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Board of Directors

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October 28, 2015

For Immediate Release


Boise, ID – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors, as well as recognizing its newly elected Officers.

Joining the board are Steven Berenter, Keli Elledge and Brandy Stemmler. “We are delighted to welcome our newest board members and look forward to the addition of their talent, expertise and energy as we work to foster a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships,” said Bea Black, Executive Director.

Officers elected for the 2015-2016 term include:  Darrel Anderson – President; Bill Bodnar – President Elect; Debbie Wachtell – Vice President; Jan Bennetts – Secretary; Jodi Whittaker – Treasurer and Laura Cobb – Past President.

Steve BerenterSteven Berenter has served as managing partner with Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, an organization with history of supporting the WCA. Steven received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a juris doctor from University of Washington. He is a former board member for the Boise Chamber of Commerce and Idaho Business for Education. Steven has a deep appreciation for the mission of the WCA and believes strongly in giving back to his community.

For almost two decades, Keli Elledge has devoted time and passion to making the Treasure Valley stronger. She has served in numerous capacities with various organizations including The Bishop Kelly High School Foundation board, FUNDSY, Treasure Valley YMCA, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the Children’s Museum of Idaho, the University of Idaho Foundation board and the Idaho Community Foundation. Keli Ann joins the WCA board with the hope of bringing value and perspective as an engaged community member.

Brandy Stemmler Headshots1-16Brandy Stemmler is a loan officer for National Residential Mortgage in Boise, Idaho. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Psychology from Baylor University. Brandy serves on the Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board as a member of the Executive Committee, the Scholarship Chair, and former board chair. She also served on the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Advisory Council, was board chair for the Idaho Humane Society, and served on the board of directors for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival from 2005 to 2014. Brandy believes in the mission of the WCA and hopes to be a strong advocate for the organization.

About the WCA
The Women’s & Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, crisis services and case management to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.wcaboise.org.




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