of WoW Utah
Founder and Director
Judee Guay knows what it’s like to get a second chance to live the life you’ve always wanted. Judee found herself in a verbal, mental and emotionally unhealthy marriage of 24 years that was tearing her down. She believed she didn’t deserve any better. Her broken spirit was only compounded with failing health. At one point Judee was part-time in a wheelchair.
This was not the life she had always dreamed of and she wondered how she got there. She had lost all hope. Day by day, she picked herself up again. Over time she became healthy, released over 100 pounds, started to love herself, and left the emotionally abusive marriage. She healed herself.
Those dark days are what drives Judee’s passion to make a difference for other women. Judee is now happily married to the man of her dreams who is her best friend and biggest supporter, and they adore each other. Between them, they have three children, two boys and a girl and their spouses. Being Nana to their beautiful granddaughter and five adorable grandsons are her real pride and joy!
As an entrepreneur and speaker, Judee coaches other women so they can have the life they want, rebuilding their belief that they are worthy, capable and enough. Judee uses many tools to create the life that you are so deserving of. These tools give you a crystal clear clarity in areas of your life, allowing you to break the negative chatter in your mind, affirming your goals and positive beliefs as well as understanding who you were truly created to be.
In October of 2011, she put in her own LifeVision that she would like to host an event that empowers women. She envisioned these women walking down a red carpet and leaving the experience a transformed person. That is when she thought of a red-carpet event that honors women and gives them a new beginning, all the while being supported on their journey.
Judee has been honored with Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Coalition 2016 Peace On Earth Awards -Courage Award, and in 2017 Judee received the Heart & Hands Award as part of Utah Philanthropy Day,
Now forming her own non-profit, Judee and WoW Utah, Inc. helps women of worth find their voice and rebuild their lives in this year-long program. WoW Utah gives to these Women of Worth a second chance in seeing they don’t have to do it alone.
Contact Judee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Operations Officer
Marie is the Assistant Director of a non-profit counseling agency and a licensed probation provider. Marie and her husband Tony have been married for 28 years and have three children and a couple of bonus children who have given her two wonderful grandsons.
Marie has served in several volunteer positions including 9 years as School Board President for a STEM charter school, Co-Chair for the Salt Lake Domestic Violence coalition, Vice-President of the JRI treatment provider group and a community volunteer for Salt Lake County.
Marie’s hobbies include spending time with her family, camping, volunteering, and writing. Marie has written for several small newspapers and previously wrote an advice column.
Jennifer Weaver is an award-winning journalist and works as an Executive Producer for Digital News for Sinclair Broadcast Group.
She also writes for Valor Magazine and The Beauty Battalion, and formerly had a monthly column in The Daily Herald called Taming of the Crew, which emphasizes issues about single parenting.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and a master of management and public administration degree from the University of Phoenix, where she also graduated as a member of the Lambda Sigma Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta.
Jennifer has served in various volunteer capacities that include an AmeriCorp Promise Fellow, president of the United Way of Iron County and board member for the Cedar City Rotary Club. She has also been honored as Young Careerist of the Year three times by the Northern District of the Business and Professional Women organization.
Jennifer is a single mother of three young adult children. Her youngest child, age 14, suffers from a brain stem tumor so she is actively involved in bringing awareness to brain injuries and congenital birth defects. She champions efforts that promote equality for women and is proud to support WoW Utah’s mission of giving women a hand up, not a handout.
Nina Angela Lee
Nina, an inspirational singer songwriter, was asked to perform a concert for the Women of Worth participants. As she interacted with the women and learned more about the program, she fell in love with the organization.
Nina has known fear, loss and hopelessness and that is what motivates her to reach out and serve. She has experienced domestic violence. At twelve years of age her mother passed away and she recently lost her son to a seventeen-year battle with an autoimmune disease. When asked how she has made it through life's difficult challenges she says having an attitude of gratitude and faith in God have given her strength to weather life's storms.
Nina's volunteer opportunities have included being a paraprofessional crisis counselor for Tampa Bay Crisis Center, a guardian ad litem representing abused and neglected children for the state of Florida, a member of a Red Cross disaster relief team, and a member of a 100 Humanitarians team that helps girls and families in Kenya, Africa.
Nina loves the laid back feeling of her beautiful Alpine community. She and her husband have six grown children and nine adorable grandchildren.
