THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
For Isabella, helping people walk through growth and change has been central to her professional and personal lives, requiring vision, determination. She has chaired both the Grants and Philanthropy committees and was active in the development of WIN’s “Grounded Giving” document. She sees “Serious and social” not as opposites but a creative way to capture how different people have fun, an important part of the ‘glue’ in any organization. She thrives on the satisfaction that comes when something meaningful has been accomplished and all can share in the success, and adds (quoting from the Art of Relevance) “We have to be willing to expose our passion and try - however we can-to make it attractive and relevant to others.
Maureen was born in Westbrook, Maine but grew up in a small town near Acadia National Park. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston and worked in commercial banking until she was asked to come home to help run her family’s dairy processing facility. Following the sale of her family’s business she worked in the Boston area for one of the largest dairy processing companies in the US where she implemented an order to cash system throughout the Northeast. At 40, she went back to Simmons and received her MBA.
Maureen loves to travel, enjoys cooking and all things outdoors. She teaches fitness classes, is a Certified Personal Trainer and volunteers much of her free time. She and her husband Bill live in Carolina Beach.
Elise joined win in 2018, and is currently serving as the Treasurer on the WIN Board. A Wilmington native, she spent time living and working in Colorado before heading home. She is a Financial Planner at UBS.
Committed to serving her community, Elise is inspired by the work WIN has already done and wants to be an integral part WIN's efforts to have a positive impact in the Wilmington area.
Elise has been married to her husband, Joel, for seventeen years and has two children, Banks and Lowman, as well as a dog, Ranger, and cat, BK.
Patricia de la Sota
Patricia was born in Argentina, moved to the U.S. at a young age, graduated from Boston University and spent a wonderful 30+ year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, where the work she performed protected the US, its people, and its values. She now spends most of her time doing volunteer work: she loves her volunteer scuba diving gig at the Fort Fisher Aquarium and she also volunteers at the Vintage Values consignment store in Monkey Junction, sales from which benefit Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.
Patricia is a lover of all kinds of animals, a responsible steward of the earth and thrives on diversity in people, ideas, and food. She loves to travel and has visited all seven continents, some many times over. Patricia and her husband Jerry live in Carolina Beach with their rescue lab, Riley.
Term 05/22-11/23 (finishing Donna Howard's term)
Circle Lead, Arts & Culture
Lynne joined WIN in 2013. Over the last two years, she has joined the Philanthropy Team, chaired the WIN Book Club, and participated in the Arts and Culture Circle. She is inspired to dig deeper and contribute more time and talent to WIN because I love interacting with smart, creative women on these projects. Her business approach to management, strategic planning, and marketing developed over a long career in publishing, which culminated in the role of President and CEO of Cell Press (a Boston based publisher). She also has experience of non-profit boards and actively supports participatory membership.
Lynn and her three male siblings grew up in Illinois and Pennsylvania. She attended the University of South Carolina, earned a business finance degree, and landed a job in Charlotte where she met her future husband, Jerry. They’ve been married 42 years so far, raised two children, two golden retrievers and recently delighted in the birth of a granddaughter.
Lynn enjoyed a 10-year career in mortgage banking before settling into life as a Mom, executive spouse with postings in Jakarta and Toronto, part time employee and stalwart volunteer. Outdoor passions include snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and golf. Half of her year is spent enjoying the serenity and famously active lifestyle found in the Colorado Rockies. Her first real vacation since COVID was a whirlwind 200-mile cycling tour around Nova Scotia. She’s anxious to summit her 15th “14er” this summer.
In addition to WIN, she holds positions on a ski club advisory board and an HOA committee currently hatching the framework for a community garden. Her gifts of time and treasure focus on environmental concerns, whether collecting trash from beaches and trails, bagging oyster shells for living shorelines or financially supporting causes that protect and restore Mother Earth.
Ask her about home composting because yes, IT TAKES A VILLAGE, but just as important is THE POWER OF ONE