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The Wow Foundation

Reports show that in 2014 there were over 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people. Ohio itself is one of the top ten states with the greatest number of women owned businesses. With women professionals largely growing our local workforce, Waterford Bank felt the need to have a supportive network open to enabling their cause. As a result, we formed the Women of Waterford Foundation or Wow Foundation in early 2014 with the mission of “empowering women through education, community service, and professional enrichment.”

Through the Foundation we work with a talented local network of women professionals, in and out of the Bank, who bring their diverse skills and knowledge to the various projects we undertake. From our educational seminars to our community based philanthropic efforts, Wow has made serious strides in empowering women and enjoyed wide spread recognition throughout Northwest Ohio.

Looking back on the Foundation’s accomplishments, we have helped a vast number of local and global organizations, all the while fueling our mission of empowering women. Some of the organizations we have worked with include:

  • Mom’s House
  • Susan G. Komen
  • Graham’s Foundation
  • Aurora House
  • MAAM – Martial Arts for the Advancement of Mindfulness
  • The Cocoon Shelter
  • Bethany House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Bittersweet Farms
  • Perrysburg Christian United
  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

After much initial success we’ve restructured the way we operate, introducing the election of Officers and Board of Directors, as well as adapting to a new Quarterly Mission format.

Women of Waterford foundation members.

Top (left to right):
Sharee Youssef – Owner, Guardian Angels Home Health Care Services
Julie Bartnik – SVP Treasury Management, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Michelle Keeling – Non-Profit Professional
Kathy Schwartz – Shareholder of Waterford Bank, N.A.

Middle (left to right):
Jill Kopanis – VP Human Resources, Dynamic Dies, Inc.
Pat Strasser – Owner, PBS, Inc.
Adele Jasion – Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD
Craig Jones – SVP Commercial Lender, Waterford Bank, N.A.

Bottom (left to right):

Chris Macino – Treasurer, Wow Foundation & VP Private Banking, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Christine Willee – Secretary, Wow Foundation & Mortgage Operations Specialist, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Laura Dosch – Founder, Wow Foundation & AVP Perrysburg Market Manager, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Lori Walkowski – President, Wow Foundation & Commercial Lending Services Officer, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Teri Geisel – VP, Wow Foundation & AVP Commercial Lending Services, Waterford Bank, N.A.
Kaitlyn Dehm – Social Media Director, Wow Foundation & Marketing Officer Waterford Bank, N.A. (not pictured)
Amy Long – Assistant Social Media Coordinator, Wow Foundation & Private Banking, Personal Services, Waterford Bank, N.A. (not pictured)

As we work towards carrying out our mission, we invite you to join with and help us grow. For more information, connect with the Wow Foundation on Facebook or email us directly at