2022 Women Helping Women event raises $223,000 for women, children and families who need access to mental health services

More than 500 guests participated in the Center’s 24th annual Women Helping Women event on May 20, 2022, which raised $223,000. Funds will support mental health counseling, education, training and other services that impact women, children and families who are underinsured or from low income households. 

Sharon Goldford (second from left) was our 2022 honoree and our inspiring keynote speaker was Jacquie Easley McGhee (third from left). Our 2022 planning committee co-chairs were Rachel Hardin (far left) and Laura Palmer (far right).

Experience the inspiration from our 2022 Women Helping Women luncheon!

Honoree: Sharon Goldford

For decades Sharon has quietly and consistently cared for her community, driven by her innate spirit of generosity. Throughout her business career in religious organizations, human resources, finance and healthcare, she served on the boards of numerous organizations improving the lives of Iowans. Since retirement, she has continued her service by reading the Des Moines Register for the Iowa Radio Reading Service (IRIS), making deliveries for Meals on Wheels to senior citizens, and serving on both the IRIS and the Chrysalis Foundation boards of directors. Sharon is a longtime supporter of the Center as a past member of the board ofdirectors and as a WHW co-chair and committee member.

Speaker: Jacquie Easley McGhee

Jacquie is a Des Moines native whose impact in the community extends far and wide. Her volunteerism began as a student at Roosevelt High School and has evolved in the decades since to include engagement in nearly every area of local government. Her commitment to health equity is intrinsic. Today, Jacquie is the Division Director of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for MercyOne Iowa. She is the Health Chair of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Vice Chair of Early Childhood Success for United Way of Central Iowa. Jacquie strives to live up to the investment the community made in her and return that investment back to her community.

2022 Co-Chairs: Rachel Hardin and Laura Palmer

The 30-member volunteer planning committee is led by a superstar team of co-chairs who each bring their own stamp of leadership and commitment to mental health access:

Co-Chair: Rachel Hardin
A transplant from Minnesota, Rachel has built a life in Des Moines and has grown to love this community. She serves as the Director of Physician Services for UnityPoint Health and is the President-Elect of the Junior League of Des Moines. Any moments not occupied by work are spent with her husband, Matt, and their poorly trained English Springer Spaniel, Millie.

Co-Chair: Laura Palmer
A lifelong Iowan who values the U.S. Postal Service and a thoughtfully handwritten note, Laura Palmer started XO-LP in 2009 producing whimsical illustrations made with markers and wit. Since 2014 Laura has been a full-time illustrator working with clients like Facebook, Better Homes and Gardens, Carrie Underwood and her 4-year-old nephew.

2022 Women Helping Women Planning Committee

Stephanie Asklof
Carol Bodensteiner
Annie Brandt
Melissa Cano-Zelaya
Beth Coonan
Stacy Earley-Jannenga
Kathy Giles
Rachel Hardin, co-chair
Renee Hardman
Connie Isaacson
Kate Juelfs
Anne Kelly
Leigh O'Tool
Laura Palmer, co-chair
Stephanie Pearl
Kelly Sparks
Ann-Charlotte Wade
Billie Wade
Connie Wilson
2022 Women Helping Women Underwriting Cabinet

Stephanie Asklof
Pam Bass-Bookey
Annie Brandt
Beth Coonan
Ann Flood
Jann Freed
Kathy Giles
Sarah Hayes
Starr Hinrichs
Connie Isaacson
Andrea James
Kate Juelfs
Anne Kelly
Emily Kessinger
Claudette McDonald
Lynsey Oster
Katie Patton
Stephanie Pearl
Shirley Poertner
Mary M. Riche
Anne Roth
Katie Roth
Kathy Stuart
Susan Voss
Marti Wade
Sally Wallace

You can make a difference in the mental health of women, children and families!

We look forward to your continued support of our next Women Helping Women annual event! Learn more at Women Helping Women.

For more information, contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Director of Development

Office: 515-564-5122 | Cell: 515-778-5436 | Email: lsloterdyk@mindspiritcenter.org