Mission, Vision, and Goals


The mission of Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is to engage and empower a diverse group of women with opportunities to collaborate and support the PA Foundation.


The vision of WIP is to develop a culture of dynamic giving by women to advance the work of the PA Foundation.


  • Inspire and mentor a community of women to engage locally and globally in philanthropy through the PA Foundation
  • Recognize and empower PA women making a difference in healthcare and their communities
  • Support and carry out the mission of the PA Foundation


Financial support of Women in Philanthropy benefits the mission of the PA Foundation.

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Note from Our Chair

Welcome to Women in Philanthropy (WIP)! You are here at a good time – our network is in its infancy, and we’re excited to come together and work toward our mission of inspiring women PAs, our friends, and PA advocates to become volunteers and philanthropists. We’re also working to educate people about the PA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the PA profession.

Did you realize women now make up almost 70% of the PA profession? Our goal is to establish a giving circle of women dedicated to philanthropy and united by an interest in mentoring others. By joining WIP, we hope you will find a warm and inviting environment with like-minded women who share a similar interest in philanthropic giving and the impact we can have on healthcare in the communities PAs work, live, and serve within.

We provide our network with quarterly learning programming and a newsletter. As we move out of the pandemic, we’re eager to begin social and networking opportunities. Please take a look at our meeting schedule below. We’re meeting virtually for now, but look forward to coordinating activities at upcoming state and national conferences in the future.

Let us know how we can assist you in your philanthropic endeavors in the PA world. We hope you’ll become a part of our network and help us in our efforts to harness the power we have to do good works while leading by example and serving as mentors to future leaders.

Agnes Compagnone, DMSc, PA-C
Chair, Women in Philanthropy

Lead Mentors*

Lead mentors are dedicated voting members who embody the spirit of Women in Philanthropy. Lead mentors inspire and mentor women to engage in philanthropy, while simultaneously highlighting female PAs making a difference in healthcare and in their communities.

Lead mentors are volunteers who fundraise for, educate about, and raise awareness of the mission and work of the PA Foundation.

Raquelle Akavan Debi Gerbert Teresa Ribadeneyra
Katie Beaudoin Bethany Grubb Laurie Ryznyk
Robin Hunter Buskey Catherine R. Judd Lynette Sappe-Watkins
Agnes M. Compagnone Melodie Kolmetz Kathy Scarbalis
Jennifer Coombs Grace P. Landel Beth Smolko
Linda Delaney Cynthia Lord Jennifer A. Snyder
Carla C. Duryee Stephanie McGilvray Jacqueline J. Spiegel
Elizabeth Eldakar Deanna Najera Michel Statler
Mary P. Ettari Diana Noller Carolyn Telford
Lara Francisco Candice Oberlies Tamara Thorn
Yolonda F. Freeman-Hildreth Josanne K. Pagel Jennifer Zorn
Lisa Gables Melinda Ann Rawcliffe Kim Zuber


Friends are dedicated supporters who embody the spirit of Women in Philanthropy. Friends inspire women to engage in philanthropy, while simultaneously highlighting female PAs making a difference in healthcare and in their communities.

Friends are engaged volunteers who fundraise for, educate about, and raise awareness of the mission and work of the PA Foundation.

Marganick Bien-Aime Kimberly Kochanoff Susan Salahshor
Gayle Bodner Sharon Luke Julie Solomon
Kara Caruthers Barbara Miller Skylar Stewart-Clark
Jaymee Castillo Marlo Miller Tessa Tibben
Antoinette Collins Joy A. Moverley Aman Tineh
Michelle Duritsch Farishta Nahebzada Rachel Weinzimmer
Whitney Hewitt Candice Oberlies Alysia Anne Wiley
Laura Katers Kris Pyles-Sweet

*Mentors and Friends will be updated on a monthly basis.

Women in Philanthropy Scholarship

The Women in Philanthropy Scholarship is awarded to PA students who demonstrate a dedication to promoting women’s and/or children’s health locally and globally. Click here to learn more and apply.

Want to support future PAs? Donate today.

Donate to the WIP Scholarship

Join Us

For more information on Women in Philanthropy and to get involved, contact Emily Hincher at [email protected] or 571-319-4415.

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to volunteer with Women in Philanthropy? Complete the PA Foundation volunteer application and Women in Philanthropy leadership will contact you about specific volunteer opportunities.

2022 Meeting Dates

  • March 31 (complete)
  • May 23 – Women in Philanthropy Reception at AAPA 2022, 5-6 p.m. – Indianapolis (complete)
  • August 25, 7-8 p.m. ET (complete)
  • December 8, 7-8 p.m. ET

To RSVP for upcoming meetings, fill out our short RSVP form.

News and Articles

April 2021: Virtual Panel on Power of Mentoring Takes Center Stage at Women in Philanthropy Meeting
July 2021: Women in Philanthropy Panel Discussion Centers on Women in the Job Market
September 2021: Taking Care of Business: WIP Highlights PA Entrepreneurs
December 2021: Philanthropy is the Focus at Year-End WIP Meeting

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