Our staff team and board work hand-in-hand to support NOSW’s mission!
Read Robbie’s Bio
Sister of St. Francis Robbie Pentecost has served the Appalachian region for the past 26 years, providing tools and resources for the empowerment of women, children and their communities. Prior to joining NOSW as Executive Director, Robbie served as a major gifts officer with the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP).
Sister Robbie is a Fellow with the Center for Women, Faith and Leadership, part of the Institute for Global Engagement. She also serves on the Board of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice based in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Peace and Justice Commission for the Diocese of Lexington, KY.
Sister Robbie has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN, for over 35 years and holds a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Missouri State University and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from St. Louis University.
Favorite part of working at NOSW:“My favorite part of this work is watching the change in the face of a woman from the day they walk through our doors of our residential program until they leave two weeks later. The transformation is incredible.”
Read Susan’s Bio
Susan began working for the New Opportunity School for Women in 2013 as the Office Manager. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration with an emphasis on management from Eastern Kentucky University. Susan is a native of Rockcastle County and still resides there on a farm with her husband, Lloyd, and two sons, Erik and Austin.
Favorite part of working at NOSW:“My favorite part of working at NOSW is getting to meet the women we serve and watching their impressive transformation.”
Read Jennifer’s Bio
Jennifer began working with the New Opportunity School for Women in September 2019 after her temporary position was added to the program department full time. She lives in Berea with her husband, Mark, and two teenage children, Talmadge and Raleigh.
Jennifer is also a 2015 graduate of the Berea-based NOSW residential program. Participating in this program helped Jennifer find the courage to go back to college to earn her degree and address a regret she’d harbored for a long time. Taking inspiration from all that she learned about women’s issues while at NOSW, Jennifer double-majored in sociology and women’s and gender studies at Berea College, earning her bachelor’s of science in 2019.
Jennifer has said it was serendipitous that the program was hiring a temporary program assistant the month she graduated from Berea: “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be able to work for the organization that inspired me and provided me with the tools to attain my goals.”
Favorite part of working at NOSW:“I believe in the transformative power of this program because I experienced it first-hand. I feel very privileged to share these lessons with women seeking change but not knowing how or where to start.”
Read Amy’s Bio
Development & Communications Coordinator
Development & Communications Coordinator
Amy is thrilled to work with NOSW to support our women through fundraising and communications. She has a background in journalism and has worked in development and communications for almost 20 years, most recently with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a grassroots social justice organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in English, both from Eastern Kentucky University. Her novel for children, Callie Rose, was published in 2012. Amy lives in Berea with her husband, Mike. They have two grown daughters, Ellie and Claire.
Favorite part of working at NOSW:“I love talking with our women and writing their stories.”
Our Board of Directors
Each Board member serves on one or more Board Committees: Executive, Finance, Personnel, Development/Communications, Program.
Christie L Green
Public Health Director
Cumberland Valley District Health Department
President/CEO LAC Consulting;
Former State Representative, 94th District
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Community Action Agency
2005 Graduate of NOSW – Lees-McRae College
Student, Eastern Kentucky University
2014 Graduate of NOSW – Berea
Social Service Coordinator/Victims’ Advocate
Berea Police Department
Retired VP of Development/Communications
4C for Children
Major Gifts Officer
Christian Appalachian Project
Artist and Educator
Independent Artistic Consultant
CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations
Menlo Park, CA & White Sulphur Springs, WVA
Better2Mediate, Menlo Park
City of Williamsburg