Anna Beth Gorman, Executive Director
Anna Beth Gorman has committed her professional life to public service with a specialized focus on advancing the status of girls and women in our society. She has spent the last seven years advocating the value of the Girl Scout program, and youth services as a preventative tool in helping youth achieve their potential.
A student of nonprofit and organizational management she has worked to bring forward business professionalism and acumen to the mission focused nonprofit arena. She believes that a great mission needs a great business plan to deliver on its value proposition. With passion and commitment coupled with effective strategic planning Anna Beth led the efforts of membership, volunteer, and program enhancement in the Girl Scout program post the realignment of 5 Girl Scout councils in the state of Arkansas. With a strong belief that inclusiveness, integrity, and capacity building through strong relationships and partnerships are essential to any organization’s success, Anna Beth grew in her leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Arkansas Little Rock. Anna Beth began her professional career in public service, working for the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs and then transitioned into the nonprofit arena. As a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, a Gold Award Recipient, Anna Beth is the Chief Membership, Volunteer, Program Officer for Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. She is the 2013-2014 recipient of the UALR Public Administration Alumni Scholarship and a 2014 inductee into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.
Anna Beth is an active member of the Junior League of Little Rock, currently serves as Chair, JLLR Nonprofit Board Institute. She is a proud alumna, active volunteer, and committed proponent of the Texas Bluebonnet Girls State Program, which encourages through civic education engaged citizen participation in the community in which you live.
Ryder Buttry, Director of Strategic Programs & Initiatives
Ryder Buttry is the Director of Strategic Programs and Initiatives at the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas where she oversees the Women Empowered and Girls of Promise initiatives, as well as their portfolio of programs. Prior to working at WFA, she spent a year abroad before returning home to Little Rock. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Art History from Texas Christian University and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High. She is on the board of Rotaract Club of Little Rock and volunteers as a tutor with ARKidsRead in her free time.
Sophie Wise, Operations & Communications Manager
Sophie Wise is the Operations and Communications Manager of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) where she focuses on extending the message and work of the WFA to the public sphere as well as helping bridge the gap between the foundation and outside partners. Sophie earned her Bachelor’s in Arts in Politics and French from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate research on the female role in politics, specifically studying the gendered stereotyping of politics in the news. An avid feminist, she has found the WFA to be the perfect setting for her passions. Sophie also sits on the board of the North Little Rock Young Professionals- a group dedicated to reducing ‘brain drain’ in Arkansas while encouraging networking between businesses in Central Arkansas and young professionals.
Eliana Scully, Strategic Initiatives Program Coordinator
Eliana is an Americorps VISTA serving as a Strategic Initiatives Program Coordinator for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. In her role, Eliana works to create a means of measuring program impact through a system of collecting, managing, and analyzing program data from the Girls of Promise and Women Empowered initiatives.
Caitlin Camper, Statewide Impact Coordinator
Caitlin works at the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas as the Statewide Impact Coordinator where her time there will be devoted to establishing a plan to build the WFA’s philanthropic impact across the state, via their grant making activities, research, and convenings. She is also responsible for creating a volunteer management system that implements the components of recruitment, engagement, and evaluation. Her focus while developing these programs will be prioritizing equity and inclusiveness.