Leadership Team

amy Amy Richardson

President & CEO

Amy Richardson brings a wealth of program, business development and management experience to the Women’s Center for Advancement. She recently served as Vice President of Program at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska where she directed the Children and Family Services, Refugee and Immigrant Services and Behavioral Health Programs throughout the state.  Richardson brings a strong background in human services with her, previously working as the director of business development at Richard H. Young Hospital – Good Samaritan Health Systems of Kearney.  Richardson has held the position of Southwest, Central Service Area Administrator and Central Service Area CEO for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She is a licensed certified social worker, and a graduate of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Executive Institute


wca_006 810Pamela Phillippe, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Pamela Phillippe joins the Women’s Center for Advancement with many years as an experienced financial officer and accountant.  Pamela has a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nebraska since 1994.  Before joining the Women’s Center for Advancement, Pamela worked at the Epworth Village, Inc., a non-profit Treatment Center for Children in York, Nebraska.   Pamela has been active in leadership roles in her community, including traveling to Hong Kong for outreach missions.  Pamela also enjoys reading, running, and travel.



Amy Holmes, J.D.

Program Administrator


Amy Holmes joined the WCA in 2015 as the Program administrator. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a law degree from Creighton University. Her career began as child protective services case worker for the State of Nebraska. She then taught at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, providing classroom and field instruction for case workers. Amy has served as legislative aide to Nebraska State Senator Amanda McGill and also provided outreach services for the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska. Amy will oversee the Advocacy, Counseling, Legal, Prevention and Self-Sufficiency programs.





Michelle Patterson, MSW/MPA

Grants & Compliance Officer


Michelle Patterson joined the WCA in February 2016 as the Grants & Compliance Officer.  She oversees federal grant compliance and reporting, agency program evaluation, and data analysis/reporting.  She received her MSW and MPA from University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her BSW from The University of Kansas.  Patterson worked primarily in child welfare and other direct-service capacities in Denver, Kansas City, and Romania (as a Peace Corps Volunteer) until beginning her graduate studies.  She then began to focus on research, program evaluation, grant writing/monitoring, and systems-level change work – with domestic violence as one of her areas of expertise and focus. Patterson is trained in Praxis International’s Institutional Analysis /Community Assessment model and served as a lead member conducting this assessment in Douglas County, NE.  Patterson’s former role at the Domestic Violence Council in Omaha focused on federal grant reporting, data collection/analysis, and evaluating the efforts of the Douglas County Coordinated Response Team to monitor violence against women.  There, she developed outcomes and data collection mechanisms that have been recognized as models by local, state, and national entities including the Battered Women’s Justice Project.



Mary Beth Steele

Operations Director


Mary Beth Steele has worked in non profits for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities. Over the years she has taught kids and adults, worked with volunteers and donors. Mary Beth has extensive experience working with the Board, Guild and Community volunteers on events, membership drives, year-end appeals and capital campaigns. At the WCA she manages the operational side of our building as well as IT. Mary Beth graduated from NWMSU with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and taught for over 10 years, she has her Masters in Environmental Studies from University of Montana, Missoula. After finishing her Masters, she returned to Omaha and worked for over 10 years at Fontenelle Nature Association as the Membership/Volunteer Coordinator.


wca_044 810Elizabeth Power

Director of Marketing & Public Relations


Elizabeth joins the Women’s Center for Advancement with several years experience in the non-profit industry. She held previous positions with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council and Farris Engineering, both in Omaha. Elizabeth graduated from Stephens College majoring in Marketing: Public Relations and Advertising.  As part of the WCA team, Elizabeth manages the WCA brand, community relations, all press and media relations, social media, advertising, and design work.  Elizabeth also serves as a WCA spokeswoman. Elizabeth has a background in project management and will be assisting with WCA events as well.