Shericka BlairSherica L Blair – Board Chair
Inventory Manager, Shelby County

Katherine King – Vice Chair
Senior Engineer, FedEx

A. JonesArlender Jones – Treasurer
Senior Commercial Loan Consultant, First Horizon

M. HertzogMarissa Hertzog – Secretary
Realtor, Keller Williams and Captain & Co. Real Estate






Marquiepta Odom – Executive Director 
YWCA Greater Memphis (Ex-Officio Member)

Joanitha T. Barnes
Department Chair
Education, Criminal Justice and
Human Services &

Associate Professor of Criminal
Justice Studies,

Southwest Tennessee

Community College

Tanisha Holliday
Vice President
, Isokides

Dansheryl Knapp
Clinical Project Management, St. Jude Hospital

Stephanie Payton, M.D.
, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Jarmila Reed
Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Nicole Washington
Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer
, Regional One Health

Dr. Paula Young, Ed.D.
Faculty, Shelby County Schools/University of Phoenix