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History of WRC

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) began in 1975 when five women placed an ad in The Suburban and Wayne Times calling for a meeting on women’s issues. Forty-five women attended the initial meeting, indicating a strong demand for an organization that was dedicated to the special needs of women. The original group established three goals that remain in place to this day:  to provide information and referral services to women & families; to offer supportive programming and workshops; and to maintain a physical location from which to serve the greater Philadelphia community.


Cheryl Brubaker, Executive Director or WRC

Cheryl Brubaker

Executive Director

Mojdeh Keykhah, PhD

Director of Development and Communications
Kai Qualls, Resource Coordinator

Kai Qualls, M.A., NCC

Supervisor of Direct Service

Rujuta Chincholkar-Mandelia, PhD, MEd

Resource Coordination Counselor
Debbie Bell, Helpline Coordinator

Debbie Bell

Helpline Coordinator

HEIDE CLARK Administrative Assistant

KRISTEN BURD Girls Lead Program Director

“Thank you for the advice you gave me. I feel more empowered and less stressed.”

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT Marina Zivik
VChief Tax Officer, Livent

VICE PRESIDENT Suzanne Kersten
Consultant, Employment Practices Solutions, Inc.

SECRETARY Christine Topping
Financial Services, MassMutual

TREASURER Tameka Morris
Director, Corporate Accounting & Consolidation, UGI Corporation

Fund Development Committee
Rose Marie Bezdikian
Business Development, Mercer

Leadership Luncheon Committee
Bernadette Braun
National Sales Manager, Comcast Spotlight

Leadership Luncheon Chair
Jeanne Carter
Director, Human Resources, Fresenius Medical Care North America

Fund Development Chair
Robert Flood
Founding Principal, LC Advisor, LLC

Program Committee
Anjali Gupta
Principal, Cohesive Zone Consulting

Board Governance Co-Chair
Diane McCammon
Senior Manager, Cigna

Fund Development Committee
Rebecca Perkins, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Senior VP, Investments, Raymond James & Associates

Leadership Luncheon Chair Emeritus
Celeste Powers, President, Pet Industry Distributors Association

Advisory Board

Chair – Phebe Novakovic
Ellie Barger
Millie Bell
Shannon Breuer
Diane Dalto
Brenda DeFeo
Sandra Donahue
Joslyn Ewart
Michelle Flamer
Kate Hermans
Carol Jane
Lisa Kohn
Gayla McCluskey

Jami Wintz McKeon
Barbara Pettit
Stephen Prichard
Shelley Potente
Eileen Connolly Robbins
Jacqueline Segal, Esq.
Martha Tavantzis
Dev Thielens
Betty Uhlman
Liz Weber
Lynn Yeakel
Debra Yelson

Meet Jess

Mom, Business Owner, WRC Donor

“The WRC impresses me so much with the amount of events they do and the number of programs they offer.”

> Read Jess’s story