YWCA prepares 40 young women for service on boards

YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program Class of 2017 with program leader Kathy Beechem and facilitator Lynn Watts (Photo courtesy of Mary Strubbe)

YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program Class of 2017 with program leader Kathy Beechem and facilitator Lynn Watts
(Photo courtesy of Mary Strubbe)

The YWCA Greater Cincinnati graduated 40 women in the 11th class of its Rising Star Leadership Program.

The program trains female leaders, ages 25-40, to serve on local boards and act as leaders within the community. It is led and taught by past recipients of the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award.

“Exposure to the unique stories and perspectives of the career women who spoke in each session was valuable,” noted graduate Carolyn Gorman. “In some cases, their stories and advice affirmed or strengthened my existing beliefs, and in other cases, I was challenged to think in new ways. (It has) changed the way I think and the way I lead.”

Graduates’ names were added to the YWCA’s board registry, which local organizations can use to select qualified candidates to serve on their boards.

The graduates are:

  • Kelley Adcock, evaluation and research officer, Interact for Health.
  • Desire Bennett, advocacy manager, YWCA Greater Cincinnati.
  • Tiffany L. Best, program manager, Graduate Medical Education, The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health.
  • Marian Black, project manager in Kids’ Club and student ministry, Crossroads Community Church.
  • Melissa Bradley, business banking sales manager, US Bank
  • Rebecca Bryson, real estate underwriter, PNC Bank
  • Melanie Buford, career coach, University of Cincinnati
  • Lindsay Bujnoch, marketing communications manager, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • LaCrea Burns, consumer and market knowledge/sales/business solutions manager, Procter and Gamble
  • Elizabeth Corbett, partner, financial advisor, Focus on Success
  • Lindsay Culter, senior retail marketing manager, Kroger Personal Finance
  • Annette Ditommaso, financial adviser, Merrill Lynch
  • Megan Duy, vice president of operations, PLK Communities
  • Sharon Eddingfield, CPA, Whitmer and Company CPAs
  • Elaine Fay, community and government relations coordinator, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Eileen Franer, section head, research and development, Procter & Gamble
  • Whitney Gaskins, professor of engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • Carolyn Gorman, senior vice president, Huntington Bank
  • Britney Hamberg, vice president of marketing, River Cities Capital Funds
  • Amy Henry, creative services manager, Western and Southern Financial Group
  • Shannon Isaacs, major gifts officer, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
  • Stephanie Jenkins, business operations director, 84.51
  • Valerie Jones, environmental planner, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Amanda Kladakis, marketing specialist, Neyer Properties
  • Young Koepke, researcher, Seed Strategy
  • Jordan Kremm, grocery merchandiser, The Kroger Co.
  • Ashley Moffatt, production underwriting specialist, Great American Insurance Co.
  • Allison Morin, clinical informatics manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Amy Okin, management supervisor, Northlich
  • Meriden Peters, program officer, Interact for Health
  • Lindsay Pullins, director, programmatic media, Empower Media Marketing
  • Daniyel Denise Roper, PAX Clinics
  • Jessica Rothgeb, fund controller, Phillips Edison & Co.
  • Darcy Schwass, senior account executive, Vehr Communications
  • Jessica Shely, marketing manager, Best Upon Request
  • Rachel Strasinger, director of grants administration, YWCA
  • Dana Thomas, category manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Eileen Turner, senior management analyst, City of Cincinnati
  •  human resource manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Lauren Weisbrodt, account director, Empower Media Marketing

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