Who We Are

Our History

In 1991, the Women Board of Pittsburgh began as a small group of friends who shared a mutual interest in improving the lives of Pittsburgh's children. This group decided to organize a fundraiser to benefit a local child-centered non-profit. Through the event they raised $1,200 and their resounding success prompted them to continue planning an annual event, with each one benefiting a different deserving organization.  
Over the years, the Women's Board of Pittsburgh has continued as an all-volunteer organization donating 98% of what we raise to our beneficiaries. Although much has remained the same, our annual event has vastly grown in scope. 


Our current membership includes more than 70 devoted members from various professional and volunteer backgrounds. Among these women are seven charter members who paved the way. 

Over the past 30 years, we have raised over $1.3 million benefitting 29 amazing organizations. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of the sponsors, donors, and event guests who have partnered with us in these efforts. 

At the core, we are still a committed group of dedicated members who love what we do — working as a team to help improve the lives of children. Today we remain an all-volunteer organization with a steadfast passion for supporting children in our communities.

Our Members

President: Judy Leininger
Vice President: Kim Gordon
Secretary: Laura Cleveland-Datesmen
Treasurer: Lori Botos
Grants Chair: Karen Gerlach
Governance Chair: Nicki Ubinger
Community Relations/ PR Chair: Terry Robosson
2023 Event Chairs: Michelle Gleason and Kathleen Miclot
2024 Rising Event Chairs: Maria Durrante and Bina Toor-Sandhu

DJ Hammerschmidt, Elizabeth Hobbs, Penny Jacobs, Pat Slater 

Dotti Bechtol, Lisa Bowden, Susan Boyle, Debbie Burke, Marijo Crowe, Elizabeth Duchak, Maria Durrant, Andrea Fako, Christine Ferguson-Rau, Kate Fuhrer, Sandra Garbisch, Mary Grenen, Betsy Henry, Betsy Holden, Jill Huff, Melia Kaneta, Kris Kann, Paula Lockhart, Sandy McInerney, Ginny Merchant, Laurin Moore, Lee Murphy, Becky O’Connor, Louise Person, Terrie Piatt, Gwynn Repp, Karen Sartin Slevin, Linda Savin, Kathy Sutcliffe, Alex Tarasi, Linda Thier, Bina Toor-Sandhu, Trudy Ward, Meghan Wilson, Natalie Wright Taylor 

Linda Ban, Anne Boyd, Laura Dawson, Mary DeRubeis, Candi Eisengart, Sage Eisengart, Julianne Fallert, Judy Horgan, Sara Horsman, Carrie Leemhuis, Carol Moyer, Loraine Murphey, Connie Phillips, Annie Rivers, Gracia Sheptak, Mary Beth Smith, Lynn Thompson, Sandy Woncheck

Become a Member

Are you passionate about helping kids? Learn more about joining our more than 70 dedicated volunteers working to improve the lives of our city’s children.

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