Tri-County community nominates 36 women for YW3CA’s 25th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women!
Community members have nominated 36 women to receive awards at the 25th annual Tribute to Exceptional Women, sponsored by YWCA Tri-County Area.
Tribute to Exceptional Women recognizes women for their ability to lead by example, embrace community responsibility, and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their careers and in their communities. This tradition of honoring remarkable women will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh is the keynote speaker.
In the 25 years since the inaugural Tribute to Exceptional Women, YWCA Tri-County Area has honored more than 200 women for their achievements in their careers or for their service to their communities. Community members are invited each year to nominate women in several categories, including arts and culture, community service, education, leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion, and lifetime achievement. The 2020 nominees, and their affiliations, are:
- Adrienne Cavanaugh, board member, Fostering Hope PA
- Alneasa Jordan, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Reading
- Alyssa Dourte, co-founder, Fostering Hope PA
- Ann Shostrom, art educator, Pennsylvania State University
- Bernice Lebo, retired executive secretary; community volunteer, Olivet Boys & Girls Club and Meals on Wheels
- Carla Clanagan, founder, In His Eyes Outreach
- Casey Fenoglio, community benefits coordinator, Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health
- Colleen Lelli, educator, Cabrini University
- Denise Ashe, director, Montgomery County OIC
- Darlene Adams, president, The Trina Antoinette Adams Center for Keeping Children First
- English Willis, executive director of clinical safety and risk management, Merck & Co.
- Edna Garcia Dipini, CEO, RIZE Group
- Ericka Ward, retired nurse and founder of Divine Concepts Group
- Erin Lis, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Reading
- Ginger DeRenzo, 6th grade teacher, Pottstown School District
- Glenna Crooks, The NetworkSage
- Jae Hively, adjunct professor, Montgomery County Community College
- Jessica Rice Carson, community educator, Victim Services Center of Montgomery County
- Julia Lopez, IT department, Montgomery County Community College
- Karen Norheim, president and COO, American Crane & Equipment Corporation
- Keisha Hudson, deputy chief public defender, Office of the Montgomery County Public Defender
- Kimberly Frey Welch, real estate agent, RE/MAX Achievers Inc.
- Kylee McGrane, founder, A Moment of Magic
- Lucinda Schaeffer, founder, Unending Promise; faculty, Alvernia University
- Lynne Williams, executive director, Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group
- Margarita Contreras, social services director, ACLAMO Family Centers
- Marlene Armato, retired educator, Spring-Ford School District
- Mary Ann Glocker, retired nurse practitioner; board president, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
- Mindy Maslin, project manager, Tree Tenders, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, executive director, ACLAMO Family Centers
- Patience Terkowski, nurse practitioner, Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health
- Peggy Lee-Clark, executive director, Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc.
- Rhonda Willingham, founder, MenzFit
- Robin Yerger, EMS Supervisor/Liaison, Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health
- Sherry Daubenspeck, speech-language services, Gilbertsville Elementary School
- Tamara Allen, founder, Helping Hands
Tickets are available online at www.ywcatricountyarea.org/2020tribute. Early bird tickets are $50 through March 1 and $60 afterward. Tables of 10 are $450 through March 1, and $500 afterward.
The 25th annual Tribute to Exceptional Women is sponsored by: Exelon Corporation, Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health, uFinancial Group, American Crane & Equipment Corporation, FastSigns, Herbein CPAs + Consultants, JBS Janitorial Equipment & Supplies, Miller Turetsky Rule & McLennan, Tompkins VIST Bank, Valley Forge Casino Resort, and The Victory Bank.
Tribute to Exceptional Women supports YWCA Tri-County Area’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Tri-County Area is a leader in advocacy for women and girls, and educates children, youth, families, and communities through programming that empowers individuals to learn and grow across the lifespan, providing the foundation for a healthy and thriving community; empowers people to learn, grow, and take a stand; and advocates for the health and safety and empowerment and economic development of women and girls, and for racial and social justice.