Category: Staff

Katie Parris

Mar 16, 2022

Katie is the Policy and Programs Assistant, supporting WREN’s work related to legislative and institutional policy and programs such as the Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wofford College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management from the University of

Lisa Freudenberger

Jan 21, 2022

As WREN’s Development Manager, Lisa Freudenberger straddles both fundraising and marketing. She plays a pivotal role in engaging WREN’s supporters, identifying new funding opportunities, and advancing our strategic plan. She has held transformational leadership positions at social services and health care non-profit organizations in Hawaii. Before her eleven years in Hawaii, Lisa refined her marketing

Ashley Crary Lidow

Oct 29, 2016

Ashley is the Director of Policy & Government Relations at WREN, leading research and policy objectives with the SC General Assembly primarily in the areas of economic policies, public health, and their related impact. Her experience encompasses legislative advancement from direct lobbying, developing highly productive and functional coalitions, and facilitating valuable research and analysis for

Kate Mayer

Feb 4, 2020

Kate Mayer serves as WREN’s Director of Development, implementing the organization’s fundraising strategies. Kate has more than a decade of experience in development, supporting nonprofits throughout the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina. Holding leadership positions with Association of Fundraising Professionals in the Midlands and Together SC’s Development Peer Network, she is dedicated to building

Melissa Moore

Aug 30, 2019

Melissa helps deepen connections with Lowcountry stakeholders and expand WREN’s formidable network of gender justice advocates. Through their role as Lowcountry Manager, they help galvanize the network to engage in immediate action, as well as develop our capacity for long-term movement building. They have advanced the rights of LGBTQ+ South Carolinians through positions at Alliance For Full Acceptance, SC Equality, and

Brandi Parrish Ellison

Oct 30, 2016

Brandi is the Senior Director of Policy and Programs at the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). In this role, Brandi is a key contributor to the thought leadership of WREN, leads the development and execution of WREN’s policy and programmatic strategies, and provides strategic direction and leadership to the Policy and Program’s team and

Ann Warner

Nov 1, 2016

Ann Warner leads strategic visioning and planning for WREN in partnership with the Board of Directors, as well as management of a talented team, resource mobilization, and program and policy development and evaluation. Ann was born and raised in the South, and has more than twenty years of experience advocating for the rights of women