side menu icon
12th Annual
Women of Distinction Awards Event
Friday, May 19, 2023


For more information on event details, sponsorship opportunities, and ticket sales, click HERE.


2024 Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Women of Distinction Awards Event are open through December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm. Nominations received after the deadline will be retained and considered for the 2025 event.

Before beginning your nomination, the document below can be used to plan your responses and gather the information needed. Please note that nominations are not considered complete until they are submitted via the appropriate form on this webpage.

Women of Distinction Award

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) established the Women of Distinction Award to honor women who go above and beyond to make our communities better places to live and work. The 10 women honored each year are selected for their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders, dedicated to supporting opportunities for women and girls.

Since 2012, GSNEO's Women of Distinction Award has honored women that continue to provide inspiration, leadership, and support for girls served by GSNEO.

>>Women of Distinction Criteria & Nomination Form

2023 Women of Distinction

Elizabeth Z. Bartz - State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Mayor Annette Blackwell - City of Maple Heights
Jessica Cohen - Verizon
Grace Gallucci - Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Susan V. Juris - Hospital and Healthcare Executive/Consultant
Marcia Moreno - AmMore Consulting LLC
Elaine Russell Reolfi - CommQuest Services, Inc.
Shannon Scott-Miller - Colors+
Diana L. Selzer - S&T Bank
Autumn Ziemba McKenzie - Milestones Autism Resources

2022 Women of Distinction

Judge Theresa Dellick - Mahoning County Juvenile Court
Jennifer Deutsch - Park Place Technologies
Ka-Pi Hoh, Ph.D. - The Lubrizol Corporation
Michelle P. Medina, MD, FAA - Cleveland Clinic Community Care; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/ Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Sondra Miller - Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Sherry Neubert - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Tiffani Sutton - The Cutting Board Academy
Karen Talbott - Child Guidance & Family Solutions
Magistrate Jennifer D. Towell - Akron Municipal Court
Judge Annalisa S. Williams - Akron Municipal Court

2021 Women of Distinction

M. Ruth Coleman – ValTrans Health; Founder – Health Design Plus
Marianne Crosley – Cleveland Leadership Center
Elizabeth Engels – Acer Consulting
Jan Morrison – TIES
Tania Nemer – Summit County Prosecutor’s Office
QuynhGiao Nguyen, Ph.D. – NASA
Tracy A. Oliver – Dominion Energy Ohio
Sandy Rapp – Travel Centers America
Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D., M.S., Prof. – Northeast Ohio Medical University
Lorna Wisham – FirstEnergy

2020 Women of Distinction

Ramona Hood – FedEx Custom Critical 
Nancy Kachmarik - PolyOne Corporation 
Andrea Margida, MS – The Valentine Project & TechGrit 
Sandra L. Reid – The Davey Tree Expert Company 
Tari S. Rivera – Regency Construction Services, Inc. 
Sara Shookman – wkyc studios 
Ellen M. Stephens – The Sherwin-Williams Company 
Gina Vernaci – Playhouse Square 
Elizabeth Walters – Summit County Council & Morino Ventures 
Amy Zell – Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries & Oak Hill Collaborative

2019 Women of Distinction

Angela M. Douglas, MSN, AG-ACNP, RN, ATC - Cleveland State University  
Julie M. Johnson - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve  
Brenda Kirk - Hyland  
Jeanene Kress - Olmsted Township  
Susanna H. Krey - Sisters of Charity Health System & Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland  
Lisa Mandel - Rubber City Radio Group  
Dr. Candice McDonald - NASA Glenn Research Center  
Kathy Moock - Community Volunteer  
Antha Poleondakis, CFP, CIMA - Merrill Lynch  
Grace Wakulchik - Akron Children's Hospital

