Thursday, September 18
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Union Club, Cleveland
$50/person; $500/table (Lunch and valet parking included) For reservations, please contact Morgan Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-854-4474.
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Reservations are available until September 5, 2014. Indicate whether you are reserving a table of ten for $500, or a single reservation for $50. Valet parking and lunch are included. Meal options include chicken, vegetarian, or a gluten-free alternative.
The 15 Women selected for this honor represent a diversity of professional fields, personal characteristics, and life experiences. They are purpose-driven women - who like our girls, are dedicated to service and leadership.
When Jacquelyn Adams is not working at her full time job with STERIS Corporation, training engineers and technicians on how to fix surgical equipment, she spends her time leading a nonprofit organization in Kenya.
A Case Western Reserve University graduate, Jackie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. She went on to serve two years in the Peace Corps where she volunteered in a remote “Tanzanian” village teaching high school math in Swahili and offering after-hours courses on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. It was during this time that her passion for helping those in need was solidified. She founded the nonprofit organization in order to raise the funds necessary to bring awareness to the plight of girls in Kenya. This August, she assisted with the opening of a “tailoring school” so these girls could learn a trade and provide for themselves in a society that traditionally requires them to marry.
In March, Jackie was presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and Achievement by the U.S. House of Representatives. She is also an active partner in the Cleveland Chapter of Social Venture Partners, the world’s largest network of engaged donors.
Diane Downing is a member of the GSNEO Board Development Committee. She was a Girl Scout as a child and was employed for three seasons at Girl Scout Camp in Stony Point, NY. Currently Diane serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Huntington Bank in Cleveland. Diane has built a career working “in” and “outside” government, for Republicans and for Democrats, and being a difference maker.
She has served in many positions including the:
Diane also serves on the Board of Trustees at Vassar College, as well as the boards of the Gordon Square Arts District, College Now, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Bond Accountability Commission of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She is also a member of “In Counsel with Women.”
Early in her career, in technical training and development for two Aerospace organizations, Sandra Everett was painfully aware of how few women pursued careers in technology. From the time her daughters were in elementary school, she took advantage of every opportunity to visit their school to talk about careers in technology.
She was also actively involved with Junior Achievement, going into middle schools to teach economic concepts – but always managing to involve technology in a fun way. Now employed by the Nord Advanced Technologies Center at Lorain County Community College, Sandra has had many opportunities to talk with students of all ages about STEM education and careers.
In January 2010, she was invited to the White House to meet with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science Technology, with a focus on transitioning high school students into earning technical degrees that support a STEM capable workforce.
A few years ago, Sandra introduced Girl Scouts to the Lorain County Community College FAB Lab. Several groups of scouts have now had the opportunity to learn STEM education in a hands-on environment.
Sandra serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Advisory Board for the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, and the Sustainable Manufacturing Council.
Beverly Charles accepted the award on behalf of the Congresswoman.
Marcia Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to health care, healthy foods and quality education.
She represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio and is Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. The congresswoman has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, where she led the city in shoring up a sagging retail base and provided new residential construction.
Representative Fudge has a long history of supporting Girl Scouts, from presenting Gold Award recipients with proclamations to supporting legislation that supports women and girls. She has always been mindful of the plight of girls and women.
She serves proudly as part of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, which develops legislation relating to women’s health, economic equity, education, domestic violence, child care, child support, sexual harassment and international women’s issues.
A former Girl Scout, Robyn Gordon is now the Director for Center Operations at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She brings people together from diverse backgrounds and cultures, which has resulted in the adoption of new and progressive behaviors and practices.
In 2013 she instituted a program for the women in her organization called “Wisdom Circles”. While the program was intended for women of all ages within her Directorate, it was open to women and men throughout the Center and many took part. Monthly presentations were made, each focusing on a different area of self-knowledge, self-development and leadership skills with the primary goal being to enable women to reach their full potential both personally and professionally.
