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Delaware County Women's Commission Statement:

The Commission's purpose is to evaluate the concerns and needs of women and girls residing in Delaware County and making recommendations to the County Council as to how to meet those concerns and needs. The members of the Commission will serve together as the decision making body with respect to actions needed to fulfill its mandate. The Commissioners are responsible for setting policies that guide the operation of its task forces, committees, and coalitions. The Commission will work toward the advancement of Delaware County women and girls.

Public Meeting Notice
December 1, 2022, at 6:00pm - Delaware County Women’s Commission (DCWC) has scheduled a virtual meeting on Thursday, via Microsoft TEAMS. The public is invited to attend. Questions? Please contact Janet Smith at smithje@delcohsa.org for information.


Commission Officers

Lauren J. Footman, Chair Term Expires June 2023

Lauren is a Yeadon, PA native. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in English and double minors in Political Science and Africana Studies. Her time at Bryn Mawr, catalyzed her civic involvement, as she chartered the college’s first NAACP Chapter. Professionally, Lauren has worked as a human capital, diversity, equity, and inclusion professional across the corporate and non-profit sectors. Lauren currently serves as the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the County of Delaware. In May 2020, Lauren graduated with her master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics, with a concentration in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Lauren is now in the process of pursuing her Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Education Program for Educational Leaders at Saint Joseph's University.

Jordan Kelso, Vice Chair Term Expires June 2025

Jordan is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, currently residing in Norwood. Jordan is currently employed at The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County. Her role at DAP is the Manager of Advocacy Services where she provides victims of domestic violence support while they navigate the criminal court process, manages a team of victim advocates and two satellite offices in Upper Darby and Chester City, and provides police training in domestic violence to the various departments in Delaware County. Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at West Chester University and her Master of Science in criminal justice with a concentration in behavior management at St Joseph’s University. Jordan also volunteers her time as the chairman for Norwood’s youth aid panel; where she works with juveniles who have committed a first-time summary offense.

Monique Curry-Mims, MBA, MSEd, Treasurer Term Expires June 2025

Monique Curry-Mims resides in Delaware County, PA with her husband and two children. With over 15 years of business and leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, she is a social impact consultant skilled in strategic planning, collective impact, and capacity building. A Penn State MBA graduate who holds a BS in Digital Design from Philadelphia University and a MSEd, Monique works to develop partnerships and impact between nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, government institutions, and the communities they serve. In addition to serving on the Women's Commission, Monique serves as a Trustee and the Allocations Chair of the Union Benevolent Association, a Steering Committee member of The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle, a Committee Member of AFP Global’s U.S. Government Relations Committee Member and Chair of the AFP US GR Task Force: Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act of 2022 subcommittee. Additionally, Monique is the Convener of PHLanthropy Week, an annual week of events dedicated to uplifting Philadelphia's philanthropic sector with a focus on the voice and needs of underserved communities.

Arnita DeShields, MSW, Secretary Term Expires June 2025

Arnita is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Affinity Care Hospice and an Educator for youth. She is the Founder of Butterfly Empowerment Services Transform (B.E.S.T.)–services for abused women and children. Arnita is also the Founder & CEO of Go 2 Prayer Ministries, Radio Station and Product Line; encouraging people to pray without ceasing, and to be the answer to help others in some way. Arnita is an international music Artist with songs on digital outlets, and Author of the book "Watch God Move". She was licensed as a Minister in 2004 and received an Apostolic Ordination in 2017. Arnita is a graduate from Villanova University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences, with a major in Communications, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, where she received a Masters of Social Work. She is presently attending International Miracle Institute for a Doctorate in Christian Theology. Arnita was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Medal and other honors for excellence in community service. She serves other organizations and is a board member for Broken Wings Literacy Center. Arnita resides in Delaware County and loves her son Joseph Emmanuel, who is a junior in college. She is grateful for her friends and family, especially her Mom who is 96.


Commissioners

Karen Barnes Term Expires June 2025

Karen a lifelong resident of Delaware County, is the mother of five daughters and grandmother to 10 grandchildren, one of which she herself has raised since birth. Karen served as the Director of the Secure Dementia Unit at centers in Chester and Blue Bell. She held the positions of Activities Director and Volunteer Coordinator for local hospice units. Karen’s “biggest” job was her advocacy for her brother Denis, who had Down Syndrome. Karen is the Founder & President of Grands Stepping Up founded in 2019, a nonprofit dedicated to helping grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to serve the residents and grandparents of Delaware County. Through her work, Grands Stepping Up provides a valuable resource to grand families in need such as mental health, legal, and social services to those in need. Karen submitted a proposal, despite the recent loss of her brother to COVID-19, to partner with a local church to better serve the community and Denis’ Pantry and Clothing Closet was established. The pantry provides food, clothing, toiletries, and baby items to all Delaware County residents in need. Karen received the 2023 Woman of Achievement – Providing Healing, Promoting Hope! Presented by the Delaware County Women’s Commission.

