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YWCA to honor achievements of 16 local women


The collective strength of 16 local women will be honored in November at this year’s Women of Achievement luncheon sponsored by the Elyria YWCA.

For 100 years, the local organization has stood on a platform of eliminating racism and empowering women. With such a history, it makes sense that this year’s diverse honorees share a common thread of success in their chosen fields.

“The reintroduction of the WOA Luncheon celebrates the Elyria YWCA’s 100th anniversary and honors the accomplishments of women who live and or work in Lorain County,” said Joan Lowry, WOA chairwoman.

The 16 honorees are Kim Black-Brown, Red Cross of Lorain County board member and human resource director at U.S. Steel Corp; Susan Bungard, attorney and director of Cleveland Hearing and Speech; LaTaunya V. Conley, the city of Elyria’s Equal Employment Opportunity-Minority Business Employment coordinator; Elyria school board member Evelyn France; Ann Heidersbach, vice president of community and government relations for Baldwin Wallace University; Kathleen Lesner Hall, director of human resource for Nordson Corporation; Lorain County Metro Parks board member Sherrill (Cookie) McLoda; Lynn S. Miggins, president of KS Associates in Elyria and Patricia Morrisson, founder and owner of Footprints Tours; Dayle Noll, president and CEO of the North Ridgeville Visitor’s Bureau; Connie Osborn, president and CEO of Neighborhood Alliance; Rita Price, director of the North Ridgeville Office for Older Adults; Dr. Melanie Satterfield of Oberlin Family Dentistry; Assistant County Prosecutor Freddie M.W. Springfield; Joan Villareal, senior vice president at Lorain National Bank; and June Yost, director of North Ridgeville Community Cares.

The recipients were selected by a panel of judges and will be honored at the luncheon 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at Avon Oaks Country Club, 32300 Detroit Road in Avon.

The luncheon keynote speaker will Cheryl Krueger, founder and former president and CEO of Cheryl & Co., a gourmet dessert and gift basket retailer.

Krueger started the company in 1981 in Columbus with a single cookie store that grew into a $50 million corporation. In March 2005, Cheryl & Co. was sold to 1-800 Flowers with Krueger remaining as its CEO until March 2009, when she retired.

She currently is employed by KRUEGER+CO. Consulting Inc. a company that she founded and serves as its CEO.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35 each and should be purchased in advance at the Elyria YWCA.

To purchase tickets or reserve a table, stop in at the Elyria YWCA, call at (440) 322-6308 or send a check payable to the Elyria YWCA to Elyria YWCA, 318 West Ave., Elyria, OH 44035.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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