Additionally, Robyn regularly speaks at local schools for career days emphasizing the importance of math and science in an attempt to foster an interest in technology-based careers for girls and women. In addition to her work at NASA, Robyn is a member of the Junior League of Cleveland and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
Dianne Kuntzman has been involved in Girl Scouting since she was in the fourth grade, during which time she earned the Curve Bar Award, became an assistant leader to a troop while in high school, and eventually became a Troop Leader. She still serves as Troop Leader to troop 90178.
Dianne has been very active in supporting these young ladies as they have taken on various projects and leadership roles in the community. She has taught swimming skills to over 100 young people by teaching and mentoring dozens of young scouts who go on to teach other students. In her community, she is affectionately referred to as “The Scout Lady”. With all of her years of experience in scouting, she has been able to mentor and lead fellow Girl Scout volunteers.
Dianne is a mother of five, foster mother to 49 young people, scout leader to over 300 and mentor to over 50 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. She has served over 20 years as a school board member advocating for the education of our young people. Additionally, she was one of the first women in her local Rotary and Lions Club.
A Senior Solutions Specialist and certified project manager for FedEx Custom Critical, Bethany Lemley administers customer proposals and project implementations. She has won numerous awards on the job and in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts has been part of her life for nearly 20 years. She began with a troop that graduated in 2009 with 11 members and two Gold Award recipients. She then went on to serve as a Service Unit Director for nine years and currently manages the product sales for the service unit. In her time with the Girl Scouts, she has also served as registrar, coordinator and recruiter for her service unit, achieving successful goals for membership for the past three years in a row, and managed events such as camp-outs and dances.
Additionally, Bethany has created and maintained a Daisy mentoring program in which she starts and runs the troops for the first few months until caregivers feel confident enough to take over as leaders. Her current troop of ten Ambassador Girl Scouts are working toward the Gold Award.
A graduate of Malone University with a Bachelor’s Degree, Bethany is currently working toward her MBA in Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.
Judith Matsko is dedicated to serving her community, and especially the Girl Scouts. She currently serves as a Girl Scouts of North East Ohio board member, fund development steering committee member, Code of Regulations committee member, as well as the Chairperson for the council’s signature fundraising event, Dessert First.
Judy has committed herself to empowering females to lead successful lives, whether she be a child, teenager or an adult. Serving as President of the Junior League of Cleveland, Inc., holding board positions - not only with the Girls Scouts - but also with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Children’s Hunger Alliance, as well as coaching teenage girls are a few shining examples of how Judy makes a difference in her community.
For 32 years, Judy was employed by the Strongsville City Schools as a Health and Physical Education teacher and as a coach for both volleyball and track. Because of her dedication to serving her community, Judy has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, some of which include, “The Society’s Hope Award” from the Northern Ohio Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Mentor High School, the “Profound Impact Award” from Miami University’s School of Education, Health and Society and the “Ruth T. Lucas Award” from the Junior League of Cleveland, Inc.
Tiffany Camp accepted the award on Patricia's behalf.
As the CEO of a successful business, SpaceBound Inc., Patricia Miller has been a role model and inspiration to all women and girls.She and her partner founded the company in 1987 while the two were still in college. What started as a small company operating out of a Lakewood storefront, has grown into a multi-million dollar global e-commerce software distribution company in LaGrange, Ohio with 41 employees.
Through her success, Patti has created new jobs, employed many interns, aided in rural development and supported other female owned businesses. Patti and SpaceBound have been recognized with several awards and honors in the community, as well as starting The Wishing Well Charity Challenge, which rallies local communities to help give clean water to those who need it around the world.
Patti also supports our local Girl Scouts by purchasing thousands of boxes of cookies, which are donated to members of the military.
Kathleen Newman has been a Girl Scout leader for 45 years. As an “added” incentive for older girls to stay active in Girl Scouts, she started the High Adventure Girl Scout troop, which has approximately 35 girls at any given time. Together, they backpack, go caving, white water rafting, and they serve the community through projects with Women Safe and the Cleveland Food Bank, among other causes.
Her mission is to bring social awareness and unique experiences to girls so they have the confidence to make a positive difference in the world through leadership and service. Her troop members have earned money for trips to Europe, Peru, Key West, Hawaii and other states across the U.S. Currently her troop is in Costa Rica delivering school and athletic supplies that they collected for children who attend a rural school there.
