Our Experts, Staff, and Board of Trustees

Penny Young Nance – CEO and President
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), is a recognized national authority on cultural, children’s, and women’s issues. As the CEO and President of the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Nance oversees more than 500,000 participating CWA members across the country, over 300 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home teams, 50 Young Women for America (YWA) Presidents or Ambassadors, and 600 trained leaders, and is also the president of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), serving as the principal spokesperson for both entities. Read Full Bio

Kenda Bartlett – Chief Administrative Officer
Kenda Bartlett is currently CWA’s Chief Administrative Officer. She previously served as Executive Director for the organization since February of 2012.  Kenda has been on staff at CWA for over 25 years. She oversees the Vice President of Field Operations and held the position of National Field Director herself since 2007. In that role, she oversaw the work that CWA leaders were doing across this country, building state and area organizations and training new directors to make an impact for righteousness in their state.  Read Full Bio

Denise Cappuccio – Chief Financial Officer 
Denise Cappuccio has served as the CFO at Concerned Women for America since April 2016. She is originally from Long Island, New York and has worked over 20 years in the accounting field. After graduating from Hofstra University, Denise first started her career in 1995 at Ernst & Young LLP which was one of the “Big 6” accounting firms at that time. She worked at E&Y for four years and passed the New York State CPA exam during her time there. Denise has also held other roles in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Denise manages CWA’s finance department and she also serves on the executive leadership team where she assists in decision making for the organization. Read Full Bio

Sara Olson – Chief Advancement Officer 
Sara Olson is the Chief Advancement Officer for Concerned Women for America. Sara looks for strategic ways to advance the mission of CWA, forging new national partnerships and stewarding some of CWA’s most treasured relationships. In her early career, Sara worked in sales training and management with The Southwestern Company. While she excelled in sales, she stepped into her role as a full-time mom when her first child was born. While fulfilling her role as a mother, Sara co-founded and oversaw Haystack Associates, an executive search firm serving national clients. Read Full Bio

Neydy Casillas, Esq. – Vice President of International Affairs
Neydy Casillas, Esq. has recently joined the staff of CWA as Vice President of International Affairs.  Previously, Neydy served as a Senior Legal Counsel at ADF International and spearheaded advocacy efforts with the United Nations in New York, where she defended the sanctity of life, marriage, and family. In 2013 she moved to Washington, D.C. to lead advocacy efforts for these issues at the Organization of the American States, the Inter-American Court, and the Commission on Human Rights.  She also has extended her efforts in Latin America through her intervention as legal counsel in several cases where life and family have been challenged.  Read Full Bio

Doreen Denny – Vice President of Government Relations
Doreen Denny is Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. She oversees policy engagement with the legislative and executive branches of government to advance CWA’s seven core issues: religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, defense of the family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty, and support for Israel. Read Full Bio

Mario Diaz, Esq. – General Counsel
Mario Díaz, Esq., serves as Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) General Counsel and leads CWA’s Legal Studies Department. Mr. Diaz is a constitutional law expert who focuses on cases and legislation dealing with CWA’s seven core issues: religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, defense of the family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty, and support for Israel. He also directs CWA’s amicus briefs and our work on judicial nominations and judicial activism. Read Full Bio

Tanya Ditty

Tanya Ditty – Vice President of Field Operations
Tanya Ditty, CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, has served in this capacity since November of 2018. In this role, Tanya is responsible for field growth and increasing the effectiveness of CWA in the states to carry out CWA’s vision of impacting the culture for Christ through education and public policy. Tanya has been a CWA activist for over 30 years. Before her current position as National Field Director, Tanya served as CWA of Georgia’s State Director for over 15 years recruiting new members and Prayer/Action Leaders. Tanya is an experienced state-level policy leader with a record of effective leadership on challenging state issues. Read Full Bio

Annabelle Rutledge – Young Women for America National Director
Annabelle Rutledge is the National Director of Young Women for America. In this role, she oversees CWA’s collegiate department which seeks to train and equip female college and high school leaders. Prior to this position, Annabelle worked as CWA’s Communications Coordinator for nearly two years, during which time she helped plan and execute CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh effort. Annabelle recently spent a year working as Deputy Social Secretary for Mrs. Karen Pence on the Vice President’s team where she planned events at the Vice President’s residence and did advance for Mrs. Pence from Hawaii to Ireland and many places in between. Annabelle grew up just outside of Sacramento, California, and graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Christina Ruiz Wolfe – Office Manager, Financial Assistant
Christina Ruiz Wolfe is from Naples, Florida. She moved to Virginia to attend Liberty University. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Government, and in 2017 she received her Master of Arts in Public Policy: International Affairs. Before joining our team, she worked as a manager in the Financial Aid Department at Liberty University. During her time there, she was directly involved with new employee training and managed daily operations.

Christina now works in our Finance Department and is also our Office Manager. As the Office Manager, she manages the various administrative and operational needs of Concerned Women for America.  She ensures that the office functions efficiently and sees to any needs to make sure this happens.

Christina and her husband, Ethan, currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their cat, Kenny.

Danielle Buck – Senior Director of External Relations
Danielle Capper Buck: Raised in Ft Worth TX, Danielle is the daughter of two loving and devoted parents: Dr. David and Dianne Capper. After graduating from SMU Danielle moved to East Texas and worked as a TV news reporter for KLTV 7. Danielle worked in Media Relations, Medical Sales, Image Consulting and Strategic Marketing and more. She earned her MBA from Northwood University. Danielle began working for Concerned Women for America in DFW after the Lord moved mightily calling her to use her voice for the kingdom. She is the Senior Director of External Relations for CWA.

