Wendy FrattolinDirector of Communications and Membership

Originally from Canada, Wendy has a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of communications, marketing and development, having worked in both corporate and non-profit settings and as an independent consultant. Wendy joined the DFW staff in April 2014, where she oversees DFW’s Member Education and Engagement Program and has overall responsibility for the organization’s communications strategies and activities. She is a member of the Greenville-1 chapter and served as co-leader of this chapter for two years. Wendy has two children, Julia and Josh, and enjoys traveling, running, yoga, and reading.Follow

Beth Ellen HolimonPresident and CEO

Beth Ellen has a BA in Women Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida. She has been in the public and private arenas for over 20 years with expertise ranging from executive management, fundraising, board development, to strategic planning. She has served as an Area Executive Director for the American Cancer Society, Executive Director at the Bowers-Rodgers Emergency Shelter for Children in South Carolina, and in numerous other executive director roles. Additionally, she was a financial advisor with Smith Barney working with individuals and nonprofit foundations furthering philanthropic goals with strategic wealth planning. Her work with nonprofits and executives continued when she began consulting in 2006. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, a certified executive coach, as well as a consultant with the Connective Leadership Institute. Beth Ellen’s perspective on leadership and human interaction have been shaped by her early work as a rape crisis counselor, training coordinator for a domestic violence shelter, development director, and as a teacher in South Korea. She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Mexico to work with Rotary Clubs through three states on issues of domestic violence. She has traveled through Southeast Asia and Central America for months at a time. She has served on numerous boards and volunteers her time assisting local organizations with fundraising and board governance work. She now hopes to remain in one place with her two little boys, a giant poodle, and a patient husband.Follow

Dr. Veena Khandke — Director of Grants and Partnerships

Dr. Khandke holds bachelor and master degrees in Psychology from the University of Mumbai (India), and a doctorate in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Khandke was born in Hong Kong, grew up in India and is fluent in four of India’s 23 official languages. She has been a US citizen since 2008. At DFW, she manages the Grant Cycles, advises applicants, works with grantees and liaises with DFW Partners. In addition to her work with DFW, Dr. Khandke is an adjunct instructor in Asian studies at Furman University. Her academic interests have always focused heavily on poverty in developing countries and women’s rights and empowerment. She enjoys traveling and is an unabashed foodie. Dr. Khandke also volunteers in her community and is a member of DFW in Greenville, where she resides with her family. “I see working with DFW as the coming together of all parts of me: academic training, passion and contributing to changing the lives of women and girls in developing countries,” she says. Follow

Gina League — Director of Administration

After working in the Washington, DC area for 25 years, Gina brings a broad range of experience to Dining for Women, including work in education and business and program administration/management. For the latter half of her professional career, she has served in nonprofit membership management and development for two large national associations. At DFW, she manages the business functions of Dining for Women, technology/information systems, vendor relationships, donation processing, and human resources. Although her experience includes development and management of information and technological systems, she truly enjoys working with volunteers and members. Gina is also an active musician and performs in orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber music groups throughout the SC upstate and western NC.Follow

Harriet LigonAccounting and Data Entry Associate

After college, Harriet worked in the WYFF Operations Department. She and her family then moved to Alabama, where she worked at a local radio station in the accounting department. After moving back to Greenville, she worked as office manager at an advertising agency that is now Brains on Fire. At Dining for Women, she helps process donations and mainly takes care of the online, credit card donations and recurring donors who have lapsed. When her boys were in high school, she worked part time with a friend who opened a ladies’ shoe store. Harriet is married with two grown sons and two beagles. Follow

Melissa Avant MatthewsVolunteer Manager

Melissa is a native of South Carolina. She graduated from Coker College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Criminology. After college, she began her professional career in Miami, Florida working with a non-profit, school program for a couple of years. She then moved to North Carolina and served as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization for domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse victims. Since 2005, Melissa has had the pleasure of working with international exchange student programs in various roles. Melissa is happily married with 3 sons. Her passions include volunteering, advocating, traveling and soaking in some sun. In her role as Volunteer Manager, Melissa is responsible for developing and implementing an exemplary volunteer program that supports DFW in achieving its mission, while ensuring that our volunteers have a rewarding, empowering, and fun experience.Follow

Pam MengesDirector of Finance

A native of Alabama, Pam joined the Dining for Women team in December of 2020 and works out of our Greenville, SC home office. Prior to this, she worked for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as their Finance Executive for 11 years. Pam became proficient in non-profit accounting while serving in several executive board roles with local units of District 1 – South Carolina PTA. Prior to her non-profit experience, Pam was employed in the banking and lending industry where she held various positions with Regions Bank and Regions Mortgage, Centura Bank (now PNC Bank), and SouthTrust Bank (now Wells Fargo). Pam holds a B.S. in Financial Management from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In her spare time, you can find Pam spending time with her family, baking, and spoiling her three dogs, Beau, Sam, and Kona.Follow

Amy West MooreTechnology Coordinator

Amy grew up on the coast of Virginia, then attended Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee and Wake Forest University School of Divinity in North Carolina. Before working at DFW, she worked in admissions at Pacific School of Religion and as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at First United Methodist Church, San Leandro. She lives in the Greenville, SC, with her husband, Stuart and son, Campbell. Amy enjoys watching college football (Go Deacs!), doing yoga, and singing in the church choir. Her primary responsibilities at DFW include helping to maintain our member and chapter database records, processing donations, assisting with donor and stewardship activities, managing our website, creating newsletters, and providing tech support for the Board’s and other committees’ Office 365 sites.Follow

Sheila WhittleAdministrative Coordinator

Originally from New Jersey, Sheila Whittle graduated from Seton Hall University with a BSE in Special Education and English. She has been working in the education and nonprofit fields since 2006 and currently resides near Houston, TX. She has always been passionate about working with at-risk and vulnerable populations with a focus on women and children, which is one of the many reasons she loves DFW. She is active in the fight against sex trafficking and has worked directly with survivors providing social services, employment, training, and recovery programs both in the Greater Houston Area and abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Follow