Kathy exemplifies social responsibility and as a result has inspired a number of Girl Scouts to pursue degrees and careers in social and environmental professions.
Elizabeth's mother, Renee Pospisil accepted the award on her daughter's behalf.
Currently a freshman in college, Elizabeth Pospisil has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She has been the recipient of the Junior Leadership Award, the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and the Gold Awards. Her Gold Award project consisted of a month-long training session in archery for autistic and developmentally challenged children who had never been exposed to bows and arrows before.
Elizabeth has impacted the community by proving that children with mental disabilities can learn and compete in the sport of archery and also introduced a younger generation of females to a male dominated sport. Elizabeth has been engaged with younger scouts and children since she was a Girl Scout Junior. She has worked at Cub Camp every year since she was 11 and is also the Assistant Scoutmaster for her brother’s Boy Scout Troop.
In addition to her achievements as a Girl Scout, Elizabeth is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Senior Beta Club and the Drama Club. She was President of her school’s SkillsUSA and has logged 999.5 service hours in her community in various capacities.She just recently graduated from Lakeview High School with honors and is Valedictorian of her class at Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
Alicia Stone has been the program leader for GE Girls both locally and regionally. “GE Girls” is a GE Corporate initiative intended to excite and retain the interest of middle school girls in STEM, share GE’s Technology brand, and facilitate interactions between career role models and students. Alicia managed a small committee to create all learning materials, budgets, and projects for the full year GE Girls initiative. She worked with her GE partners to make the program come to fruition and gain support at the corporate level.
Prior to 2014, Alicia was an active program leader in the GE Girls in STEM program aimed at high school girls interested in STEM careers.
Alicia is currently the leader for AAF (GE Lighting's African American Forum). She personally developed the partnership between AAF and “Shoes and Clothes for Kids”. It’s is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes to thousands of children in need at no charge throughout the year. Alicia also serves as a mentor to many women who are young professionals and interns at GE to help them grow as leaders and individuals.
She is extremely active in scouts, and devotes much of her time to facilitating programs and campouts - not just for her troop, but for new and independently registered girls as well. Lisa loves to camp and will be “camp coaching” for council this year. Sharing her love of the outdoors with the girls while teaching them life skills and watching them grow, is her favorite part of Girl Scouting.
Lisa has been a role model for many young women in the workplace where she is the Operations Manager for CamRB Inc. in Green. Through her work, she has guided teen girls through their first job experience and strived to show them they can accomplish anything as long as they put forth an effort. Her ability to encourage, motivate, and support girls, teens and young adults is outstanding.
In addition to Girl Scouting, Lisa’s volunteer service includes Cornerstone Wellness in Medina, serving at the Everybody Eats program.
Mary Lynne Zahler was a very active and enthusiastic Girl Scout growing up. Thanks to that enthusiasm she has presented interactive educational programs on a number of health and wellness topics for different Girl Scout troops in the northeast Ohio area.
As a volunteer in her community she has worked for the Rape Crisis Center, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Arthritis Foundation and Big Brother’s Big Sisters. She has donated her time as a repeat Star Walker for the Akron Heart Walk and has voluntarily mentored and taught at several local universities as a student intern supervisor. She has initiated student internship programs almost everywhere she has worked and given many young college women countless opportunities to work in and learn about wellness as they develop their own careers.
Mary Lynne has held many leadership roles, including being the founder and first president of a number of different professional groups related to wellness. Currently, she is the Wellness Manager at Akron Children’s Hospital where she has taken the wellness program to award winning heights, earning recognition from various organizations including Healthy Ohio’s Gold Award and the American Heart Association’s Gold Award.
Jill Zupon is a wealth of creative intelligence, and she works countless hours with no monetary gain for herself. Her work with Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland Baseball Federation, Bainbridge Recovery Club, and the women’s inmate system in Geauga County has brought promise to so many women. She supports the specifics of the positive influence women have to bring on real change, not only for themselves or their families, but for their community as a whole.
