Empowering the Everyday Woman in Developing and Achieving Her Life Goals 


We want all women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. This starts with an active and supportive community. Each day we’ll encourage an open exchange of ideas and information. 

We are changing the world, one woman at a time.

Chantel Bethea 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Robin Currie 

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Oliva

Chief Communications Officer  

Talia Gallagher

Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Women In Action Officers

Anissa Pennyman


Owner of Defined Beauty Essentials since April 2012. Offering woman an alternative beauty products that heals, restore and transform your skin. 
"Helping Women Transform Their Skin Naturally!"

Dianne Langford James


Founder of  "Yes We Care" Torch Foundation conducts motivational/leadership workshops for teens that have a sincere commitment to create extraordinary results in their lives. This training gives teens the opportunity to discover and redesign the limiting beliefs they have about themselves and others. It’s these self-imposed limitations that keep them from fully achieving their maximum capabilities. This redesign allows young people to pursue their dreams and goals with new confidence, freedom and passion.

Jacqueline McLean


I have been spearheading the peer support movement in Massachusetts through the “AnonymousNoMore.Jacqueline” platform I created, which has brought me into being a guest lecturer at various community groups as well as a guest speaker on various radio programs. I highlight the difficulties of women who are primary caregivers for their families to obtain services for their children with chronic medical and behavioral health issues. In addition I was recruited for my work as a long-standing advocate of women going through divorce to participate in the Second Saturday Program, which offers women non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing the knowledge, support, resources and trust women need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life. Shortly after receiving my graduate degree I was a clinician for a variety of units at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, including the maternity unit. We identified many of the women that I interfaced with as domestic violence victims. I was asked by the management at the hospital to develop a clinical protocol, which caused me to attend Northeastern University, where I obtained a post-graduate certificate in domestic violence education. I became the domestic violence educator for the hospital, and then, when the hospital merged with The Fallon Clinic, I began to go out-patient and speak to the Fallon medical staff. In addition, that training caused me to be considered as a seasoned expert in the field of domestic violence, and I was recruited as a clinician in the Advent Program, which is frequently referred-to as “the batterers’ program” where I served as a co-facilitator for 3 years.

Opina Boateng


She is a previous recipient of our programs and is familiar and passionate about the work that Women In Action, Inc. does for the everyday woman throughout Worcester County. Opina brings  a strong passion for supporting women and making a difference in the community she works and lives in.

John Orthman


John’s 30 years in financial services includes customer service, problem resolution, institutional sales, trading, operations, sales management, and personal/business financial advising. Previously, he spent over 10 years in social services, honing his communication skills and working as a social worker, clinician, educator and program manager.
John is adept at developing relationships with clients, helping them identify their values and beliefs, and uncovering what is most important to them. His passion is helping clients develop behavior that leads to successful achievement of life goals and aspirations.

Member of the Board of Directors

Women In Action, Inc., Worcester, MA

 Description and Expectations

Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Women In Action, Inc. to support the organization’s mission and needs.

Mission statement: The mission of Women In Action, Inc. is to Unify and Empower Women of all backgrounds and creeds to come together and build within their lives as well as their communities.

The vision of Women In Action, Inc. is to increase the range of opportunities, activities, skills, roles, and rights available to women by encouraging the fullest use and development of women’s abilities and resources. WIA will work to empower all women, and provide a place for women to meet as individuals and in groups, an information and referral service, and it shall initiate other programs to secure and enhance the quality of life for women.

*Major responsibilities:

  • Organizational leadership and advisement
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Personnel evaluation and staff development
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of Women In Action, Inc.. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Length of term: Two, three, or four years, which may be renewed, pending approval of the board.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets quarterly. Currently meetings occur on the third Monday of the month at 6pm; however, meetings are scheduled to fit the         needs of all board members as best possible and therefore meeting days/times may change. Meetings typically last 90 minutes.
  • Emergency board meetings could occur, but are rare.
  • Committees of the board meet an average of six to twelve times per year, pending their respective work agenda.
  • Board members are asked to attend no less than two special events or meetings per year, as they are determined.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on at least one, but no more than two, standing committees or task forces of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • WIA Inc. committees include: Program Success Committee, Fundraising & Events Committee, and the Family & Community Engagement Committee
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by Women In Action, Inc.’s mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote Women In Action, Inc.’s mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with Women In Action, Inc.’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of Women In Action, Inc.
  • Financially support Women In Action, Inc. in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

To apply for the Board of Directors, please contact us for a application here.