Staff

Justine AllenMembership Engagement Coordinator

Justine attended UMASS Amherst and has a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration. Before joining Dining for Women, Justine worked as a catering director in hotels and a purser/hotel manager on a small cruise ship. She also worked at the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament for six years, where she managed events, volunteers, logistics, and as liaison to the tournament’s charitable partners. At DFW, Justine assists members and volunteer leaders with operational concerns and special projects and serves as staff partner on development committees and the national conference. She and her husband, Steve, have a daughter, Gabby. Justine loves spending time outdoors, especially tennis, hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach.Follow

Lena DunhamAdministrative Coordinator

Lena is a Greenville native who attended Auburn University. Before joining DFW, she worked at Infinity Marketing as a Media Buyer and at Auburn University’s College of Education Development Office. At DFW, she serves at the customer service point of contact, assists the President and senior directors, and handles other general office duties. Outside of work, Lena volunteers with the Palmetto Auburn Club by handling their social media accounts and campaigns. She and her husband enjoy time with friends in Greenville’s active downtown, travelling, and enjoying down time with their two dogs. Follow

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

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 state registrations. 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

Leslie MasonAccounting Specialist

Leslie has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Before joining DFW, she worked as a Compensation Analyst at Princeton University, as well as Director of Human Resources at Mainline Telecommunications and Office Manager at C&L Holdings. She also worked as an Autism Therapist at Greenville County Schools. At Dining for Women, Leslie is the Accounting Specialist with duties ranging from accounting, helping donors navigate modern day credit card and bank draft donation issues. Leslie and her husband, Marc, are blessed with two daughters. She enjoys tennis and plays often at Greenville’s Kroc Center tennis facility. She is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, SC. .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