Andrea was born in American Fork, Utah. She was mostly raised in Utah and Southern Nevada. She also lived Colorado and Washington State, briefly. Andrea has been married for 24 years to my terrific husband, Brad Jensen. They have amazing four children, two boys and two girls, ranging in age from 10 to 20. They love to hike and vacation as a family.
Andrea loves scrapbooking, reading, running, baking (not necessarily cooking), toll-painting, sewing (machine & by hand), quilting, volunteer work, vacations and traveling (even if it’s car trips). Her favorite season is summer.
She is grateful to be a part of WoW and loves the strength and opportunities it gives to women.
Wendy is a wife, mother of seven children (ages 8 to 24) and grandmother to 1 grandson. She has been married to her husband, Steven, for 25 years. She was born and raised in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Wendy’s accounting experience began in high school when she worked as an internal auditor for a Golf and Tennis resort which operated under the Grand Teton Lodge company. She earned her Associates degree in accounting in 1991 and continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1998 from the University of Utah. Wendy is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Her work experience includes the title of accountant for multiple companies, including real estate finance, real estate development, retail sales for various types of retailers and other nonprofit organizations. Currently, Wendy is a Controller, providing accounting services for multiple companies. She also has several small business clients of her own for which she provides accounting services.
When Wendy is not busy crunching numbers, she enjoys creating scrapbooks and has had her scrapbook pages published in an online magazine. She also treasures spending time with her husband, children, and a grandchild.
Wendy is honored to be a part of WoW Utah and helping other women recognize that they are of infinite worth.
Chair of Fundraising
Lewie comes with much experience as he served for more than 15 years on the Glendale Police Officer’s Board, as well as chaired many years the Cops for Kids Golf Tournament, in Glendale California.
Lewie retired after 31.5 years on Glendale Police Department, where he was the Sergeant of Traffic for over 12 of those years. Lewie is dedicated to making a difference in others not only through his wellness business but also but in the community. He is involved in many networking groups and enjoys interacting and getting to know others, as forming relationships is key in everything he does.
Lewie is married to Judee, and between them, they have three children between the two of them, two sons and a daughter as well as two daughters-in-laws and a son-in-law. He is also a proud Papa to five handsome grandsons and a beautiful little granddaughter.
When he isn’t giving back in some way, Lewie can be found doing his other passions which are waterfowl hunting, riding his Harley, enjoying friends and other outdoor activities.
Chair of Mentees
Barbra finds her greatest joy is being the parent to her three children Jason, Amy and David. In support of their education, she volunteered to help run an innocent-sounding "Reflections Art Contest" which ballooned into running the event for 5 schools the first year, district-wide after that for three years. "The Silly Reflections Lady" and "The Crazy Art Lady" are terms of endearment she is called to this day.
"Art is more than dabs of paint, it is a human expression and emotional healing" she is quoted as saying. She has ever fought to keep the arts funded in schools, speaking for teacher's organizations, school districts and in front of the Utah Legislature.
Barbra attending college, along with her children. Barbra graduated the Venture Course in the Humanities, gotten her Associates Degree from Salt Lake Community College, and is finishing her education at Utah Valley University majoring in Peace and Justice Studies and the Humanities focusing on grant writing and community activism.
Escaping polygamy and domestic violence opened Barbra's world to new learning as she struggled to not only survive economic hardships but continue to help her children thrive. She ran a Girl Scout troop in a homeless shelter for two years, taught parenting classes, ran Neighborhood Watch, became C.E.R.T. certified and now teaches disaster preparedness.
In her volunteering she has been recognized By: Major General, the Adjutant General John L. Matthew for work with the NGAUS conference; James R. Fowler, RADM, USNR (Ret) in appreciation for her help in support of the Reserve Officer's Association of the United States; Dr. Jennifer M. Bauman, Director of LEAP Child Poverty Awareness Week for her work, support and being the featured speaker of the Poverty Awareness Week; Mayor JoAnn Bl. Seghini, mayor of Midvale, Utah for Outstanding Service on the Safe Midvale Committee; and Volunteer of the Year for WoW Utah- Women of Worth Utah 2015.
Chair of Mentors
I am an accomplished wife, mother and volunteer. I have overcome many trials including toxic relationships, verbal and physical abuse and chronic illness, which at times is a trial in of itself. I went onto, volunteer as a mentor with WOW - Women of Worth then onto be the Director of Mentors with WOW – Women of Worth. I have also volunteered on the Board of Directors of Utah Non-Profit Housing for eight years and Draper Senior Center Board for several years before realizing I needed to focus on my health.