Thomas C. Woods IV

President & Board Secretary

Thomas C. Woods IV

President & Board Secretary

Tom began working for Woods Charitable Fund in 1999 and served as Senior Program Officer prior to his promotion to President in 2012.

Before joining WCF, Tom served as Program Associate at the Community Foundation Serving Coastal South Carolina (Charleston). He received both a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He has volunteered with several local nonprofit and community organizations.

Tom is the great-great grandson of Frank and Nelle Woods, who in 1941 established WCF as a philanthropic organization.

Joan Stolle

Operations Manager

Joan Stolle

Operations Manager

Joan began working for WCF in 1990 and currently directs office management, information processing, systems development and business operations.

Previously, Joan taught in the public education system and just before joining WCF worked for the E.A. Mellinger Educational Foundation, a private scholarship foundation in Monmouth, Illinois. She has volunteered with several local nonprofit, neighborhood and community organizations.

She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis in Vocational Education.

Former Board Members

Former Board Members

  • Donna W. WoodsChair Emerita
    2001-2019
    Chair, 2007-2019
  • Michael J. Tavlin2000-2006
    Chair, 2005-2006
  • Stephen Sands1999-2004
    Chair, 2003-2004
  • Thomas D. Potter1997-2002
    Chair, 2000-2002
  • Thomas C. Woods III1994-2000
    Chair, 1994-2000
  • Candice Howell2015-2020
  • Carl Eskridge2013-2018
  • Ernesto Castillo Jr.2012-2017
  • Orville Jones III2011-2016
  • Kathleen Rutledge2009-2014
  • Tyre (TJ) McDowell2007-2012
  • Jose J. Soto2006-2011
  • Ann Chang2005-2010
  • Lynn Roper2003-2008
  • Eugene Crump2000-2005
  • Susan Ugai1999-2004
  • Avery L. Woods1998-2005
  • Marjorie J. Woods1995-2000
  • Joel Gajardo1994-1998
  • Marilyn Johnson-Farr1994-1998
  • Marie Fischer1992-1996
  • Sydney Beane1991-1994
  • Sheila Griffin1987-1991
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Kathy Steinauer Smith

Senior Community Investment Director

Kathy Steinauer Smith

Senior Community Investment Director

Kathy has worked at WCF since 2012 and handles program review, grants management and public relations.

Before joining WCF, Kathy worked at the Lincoln Journal Star in several editing roles beginning in 2005. She also has worked in public relations for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been an editor at newspapers in Iowa, California and Nevada. She has volunteered with several local nonprofit organizations in varying roles since 2001.

She received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nicole Juranek

Community Investment Director

Nicole Juranek

Community Investment Director

Nicole began working at WCF in 2017 and handles program review, grants management and public relations.

Before joining WCF, Nicole worked for Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters developing, managing and monitoring grants, coordinating events and drafting agency communications. She has worked and volunteered at several local nonprofit organizations in varying roles since 2001.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science.