Board of Directors

Stephanie Gaskill-Jakub– Officer Chair 

Realtor & Interior Decorator, JP Weigand 

Andy McFayden– Vice Chair, Advisory DFS Chair 

Executive Director, Strategic Communication, WSU Tech 

Stacy Ward– Officer At Large 

Owner, Hopping Gnome Brewery 

Karen Callaway– Officer at Large 

Preisident, Meritrust Credit Union 

Patty Owens, ASC*– Officer Vice-Chair 

RN, Independent Caregiver 

John Newsom– Secretary  

Retired Engineer, The Boeing Company 

Kelley Williams– Director  

VP of Administration, Friends University 

Sheri Dierking– Director 

Owner, MSA Investments 

Sr. Mary Catherine Clark, ASC*– Director 

Regional Counselor for the US Adorers  


 *ASC, a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a Catholic religious order of sisters. 

Daniel Murphy– Director 

Web Technology Specialist, Newman University

 Nicole Howerton– Director 

Owner/President, Howerton+White, an Integrated Marketing Agency 

Diana Rawlings, ASC*– Director 

Independent Caregiver 

Megan Wagner– Director 

Customer Solutions Manager, Evergy 

Omar Franco– Director 

Safety Director, Cornejo & Sons 

Mariama Beemer– Director 

Sr Manager Marketing PMO, Harness 

Marry Mann– Director 

Employment Specialist, Workforce Alliance 

Bridget Turner– Director 

CFO/ Controller, Vision Communication

Jean Garinger– Director

Owner, Garinger and Associates, LLC (American Family Insurance)

Emily Matta– Director

Associate Attorney, Foulston Siefkin LLP


Amber Beck, Executive Director

Amber graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in management from Wichita State University. With over 10 years of experience in non-profit, development and leadership, Amber was recruited by the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) (now known as The Women’s Network) in January 2017 to be their account manager. Her duties included finding employment opportunities for their participants in the local area. While in this position, Amber succeeded in securing manufacturing partnerships through networking with community businesses. In 2019, Amber was promoted to WIN interim Executive Director following the retirement of the former executive director; by January 2020 she was promoted to Executive Director. Since Amber’s promotion, the number of graduating participants in the WIN program has grown substantially. 

Kirstin Perez, LMSW, Program Director 

Kirstin Perez, LMSW, is the Program Director for The Women’s Network. Kirstin oversees several aspects of both the transitional employment program and Dress for Success Wichita which includes program development, and client therapy. Kirstin completed her education at Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. Kirstin found her passion for the organization when she started as an intern in 2018 and since then has filled several roles within the agency.  

Martha Mulnix, Project Manager 

Martha oversees a variety of areas for both Dress for Success and the Transitional Employment Program as The Women’s Network’s Project Manager. With a background in business management ranging from small, family-owned to multimillion-dollar companies, she has over eight years of management experience. Martha’s personal experience fuels her passion for the mission of the organization. She has been with us since December of 2020. 

Brittany Vuu, Administrative Assistant 

Brittany is graduating with her Associates in Business Administration, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In her role, she handles social media content and executes any marketing direction needed while also assisting any staff needs and answering any questions clients may have. Brittany was added to the team in November of 2021.  

Brittany 2022 Photo