The Fund for Women (FFW) at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) welcomes Melissa A. Micek, Secretary; Jennifer Sonson, Treasurer; Monica Shockley-Porter, Advocacy Chair; and Jennifer Vitak, New Castle County Development Chair to its Board of Directors.
Louie Phillips, FFW Chair, also announced the transition of Kathy Kiernan from Secretary to Advancement Chair and Cynthia Carter-Wedgewood from Collaborative Grant Chair to Governance Chair, commenting that these appointments and transitions serve to further strengthen the ability of FFW to meet today’s current challenges in empowering Delaware’s women and girls to achieve their potential.
The FFW also thanks departing board members Susan Sherk, Molly Giordano, Lynn Evans and Kristen Kuipers for their years of service.
The new board members are:
Melissa A. Micek – Secretary
Melissa A. Micek serves as the Director of Engagement for Philanthropy Delaware, formerly known as the Delaware Grantmakers Association. She has been involved with the FFW since 2019, serving on the Grants Committee and the Young Founders Committee. As part of the Young Founders Committee, she recruits and promotes FFW to other young professional philanthropists to grow the endowment and give back to the community. In her role in the Grants Committee, Micek is committed to a diligent review and decision-making process for grants. As a Leadership Delaware graduate and fellow in the Class of 2020, she is committed to enhancing the knowledge, vision, integrity, and networks to significantly impact and transform Delaware’s communities. Micek received her Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Delaware. She graduated cum laude from the University of Lynchburg’s Westover Honors Program with a dual degree in Political Science and Philosophy.
Jennifer Sonson – Treasurer
Sonson has been with Raymond James Financial Services since 2010. Beginning her career as an intern, Sonson worked several years as a client services liaison before attaining the notable CFP® designation. She currently specializes in assisting young professionals and women with wealth accumulation strategies, risk assessment and long-term financial planning. Sonson joined FFW as a Young Founder in 2020 and has been an active member of the Finance Committee. In addition to Sonson’s work at Raymond James, she is a member of the Padua Academy Alumni Association. She has a degree in Finance and Marketing from Wilmington University.
Monica Shockley-Porter – Advocacy Chair
Shockley-Porter has been responsible for marketing, outreach and management of several programs during her career and currently serves as the Community Relations Director at Dover Behavioral Health System. Since her family relocated to Delaware in 2019, Shockley-Porter has become actively involved with Network Delaware, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and National Coalition of 100 Black Women (DE Chapter). She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Shockley-Porter has served as a volunteer in various capacities with FFW serving on the Advocacy, Grants and Young Founders’ committees. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University, a Master’s in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville and a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University.
Jennifer Vitak – New Castle County Development Chair
Jennifer Vitak is a local insurance agent with Liberty Mutual. Her passion for helping clients with their insurance started in her early 20’s and comes from knowing she has the ability to protect families, give them peace of mind, and educate them about their specific insurance needs. Vitak thoroughly enjoys engaging with the community and giving back in any way she can. She is the incoming chair for the New Castle County Development Committee. She has been a founder since 2019 and has been very involved in the Young Founders Committee. Vitak loves being able to support women and girls in Delaware. She volunteers weekly at Faithful Friends Animal Society and has been an animal lover and advocate since childhood. Vitak has an Associate’s Degree in Business from Cecil College.
About the Fund for Women: Through collective philanthropy, the Fund for Women invests and advocates by bringing together our knowledge, passion and commitment to empower women and girls in Delaware to achieve their potential. The FFW was established in 1993 as an endowment at the Delaware Community Foundation. Since then, the FFW has issued more than $3.2 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit programs statewide. For information, please visit http://www.fundforwomende.com