Julia Curtis – Lead Graphic Designer
Julia is a recent graduate from Dallas Baptist University with a B.A. in Graphic Design. During her college career, she worked as the Lead Graphic Designer and Editor in Chief for the DBU Yearbook. Before graduating, Julia spent time in Japan interning as a graphic designer for L-Café and also working closely with the Oharah Museum of Art. Now she is CWA’s Lead Graphic Designer and plans to influence our country using her art.

Deanna Drogan – Young Women for America Regional Coordinator
Deanna Drogan is a graduate of Liberty University, where she received her degree in journalism. Before joining CWA, Deanna was in marketing for a lead financial planning firm in the Southeast and a youth mentor at her church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Deanna is a published book author and has written for publications such as Turning Point USA News (formerly Hypeline), The Charlotte ObserverFitt, and the Liberty Champion. As a Young Women for America Regional Coordinator, Deanna uses her heart for ministry, Christian, conservative values, and digital communications to excel.

Katie Everett – Young Women for America Regional Coordinator
Katie Everett is from Longview, Texas, and is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Prior to joining CWA, Katie worked as a correspondent for the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform project and served on the Hill in the office of Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Now Katie is Young Women for America’s (YWA) Regional Director and plans to advocate for Christian values in policy by championing the YWA program and working to train and equip YWA leaders.

Ashley Judah – Legislative Strategist

Ashley Judah is the Legislative Strategist for Concerned Women for America. Her enthusiasm for public policy stems from an ongoing fascination with American history and Constitutional political theory. She previously worked as Legislative and Policy Advisor for the National Women’s Business Council, a federal advisory committee to the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she monitored legislative developments and Congressional priorities to guide the Council’s annual policy recommendations and engagement. Prior to this role, Ashley served in the office of former Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) and acted as the representative’s liaison to the House Values Action Team. She advised on religious freedom, life, family and child welfare, foreign aid, and more. Ashley developed her passion for advocacy as an intern at Susan B. Anthony List. She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics.

Michelle Minor – Field Organization Coordinator
Michelle Minor, CWA’s Field Organization Coordinator, assists the Vice President of Field Operations in encouraging, training, and overseeing CWA leaders around the country. Michelle has been on staff for over 25 years. Before her time at CWA, Michelle worked for Operation Rescue, where on her own time was frequently arrested for peaceful civil disobedience during events outside of abortion clinics across the country. Michelle is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute. While at Elim, she was one of three students who started a campus group called Action Now where they encouraged students monthly to be educated on the issue of abortion and to speak out against it through writing their representatives, attending rallies, marches, etc. Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and pre-teen son as well as in her gardens.

Natalie Panettiere – Executive Assistant to CEO, Communications Assistant
Natalie Panettiere is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Communications Assistant and serves as the CWA receptionist. She interned at CWA in the summer of 2020 in the Communications and Field Operations Department. Natalie graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May of 2020. She is thrilled to be a part of Concerned Women for America. She is so thankful to have the opportunity to work alongside a staff that is actively seeking the Lord through prayer, as well as taking action on issues that are affecting our nation today.

Darby Sue Stielstra – Executive Assistant, Donor Relations
Darby Sue Stielstra lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting. During Darby’s time in college, she served as a student recruiter for the Office of Admissions and Scholarships and also spent time serving as an Athletic Recruiter for the MSU Football team.

After graduating, Darby accepted a position at South College in Nashville, Tennessee, as an Admissions Representative, where she helped guide students through the enrollment process and supported them through their first few weeks of classes. Now, Darby serves with the Donor Relations team and is overjoyed to use her creative and organizational skills and personal Christian beliefs in tandem to serve CWA.

Keri Ann Thompson – Constituent Service Representative
Keri Ann Thompson is a wife and home-schooling mother of two who works remotely for Concerned Women for America (CWA) from her home in Texas.  She began her volunteer service for CWA when she was in junior high school- stuffing envelopes for her mother who was the state director in Georgia.  She has been a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader and an Area Director for CWA in both Missouri and Texas.  Her love for CWA has grown over the years and she was overjoyed to begin officially working with our team in 2017.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Keri Ann works with our Constituent Services, Field, and External Relations departments.

Jacklyn Washington – Communications Strategist
Jacklyn Washington is originally from New Jersey and is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising/Public Relations and a B.S. in Political Science. Before joining the CWA team, Jacklyn worked for two years at the American Conservative Union as part of the CPAC team. In her free time, you can find her in the kickboxing ring or serving at church. Now Jacklyn seeks to spread CWA’s mission through digital advocacy.

Celso Wiggins – Staff Assistant
Celso has been with CWA for 30 years. Celso ensures all office operations are running smoothly and brings a level of calm enthusiasm to every task. CWA is blessed to have Celso on our team.

Board of Trustees

January-December 2021

Linda Murphy, Chairman
Janne Myrdal, Vice Chairman
Carrie Chupp Harper, Secretary
Caroline Aderholt
Debbie Beyer
Jean Crisp
Charlotte Johnson
Cheryl Keithly
Jeanne Riegsecker
Jon Whetsell