YWCA NE Kansas honors 2021 Women of Excellence

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 8:25 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The YWCA of Northeast Kansas took time to honor outstanding women leaders in a reception Wednesday evening.

The annual Women of Excellence awards recognized 37 nominees for their contributions in their workplace, and their community. A small group of invitees attended the event at The Beacon in downtown Topeka, while others were invited to watch via a live stream.

A committee chose five for special recognition in designated categories: Small businesses - Angel Zimmerman, Zimmerman and Zimmerman PA; Large business - Ann Shelton, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Government - Stefanie Olsen, KS Dept. of Health and Environment; Nonprofit - Michelle Cuevas Stubblefield, Greater Topeka Partnership; and Education - Gillian Chadwick, Washburn University Law Clinic.

Allison Marker with the YWCA Northeast Kansas says, even today, women continue working to overcome obstacles, such as equal pay and gender-based violence. Overcoming barriers to still lead companies and contribute to their communities is deserving of recognition, she said.

“When empowered women get together they empower other women,” Marker said. “It’s together that we will succeed. It’s not a competition. We all do better when we’re cheering on each other.”

The YW also honored the Shawnee Co. Health Dept. as its Employer of Excellence, and presented Early Learning Center lead toddler educator Nevaeh Edwards with the Empowered Leader award.

In addition, the event offered information about various YWCA Northeast Kansas programs, and gave people a chance to donate to support the organization.

WIBW-TV was proud to nominate Danielle Martin as a Woman of Excellence.

13′s Melissa Brunner emceed the event.

2021 Women of Excellence Nominees:

LACEY BISNETT Junior League of Topeka, Advisors Excel

SHERRI CAMP Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

ROSA CAVAZOS Greater Topeka Partnership

GILLIAN CHADWICK Washburn Law Clinic, Washburn University School of Law

ASHLEY CHAREST Junior Achievement of Kansas

MICHELLE CUEVAS STUBBLEFIELD Greater Topeka Partnership

KRISTEN CZUGALA Office of the Kansas Attorney General

ARIANE DAVIS Midwest Venom

ALISHA DELGADO, MA, CCC-SLP Shawnee County Infant Toddler Services at TARC

TAMMY DISHMAN Capitol Federal Foundation

MAGGIE DOLL Kansas Department of Transportation

LINDSAY FREEMAN Kansas Gas Service

PHELICA GLASS LSCSW, GCCAC, FAAGC, CSOTP

DANIELLE HALL Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

MINDY HARDENBROOK CoreFirst Bank & Trust

LESLEIGH HODAM Derrick Hodam Farm Bureau Financial Services

JACQUELINE HYLAND, MD The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus

BRIANNE JOHNSON Security Benefit

TRACY KIHM Family Service & Guidance Center

REBECCA KRAMER USD 345 Seaman

JESSICA LEHNHERR United Way of Greater Topeka

DANIELLE MARTIN WIBW-TV

CONNIE MASON MICHAELIS Just Now Old Enough

CRISTA MCPHERSON The MCP Group

LETIFFANY OBOZELE City of Topeka

STEFANIE OLSON Kansas Department of Health and Environment

TRACY O’ROURKE Stormont Vail Health

ALISON POLLOCK Security Benefit

LYN RANTZ, ED. D Topeka Collegiate School

YANA ROSS Farm Bureau Financial Services

ANN SHELTON Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

LAURA SIDLINGER, DNP Valeo Behavioral Health Care

LAUREN TICE-MILLER Kansas State Treasurer’s Office

JENNIFER VANCE Envista Credit Union

AMANDA WILWERT Foulston Siefkin LLP

REVA WYWADIS Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

ANGEL ZIMMERMAN Zimmerman & Zimmerman, P. A.

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