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Women of Achievement


2017 marks the 33rd Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Celebration, 
which will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Downtown Kalamazoo.

The YWCA of Kalamazoo has a rich history of honoring noteworthy area women and their accomplishments. Each year the YWCA honors women in the greater Kalamazoo are with three distinct awards:

  • The YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award
  • The YWCA Women of Achievement Award
  • The YWCA Young Women of Achievement Award

The YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award is given to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career. One woman may be chosen, from nominations solicited from the community, for her significant accomplishments reaching many different segments of the community.

Additionally, up to five women may be selected to receive the YWCA Women of Achievement Award from nominations solicited from the community. The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards are given to women in the community who have made significant contributions within specific areas as a volunteer or in a career.

The YWCA firmly believes in the power and potential of young women in our community. The YWCA Young Women of Achievement Award recognizes young women from area high schools and organizations that have shown exemplary leadership through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, serving as a role model, and academic achievements.

For more information, please call (269) 345-5595 or email kswikoski@ywcakalamazoo.org.

Nominate a Candidate

To nominate a candidate please fill out this form and send it to kswikoski@ywcakalamazoo.org or mail it to ‘YWCA Women of Achievement” 353 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo MI, 49007 by Friday, March 3 at 5:00pm.

Sponsor the Event

YWCA Kalamazoo invites businesses and organizations to participate as Sponsors for this annual community celebration. Levels of support with related benefits are described in this form.

Please return this form by mail fax (269) 345-8230, or email kswikoski@ywcakalamazoo.org by April 1, 2017.

Purchase Reservations

Please submit your reservations for Women of Achievement 2017 by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 20. Reservations will be:

  • Individual Seat(s) at $65/Non-Member
  • Individual Seat(s) at $60/YWCA Members
  • Table(s) of 8 guests at $480/Table

To receive an invitation and/or register for the Women of Achievement Awards Celebration, please call (269) 345-5595 or email kswikoski@ywcakalamazoo.org.

YWCA Lifetime Women of Achievement Award Past Recipients

Juanita Goodwin, 2016
Carolyn G. Alford, 2015
Anne Wend Lipsey, 2014
Ronda Stryker, 2013
Kathy B. Beauregard, 2012
Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, 2011
Pat Coles-Chalmers, 2010
Dr. Martha B. Warfield, 2009
Marjorie Springgate, 2008
Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Veenhuis, 2007
Marian G. Klein, 2006
Judy Sarkozy, 2005
Mary Little Tyler, 2004
Eva L. Ozier, 2003
Barbara L. James, 2002
Suzanne Todd Shepherd, 2001
Ann V. Parfet, 2000
Anna Whitten, 1999
Hon. Carolyn H. Williams, 1998
Judith K. Maze, 1997
Dr. Marilyn J. Schlack, 1996
Jo Jacobs, 1995
Beverly A. Moore, 1994
Mary C. Brown, 1993
Caroline R. Ham, 1992
Martha G. Parfet, 1991
Gayl F. Werme, 1990
N. Lorraine Beebe, 1989
Georgia T. Dungy, 1988
Allene W. Dietrich, 1987
Elizabeth Upjohn Mason, 1986
Betty Lee Ongley, 1985

YWCA Women of Achievement Award Past Recipients

2016
Kristi Carambula
Lynn Smith Houghton
Cindy Kole
Sam Lealofi
Karianne Thomas

2015
Elizabeth A. Burns
Pam Kingery
Sherry Thomas-Cloud
Jan Van Der Kley

2014
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Mary McLean
La June Montgomery Tabron
Dorothy Young

2013
J. Baraka-Love
Margaret Merrion
Willie Mae Pierson
Heidi E. Stucki

2012
Lola Clark Atkinson
Audrey Lipsey
Bobbe A. Luce
Alfrelynn J. Roberts
Sarah Stangl

2011
Mary A. Doud
Mikell Thurston Griffith
Patti Huiskamp
Sylvia C. Pahl
Earlie M. Washington

2010
Phyllis R. Buskirk
Patricia E. Dolan
Lori Moore
Pamela S. Roland

2009
Loretta Cipkus Dubray
Tara East
Mattie Jordan-Woods

2008
Gwendolyn Hillman
Lois Jackson
Judy Moore

2007
Lisa A. Godfrey
Rosalie Novara
Nancy Owen
Phyllis Seabolt

2006
Janice Brown
Sally Putney
Marie L. Stevens
Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Veenhuis

2005
Jean Forrest
Ellen Kisinger-Rothi
Marilyn A. Potgeisser

2004
Janet M. Dancer
Edith Gardner
Hannah McKinney
Ronda Stryker

2003
Patricia Coles-Chalmers
Mary Carolyn Howard
Dr. Elise B. Jorgens
Alice Kemerling
Virginia E. Norton

2002
Kathy Beauregard
Irene B. Hamilton
Deborah C. Jackson
Marcia S. Jackson