Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Omni William Penn Hotel
Rachel Berger, MD, MPH: UPMC
Jan Brimmeier, AIA, NCARB: Architectural Innovations, LLC
Belinda Callaghan, MSN, RN, NE-BC: Allegheny Health Network
Patrizia Costa, PhD: The Brother David S. Baginski FSC Scholars Program at Central Catholic High School
Rosamaria Cristello: Latino Community Center
Sloane Davidson: Hello Neighbor
Fafa Dedji: PPG Architectural Coatings
Christine S. Ferguson, BSE, MBA: Ferguson Financial Consulting, Inc, Prima Eventi, Inc
Angela Garcia: Global Links
Amera Gilchrist: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, PhD: Pittsburgh Technical College
MariAnn Hathaway, Esquire: Law Offices of MariAnn Hathaway
Jennifer M. Joseph: HIAS PA
Leilani Mears, PMP: PNC Bank
Rosemary Mendel: Senior Nonprofit Executive
Michelle Muccio: Elk County Coroner’s Office & Lynch-Green Funeral Home
Emily Nugent: Christ the Redeemer Diaper Pantry
Lisa J. Perry, MPM: Jeremiah’s Place
Mary Ellen Ramage: Borough of Etna
Lisa Kay Schweyer, MPM: Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute
Jada Shirriel, MS, CLC: Healthy Start, Inc.
Rebecca J. Watters, PhD: University of Pittsburgh
Senator Lindsey Williams: PA Senate, 38th Senatorial District
Sister Linda Yankoski, CSFN, EdD: Holy Family Institute
2020 Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service
Stephanie Fox, PMP, CSSGB, EMC: Center for Victims
Stephanie Fox is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. She is respected as a credible voice in decision-making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries.
In 2019, we introduced the Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service in memory of Laura Ditka, who unexpectedly passed away in October 2018 at the age of 55. Laura Ditka was a Woman of Achievement in 2008 for child advocacy. Her life revolved around serving others as she dedicated her life to public service, law enforcement, and supporting victims.
Laura spent her legal career as a prosecutor serving for 25 years in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, before joining the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office as supervisor of the western region criminal division. In her honor, the Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service will be awarded each year at this event. Laura will always be an example of an inspirational Woman of Achievement.
National Woman of Achievement: Making a Difference Award
Kathryn Martin: Kellie Rynn Academy
Kellie Rynn Martin was born to Kathryn and Ashley Martin. On February 21, 2014, at 3 ½ months old, Kellie Rynn passed away from suffocation as a result of negligence in an in-home childcare center. This Center had come highly recommended as a great place. However, it was discovered that many laws and regulations were not being followed. After months of investigation, Kellie Rynn’s caregiver pled guilty to Child Neglect, Obstruction of Justice and Unlawful Operation of a Daycare.
Kathryn and Ashley have spoken before the SC Senate and House of Representatives. Kathryn is currently working with SC legislators on Kellie Rynn’s Law to enhance the penalties that childcare providers face when a child is seriously injured or killed in their care. Friends, family, and supporters have come together to create the Kellie Rynn Academy in Greenville, SC. The Academy works to provide infant safety education and scholarships for child care in locations that meet their high standards.
The National Woman of Achievement: Making a Difference Award celebrates women who have turned tragedy into triumph. At Cribs for Kids, we are incredibly inspired by women who turn their struggles into a positive force for good. Each day these women demonstrate their strength, resilience, and unwavering commitment to their cause. They are exemplary models for what it means to persevere in the face of adversity.
Whether their influence can be seen in the non-profit sector, legislative action, volunteer work, or philanthropy, these women walk with a purpose and use each day to work towards the goal of creating not only a better community, but a better world.
Each year, Cribs for Kids recognizes one woman, nominated by her peers, who demonstrates strength, resiliency, compassion and commitment to being a force for change. This woman will be known as the National Woman of Achievement.