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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
Executive Director
YWCA Greater Memphis





Pamela Williams Kelly, Esq.
2020-2021 Board Chair
YWCA Greater Memphis

YWCA Greater Memphis Leadership 2020 – 2021

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YWCA Greater Memphis Board of Directors

2020-2021 Executive Committee

Pamela Williams Kelly, Esq. – Board Chair
Attorney, PWK LAW

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)

Shericka L. Blair
IT Advisor, Shelby County Schools

Meghan Bridges
Program Manager, Old Dominick Distillery

Dawn Kimble
Workforce Development Professional, Urban Strategies

Katherine King
Senior Engineer, FedEx Express

Jacquelyn Miller
Educator (Retired)

Cassandra Ross
Operations Manager, Amazon

Laura Smittick
Attorney, Smittick Law Firm

Charita Travis
Deputy Sheriff, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Erica Warren
Chief Operations Officer, LifeLinc Corporation

Dr. Pene’ Gray Woods
International Executive Secretary , Christian Methodist Episcopal & President of Equitable Wisdom LLC

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