WLC About

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Women United works in our community to attract women at the leadership level who recognize the importance of results-oriented philanthropy as a key to addressing critical challenges in local communities. Your membership will provide opportunities to network in educational and social settings, including membership events and public policy briefings. 

Cathy McRae

Cathy McRae is a well-respected executive with 30 plus years of leadership experience. After 32 years rising up through the Shell Corporation into high-responsibility, international roles and serving as Vice President within Shell Energy Resources, Cathy now funnels her talents into giving back to the New Orleans community. 

She is not only active in United Way of Southeast Louisiana (including Women United, Board of Trustees and Tocqueville Cabinet) but also serves on the Presidential Council of Alumnae at MTU, supporter of Teach for America and St. Bernard Project - a Disaster Recovery and Resiliency organization. Cathy previously served on the board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. 

Cathy and Mark McRae have been married for 26 years and have two children. She enjoys travel, golf, and supporting live music, arts, and education in New Orleans.

The Founders

United Way of Southeast Louisiana's Women's Leadership Council was founded in 2002 by the passionate women below, who united with the mission to improve the lives of women and children in our region.


Kim Sport, Founder
Kathleen Arthur
Carol Asher
Pat Bivins
Susan Brennan
Leah Chase
Rebecca Conwell
Patricia Denechaud
Margo DuBos
Donna Fraiche
Susan Fielkow
Lt. Col. Jane Fitzgerald

Blanche Francis
Ana Gershanik
Beverly Gianna
Shirley Haspel
Brenda Hatfield
Paulette Irons
Leslie Jacobs
Roselyn Koretsky
Betty Lauricella
Patricia LeBlanc
Diana Lewis
Jennifer Magee

Carla Major
Nancy Marsiglia
Beverly McKenna
Carolyn McLellan
Suzanne Mestayer
Michelle Morial
Sybil Morial
Nancy Morovich
Roberta Musa
Beverly Nichols
Raj Pannu
Kay Priestly

Hope Read
Eddy Rosen
Joan Savoy
P.K. Scheerle
Madalyn Schenk
Flo Schornstein
Carol Solomon
Carroll Suggs
Phyllis Taylor
Suzanne Thomas
Barbara Turner Windhorst
Carol Wise