TACOMA, WA, July 1, 2011- – Washington Women’s Employment & Education (WWEE) Board of Directors has elected Dawne Widener-Burrows and Kercedric Holley-Bell as its newest members, providing guidance, strategic direction and additional resources to the agency as it pursues its mission of helping people obtain the skills, knowledge and courage needed to escape poverty.
Dawne Widener-Burrows, of Mercer Island, is president of Widener Research, Inc. a qualitative research and marketing consulting firm. Widener-Burrows has extensive fund raising, marketing and strategic planning experience on behalf of numerous national and regional non-profit organizations. Before moving to the Puget Sound area, she served on several boards including the Baltimore Catholic Schools Advisory Board and the Baltimore Opera Company’s marketing committee. Additionally, she has helped raise money for public radio stations and provided pro bono market research to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, among other groups. Also, she is a past president of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the Marketing Research Association. As a WWEE board member, she says she’s using her marketing savvy to “support a wonderful nonprofit that has proven effective in making a difference to women who want to break the cycle of poverty and provide a better future for themselves and their children.”
Kercedric Holley-Bell, of Renton, is a vice president and division manager at USBank in Seattle, where she runs the commercial customer service office. Her past volunteer experience includes efforts on behalf of the American Heart Association, United Way and as director of the Washington State Mass Children’s Choir. Her passion is music. Holley-Bell says she was looking for a way to “give back to my community” when she discovered WWEE. “After learning about how WWEE changes lives, I knew I had found the right organization for me,” she says.
Also, WWEE’s newest board president is Alice Aumoeualago, of Frederickson, who works for The Boeing Co. as a senior manager in commercial airplanes fabrication. Other officers for fiscal year 2012 are president emeritus Lois Kreitzer, treasurer Kim Thompson and secretary Bonnie Sellen.