2018 Women of Distinction

Marie Covington - Women's Endowment Fund of Akron  
Susan Flowers - Salvation Army  
Lynnette Jackson - Key Private Bank  
Lisa King - Summit Metro Parks  
Kirsten Lino - Huntington Bank  
Margaret Mitchell - YWCA of Greater Cleveland  
Margaret Nazario - NASA Glenn Research Center  
Amy Stair - Sikora Family Dentistry  
Heather Clayton Terry - Dominion Energy  
Ebony Yeboah-Amankwah - FirstEnergy

2017 Women of Distinction

Stephanie Brown-Houston - NASA Glenn Research Center  
Debra Green - Medical Mutual  
Victoria Kress, PhD - Youngstown State University  
Ann Manby - AAA Akron Board of Trustees  
Carole Mount, PhD - Walsh University  
Ilene Shapiro - Summit County  
LaToya Smith - Fifth Third Bank  
Cheryl Stawicki - Health Design Plus, Inc.  
Mary Verdi-Fletcher - Dancing Wheels  
Leila Vespoli - FirstEnergy Corporation

2016 Women of Distinction

Anne Armao – SummaCare  
Dr. Diana Bilimoria – Case Western Reserve University 
Theresa Carter – OMNOVA Solutions Foundation 
Krista Dobronos – Westfield Bank 
Stephanie Dorsey – Forest City Enterprises 
Nancy Hall – NASA Glenn Research Center 
Tonya McKay – Canton City Schools 
Claire Rosacco – Cuyahoga Community College 
Karen Washington – Cleveland Metropolitan School District 
Pam Wright – BCG & Company

2015 Women of Distinction

Dr. Suzanne Allen - Philanthropy Ohio  
Ashley Basile Oeken - Engage! Cleveland  
Candace Benson - Camp Tech Inc.  
Julie Brandle - Metis Construction  
Heidi Cressman - The University of Akron  
Linda Foy - Cleveland Clinic Foundation  
Dr. Annemarie M. Grassi - Open Doors Academy  
Pamela Hubbard - Golden Ciphers, Inc.  
Stacey Litam - Moore Consulting & Mediation Services, Inc.  
Barbara Marlowe - Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA  
Dr. Lolita McDavid - University Hospitals  
Hilary Sparks-Roberts - Social Venture Partners Cleveland  
Jamie Sullivan - Greater Cleveland Food Bank  
Dr. Rachel Talton - Synergy Marketing Strategy & Research, Inc.  
Reneé Whittenberger – MS Consultants, Inc.

2014 Women of Distinction

Jackie Adams - STERIS Corporation  
Diane Downing - Huntington Bank  
Sandra Everett - Tri-C Lorain Nord Advanced Technologies Center  
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge  
Robyn Gordon - NASA Glenn Research Center  
Dianne Kuntzman - GSNEO Volunteer  
Bethany Lemley - FedEx Custom Critical  
Judith Matsko - Project Evergreen  
Patricia Miller - SpaceBound, Inc.  
Kathy Newman - GSNEO Volunteer  
Elizabeth Pospisil - Lakeview High School   
Alicia Stone - GE  
Lisa Westfall - CamRB Inc.  
Mary Lynne Zahler - Akron Children's Hospital  
Jill Zupon - The Attention Center

2013 Women of Distinction

Barbara Carlstrom  
Jenn Cox 
Coleen Davis 
Heather Day 
Bridget DeMonica 
Suzie Dills 
Katie Holian 
Michelle Mader 
Dr. Kendra Preer  
Kerri Kutz Salvino  
Carole Lynn Stradtman 
Anna Tyrrell 
Paula Warren 
Melinda Weirich 
Tricia Wineland

