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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.

Toya Barnes-Teamer, Ph.D., Chairwoman

Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer has been engaged with the United Way of Southeast Louisiana since 1988. She has served as a Loan Executive for United Way as an employee of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She also worked as a counselor for two other United Way Agencies (Family Services of Greater New Orleans and the Community Service Center of Greater New Orleans). After returning to higher education in 1990, Toya contributed to United Way campaigns at Loyola University New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, and Dillard University. She served as Co-Chair for Community Impact from 2015 to 2018. She joined Women United in 2007 and joined the United Way Board in 2015. She stepped down from the board to serve as the United Way’s Equity Consultant until June of this year.

Toya is not only an active United Way of Southeast Louisiana volunteer, but she also serves the following organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., New Orleans Chapter of the Links, Inc., New Orleans Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc., KIPP New Orleans; Urban League of Louisiana, and the Tufts. As a native New Orleanian, Toya is committed to serving her beloved city and this state. She is passionate about the mission of the United Way and its commitment to eradicating poverty for women and children through equity in education, healthcare and economic prosperity. 

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

Roselyn Koretsky

Hope Read

Kathleen Arthur

Betty Lauricella

Eddy Rosen

Carol Asher

Patricia LeBlanc

Joan Savoy

Pat Bivins

Diana Lewis

P.K. Scheerle

Susan Brennan

Jennifer Magee

Madalyn Schenk

Leah Chase

Carla Major

Flo Schornstein

Rebecca Conwell

Nancy Marsiglia

Carol Solomon

Patricia Denechaud

Beverly McKenna

Carroll Suggs

Margo DuBos

Carolyn McLellan

Phyllis Taylor

Margaret Epstein

Suzanne Mestayer

Suzanne Thomas

Susan Fielkow

Michelle Morial

Barbara Turner Windhorst

Lt. Col. Jane Fitzgerald

Sybil Morial

Carol Wise

Donna Fraiche

Nancy Morovich


Blanche Francis

Roberta Musa


Ana Gershanik

Beverly Nichols


Beverly Gianna

Raj Pannu


Shirley Haspel

Kay Priestly


Brenda Hatfield



Paulette Irons



Leslie Jacobs