staff members



Dorothy Hummel   Executive Director 

Dorothy’s love for the city of Alton and the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all led her to YWCA of Alton.  Dorothy spent over 31 years improving communities and developing housing throughout Madison County.  She especially enjoyed her time in Alton working on Community and Housing Development projects with the City staff.  Through the years, she made many friends in the Riverbend area and truly enjoys reconnecting with colleagues from her days at Madison County.  Her efforts led to safer neighborhoods, stronger public facilities and new housing for the mentally ill, homeless, seniors and low income families.  She helped form and manage several non-profits in Madison County which were used in public private partnerships to develop low income housing.

While she hails from East St. Louis originally, Dorothy is a resident of the city of Edwardsville.  She has served on the Edwardsville City Council, Edwardsville School Board, Edwardsville Planning Commission, and the National Development Council Advisory Board based in NYC.  Dorothy has two grown children and a husband, Steve.  She enjoys gardening, reading, volunteering and traveling to a special place in her heart, Rockport, MA as often as possible.

Dorothy can be reached at 618.465.7774 or emailed at

Connie Bomar    Finance Manager

Our Finance Manager has a diverse background and a passion for numbers.  Connie comes to us from the private sector having spent 12 years working for Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, OH as a Customer Service Specialist, International Material Specialist and change Coordinator. After moving to the St. Louis metropolitan area, Connie continued her work as Customer Service Manager and Office Manager.

Her experience in Accounts Payable/Receivables and Bank Reconciliations and knowledge of QuickBooks are true assets at YWCA of Alton.  She loves to be busy and enjoys her work at YWCA especially during our major fundraising event, Women of Distinction.

She enjoys spending time with family including her granddaughter, driving on the open road with her husband in her Jeep and knitting and crocheting.

Connie can be reached at 618.465.7774 or emailed at

Kathy Holder   Child Enrichment Director

Kathy joined YWCA of Alton Child Enrichment program as our new Director in the Fall of 2018 and is thrilled to be a part of the Child Enrichment program.  Kathy over 28 years experience serving children in the Riverbend including 18 years as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Alton School District, 9 years experience as a Lead Teacher for Riverbend Head Start.  Kathy’s time in the Alton schools was spent providing teacher support including lesson planning, curriculum development and instruction for autistic classes.

Kathy has an Associates degree from Lewis and Clark Community college in Early Childhood Education and completed classes at Southern Illinois University in early childhood as well.

Kathy’s love of children and belief in YWCA mission directed her to YWCA of Alton.  Her creativity, high energy level, organizational skills and warmth suit her perfectly in her newest role as our Child Enrichment Director.

Kathy can be reached at 618.465.7774 or emailed at

Kaitlynn Smith    Assistant Child Enrichment (CE)  Director

Kaitlynn joined YWCA of Alton  Child Enrichment department in the Fall of 2017 as our Assistant CE Director.  Like YWCA, Kaitlynn’s background is varied.  She graduated with a  BS in Family and Human Services from John Brown University located in northwest Arkansas.  Kaitlynn has worked at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter in Bentonville, AR serving children aged 5 through 12 years primarily.  Kaitlynn has worked as a teacher at several daycares including Step by Step in Bethalto, the Goddard School and Early Explorations.

Kaitlynn’s creativity and sunshine personality make her popular with our CE students, parents and colleagues at YWCA of Alton.

Kaitlynn is the mother of two active children and enjoys spending her time reading, participating in church activities and visiting with her growing family.

Kaitlynn can be reached at 618.465.7774 and can be emailed at