Richelle Keinath holds a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming, where she focused her research on marginalized individuals in the health care system. Keinath also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Before coming to WYWF she spent the previous four and a half years working with senior citizens and the challenges that face the aging population as the Co-Executive Director of the Eppson Center for Seniors in Laramie. Nonprofit administration and program management are two areas of accomplishment.
Since coming to WYWF Richelle has been instrumental in bringing the WAGE Project workshops to 10 communities across Wyoming, a key element to addressing the wage gap; the program is now being carried out by WYWF’s grantee partners. WYWF has granted over half a million dollars to over 100 organizations across the state. These organizations are working on economic self-sufficiency issues for Wyoming’s women and mentorship and leadership opportunities for our girls. Richelle facilitated the adoption of Equality Initiatives under the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and launched the first advocacy campaign for WYWF; childcare as a workforce issue. WYWF continues to grow its advocacy arm working for “systems change” that benefits the women and girls of Wyoming.
In 2011 WYWF partnered on the state wide Leap into Leadership event with the Wyoming Legislative Caucus and launched the first ever local Leap events in Gillette and Evanston and continue to offer two local events every year. Richelle has attended Leap events since becoming the Executive Director of WYWF in January 2008. “The leadership skills taught at the Leap events are relevant to all women, whether you use the information to be a better leader for your family, work life or your community, all women can gain a lot from participating.”
Over the course of her career, Richelle has been involved with grass roots efforts to bring issues of nutrition, poverty, transportation, gender inequity, housing, and isolation to the attention of Wyoming’s law makers. In addition, she served on the Friends of the Albany County Public Library Board and the Laramie Reproductive Health Board and the Albany County Resource Center Board. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Wyoming and serves on the Wyoming Sexual Violence Prevention Council.