“If we were 100 percent successful, what would our community look like? What would be different? ”
Amber Beck is WIN’s Executive Director. Amber has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in management from Wichita State University. She has ten years’ experience in non-profit development, including six years in a leadership role.
In January 2017, Amber was recruited by Wichita Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) to be their Account Manager and find employment opportunities for their participants to work for local manufacturers. This was the opportunity to put her business degree to work. In this role, Amber was successful in securing manufacturing partnerships through networking with community businesses for the participants of WIN to learn valuable work skills and behaviors, develop and facilitate training curriculum for participants and volunteers, and develop and manage the internship partnering program with local businesses for participants to practice their skills and determine if they are ready for the workforce. She also developed a successful public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness, “Forced to Hide,” and was the co-author of the Kansas Health Foundation grant that paid for the campaign.
In August 2019, Amber was promoted to WIN Interim Executive Director following the retirement of the former Executive Director. In January 2020, she was promoted to Executive Director. Under Amber’s executive leadership, the number of graduating participants in the WIN program has grown substantially.
Kirstin Perez is WIN’s case manager. Kirstin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, with a minor in sociology from Wichita State University; and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at WSU. She is set to graduate in May 2020.
Board of Directors
(Board members are not compensated for their participation.)
Stephanie Gaskill-Jakub – Officer Chair
Realtor & Interior Decorator, JP Weigand
Patty Owens, ASC* – Officer Vice-Chair
RN, Independent Caregiver
John Newsom – Secretary
Retired Engineer, The Boeing Company
Kelley Williams – Director
VP of Administration, Friends University
Sheri Dierking – Director
Owner, MSA Investments
Sr. Mary Catherine Clark, ASC* – Director
Regional Counselor for the US Adorers
Nicole Howerton – Director
Owner/President, Howerton+White, an Integrated Marketing Agency
Daniel Murphy – Director
Web Technology Specialist, Newman University
Rebecca Page – Director
Diana Rawlings, ASC* – Director
Emeritus Founding Board Members
Sara Bond, Glenda Reimer, SC**, Susan Reeves, ASC*
* A member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (designated “ASC”), a Catholic religious order of Sisters
** A member of the Sisters of Charity (designated “SC”), a Catholic religious order of sisters.