Sharon J. Booker Term Expires June 2024

Sharon is a small business owner who is currently serving her third term on Sharon Hill Borough Council, founder and government liaison of the Sharon Hill Art & Culture Commission, (providing free art and cultural programs, festivals, and workshops to Sharon Hill residents). She has devoted her life to public service, community activism, and advocating for women, art, and culture. As an art activist Sharon utilizes her fused artform of poetry, dance, and song to bring awareness to women’s issues and has performed throughout the United States and internationally, as well as, with two women’s collectives, has been featured in both an award-winning documentary film, and short film about the Suffragettes sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women’s 2021 celebration of Women’s History Month. She authored two books of poetry, and her prose has been published in numerous anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and journals. She resides in Sharon Hill with her husband Assarif and two cats Maximillian and Stinkerbelle.

Nancy Caramanico Term Expires June 2022

Nancy is a long-time Delaware County resident who actively supports professional and community initiatives. Nancy is a Pennsylvania certified Level II Instructional Technology Specialist and founder of Cara Tec, LLC where she works with business organizations, non-profits, and schools to support digital technology uses for learning, leading, and collaboration. Through her program, E2Today, Nancy provides educators and organizations with the tools to harness the power of digital technology and social media. She received her master’s degree from St Joseph's University in Educational Instructional Technology and a Distance Learning Certification from Teacher's College, Columbia University.

Abigail J. Gertner Term Expires June 2024

Abigail is Counsel at Berger Montague, where she specializes in consumer protection and ERISA litigation. She also currently serves as a Council-person for Upland Borough, where has been a resident since 2004. Ms. Gertner graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003, where she interned for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in the Child and Elder Abuse Unit. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University in 2000, earning a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Classics.Lauren resides in Delaware County with her husband and three young children. She has worked with children, teens, and families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in schools, hospitals, and community settings for the past 15 years with a specialty in grief, loss, and crisis management. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from West Chester University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University. Lauren is looking forward to serving her community as a member of the Women’s Commission.

Mylisa R. Himmons Term Expires June 2023

A resident of Delaware County, since 1988. Consistently dedicated to women’s initiatives, advancement, and advocate for all things that promote equality in the community and women’s rights. Mylisa attended Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School located in Drexel Hill, PA. Mylisa completed her bachelor’s degree at Widener University ‘97 in Sociology and Elementary Education. Later, Mylisa earned her Master’s degree in Special Education and Reading Specialist from Saint Joseph’s University 2001. In 2017, Mylisa went on to earn a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Rowan University. Mylisa is the mother of two beautiful daughters and grandmother to two energetic young humans.

Lauren Montemuro Term Expires June 2024

Lauren resides in Delaware County with her husband and three young children. She has worked with children, teens, and families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in schools, hospitals, and community settings for the past 15 years with a specialty in grief, loss, and crisis management. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from West Chester University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University. Lauren is looking forward to serving her community as a member of the Women’s Commission.

Dr. Theresa Napson-Williams Term Expires June 2025

Theresa is a resident of Media. She is a professor of history at Montgomery County Community College. Theresa teaches American History, African American, and women’s history as well as courses on race and immigration. She also works on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. Theresa lectures to community groups on topics related to racial violence, gendered violence, the civil rights movement, the role of women in African American history, and current events. She has been a school board director for the Rose Tree Media School District since 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree from American University. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. Theresa is the proud mother of 2 sons.

Christine Ricks-Fletcher Term Expires June 2025

Christine is a native of Delaware County, originally from Yeadon PA-4th generation from the area. Christine graduated from Delaware County Community College with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University. Christine serves as the Administrator of Temple Hospitalist Department at Temple University Hospital. Christine received her certification in Event and Wedding Planning from QC Event School and launched her event planning business-Inzpirationz which specializes in event and wedding , and décor. Christine also served as a Board Member for the Delaware County Board of Managers of Juvenile Detention in its inaugural year. Christine is married with 6 children and 4 grandchildren and is looking forward to serving the Delaware County Women’s Commission and enhancing communities as a whole.

LaKisha Smith Term Expires June 2023

LaKisha has lived in both Drexel Hill and Upper Darby for the last 20 years, where she and her husband have raised two children. LaKisha is a casework supervisor with the County of Delaware, Children and Youth Services for 18 years. LaKisha received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Widener University, her graduate degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University, and her Master’s in Social Work from Widener University. LaKisha has deep interest assisting young ladies with trauma and hopefully developing summer programs for youths in the community.

Stacy Yates Term Expires June 2025

Stacy Camille Yates, M. Ed has been a resident of Delaware County for over 10 years. Stacy is a Certified School Counselor for the School District of Philadelphia where she is serves as an advocate and impacts the lives of high school youth on a daily basis. Stacy is also a 3x self-published author of inspirational, motivational journals which were born out of a need Stacy sought while dealing and healing from a hereditary illness. Stacy received her bachelor’s from the University of Delaware, from Biden’s School of Public Policy, in addition to two Masters of Education from Wilmington University in School Counseling and Educational Leadership.



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