In 2000, Gayle McPherson of Winfield, Kansas saw a need in her community and did something about it.
As a customer service employee at a local bank, she noticed a disturbing pattern among her clientele; intelligent, capable, frustrated women in a cycle of chronic dependence on public assistance.
In response, she and Nola Brown formed a faith-based nonprofit corporation to help women become successful.
She called her organization Eagle Nest, Inc.
To strengthen families by helping women become successful in life and reach their full potential.
- A continuous process of making a difference in women’s lives
- Hands-on training and support in a non-threatening environment that is tailored to each individual woman
We seek to help all women succeed in becoming productive citizens of their community.
- Enrich the lives of our program participants and their families
- Strengthen the community financially and socially
At Eagle Nest, we change lives.
– Gayle McPherson, Executive Director
Gayle C. McPherson
Executive Director, Co-Founder & Case Worker
Volunteer Coordinator & Asst. Case Worker
Class Coordinator, Bookkeeper & Secretary
Rev. Raymond Dempsey
VITA/TCE Tax Return Site Coordinator
Tom Langer, President
Tom is the Executive Director of the Cowley County Health Department and has served on our board since 2017.
Marsha Wessler, Vice-President
Marsha has served on our board since 2008 and has served as our Vice-President since 2016. Marsha is an Advertising Director at Cowley Courier-Traveler and is also presently serving as an Acting Editor.
Teresa K. Spangler-Andreas,
Teri has served on our board since 2016 and has served as our President for two of those years. A retired optician, Teri also worked in the insurance industry and as a dental assistant for 15 years.
Laura is a local Attorney and has served on our board since 2019.
A retired educator, Jody taught Spanish at Winfield High School and has served on our board since 2016.
Marsha is a retired business manager, she has served on our board since 2019.
Jane retired from a 40-year career in the medical field. Jane joined our board in 2019.
Karen is the newest member of our board, joining in 2020.
Gayle McPherson is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Eagle Nest Inc. Gayle has served on the board since 2001.
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.