She currently owns a medical center for treatment of ADHD and learning disabilities. Her primary concern always involves children and supporting their security and well-being. She supports initiatives that involve healthy families, healthy learning, sobriety and community support that starts with self-pride and self-esteem, and helping women establish achievable goals.
While doing all of this, she is also a mother who takes her role as caregiver just as seriously, always finding time to be there for her own children and family, too.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with more than 160 attorneys in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio offices.Calfee is committed to diversity and inclusion, both within the walls of its firm and in our communities. One-third of the firm’s practice group chair, or co-chairs, are women … as are 60 percent of its directors and managers.
To encourage and support women in the legal industry, Calfee has initiated several programs, from the “Lifestyle Resources” program - which provides its attorneys and staff assistance with everyday chores like dry cleaning and alterations, “sick child” care and IT support at home - to the “Women of Calfee” affinity group and a mentoring program called “Navigating Calfee.”
In the community, Calfee is a longtime supporter of many local women-focused organizations. Its attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Calfee attorneys sit on the board of directors for organizations that include The Cleveland Foundation, The Laurel School, the CRCC and many others.
Congratulations to all of our honorees! Your dedication, commitment, and success are an inspiration to all girls.
August 12, 2014
Macedonia, OH — Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is pleased to announce the 15 honorees selected for this year’s Women of Distinction Award and the company selected for the Advancing Women Award; they will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, September 18 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at The Union Club in Cleveland. The selection committee received 35 nominations for women who inspire, mentor and empower girls to achieve their own goals and dreams and six companies and organizations.
Delivering this year’s keynote speech will be Susan M. Johnson, engineer project manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center. She is assigned to the Aeronautics Research Office and is Deputy Project Manager for the Rotary Wing Project.
“When women and girls have the opportunity to participate fully alongside men and boys as leaders in the workplace and in our communities, we all benefit,” said Barbara Carlstrom, 2013 Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Women of Distinction recipient, and Chairperson for this year’s event. “These awards raise awareness for this important initiative while also celebrating those who advance women through mentoring programs and women’s initiatives as well as outstanding women in our communities whose passions, commitments, and accomplishments make them positive role models for girls.”
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP was selected to receive the 2014 Advancing Women Award for its proven commitment to advancing women in the workplace through its “Navigating Calfee” mentoring program, “Women of Calfee” affinity group, “Lifestyle Resources” program, and for its work-study programs that encourage high school students to consider law as a profession. The law firm is actively engaged in the community and supports local non-profits through pro bono work and volunteerism.
The 15 women selected for the Women of Distinction Award embody all that we promise to live by as Girl Scouts: to be honest and fair, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and committed to making the world a better place. Their talents are broad and their impact far-reaching, whether they work directly with girls or support the Girl Scout Mission in other meaningful ways.
These are the women who will be honored this year:
Jackie AdamsCleveland, OH
Judith MatskoNorth Royalton, OH
Jill ZuponBentleyville, OH
Congresswoman Marcia FudgeWarrensville Heights, OH
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio established the Women of Distinction award to honor women who go above and beyond to make our communities better places to live, work, and raise a family.
Scholarships raised at the Women of Distinction celebration will provide our future leaders with supplemental funding to pursue a degree in higher education.
The 15 women honored here are those whose achievements represent the fulfillment of the Girl ScoutPromise and Law. They are selected for their remarkable achievements as business, community, andcivic leaders dedicated to supporting opportunities for women and girls. In the past, many of them were Girl Scouts as children, volunteers, or support the organization because they believe in its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Affiliation with Girl Scouts is not a requirement. However, being a role model for girls IS required. See below for specific criteria.
One company or organization will be selected to receive the Advancing Women Award. The company or organization will have demonstrated a proven commitment to advancing women in the workplace.
Companies/organizations headquartered outside of the 18 counties GSNEO serves are permitted to be nominated should the entity have a strong presence in the northeast Ohio region.
The Selections Committee will review all nominations and will select the Girl Scout Women of Distinction and Advancing Women awardees who will be notified by August 1, 2014.