2012 Women of Distinction

Rebecca Benya 
Erine Bodo  
Kristen Boye 
Cheryl Bush 
Senator Capri Cafaro 
Sherry Clouser 
Tina Collins 
Toni Deluca 
Suzi DeLucia 
Kim Demor 
Gunta Douglas 
Nicole Eikelberry 
Jacqueline Ellis 
Krista Evans 
Diane Frangos 
Mercedes Geise 
Lori Gillespie 
Nancy L. Guthrie 
Brenda Heidinger 
Mary M. Hoholski 
Bert Holt 
Brenda Horton 
Claudia Jones 
Julie Karapasha 
Marty Kelly 
Patricia A. Koch 
Dora Livesay 
Cynthia Lowther 
Dot MacIntyre 
Jacqueline McLemore, Ph.D  
Barbara JoAnne Miller 
Beck S. Moldaver 
Justine Mroczka 
Jane Nord 
Jane Norton 
Donna Paola 
Katerina Papas 
Janice B. Patterson 
Trista Powers 
Elizabeth Anne Pugh 
Margaret Renwand 
Anne Schoeffler 
Doris Schwab  
Kelly M. Sites 
Amy Stang 
Elayne Stubbs 
Margaret Suarez 
Tameka Taylor, Ph.D., CDE 
Janice Trent 
Joan Villareal 
Paula Warren 
Michele Weilnau 
Sandra Werbeck 
Lois Zolar

Honorary Women of Distinction 
Dr. Daisy Alford-Smith 
Linda Bluso  
Mary Beth Carroll  
Margot Copeland  
Candace Campbell-Jackson

Leaders of Tomorrow Award

The Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is presented to three Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors who demonstrate high scholastic achievement, creativity, and initiative, and who embody GSNEO’s belief that young women with promise today will become tomorrow's leaders.

>>Leaders of Tomorrow Award Criteria & Nomination Form

2023 Leaders of Tomorrow

Grace Guy
Lengitu Hovanic
Rachel Whary

2022 Leaders of Tomorrow

Jordan Anamasi - Avon High School
Shelby Bennett - Lake Ridge Academy
Nicole Kemer - Midview High School

2021 Leaders of Tomorrow

Hailey Edie – Carrollton High School
Nia Guess – Cornerstone Christian Academy
Halle Preneta – Kenston High School

2020 Leaders of Tomorrow

Olivia Johnson – Homeschool 
Ava Kress – North Royalton High School 
Megan Ward – McDonald High School

2019 Leaders of Tomorrow

June Guy - Nordonia High School 
Elisabeth Lendal - Avon Lake High School 
Abigail Richardson - Western Reserve Academy

2018 Leaders of Tomorrow

Brianna Jacobs - Green High School 
Taylre Lehmann - Fremont Ross High School 
Barbara Sutherland - Our Lady of the Elms

2017 Leaders of Tomorrow

Megan Garvey - Nordonia High School  
Rebecca Trumbull - Lake Catholic High School  
Shelby Stevens - Columbia High School

2016 Leaders of Tomorrow

Nicole Fiorelli - Homeschool  
Ellie Martin - Howland High School  
Miya Timura - Columbia High School

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow

Monica Kotyuk - Howland High School  
Anna McCue - John F. Kennedy Catholic School 
Hunter Wells - Manchester High School

Advancing Women Award

One company or organization will be selected to receive the Advancing Women AwardThe company or organization will have demonstrated a proven commitment to promoting the advancement of women in the workplace. A company or organization headquartered outside of Northeast Ohio is permitted to be nominated, should the entity have a strong presence in the region.

>>Advancing Women Award Criteria & Nomination Form

2023 Advancing Women Award

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Davey Tree Expert Company

2022 Advancing Women Award

KeyBank's Key4Women Program

2021 Advancing Women Award


2020 Advancing Women Award

Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation

2019 Advancing Women Award

Kent State University's Women's Center  
Women's Network of Northeast Ohio

2018 Advancing Women Award

Society of Women Engineers, Northeastern Ohio Professional Section

2017 Advancing Women Award

The Sherwin-Williams Company

2016 Advancing Women Award

Oswald Companies

2015 Advancing Women Award

NASA Glenn Research Center

2014 Advancing Women Award

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

 Contact Laura De'Armond Szucs at with
         questions about nominations, the event, or to learn about event