Jamye Cooper, Executive Director
Jamye has more than 25 years of senior leadership in non-profit organizations spanning the arts, youth services, higher education and international relations. Her areas of expertise are financial management, board development, program management and fundraising. She holds a degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Patricia has been a chapter leader since 2006, first in Corvallis, Oregon, and now in Portland. She mentored new chapters for 3 years, helping to launch over 25 chapters in the Pacific Northwest. Patricia is also the head of the Travel Program, taking DFW groups to Kenya and Uganda in 2010, Nepal in 2011, and to Nicaragua in May of 2012. She has been involved with the Leadership Summit since its inception, serving on the content and other committees. She volunteers her skill as a graphic designer for DFW, bringing along 30 years of experience running her own design business. Patricia is also a certified Life Coach, with a background in leading women's groups and other workshops. "Being involved in Dining for Women is by far the most meaningful and fulfilling thing I've ever done. I truly feel that we are making a positive difference in the lives of women around the world."
Karen has been involved in DFW since 2008 as a chapter co-leader in San Jose and serves on the Program Selection, Program Content and Finance Committees. She has a background in corporate project management, financial reporting and integration, and many years of volunteer leadership positions. "My life has been enriched by serving DFW and seeing the organization grow and change the lives of so many impoverished women and girls globally while educating our own members. It's exciting to see that DFW is changing the world!"
Jennifer started a chapter in 2008 with a friend and since then has been excited to be part of DFW’s growth. She is the Vice President of the Board and is current chair of the Program Selection Committee. She spent 17 years in corporate management, project and supply chain management, business systems development and recruiting, followed by ten years of volunteer work in leadership positions. "DFW’s mission to educate women and dramatically alter the condition of desperate poverty for women and girls is a daily inspiration to me."