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Sharing the joy of giving…

WomenConnected is a philanthropic women’s giving circle within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation where women have the opportunity to combine their charitable contributions and as a group, manage and grant funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and services.

There are two levels of membership. Women donate annual gifts of $500 or $1,000. Membership contributions are pooled together with 75 percent used to provide grants, the other 25 percent into a temporarily restricted endowment that can be used if a specific need arises at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Some SBL programs and services funded include cardiovascular screenings, nursing education, nutrition counseling for overweight children and diabetes programs. Since its inception in 2003, WomenConnected has granted more than $720,871 to SBL.

In FY21, WomenConnected awarded $48,823 in grants to SBL programs. The following were the awards:

Peace Meal
Behavioral Health Emergency Fund
Healthy Communities - Cyber Bullying Assemblies
Healthy Communities - Zones of Regulation Equipment
Healthy Communities - Healthy Hero Challenge
Dental Services - Preventative/Restorative Fund
Dental Services - Oral hygiene kits
Heart Center - Blood pressure monitors
Center for Healthy Living Center Scholarships



WomenConnected meets six times per year with three of those being a members-only “Lunch with the CEO” with SBL President & CEO Jerry Esker.

If you would like to learn more about WomenConnected or to join, please contact Amy Card in the SBL Health Foundation at 217/ 258-2511.


Carol Adams
Dr. Fatima Alao
Cathy Babbs
Vickie Baker
Ann Beck
Kristen Bliss
Sally Bock
Laura Bollan
Catherine Bovard
Mary Bovard
Judy Brown
Jennifer Bullock
Amanda Burton
Amy Card
Beth Catt
Lori Cudone
Sabra Culp
Jeanne Cunningham
Jeanne Dau
Dixie Dickens
Sheila Dively   
Samantha Eggleston
Lana Esker
Terri Evans
Sharon Fox
Dr. Marisa Friscia
Carol Jo Fritts
Laura Glenn
Kelly Green

Barb Hall
Wendy Hastings
Susie Hay
Dr. Katie Hecksel
Patty Hedges
Heather Heicher
Jodi Hildebrandt
Leslie Hill
Sasha Hollman
Barbara Hoppin
Maggie Huffman
Linda Keeler
Peggy Kepp
Karen Lindley
Kim Lockart
Joyce Madigan
Nancy Marlow
Michelle Mathews
Tracey McCord
Dr. Annmarie McDonough
Tess Melvin
Becky Metzger
Sandy Miller
Melanie Mills
Carol Myerscough
Doreen Nelms
Nancy Nguyen
Cheryl Noll
Diana Oakley

Marcia Parker
Kirsten Pentzien
Dr. Erica Perrino
Linda Perry
Patty Peterson
Jerri Pine
Bernie Pluard
Allyson Richards
Debbie Saddoris
Debbie Sandercock
Nancy Schilling
Karla Schubert
Karen Smith
Ruth Smith
Debbie Sparks
Erica Stollard
Jenny Swearingen
Margie Swensen
Nancy Swits
Leslie Taggart
Edie Terwilliger
Kim Uphoff
Meghan Wahl
Linda Wente
Janet White
Mary Lou Wild
Pat Williamson
Brooke Zerrusen
Jone Zieren