Staff

Beverley Francis-Gibson - CEO

Beverley Francis-Gibson is the CEO of Together Women Rise. She previously served as President and CEO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) based in Hanover, Maryland and has more than 25 years of experience serving non-profits and community foundations. She has an extensive background in philanthropy, fundraising, grant writing and organizational management. She has worked on behalf of women and girls through her professional and personal career.
She has also led organizations whose mission addressed issues of mental illness, HIV and AIDS, homelessness/poverty, domestic violence, and women's issues.
Beverley has served on Duke University’s Women’s Services Advisory Council which was committed to gender equity and social change; took part in the YWCA’s Race Shall Not Divide Us Initiative and participated in the Women’s Giving Circle in Maryland. She was a member of a women’s delegation to Kostroma through the Sister Cities’ Program in Durham, North Carolina, and in 2019 was a featured speaker at the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which focused on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.
She served as a Board Member of the Global Patient Advocacy Advisory Board on Sickle Cell Disease; founding Board Member of the Global Alliance on Sickle Cell Disease Organizations and co-chair of the Governance Committee; and, as a member of the Steering Committee for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, met with the Biden/Harris Transition Team to discuss health disparities in the United States for women and girls.
She is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Maryland Nonprofits. She is a 2009 Leadership Premiere Graduate and previous Board member of Leadership Howard County. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Beverley created “Leadership Conversations”, a quarterly gathering of nonprofit Executive Directors who share best practices, network, and hear from engaging speakers on various topics. Currently, she mentors Executive Directors through her affiliation with the Association of Community Services.
She has been a dynamic instructor on fundraising, grant writing, and philanthropy at Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Program and at the University of Chapel Hill in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, respectively. She has been a popular speaker and webinar presenter at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Grant Making for several years. She is the recipient of several leadership awards and recently received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her advocacy efforts in Washington D.C.
A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Beverley holds a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications and an M.A. in Industrial and Community Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky. She and her husband enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with their adult children.
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Jenny BlakeneyExecutive Administrative Coordinator

Originally from Illinois, Jenny moved to South Carolina 17 years ago and currently lives in Fountain Inn SC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from Illinois State University and worked for many years in Medical Clinic Administration. Prior to joining Together Women Rise in May 2021, Jenny worked as Executive Assistant in the financial industry for 16 years. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, children, and dog, Poncho, and enjoys reading.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 Together Women Rise staff in April 2014, where she oversees Together Women Rise’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

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 Together Women Rise, she manages the Grant Cycles, advises applicants, works with grantees and liaises with our Partners. In addition to her work with Together Women Rise, 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 Together Women Rise in Greenville, where she resides with her family. “I see working with Together Women Rise 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 Technology

After working in the Washington, DC area for 25 years, Gina brings a broad range of experience to Together Women Rise, 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. She manages the business functions of Together Women Rise, 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 Together Women Rise, she helps process donations and mainly takes care of the online, credit card donations and recurring donors who have lapsed. 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

Pam MengesDirector of Finance

A native of Alabama, Pam joined the Together Women Rise team in December of 2020 and works out of our Greenville, SC home office. Prior to this, she worked for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as their Finance Executive for 11 years. Pam became proficient in non-profit accounting while serving in several executive board roles with local units of District 1 – South Carolina PTA. Prior to her non-profit experience, Pam was employed in the banking and lending industry where she held various positions with Regions Bank and Regions Mortgage, Centura Bank (now PNC Bank), and SouthTrust Bank (now Wells Fargo). Pam holds a B.S. in Financial Management from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In her spare time, you can find Pam spending time with her family, baking, and spoiling her three dogs, Beau, Sam, and Kona.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 Together Women Rise, 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 Together Women Rise 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

 

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