Women Helping Women

Women Helping Women is the Center’s annual luncheon to provide counseling, education, trainings and other services for women, children and families who are underinsured or from low-income households.

Women Helping Women luncheon Friday, May 17, 2024

Join us for the 26th Annual Luncheon:
Friday, May 17, 2024

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See the current list of 2024 Women Helping Women sponsors and donors >

The inspiration from the 2023 Women Helping Women continues!

Here are some highlights to enjoy…

We gathered 600 people for an inspiring luncheon at Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines on May 19, 2023! A celebration of 25 years of honoring women who inspire with kindness and lead with purpose, we enjoyed a dynamic program from our 2023 honoree, Connie Isaacson, and our keynote speaker Jann Freed, PhD, who inspired us to ponder “What if the rest of your life is the best of your life?”

The energy in the room was palpable as we honored all of the women who have helped make the event a success for the last quarter-century! This year’s event surpassed last year’s record-breaking fundraising total, raising $300,000 to provide services for women, children, and families who otherwise couldn’t access the mental health care they deserve.

Be inspired by Connie and Jann’s influential messages and gain a renewed sense of purpose and worth.

Watch the video of the entire program! Save the date to attend next year’s event on May 17, 2024 for more inspiration and an opportunity to support mental health services in Iowa.

Photo highlights of the 25th Annual Women Helping Women

2023 Women Helping Women committee members and Mind & Spirit Counseling Center staff
Kudos to all the great work by the 2023 Women Helping Women committee and members of the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center staff!

See highlights of Women Helping Women from the last few years >

Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors for supporting our 26th annual Women Helping Women Luncheon!

Presenting Sponsors – $10,000+

Carol Bodensteiner, in memory of Teree Caldwell-Johnson

Barbara and Michael Gartner

Susan and Carl Voss

Leadership Sponsors – $5,000

Kate Garst

Charlotte and Fred Hubbell

Rusty Hubbell

Toni Urban

Sally Wallace

Supporting Sponsor – $2,500

Pamela Bass-Bookey

Jann Freed and John Fisher

La Donna and Rich Matthes

Shirley Poertner

Rachel Stauffer

Sally Wood

Kathi Zimpleman

West Bank logo

Contributing Sponsor – $1,500

Barbara Beatty

Debbie Hubbell

Martha James

Susan and Bill Knapp

Nancy Main

Todd and Sue Mattison

D.J. Newlin

Jill Oman

Mary M. Riche

Rebecca Shaw, in memory of Dr. Deb Turner

Nan Stubbs, in memory of Iola Tollakson

Michele Whitty

Baker Group logo
Des Moines University logo
Stiver Ford logo
Willis Automotive logo
Special Friends – $1,000

Joan Betts

Suzie Glazer Burt, in memory of Ellie Glazer Ziegler

Pam Carter

Nora and Dave Everett, in honor of Jill Everett

Shayla From

Sharon Goldford, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Mary Gottschalk 

Leslie Heimbach

Starr Hinrichs

Ann and Tom Holme

Joanie Houston

Robbie G. Malm

Claudette and P.J. McDonald

Brenda Mouw

Pauline and William Niebur

Barb and Andy Nish, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Lynsey Oster

Leigh OTool

Katie Patton

Jackie Saunders

Kathleen K Stahl

Sarah and Andy Susanin, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Marti Wade

Dr. Teri Wahlig

Meg Whitty

Kim and Rich Willis

Judy Winkelpleck

Alan Zuckert

Leader Plus – $500


Stephanie Asklof

Connie Beasley

Annie S. Brandt

Suzan Kelsey Brooks

Alicia and David Claypool

Cynde Cronin

Denise Essman, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Jane Fogg

Diane Glass and Jeff Means, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Rachel Hardin

Sarah Hayes, M.D.

Kathleen Hoegh, in honor of Dr. Mark Minear

Michelle Hogan

Anne M. Kelly

Cyril Mandelbaum

Lorraine May

Cathy McMullen and Don Worrell

Liz Neumann

Jeanne O’Halloran

Donna L. Paulsen and Thomas E. Press

Jackie Romp

Patrice Sayre

Susan Moritz Scharnberg

Brenda and Jaey Sedlacek

Kendra Simmons

Terri Mork Speirs

Char Vukovich

Linda Weidmaier

Leaders – $250

Anonymous (2)

Susan Ackelson

Nancy Adrianse, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Cindy Ambroson

Becky Anthony

Beverly Apel

Janice Bannister, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Mary K Bartine

Elizabeth Baustian, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Mary Ann Beard

Carrie Bening

Brooke A. Benschoter, in honor of Roberta Yoder

Sandy Benson Johnson/Benson Family Foundation, in memory of Evelyn Adams Benson

Cathy Besh

Connie Boesen

Nancy Bone, in memory of Paula Duncan

Margaret Platt Borgen

Nicole Boyington

Dan Breitbach, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Diane Caldbeck

