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

Barb Paisley Bookkeeper
Our Bookkeeper has a diverse background and a passion for numbers. Barb was born and raised here in the Riverbend area, earning her B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. With 30 years of accounting experience, Barb has previously worked for C.J. Schlosser & Co. LLC, Saint Anthony’s Health Care Center and Jefferson Smurfit Corporation.

Her experience is a true asset at YWCA of Alton. She loves to be busy and enjoys working at the YWCA where children’s laughter and excitement can be heard throughout the building. Barb frequently attends our Racial Justice events and is excited working at a place where the mission is to eliminate racism.

Barb lives in Alton with her husband and two sons. She is an avid reader of both non-fiction, fiction, and anything true crime.

Barb 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 B.S. 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