Our Experts

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 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home teams, 23 Young Women for America (YWA) Chapters, 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 – Executive Director
Kenda Bartlett, CWA’s Executive Director, has served in this capacity since February of 2012.  Kenda has been on staff at CWA for over 19 years. She previously served as National Field Director; a position she held since 2007. In this role, she oversees the work that CWA leaders are 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

 

Toni DeLancey, Ph.D. – Chief of Staff
Dr. Toni DeLancey is the Chief of Staff at Concerned Women for America, focusing on CWA’s organizational leadership and cohesiveness to achieve the CEO’s vision for the organization. Additionally, she oversees all communication activities including media relations, social media, and strategic communications. She has held leadership and communications positions in the federal government including, most recently, as Deputy Director of Congressional & Public Affairs at the Farm Credit Administration. Prior to that she was the Chief, Strategic Public Affairs at the Department of the Army and Senior Manager of Public Relations at the U.S. Postal Service. 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

 


Dr. Shea Garrison -Vice President for International Affairs
Dr. Shea Garrison is Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America (CWA) in Washington, D.C., focusing on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She is also Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. Read Full Bio

 

Doreen Denny – Senior Director of Government Relations
Doreen Denny is Senior Director of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, where she oversees 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

 

Jaime Ballew – Legislative Director
Jaime Ballew is the Legislative Director for Concerned Women for America and handles all legislation and regulatory matters that pertain to our seven core issues. Before joining the legislation department, Jaime served as the Online Communications Strategist for CWA and worked in Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) office. Jaime graduated Liberty University in 2015 with a degree in Government and Clinical Health Promotion where she also played volleyball. Jaime is a proud native of Staunton, Virginia and currently resides in Capitol Hill (D.C.) with her 7-year-old black Labrador named Savannah Grace.

 

Ashley Traficant – Legislative Strategist
Ashley Traficant works as CWA’s Legislative Strategist. A native of Northern Virginia, Ashley caught the politics and policy bug at an early age. As part of the legislative team since 2016, she serves as a bridge between the legislative and international affairs departments. While working on all seven of our core issues, Ashley is especially focused on policy and legislation regarding Israel and national sovereignty, including fighting anti-Semitism, BDS, and other policies focused on America’s international interests and the important American-Israel relationship. She also handles our education legislation. Ashley was a member of the 2017 class for the Heritage Foundation’s George C. Marshall Fellowship on Grand Strategy and Foreign Policy. Prior to joining the staff at CWA, Ashley served on the Hill in the office of Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and was a board member for Concerned Women for America. While at Liberty University, Ashley was the Young Women for America chapter president for a time and received the 2016 Young Women for America Outstanding Leadership Award. Ashley graduated from Liberty University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a focus in International Relations.

 

Kelsey Good – Young Women for America National Coordinator
Kelsey was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She lived in Costa Rica for one year, became fluent in the Spanish language, and then graduated from Liberty University. Kelsey joined and grew the Young Women for America chapter at Liberty University, interned in Concerned Women for America’s D.C. headquarters and now oversees the nation-wide YWA program. She travels to attend and speak at conferences, festivals and colleges around the country as a spokeswoman for the organization. Kelsey is passionate about Christian leadership and pressing-in to hard issues with the gospel. She lives with her husband, David, in Arlington, Virginia.

 

 

 

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Denise Cappuccio
Director of Finance

Celso Wiggins
Staff Assistant
Michelle Minor
Field Organization
Coordinator
Tanya Ditty
National Field Director

Sara Olson
Senior Vice
President of
External Relations

Danielle Buck
Director of
Advancement