Career Women of Achievement

if the soul of the nation is to be saved,
I believe that you must become its soul.
– Coretta Scott King

Career Women of Achievement Luncheon

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Duke Energy Convention Center

The Career Women of Achievement Luncheon  was established in 1980 to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and in the community. The luncheon has evolved into the YWCA's largest fundraising event, sponsored by 150 companies and organizations each year, with an attendance of more than 2,100. All proceeds directly benefit YWCA programs, supporting the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Upwards of 75 women are nominated to be Career Women of Achievement each year. An independent panel of five community leaders selects women who exemplify personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities and the unique ability to serve as role models. Former honorees include artists, physicians, educators, executives, politicians, lawyers, human service workers, entrepreneurs and law enforcement officers.

The Academy of Career Women of Achievement is comprised of 306 past honorees. Established as a means of fostering interaction among Career Women of Achievement award recipients, the Academy promotes the personal and professional growth of women in Greater Cincinnati and provides leadership and diverse skills to the community.

Each year the Academy hosts a fall dinner at which those who were selected as Career Women of Achievement in spring are formally inducted into the Academy of Career Women of Achievement. YWCA board members and the newest class of Rising Stars are invited to these dinners, which feature prominent keynote speakers.

In 2002, the Academy implemented the Rising Star award to recognize our community's up-and-coming leaders. Academy members are asked to nominate younger women, ages 25-40, who demonstrate leadership ability, have made significant progress in their chosen professions and would benefit from interaction with Academy members and other Rising Stars. To help foster this interaction and education, the Rising Stars are invited to the fall Academy dinner after attending a set of roundtable discussions led by Academy members. In 2007, the program expanded to include a Leadership Program that prepares selected Rising Stars to serve on non-profit and arts boards in the Greater Cincinnati area. The response to the Rising Star initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, and plans continue for the growth of the program.

YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement

“She Lifts As She Climbs”

1980 Honorees
Jo-Ann Huff Albers
Mary Bates
Pauline Cohen
Jane Juracek-Reherman
Helga Slessarev
Emily Taylor Spicer
Nell Day Surber
Mozella M. Westmoreland 
1981 Honorees
Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Sheryl J. Bills
Helen I. Glueck
Cheryl D. Grant
Sr. Jean Patrice Harrington
Carol T. Johnson
Bobbie Sterne
Margaret Hogan Wyant 
1982 Honorees
Clarissa Denson Baker
Eula Bingham
India Boyer
Lucille S. Costello
Sr. Grace Marie Hiltz
Linda Bates Parker
Janet Block Rosen
Pauline Strayhorne
1983 Honorees
Judith S. Bogart
Nikki Giovanni
Deidra Layne Hair
Phyllis Martin
Mary Ann Overholt
Marjorie B. Parham
Phyllis Shapiro Sewell
Eleanor Jane Smith 
1984 Honorees
Sandra S. Beckwith
Cynthia F. Blank
Jane Dotson
Patricia A. Foxx
Verna M. Meyer
Elizabeth Stilz Mills
Myrtis H. Mosley Powell

Marian A. Spencer


1985 Honorees
Althea D. Day
Deborah A. Disch
Rev. Mary Chotard Doll
Betsey L. Dresser
Eleanor Hicks
Janet M. Makrauer
Lucy O. Oxley

Laura Pulfer 


1986 Honorees
Judith G. Clabes
Karen F. Maier
Rosetta J. Mauldin
Phyllis A. Monsch
Rosa S. Moore
Carol A. Sanger
Jeannette C. Taylor

Sallie E. Westheimer 


1987 Honorees
Sr. Mary Jerome Buchert
Faye Clarke
Louise McCarren Herring
Bea V. Larsen
Melba D. Marsh
Jacqueline C. Neumann
Marnette Perry

Lee Etta Powell 


1988 Honorees
Sheila J. Adams
Sheila Trice Bell
Carol Beyersdorfer
Kathleen Hoard Burlew
Mary M. Kalvin
Doloris F. Learmonth
Donna L. Stahl

Ellen G. van der Horst


1989 Honorees
Nadine Allen
Louise Cuyler Bowen
Kathleen Brown
Janet C. Haartz
Ann Buford Mitchell
Janet B. Reid
Nancy Schellhous

Kathy Wade 


1990 Honorees
Kathryn Ann Connelly
Susan Grogan Faller
Deborah K. Gaines
Betti J. Hinton
Juanita Mills
Valerie L. Newell
Harriett Marsh Page

Barbara J. Stonebraker 


1991 Honorees
Deborah Mariner Allsop
Jacqueline P. Butler
Dorothy M. Comassar
Victoria Buyniski Gluckman
Lyla L. Haggard
Schuyler Jeanne Harris
Patricia Smith Sommerkamp

Ann Marie Tracey 


1992 Honorees
Yasmin R. Brown
Linda Tracy Gill
Karen Holley Horrell
Fran Raglin Johnson
Edna Howell Parrish
Karen Malott
Cheryl P. Meadows

Victoria Wells Wulsin 


1993 Honorees
Dale P. Brown
Linda W. Cagnetti
Patricia Hill Collins
Ramona E. Crawford
Norma Holt Davis
Fay Danner Dupuis
Sallie Elliott
Carolyn Fell McCoy
Fannie Tillman Nicholes

Charlotte R. Otto 


1994 Honorees
Marianna Brown Bettman
Mildred A. Curtis
Kathye E. Lewis
Mary Beth Price
Roxanne Qualls
Eileen Cooper Reed
Patricia A. Renick

Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill 


1995 Honorees
Sr. Myra James Bradley
Marilyn A. Fingerhut
Gloria S. Haffer
Brenda J. Lauderback
Sandra L. Lobert
Mackey McNeill
Lovie L. Ross

Daphne A. Sloan 


1996 Honorees
Susan J. Dlott
Angelita Jones
Ginger Kent
Cecilia Kuzma
Elizabeth Lanier
Patricia Deanna Skees
Gloria Thomas

Gwendolyn Walton


1997 Honorees
Dhana Bradley-Donaldson
Nancy Heffner Donovan
Sharon M. Draper
Urmila Ghia
M. Julia Hanser
Karen L. Hendricks
Christine Horner-Taylor

Lois Rosenthal 


1998 Honorees
S. Kay Geiger
Barbara K. Gibbs
Camille Graham
Bert M. Huff
Cindy M. Combs
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
Candace K. Kendle

Sharon J. Zealey 


1999 Honorees
Cynthia O. Booth
Sr. Rose Ann Fleming
M. Denise Kuprionis
M. Aurora Lambert
Dolores J. Lindsay
Lynn Marmer
Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Patricia Mann Smitson 


2000 Honorees
Susan E. Arnold
Barbara J. Bonifas
Stephanie Byrd
Kathleen C. Daly
Yvonne L. Gray
Ann Kearney-Cooke
Mary McCullough-Hudson

Linda E. Noble


2001 Honorees
Mary Asbury
Karen Bankston
Rosa E. Blackwell
Dianne Dunkelman
Gail T. King
Karen Licitra
D. Lynn Meyers

Gretchen W. Price 


2002 Honorees
Kathy Beechem
Lisa J. FitzGibbon
Deb Henretta
Karla Irvine
Vivian Llambi
Kimya Moyo
Gwen L. Robinson

Dorine R. Seaquist 


2003 Honorees
Lorraine A. Bolsinger
Roberta Campbell Bradford
Cheryl N. Campbell
Delores Hargrove-Young
Karen Meisel Hoguet
Valerie A. Lemmie
Judith B. Van Ginkel

Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims 


2004 Honorees
Yvette Casey-Hunter, M.D.
Diane Dewbrey
Renée B. Dunn
Anita J. Ellis
Amy L. Hanson
Jane E. Henney, M.D.
Sharon D. Johnson

Nancy Lusk Zimpher, Ph.D.


2005 Honorees
Awatef Hamed, Ph.D.
Jakki L. Haussler, Esq., CPA
Katy Hollister, J.D., CPA
Kathryn E. Merchant
Sharon J. Mitchell
Denise D. Porter
Jeanne Rosario

Annie Ruth 


2006 Honorees
Patty Beggs
Margaret Buchanan
Leigh Prop
Donna Speigel
Donna Jones Stanley
Barbara Turner
Felicia Williams

Nora Zorich 


2007 Honorees
Rebecca Bechhold
Ann Crable
Michelle DeJonge
Melanie Healey
Tillie Hidalgo Lima
Adrienne C. James
Sara Peller

Janice B. Walker 


2008 Honorees
Laura Brunner
Gina Drosos
Crystal L. Faulkner
Uma Kotagal
Sandra Meyer
Celine Piri
Monica Posey

Maribeth Rahe


2009 Honorees
Karen Carnahan
Susan Croushore
Delores Epps
Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh
Chandra Gravely, MD
Jill McGruder
Victoria Morgan

Marilyn Shazor 


2010 Honorees
Beverly A. Grant
Julie S. Janson
Diane Jordan-Grizzard
Jean Lydon-Rodgers
Tonya M. Matthews, PhD
Terri L. Roth, PhD
Hon. Julia A. Stautberg

Gail W. Wells, EdD 


2011 Honorees
Susan G. Branscome
Robin Hirsch Everhart
Noreen J. Hayes
Kathleen Kelly
Lee Ann Liska
Monica L. Newby, D.D.S.
Valarie L. Sheppard

Judith Warren, MPH 


2012 Honorees
Linda W. Clement-Holmes
Pamela Coleman-Brailsford
Kimber L. Fender
Cheryl L. Hoying, PhD, RN
Jill P. Meyer
Peg Moertl
Maria P. Ortega

Kathleen Broderick Selker


2013 Honorees
Kathleen S. Barclay
Saba Atiq Chughtai, MD
Alandes Eure-Powell
Tamara Harkavy
Heidi B. Jark
Crystal Kendrick
Deborah Platt Majoras

Mary Miller 


2014 Honorees
Nancy A. Barone, EdD,MSN
Joan M. Lewis
Sukanya R. Madlinger
Monica J. Mitchell, PhD
Catherine Roma, DMA
Mary A. Ronan
Yvette R. Simpson, Esq

Teresa J. Tanner 


2015 Honorees
Andrea Ayers
Kelley J. Downing
Sally C. Gutierrez
Michelle Hawkins
Candace S. McGraw
Liza D. Smitherman
Lori J. Stark, PhD
Carolyn M. Tastad


2016 Honorees
Claudia M. Abercrumbie
Karen Bowman
Christ H. Cornette
Laura Mitchell
Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, MD
Sandy Berlin Walker
Moira Weir
Susan B. Zaunbrecher
2017 Honorees
Patty Brisben
Sister Sally Duffy, SC
Margaret Kendrick Hostetter, MD
Lisa Knutson
Sonia Jackson Myles
Julia W. Poston
Shantel Thomas, PhD
Chiquita V. White
2018 Honorees
Cathy Bernardino Bailey
Stacey Browning
Tracy Cook
Kimberly Halbauer
Debbie Hayes
Wijdan Jreisat
Donna Salyers
Carolyn Wallace






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