Dining for Women is divided into eight regions, plus international regions.
Volunteer Regional Leadership
CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT - email: email@example.com
Leslye Heilig, Regional Leader
Leslye is a retired pediatrician who has been active with Dining for Women since she and a friend started a chapter in Great Barrington, MA, January 2012. Their first meeting was attended not by the three to four they were told to expect, but by 30, and raised $1150. With degrees from both Princeton and Harvard Medical School, Leslye had a successful 30-year career as a pediatrician, retiring early in 2009. In addition to her commitment to Dining for Women, she volunteers with an ESL program (English as a Second Language) and is housing coordinator with a local classicial music society. “DFW has enriched my life, enabling me to give back both to my
local community by bringing DFW here and to the greater world of girls and
women, doing what I can to empower them to succeed.”
DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, VA, WV - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Britt, Co-Regional Leader
Debbie has been a co-leader of the Abington, PA, chapter since 2008. She has worked as an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for a benefit firm for 20 years and has many years of volunteer experience. "My life has been enriched since finding the Dining for Women mission. I am so excited to be a part of the growth of this wonderful organization."
Cindy Ariel, Co-Regional Leader
After first learning about Dining for Women in the fall of 2010, Cindy started a chapter that spring and has been increasingly active since then. Cindy practices psychology in Philadelphia, specializing in women’s issues and helping families with children who have special needs. “This organization is so inspiring! I’m hoping that working at the regional level I can do even more to educate myself and others, help DFW grow, and empower women and girls worldwide."
AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, MS, SC - email: email@example.com
Alison Lively, Co-Regional Leader
Alison's introduction to DFW started when she volunteered to perform at a Craft Fair in Greenville, SC several years ago. Since then she has been enthusiastic about the organization as a member and chapter co-leader. Alison is a Natural Health Educator dedicated to bringing the most accurate, up-to-date, and helpful information to each individual and group she works with, speaking throughout her community to educate and inspire people to take control of their health. Teaching is her passion. She has also received ESL training in hopes of carrying her education to other parts of the world in the future.
Kira Walker, Co-Regional Leader
Kira has years of DFW experience as a Chapter Leader in Atlanta and the 2010 Atlanta National Summit Chair, and serving on the Tenth Anniversary Summit Committee. She's traveled to Peru, Guatemala and Kenya where she visited and personally worked with DFW sponsored programs. Kira worked in interior design and advertising for many years, but after years of involvement with DFW and other non profits she is now pursuing a career working with a nonprofit which helps people be self sufficient. "Thru DFW I've learned so much about the issues that women face globally and how we can be a part of a collective effort to improve and positively impact the lives of women and children around the world! I have had the opportunity to meet the women and children we serve abroad - their stories inspire me to do more. Also I have built life-long friendships with compassionate women here at home and believe these relationships can foster change in all of our lives."
IA, IL, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Harris, Regional Leader
Barbara Harris started her LaGrange Park, IL chapter in February 2006 and it is still going strong. She has been the Regional Leader for the Heartland since Oct. 2011.
IN, KY, MI, OH, TN - email: email@example.com
Jill Peirce, Regional Leader
Jill Peirce has co-led her chapter in Grand Rapids, MI since 2007. Jill is a retired school counselor and spent 30 years in education. She's spent years as a volunteer. Along with her chapter, Jill "loves the idea of giving back and knowing our contributions can be combined with others to make such a difference."
Mary Toneff, Regional Leader/Publicity
Mary has been a Chapter Leader since April 2006. She brings her experience as an educator and educational consultant, as well as other non-profit experience to DFW's Regional Leadership Team. She served on the DFW Recognition Committee for the 2009 Leadership Summit in Chicago, motivating her to be more involved in DFW. She "loves her chapter meetings and is
still in awe that such a fun and educational gathering is changing the world, one dinner at a time!"
AZ, KS, NM, OK, TX - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY - email: email@example.com
Alissa Johnson, Regional Leader
Alissa has been a Seattle chapter leader since 2011, attended the Summit later that year and quickly increased her involvement, helping develop DFW social media guidelines in 2012 before accepting a regional leadership role. She lived in Africa and worked in global health before getting an MBA, and today works in the technology sector. “Dining for Women brings together so many of my passions – building community, educating each other about global development issues, and empowering our sisters around the world to reach their full potential. And of course, sharing great food!”
CA, CO, HI, NV, UT - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty Karabatsos, Regional Leader
Patty Karabatsos joined Dining for Women in 2008. She served as a mentor before volunteering to be Regional Leader, and enjoys working with new Chapter Leaders as they launch their chapters. “I love when the new chapter is close enough for me to attend the first meeting. Sharing my experience with DFW and meeting all the new members is very exciting!” Patty's background is in teaching and banking. A resident of San Jose, she is married and has three adult children. In addition to her involvement with DFW, Patty volunteers with the Stroke Awareness Foundation, an organization that helps to educate people about Stroke and provides resources and support to stroke patients, caretakers and families.
For all non-USA inquiries, email: email@example.com
Note: Our international chapter applications are temporarily on-hold as we research the legal requirements for the growing demand to expand globally.