Caterpillars to butterflies

    WOW! Women of Wisdom, Inc. 



 Dorarena E. Smith, President

Founder of WOW!-(Women of Wisdom, Inc.) She is an Encourager, Mentor, Administrator, Public-Speaker, Counselor and graduate of Global University. After leaving the workforce in 1994, she became a stay home wife and mother. She continues to develop her skills as a  volunteer in various capacities. Her specific assignment and  purpose in life is to help women and those entering  womanhood (teen-girls) to develop in wisdom, make better choices, to train-up leaders and provide a platform for  leaders/professionals to share their life experiences. She has  been mentoring and counseling women for over 20yrs. 

 She enjoys writing songs, skits, choreographing and reading.  She values her time with her family and especially with her  husband. Dorarena and her husband Mark been married for over 25 yrs and have eight adult children and eighteen grandchildren.

Allison Cunningham, Secretary

She is the Owner/Director of Early Childhood Professionals Training Institute located in Omaha, Nebraska. Allison has over 20 years of experience teaching adults in professional workshops, community college, and university settings. She has written 25 early childhood workshops for family child care home providers, child care center directors, and staff. Allison has also served the early childhood community while working for the past 10 years with the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. She has led a non-profit CACFP sponsoring organization, AnSo Child Development, as Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, and currently serves as Program Consultant. Allison received her degree as an Education Specialist from Liberty University, and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 2014, she became an approved Nebraska Department of Education trainer of child care license required safety and management training courses.

Her love for teaching others has inspired her to change the lives of many women and children over the years. Allison has been married to her husband Darryl for 36yrs. and they have two adult daughters, one teenage son and 4 beautiful grandchildren. 

Angela Dunbar-Fitsimmons, 

Assistant Secretary

She is a recent graduate from Nebraska Methodist College. She is a licensed BSN RN and is pursuing a career as a Heart and Vascular nurse. She has prior experience in medical insurance claims, the banking industry and in geriatric nursing care. She has completed clinical practicum in maternity/neonatal and women’s health. She plans on continuing her education and beginning her Doctorate in Nursing in the fall of 2018. She has worked as a volunteer Hospitality Coordinator and served on the event planning committee in her church. Angela is professional and an asset to WOW!

She is married to her junior high school sweetheart, Eric and a mother to a handsome son, who is graduating in May 2018. She enjoys sewing, reading, crafting with children and volunteering her time to bible study with her nephews and son.

"Caterpillars morph into butterflies and butterflies pollinate flowers. Be the butterfly and the flower - keep the cycle going!"

-Dorarena Smith, WOW!

"If we can learn to deal with our discomfort and just relax into it we'll have a better life.
 -Mellody Hobson of Ariel Investments 

" Life-fulfilling work is never about the money -- when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively  find ways to nurture it. " 
 - Eileen Fisher, Fashion Designer

Marilyn M. McGary, Treasurer

A native of Omaha, Nurse, Entrepreneur, Mentor, and Leader. Her purpose in life is to give back to others as much as she has received; through mentorship and helping others reach their God-given potential. Described as a no nonsense leader, she possesses extensive experience serving as Director of Operations, Health Services, Development, and Board Member of Community Health Centers, Administrator for several Home Health Care Agencies, President/CEO of nonprofit community-based organization, Public Health Official for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Registered Nurse in a variety of roles  and settings.  Marilyn has two nursing degrees, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), and a graduate degree of Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MS-HCA). She is also a licensed and ordained minister.

She is married to her high school sweetheart Phillip, a mother of five adult children, Dawn, Phillip Jr., Brandon, Tiffany, and Sean; blessed with 25 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Jeanette Gaines-Lewis, Board Member

She is a Skincare and Beauty Product Consultant in the process of pursuing her Physician Assistant degree. She has worked faithfully as a Hospitality Coordinator along with serving on the planning committee at her church. Her pass experience in community healthcare has inspired her to help women and youth and she has a dedicated heart especially towards youth to help them reach their aspirations. She has worked as an executive assistant to the CMO of One World Community Center and has experience in marketing. She brings to WOW! her innovative and creative abilities, which we truly appreciate.

She enjoys reading, research and baking. Jeanette is the mother of two handsome sons and two beautiful daughters and the wife of Mark J. Lewis, Sr.