WANDA was founded in 2007 by three friends who combined their individual philanthropic and volunteer efforts to launch an initiative designed to assist single mothers in San Mateo County to achieve financial self-sufficiency. The three founders enlisted friends and colleagues to join them and form a Leadership Circle (LC) of donors. The group has grown and is now comprised of 33 women who have collectively contributed more than $2 million since WANDA’s founding. A number of the initial donors had experienced the challenges of single parenthood first hand either as single mothers themselves or were raised by a single mother.

Leadership Circle Members


Corinne Augustine

Susan Breyer

Elaine Cardinale

Glowe Chang

Joni Cropper

Kate Duggan

Karen Fisher

Susan Ford Dorsey (Honorary)

Susan Friedman (Emerita)

Dianne Giancarlo (Founder)

Joanne Goldstein

Anne Gunderson (Emerita)

Elaine Hahn

Merrilee Harris

Mary C. Henry

Paula Hurd

Susan Hyatt

Barbara Jones

Colleen Jordan-Hallinan (Emerita)

Christina Kamra

Gabrielle Layton

Christina Kenrick

Luba Kipnis (Founder)

Susan Kokores (Founder)

Liz Korman

Wanda Kownacki

Lata Krishnan

Susan Levy

Michelle Mann

Gerry Marshall (Honorary)

Helen Lin-Murphy (Emerita)

Elizabeth Mason (Emerita)

Charlene McCaskey

Ethna McGourty

Vaciliki Papademetriou (Emerita)

Patty Raleigh

Elizabeth Ronn

Katrina Sherer (Emerita)

Eileen Sullivan

Libby Taylor

Hilary Valentine

Elizabeth Vilardo, MD

Gina Wolff (Emerita)