Save the date
May 17, 2019 / 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Embassy Suites by the river, Des Moines
speaker and honoree
Speaker: Gina Skinner-Thebo,  
a young professional, mother and wife whose personal experience with suicide prompted her to transform her grief into positive action related to awareness and prevention of suicide. Gina founded the Atwood Center for Women and quarterly hosts Incredible Women Parties to help women interact more effectively and authentically. Gina's message is one of hope and healing as she responds to this health crisis in our country - and in Iowa.

Honoree: Susan Voss, 
a longtime advocate for mental health services and specifically the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. Susan has served ten years on the Center's Board, including as Board President. Professionally, Susan is the Vice President Government Relations at American Enterprise Group, Inc. and prior to that served for eight years as the State of Iowa Insurance Commissioner. Susan is recognized as a remarkable community advocate whose fun, fair and open-minded leadership style results in "getting things done!" Susan is a role model and mentor for many and remains passionate about empowering women and supporting those in need of mental health services.

2019 Women Helping Women Co-Chairs:
Annie Brandt
Sharon Goldford
Kate Juelfs

Be a Leader  
for women and girls in need, and reserve your spot early (general reservations open in April)

  • April 8, 2019: deadline to pledge or give and to be listed in the event invitation
  • May 7, 2019: deadline to pledge or give and to be listed in the event program
  • to pledge please contact Terri Speirs by email or phone: 515-251-6670.

Thank you 
to our sponsors and leaders  for their 
generous support .
as of 3/12/19

Presenting Sponsor - $10,000
American Enterprise Group, Inc.
Mary and Doug Bruce

Leadership Sponsor - $5,000
Angela Connolly, Polk County Board of Supervisors
Susan and Bill Knapp

Supporting Sponsor - $2,500
Aureon HR
Pamela and Harry Bass-Bookey
Trudy Holman-Hurd
Prairie Meadows
Susan and Carl Voss
West Bank
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman

Contributing Sponsor - $1,500
B&G Foods
Des Moines University
Foster Group
Gateway Market
Iowa Radiology
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
Salon Spa W
Silver Fox
Marti Wade

Media Sponsors
Business Publications  Corporation
Des Moines Radio Group

Special Friend - $1,000
Linda Anderson
Dr. Barbara Beatty
Jann Freed and John Fisher
Ann Flood
Barbara Gartner
Sharon Goldford
Kate Juelfs
Virginia Lauridsen
LaDonna Matthes
Doris Jean Newlin
Lynsey Oster
Mary Pappajohn
Shirley Poertner
Jackie Saunders
Rebecca Shaw
Rachel Stauffer
Kathy Stuart
Nanette Stubbs
Marsha Ternus
Sally Wood

Leader Plus - $500
Beth Coonan
Dave Egleston
Kathleen Hoegh
Ann and Tom Holm
Beth Nyguard

Leader - $250
Judith Akre, in honor of Dr. Rebecca Shaw
Stephanie Asklof
Barb Bachman
Kris Benge
Sandy Benson Johnson
Beth Bishop
Mary Boote Roth
Katie Bradshaw
Annie S. Brandt
Kevin Carroll
Joyce and Rick Chapman
Alicia Claypool
Renee Clippert
Julie Ann Connolly
Theresa Feldman
Allison Fleming
Diane Glass and J. Jeffrey Means
Judy Goodwin
Lori and Larry Hartsook
Sarah Hayes
Cara Heiden
Barbara Hein
Mary F. Kunkel
Caroline Levine
Robbie G. Malm
Cyril Mandelbaum
Ann Michaelson
Karla and Mark Minear
Jana Montgomery
Diane H. Morain
Terri Mork Speirs
Christin Murphy
Jackie Norris
Jeanne O'Halloran
Donna Paulsen
Allison Peet
Dawn Roberts
Steve Roberts
Katie Roth
Katherine Safris
Patrice Sayre
Mary Kay Shanley
Judith Sheldon
Ellen Strachota
Mary Stuart
Gail Stubbs
Joyce and Harold Templeman
Sara Van Wyngarden
Charlene Vukovich
John Schmidt and Deb Wiley
Jean M. Williams

Young Leader - $125
Morgan Baumert
Cathy Crowley
Rachel Dahlen
Abbe Davidson
Alexandra K. Hubbell
Emily Kessinger
Anne Roth
Ann-Charlotte Wade
Andrea Woodard

Table Sponsor $750 / 10 reservations
Ann Flood
B & G Foods
Davis Brown Law Firm
The Graham Group
LaDonna Matthes
L.U.N.A. (Latinas United for a New Dawn)
Judy McCoy Davis
West Bank
Willis Auto Campus

Corporate Friends - $500 - $1,000
Meredith Corporation
W.W. Granger, Inc
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About the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center brings understanding, hope, and healing to people of all ages through holistic mental health counseling and education. Last year the Center served more than 5,800 individuals including 645 children plus their families.
A roster of 31 licensed, multidisciplinary clinicians deliver the following key services:
  • Counseling, including a specialized approach for children and adolescents
  • Psychiatry, including medication management
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Holistic nursing
  • Clinical training, suicide prevention and intervention training
  • Leadership and Spiritual Life programs
  • Community education such as courses in MBSR™ (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™)

In gratitude,

Terri Mork Speirs
Director of Development and Marketing
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center