Meet the new members of our board of directors

Nearly all YWCA board members attended a board retreat at the YWCA on January 25, including six new members!

Lynne Brennan jumped right into volunteer life in Walla Walla eight years ago after moving here from Woodinville where she served in the Children’s Hospital oncology ward for 15 years. She has been a board member and sung with Sweet Adelines, is a Meals on Wheels driver, and is a financial mentor with Better Together. She shares three children and three grandchildren with her high school sweetheart. 

After almost twenty years as an immigration attorney, Wendy Cheng changed careers and has been in social work until recently.  Wendy served on the YWCA board from 2004-2007 and co-chaired the YWCA Leadership Luncheon from 2013-2018.  Wendy believes in giving back to the community and volunteers at various local non-profit organizations. She and her husband, Wong, have lived in Walla Walla since 2001.

Elsa Escalante has been a social worker at the DSHS Community Service Office for many years. Elsa grew up in a family highly committed to making the community a better place for all and maintains a busy volunteer service schedule. She has volunteered at BELIEVE for the past two years and has helped with the Mobile Mexican Consulate. Her mom, Dora Reyes, served on the YWCA Board in the 1990s. 

Jill Juers has worked as a clinical social worker at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center, and Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Jill is currently in private practice, working primarily with children. She and her spouse, Doug, have two early school age children.

Michelle Southern worked for 18 years at the Washington State Penitentiary pharmacy. A YWCA board member for 6 years, Michelle never really left the YWCA and continued to serve on the BELIEVE fundraiser committee. Michelle also works hard on stage and behind the scenes at the Little Theater of Walla Walla. She and her husband, Gary, have three children.

Peggy McClung graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Sociology, and she and her mining engineer husband, Bill, raised three daughters in Lone Pine, California.  The family moved to Canada for 11 years, but retired in Walla Walla to enjoy better weather and the social environment. 

Thank you, wonder women, for your dedication to YWCA!