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 six 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 Advocate for Project Restore

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 Bachelor 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 the contributions she made towards helping raise awareness and implementing a food drive to help address homelessness in Lincoln, NE. 

She has over ten 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-based 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 a firm believer of “  “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin. 

Barb Marion, AmeriCorps VISTA

Barb Marion serves as an AmeriCorps-VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member to bring passion and perseverance to organizations that help eradicate poverty. 

Barb graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, NE in 1990. She was part of the drama club, played soccer, and was in the 4-H club. Barb worked at the People's City Mission here in lincoln as a Family Shelter Supervisor. She also volunteered at the People City Medical Clinic as a dental assistant. 

Barb is a firm believer in the quote, "Patience is a key element of success."- Bill Gates

Shelby Bingham, AmeriCorps-VISTA

Shelby serves as an AmeriCorps-VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member at the YWCA Lincoln. 

She graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in Cherokee, IA in 2012, and attended Iowa State University for Exercise Science. She then went to Kansas City Kansas Community College in Kansas City, Kansas for Exercise Science/Athletic Training. She is currently finishing up in the Nutrition and Health Sciences program on the Community Health and Wellness Track at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Shelby has worked with various non-profits since graduating high school mostly in the aquatics world. She developed numerous programs for people of many backgrounds as well as studied program development and evaluation at UNL to help improve communities and sustainability.

She is from Cherokee Iowa, a little town in northwest Iowa, and is passionate about improving family outcomes and eliminating disparities in society. Shelby believes everyone should be given equal opportunities to be great at whatever they want to be great at.

Shelby is s a firm believer in the quote, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by Eleanor Roosevelt or Joe from the Princess Diaries.


Roslyn Canada, Office Manager