Bio of Roberta Geidner


Roberta Geidner brings Chief Executive and senior management experience of over 30 years with both non-profit and for-profit ventures to the YWCA York.  She has consulted with non-profits on board governance, fundraising efforts, non-profit management, special public health initiatives, and strategic planning.  She has provided interim leadership for agencies in transition. She has had senior management experience with both 501 (c) 3and 501(c) 4 organizations.

In January, 2012, Roberta Geidner was asked to serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer for Heartly House, Inc., the only domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services center in Frederick, Maryland.  In May, 2012, Ms. Geidner was asked to remain as the full-time CEO for the agency.  Heartly House provides 24/7 Hotline services, an emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, crisis and on-going counseling services, legal and legal advocacy services, case management services, and educational services for school-age children, adults, and the community at large.  Heartly House provides services to all residents of Frederick County.
Ms. Geidner was an adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing and Health Systems at Georgetown University, where she taught strategic planning and execution from 2005- 2009.

Roberta Geidner joined the International Center for Research on Women in June 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer.  In this new position for ICRW, Ms. Geidner was responsible for managing the daily operations of this $16M international health research organization, and oversaw research programs, finance and administration, business development, and human resources as well as the regional country office in India and a program office in Kampala, Uganda.

Prior to joining ICRW, Ms. Geidner was with Whitman-Walker Clinic as the Managing Director of Operations from November 2002 and served as the Interim Executive Director from 2004 - 2006.  She was responsible for the Clinic’s operations in four regional sites located in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.  Ms. Geidner was instrumental in a major revision to the strategic plan, giving the Clinic a greater focus of their efforts to better serve the community. During a major fiscal turnaround, Ms. Geidner was responsible for assisting the Board and management in creating a new business model and plan to ensure the continuing operations of the Clinic.  Ms. Geidner oversaw all supportive operations including human resources, information and property management; volunteer resources, contracts and grants management as well as the direct services in the Behavioral Health and Social Services Division, Legal Services Division, and the Health Education, Promotion and Disease Prevention Division.    The Whitman-Walker Clinic, through a $29M budget and a staff of approximately 270, provides services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities as well as those individuals at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.

From 2001-2002, she served as the Vice President of Public Sector Sales and Programs for a start-up pharmaceutical company specializing in women’s reproductive health products, Women’s Capital Corporation.

From 1990 – 2000, Roberta contributed to the field of reproductive health care as the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mahoning Valley in Ohio, as well as the Acting Director of the Emergency Contraception Public Awareness Campaign with Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Under her leadership, the Planned Parenthood affiliates increased significantly in the services delivered to the underserved and uninsured populations in need of family planning and sexuality education services, focusing particularly on the needs of adolescents and minority communities.

As an organization development consultant early in her career, Ms. Geidner has continued that work during her management tenure as a change agent in building effective organizational cultures and structures.  

Roberta graduated Magna Cum Laude from Defiance College with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work.  She became a member of Alpha Chi academic honorary, and was cited in Who’s Who of American Colleges. She obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in organizational development from Kent State University.

Ms. Geidner currently lives in Yrok with her precious calico, Sunshine.