Women Helping Women recognized five individuals at its annual meeting. The awards and honorees are:
Maria C. Blake Community Service Award – K. Kendall Fisher, director of advancement at Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics and former executive director of WHW. She strengthened programs to place WHW advocates within the Cincinnati Police Department, the city prosecutor’s office and the Legal Aid Society. In 2012, she worked to expand WHW services into Butler County when its Rape Crisis Program was threatened with closure.
Janet S. Klaine Philanthropy Award – George Wile provided funding to expand WHW’s sexual assault services into Butler County in 2012. He also provided resources for a new server and more efficient computer systems for the agency.
Thomas R. Oberschmidt Award – Cincinnati Police Officer Kelly Best transferred to the Personal Crimes Unit in 2007, where she has successfully investigated cases involving both juveniles and adults. Among her accomplishments, she helped secure a 40-count indictment for human trafficking against two individuals.
Butler County Founder’s Volunteer Award – Volunteer Ashley Couch is on call three to four times a month to cover calls for hospital accompaniment and provide advocacy for survivors.
Hamilton County Founder’s Volunteer Award – Volunteer Brandi Patchan accompanies survivors to arraignment court or civil protection order hearings. She also does data entry, answers the hotline and represents the agency at community events. The recognition event took place at the Cincinnati Woman’s Club.