About Us


Melissa Phenicie, Founder/President
Education, Marketing, Nonprofit


God had always surrounded me with Balcony Women growing up. I thought everyone lifted up and encouraged others. As an adult, I had an experience that opened my eyes and heart to the realization that not everyone is as fortunate.  I began praying for God to introduce me to other Balcony Women and to help me teach women how they too could be Balcony Women.  He placed in on my heart that I needed to join Him if I wanted to make my prayer a reality.  I was happy to, but I was thinking small and willing to work in my own circle of influence.  God was faithful in His promise, but He expected more of me then I realized when I agreed to join Him.  As God’s vessel, He is working through me to create a women’s ministry that shows women how to live a life of purpose by following three key verses: Train a child in the way she should go… Proverbs 22:6 (Balcony Girls), Therefore encourage and lift others up… 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Balcony Women), Religion God finds pure and faultless it to take care of His widows …  James 1:27 (Balcony Women for Widows).


Our Balcony Women Board is comprised of women within our community who desire to lift up and encourage other women. Their devotion to this calling is evident in how they live their everyday lives.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 
1 Thessalonians 5:11


We believe we are called to strengthen women of all ages and help them fulfill the purpose for which they were created.  When we participate in helping another woman fulfill her God given purpose, all women succeed.

Executive Board

Kerri Gingerich

Hayden Heinecke    

Natalie Mikles        

Melissa Phenicie        

Katie Ruley              

Dianne Siegfried          

Kaci Skidgel   

Maryicarolyn Swabb

Advisory Board

Tracy Chatman, Widow Events

Sara Bailey, Widow Representative              

Shea Eby, Young Men’s Service League         

Kerri Gingerich, National Charity League

Mary Kris Kollmann, Balcony Girls          

Kaitlyn Ward, Balcony Girls                    

Sharron Woodmansee, Widow Representative

Committee Chairwomen 

Cathy Burdick, Widow Birthday Cards

Christie Derr, Event Volunteers

Mary Deisenroth, Event Door Prizes

Buffy Ebright, Event Volunteers                      

Kristy Garrett, Event Door Prizes

Hayden Heinecke, Balcony Girls          

Summer Hall, Balcony Girls                       

Jamie Schaffitzel, Event Set Up                  

Tammy Stallings, Event Door Prizes                    

Click Link to view our Balcony Women Ministry Guide

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