Marilyn Carroll

Nancy Cheeseman

Diane Child

Polly L Clark

Holly Craiger

Diane Cutler

Darcy Darrah, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Suzanna de Baca

Sheryl DeMouth

Christine Dietz, in memory of Isabel Dietz

Marsha and Ellery Duke

Kelly Edmister

Peggy Fisher

Homes of Oakridge Human Services, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Fran Fleck

Shawna Gisi

Linda Goeldner

Mary Helen Grace and David Grace

Courtney Greene

Cheryl Hamilton, in memory of Verona Johnson

Lynn Heggen

Barbara L. Hein

Susan Hemminger

Christine Hensley

Mark and Kara Heston (K. Heston Accounting)

Jennifer and Jack Hilmes, in honor of Jackie Hilmes

Dixie Hoekman

Connie Isaacson

Joanne Johnson

Beth Stelle Jones

Amber Juffer

Jane M. Keairns, APR, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Maureen Keehnle

Lola Kenworthy

Connie Klug

Mary Kramer

Mary F. Kunkel

Sheila Starkovich Lingwall

Marian Lyddon’s Daughters, in memory of Marian Lyddon

Sandy McClelland

Andy McGuire

Susan Vujnovich McRoberts

Reo Menning

Joan Middleton

Diane Morain

Kurt and Melissa Ness

Charlotte Noble

Katie Gibson Overby

Eliza Ovrom

Nina Socarras Pack, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Sen. Janet Petersen

Diann M. Peyton

Susan Pogge

Artis Reis

Susy Robinette

Helen Robinson

Katie Roth

Patricia and Dr. Louis Schneider

Pat Schoffner

Kim Shadur, in honor of Alexa MCarthy, PhD

Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, in honor of Connie Wilson

Ellen Strachota

Erin Strawn

Mary Stuart

Gail Stubbs

Sarah Sullivan

Karen Novak Swalwell

Cheryl Sypal

Jana Teachout

Joyce and Harold Templeman

Marsha Ternus

Karen Unrau

Terri Vaughan

Marilyn Warling

Fritz Wehrenberg and Jennie LeGates

Deb Wiley and John Schmidt

Dee Willemsen

Jean Williams

Emily Williams-Bouska

Connie Wilson, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Janie Wine

Roberta Yoder

Young Leaders- $125

Rachel Bruns

Jenna Knox, in honor of Laurie Sloterdyk

Ali Makris

Kathleen McGuire

Anne McMahon

Ann-Charlotte Meyer

Rev. Dani Musselman

Anne Roth, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Heather Stuyvesant, in honor of Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Emily and Maeve Webb

Table Hosts – $750

Ebony and Ivory Book Club, sponsored by Carol Bodensteiner

Oakridge Neighborhood, sponsored by Carol Bodensteiner, in memory of Teree Caldwell-Johnson

Sue Caley, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Elizabeth Coonan

Mary Gottschalk

Shirley Poertner

Friends of the Center Support – $250+

Aimee/Amy Hassebrock

Delta Dental of Iowa

ITA Group Foundation

Kemin Industries

Donations – $50+

Anonymous (4)

Mary C. Brooks

Eva and David Christiansen

Joanne Cutler

Julie Fleming

Robin Fortney

Jane M. Hemminger, in honor of Emily Kessinger and Kathy Stuart

Victoria L. Herring

Jean Mountain

Tracy Mullen

Laura Sands and Dave Busiek

Penny Thomsen, in honor of Carol Bodensteiner

Teresa Weidmaier

Media Sponsor

2024 Planning Committee

Stephanie Asklof
Cathy Besh
Annie Brandt
Melissa Cano-Zelaya
Kathy Giles
Shawna Gisi
Sharon Goldford

Kelly Isaacson
Kate Juelfs
Anne Kelly
Paula Kerman
Ann-Charlotte Meyer
Leigh OTool, co-chair
Stephanie Pearl

Shirley Poertner, co-chair
Anne Price McMahon
Kelly Sparks
Susan Voss
Connie Wilson

2024 Underwriting Cabinet

Pam Bass-Bookey
Beth Coonan
Jann Freed
Shayla From
Rachel Hardin
Renee Hardman
Sarah Hayes

Starr Hinrichs
Debbie Hubbell
Connie Isaacson
Andrea James
Emily Kessinger
Claudette McDonald
Katie Patton

Mary M. Riche
Anne Roth
Katie Roth
Kathy Stuart
Marti Wade
Sally Wallace


27th Annual Women Helping Women

May 16, 2025

The Center is planning another inspiring annual luncheon to address Iowa’s mental health crisis by assisting women, children and families who are uninsured or underinsured. We look forward to your support!

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

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