Meet the YWCA of Lincoln Staff

Karen Bell-Dancy, Executive Director

Karen Bell-Dancy serves as the Executive Director of the YWCA of Lincoln. This is a position she took after serving on the Board and Co-Chair of the Financial Development Committee. Bell-Dancy holds an Executive MBA in Management Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City-s Bloch School of Business and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University.

She has over 30 years of experience that consist mainly of higher education and all levels of work in public schools from elementary to high school. This includes 13 years working with UMKC's TRIO programs and 6 years as Director of Distance Education for UNL. She briefly left the public education sector to work for two years as Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives with a private female-owned consulting firm, LGC.

Bell-Dancy is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and has a passion for working and advocating for women, youth and social justice issues. She is a firm believer of "lest we forget," which serves as a personal testimony and platform for her work. 

Angela Washington, Program Director

Angela Washington serves as the Program Director of the YWCA of Lincoln. This is a position she took after serving as the Take-A-Break Coordinator. Angela Washington holds a Bachelors of Science degree and a certificate completion of Leadership program from Union College, in Lincoln, NE.  Three months after graduating, Angela was awarded the Governor’s award for her contributions she made towards helping raise awareness and implementing a food drive to help address homelessness in Lincoln, NE. 

She has over 10 years of experience working in  Health and Human Service agencies. This includes: working at a substance abuse agency, child-welfare, free medical clinic and a homeless shelter.  Angela is a certified facilitator in several evidence-base curriculums.

Angela Washington is a native of Denver, Colorado and has a passion for educating and advocating for women, youth and social justice issues. Angela is firm believer of “  “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin.