Past Award Recipients

AAUW-PA 2016-2017 Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Woman 2016-2017

Outstanding Woman is awarded to a member of a branch for meritorious service to the branch and to the community. The 2016-2017 Outstanding Woman aware recipients are:

  • Leslie Lojko, Allentown
  • Ann Niemann, Beaver Valley
  • Susan McNamara, Bethlehem
  • Susan Hughes, Bradford
  • Ann Pehle, Carlisle
  • Barbara Ford, Doylestown
  • Ann Mosakowski, Eastern Delaware County
  • Karen Hickey and Terry Thomas, Easton
  • Meredyth Leahy, Erie
  • Hospitality Committee Jackie Hamilton, Darlene Hogg, and Betsy Shaw, Fox Chapel Area
  • Mary Lou McDowell, Harrisburg
  • Diane Duntley, Indiana County
  • Paulette Solomon, Johnstown
  • Sue Ellen Masty, Lansdale
  • Linda Koch, Lock Haven
  • Doris Kramer, Makefield Area
  • Susan Banerjee, Ph.D. and Peggy Schmiedecke, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Ellen Hemmerich Phillips, Pocono Area
  • Carolyn Seidel, Reading
  • AAUW State College Centennial Committee, State college
  • Sharon Gurak, Valley Forge
  • Newsletter Editors Toni Gorkin, Norma George, Nancy Rumfield, West Chester-Chester County
  • Betty Hooker, York

Member Making a Difference Award 2016-2017

The Member Making a Difference Award is given to someone who made a big difference in something important to the branch within the last year. The 2016-2017 Member Making a Difference award recipients are:

  • Bonnie Keller and Peggy Tyson, Allentown
  • Fran Colafella, Beaver Valley
  • Shelley Speirs, Bethlehem
  • Terri Leven, Bradford
  • Mary Jo Buckwalter, Doylestown
  • Karol D’Huyvetters, Easton
  • Katherine Felion, Erie
  • Lindsay Bond Totten, Fox Chapel Area
  • Phyllis Crosby, Harrisburg
  • Charlotte Manges, Indiana County
  • Judy Petrusic, Johnstown
  • Pam Daveler, Lansdale
  • Susan Rimby, Lock Haven
  • Eileen Heitman, Makefield Area
  • Joan Killinger and Sina Murphy, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Donna Sartain, Reading
  • Cindy Hall, State College
  • Susan Norris, Valley Forge
  • Sue Zitnick, York

AAUW-PA Special Honorees 2016-2017

Karen Graziano (Hazleton) – Karen Graziano has been a member of AAUW for 42 years since 1975. During that time, she held many positions and was instrumental in helping settle a Vietnamese family in Hazleton after the Vietnam War, instituted a Women’s Aid Center for abused women, helped start an ongoing successful book club, which includes members and non-members, and promoted and worked at registering Hazleton Penn State students in the last three presidential elections. In her professional career, she taught school for 25 years and has given her talent to the YWCA board, volunteered for the Red cross, and started a GED program for US Marines in Morocco who dropped out of high school. Most of all, our Hazleton Branch is indebted to her for keeping us going by being our president, calling meetings, and inspiring us to stay active and involved in programs that aid women and the community. Without her, we would not have a Hazleton AAUW Branch.

Judith Benz (Huntingdon)– This year, as the new finance officer Judith moved us into the electronic age and then began to motivate branch public policy action, collaboration with new groups, and membership growth among young professionals; the branch is much more vital because of her efforts.

Gateway to Equity 2016-2017

This branch award recognizes someone in the community who has advanced equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The award is traditionally given on Marcy 8, International Women’s Day. The recipients and the branches honoring them for 2016-2017 are:

  • PathWays PA, AAUW-PA
  • The League of Women Voters of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown
  • Carnegie Science Center, Beaver Valley
  • Benita Draper, Principal Lincoln Elementary, Bethlehem
  • Holly Spittler, Associate Dean University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford
  • YWCA Carlisle, Carlisle
  • Dickinson College AAUW Student Organization, Carlisle
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc., Doylestown
  • Bonnie Winfield, Lafayette College, Easton
  • Shirl Regan, President/CEO Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel Area
  • Rachel Levine, MD, Penn State College of Medicine, Harrisburg
  • Francine Cashaw, AmeriCorps Tutor, Johnstown
  • Holle Canatella and Katherine Ely, 2016 report Analysis of Domestic Violence Service in Rural Pennsylvania, Lock Haven
  • Maria Searcy, Northside Parent Action Council, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Penn State Commission for Women, State College

Legacy Circle Members in Pennsylvania

  • Arlene Butts-Umstead, Pottstown Area
  • Joan Comer, Lansdale
  • Ruth Damsker, Lansdale
  • Majorie Weick Dunaway, State College
  • Dorothy F. Goodman, Anthracite
  • Elizabeth D. Klopp, Lansdale
  • Dorothy McLane, Lansdale
  • Marjorie M. Mowery, Carlisle
  • Susan K. Nenstiel, Allentown
  • Frances C. Nyce, National Member
  • Ann Pehle, Carlisle
  • Jo Ann Piotrowski, York
  • Linda L. Robbins, Allentown
  • Sue A. Zitnick, York

AAUW-PA 2015-2016 Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Woman 2015-2016

  • Sarah Rodenberger, Allentown
  • Jane Kennedy, Beaver Valley
  •  Randi Blauth, Bethlehem
  • Madeline Miles, Bradford
  • Cindy Sutton, Carlisle
  • Sandy Homel, Doylestown
  • Sherry Feliciani, Easter Delaware County
  • Colleen Kuschke, Easton
  • Corrine Egan, Erie
  • Phyllis Bianculli, Fox Chapel Area
  • Barbara Warfel, Harrisburg
  • Judith Yothers, Indiana County
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Glass, Johnstown
  • Ellen Price-Maloy, Lansdale
  • Bonnie Rosamilia, Lock Haven
  • Carol Kurland, Makefield Area
  • Lane Neff, Murrysville Area
  • Janet M. Chapman, NEMCO
  • Cindy Stewart North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Sonya Cole, Pocono Area
  • Karen Parish, Reading
  • Billie Willits, State College
  • Mary Carr and Sharon Gurak, Valley Forge
  • Anne Anderko, West Chester-Chester County
  • Janet Barnes, York

Member Making a Different Award 2015-2016

  • Cathy Kane, Allentown
  • Lea Kretchmar, Beaver Valley
  • Olga Conneen, Bethlehem
  • Ann Pehle, Carlisle
  • Mary Bachman, Doylestown
  • Catherine Toews, Erie
  • Darlene Hogg, Fox Chapel Area
  • Judy Dillen, Harrisburg
  • Gretchen Barbor, Indiana County
  • Dr. Barbara Zaborowski, Johnstown
  • Ellen Price-Maloy, Lansdale
  • Holle Canatella and Jennifer Taylor, Lock Haven
  • Dori Kramer, Makefield Area
  • Katherine Keith, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Judith Druckenmiller, Reading
  • Connie Schroeder, State College
  • Norma Winther, Valley Forge
  • Dr. tonya thames-taylor, West Chester-Chester County
  • Joan Beekey and Suzy Hershey, York

AAUW-PA Special Honoree 2015-2016
AAUW-PA and Beaver Valley Branch are proud to honor Jean Macaluso for her enormous contribution to AAUW.

Jean Macaluso – Beaver Valley. Jean has been a member of the Beaver Valley branch for 19 years. She was a previous Co-President and Membership Chair, serving at the state level in this role as well. She has made an outstanding contribution to the Girl’s Recognition Night since its inception. Jean has been chiefly responsible for the association of Community college of Beaver County (CCBC) with AAUW Beaver Valley on a number of projects. She is presently serving as College and University Partnership Chair, continuing the development of programs with CCBC. Jean has shared her leadership skills as chair of our Kitchen Tour for the last 14 years, helping us to raise over $90,000 for scholarships for women, which include college, nontraditional and law school candidates. Her work and mentorship exemplify the mission statement of our organization.

Gateway to Equity 2015-2016

  • Women’s Law Project Pennsylvania, AAUW-PA
  • Allentown School District Foundation, Allentown
  • Esther M. Lee, President Bethlehem NAACP, Bethlehem
  • Patti Conley and Marsha Keefer, Beaver County Times journalists, Beaver Valley
  • Cheryl J. Lutz, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bradford
  • Women Graduates-USA, Doylestown
  • Cops ‘N Kids of Easton, Easton
  • The Women’s Fund, Erie
  • Mary Winter, Angels’ Place, Fox Chapel Area
  • Lin Taylor, Computer Club for Girls, Harrisburg
  • Sharon Honkus, Johnstown
  • Peggy Lee-Clark, Montgomery County Community College, Lansdale
  • Elizabeth Brobst, Lock Haven
  • Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Murrysville
  • Girls of Steel, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Mid-State Literacy Council, State College
  • Phoenixville Women’s Outreach, West Chester-Chester County
  • ACCESS York Victim Assistance Center, York

Legacy Circle Members in Pennsylvania

  • Joan Comer, Lansdale
  • Ruth Damsker, Lansdale
  • Marjorie Weick Dunaway, State College
  • Dorothy F. Goodman, Anthracite
  • Elizabeth D. Klopp, Lansdale
  • Dorothy McLane, Lansdale
  • Marjorie M. Mowery, Carlisle
  • Susan K. Nenstiel, Allentown
  • France C. Nyce, National Member
  • Jo Ann Piotrowski, York
  • Mary H. Purcell, Eastern Delaware County
  • Linda L. Robbins, Allentown
  • Sue A. Zitnick, York

AAUW PA 2014-2015 Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Woman 2014-2015

  • Beverly TIsdale, Allentown
  • Andrea Challis, Beaver Valley
  • Gloria Niedbala, Beaver Valley
  • Stacey Zaremba, Bethlehem
  • Dorothea Fesenmyer, Bradford
  • Isabelle Anderson, California
  • Barbara “Linkey” Green, Carlisle
  • Shirley Yannich, Doylestown
  • Nancy Butow, Easton
  • Judy Lawrencce, Erie
  • Elaine Herald, Fox Chapel Area
  • Diane Shoop, Harrisburg
  • Lindsay Monihen, Huntingdon
  • Susan Wheatley, Indiana
  • Nancy Miller, Johnstown
  • Joan Comer, Lansdale
  • Rita Yeasted, North Hills-McKnight
  • Deb Talbot-Snyder, Philadelphia Inc.
  • Eileen Ritz, Reading
  • Donna Eaves, West Chester-Chester county
  • Donna Fulton, York
  • Phyllis Swoard, York

Branch Spotlight Award 2014-2015

  • Lesley Lojko, Allentown
  • Janet Wise, Beaver Valley
  • Linda Robertson, Bethlehem
  • Sandra Tracy, California
  • Pamela Barney, Carlisle
  • Elizabeth Hutcheson, Carlisle
  • Susan Shenberger, Doylestown
  • Karen Stocker Hickey, Easton
  • Terry Thomas, Easton
  • Frances Rosiak, Erie
  • Nancy Neal, Fox Chapel Area
  • Julie Fether, Johnstownb
  • Laurie Friedman, Lansdale
  • Holle Canatella, Lock Haven
  • Jennifer Taylor, Lock Haven
  • Susan Bingley, Makefield Area
  • Linda Tozier, North Hills-McKnight
  • Suzanne Churgai, Reading
  • Jennifer Karch, State College
  • Anne Anderko, West Chester-Chester County
  • Peggy Staarman, West Chester-Chester County
  • Barbara Woodmanse, York

AAUW-PA Special Honorees 2014-2015
AAUW-PA and its branches are proud to honor these women who have contributed significant energy and enthusiasm to AAUW programs and activities over many years. We are grateful they are serving as examples to many more.

Let’s Read Math™ – 10 Year Anniversary. Let’s Read Math™ began ten years ago with the Makefield Area Branch of AAUW under the direction of Dr. Claire Passantino. Next, Graham Boose from the West Chester-Chester County Branch secured an AAUW Community Action grant, which helped spread LRM to AAUW branches throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, NY, MD and NJ). Outside AAUW, Let’s Read Math™ has made its way into schools and school districts, after-school centers, day camps, scout troops, YWCAs, family literacy centers, and teacher education programs in colleges and universities. As of 2014, an estimated 5,000+ adults and 40,000 children experienced the program.

Louise Tukey – State College. Louise has been unfailingly loyal to the State College Branch with varied leadership roles over the years. She has been involved throughout its 54 year history, including as chair or co-chair six different years (right). Louise has continued to volunteer at the Used Book Workshop every week since its inception. She has also served as branch historian for many years, and as we now prepare for our branch centennial in 2016, her efforts in storing our branch records are invaluable.

Gateway to Equity 2014-2015

  • Girls Scouts of Eastern PA, Allentown
  • Keith and Stephanie Sevy, Owners of the Hostess Shoppe, Beaver Valley
  • Ann McManus, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank, Bethlehem
  • Mickey Swackhammer, Legal Advocate YWCA of Bradford, Bradford
  • State Senator Patricia Vance, Dawn Flower (Borough Councilwoman) and Dr. Jill Bartoli, Carlisle
  • Mira A. Blunt, Engineering Events with Girls, Doylestown
  • Judith’s Reading Room, Easton
  • ATHENA, Erie
  • Julie Marx, Executive Director PA Women Work, Fox Chapel Area
  • Girls on the Run Capital Area, Harrisburg
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County Huntingdon Program, Huntingdon
  • Mary Borkow, President Johnstown Bandshell Alliance, Johnstown
  • Toni Tomasi and Carol Hildebrand, Book Sale Co-Chairs, Lock Haven
  • One Youth, North Hills-McKnight
  • State College Area School District Challenging Science Investigations, State college
  • Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania, West Chester-Chester County
  • Amber Seidel, York
  • Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, AAUW-PA

Legacy Circle Members in Pennsylvania

  • Marjorie Weick Dunaway, State College
  • Dorothy F. Goodman, Anthracite
  • Elizabeth D. Klopp, Lansdale
  • Dorothy McLane, Lansdale
  • Marjorie M. Mowery, Carlisle
  • Susan K. Nenstiel, Allentown
  • France C. Nyce, National Member
  • Jo Ann Piotrowski, York
  • Linda L. Robbins, Allentown
  • Sue A. Zitnick, York



AAUW PA 2013-2014 Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Woman

  • Mary Lou Green, Allentown
  • Patricia Rock, Beaver Valley
  • Linda Zimmerman, Bethlehem
  • Sharie Radzavich, Bradford
  • Amy Beiler, Butler
  • Beth Bubonovich, California
  • Kathleen Brennan, Carlisle
  • Pamela Good, Doylestown
  • Annette Stoody, Easton
  • Ellen DiPlacido, Erie
  • Cheryl Towers, Fox Chapel Area
  • Carol Corlett-Howard, Harrisburg
  • Rita King, Johnstown
  • Jayashree Patil, Landsdale
  • Lois Day, Lock Haven
  • Georgiana Likar, North Hills-McKnight
  • Jeannie Snodgrass, Pittsburgh
  • Ann Wenrich, Reading
  • Susan Werner, State College
  • Fran Pierce, West Chester-Chester County
  • Jane Long, York

Branch Spotlight Award 2014

  • Virginia Delph, Allentown
  • Betsey Uslenghi, Beaver Valley
  • Bernice “Bernie” Gardiner, Bethlehem
  • Georgetta Wiles, California
  • Karen LeCuyer, Carlisle
  • Morgan Pickands, Doylestown
  • Suzi Campbell, Easton
  • Jane Jenkins, Erie
  • Beth Hollis, Fox Chapel Area
  • Sandra Finley, Greensburg Area
  • Carlee Ranalli, Huntingdon
  • Marie Olshefski, Johnstown
  • Amy Ryan Faga, Lansdale
  • Makefield Area, Kathy Quinn
  • Bobbie Fabish, Murrysville Area
  • Susan Banerjee, North Hills-McKnight
  • Marci Henzi, Pittsburgh
  • Karin Neilson, Pittsburgh
  • Frances Malley, Reading
  • Kristin Dreyer, State College
  • Kathy Dewan, Towanda
  • Ann Duerr, West Chester-Chester County
  • Carol Anderson, York

AAUW-PA Special Honorees

Charlene Harrison is a special honoree from the State College Branch. Charlene has provided outstanding leadership to the branch over the last four years. She attended the national convention and alerted the state board to issues that needed to be addressed. In addition, Charlene has offered suggestions and ideas for AAUW-PA meetings and programs.

Sally Kalin is also a special honoree from the State College Branch. Sally oversees the finance and investment activities of the branch, which are more complex than for most branches. Sally also serves as a member of the AAUW-PA fundraising taskforce, and had facilitated communication among and between the AAUW organizations.

Jean Riker is a special honoree from the Easton Branch. Jean joined AAUW in 1971, and belonged to branches in NY, Texas, and around Pennsylvania (Clark Summit, Scranton, Greensburg) before landing at the Easton branch in 1986. She has been active as a teacher, a community volunteer, and in Easton Branch activities and offices. Jean served as Easton President from 1992-1994 and was recognized as Outstanding Woman in 1995. Jean is proud to be part of a family that at one time had three generations of women who were AAUW members.

Roberta (Bobbie) Warshaw is a special honoree from the Lebanon Valley Branch. Bobbie is currently Public Policy chair for her branch, and is a former Public Policy chair for AAUW-PA. She was inducted into the Lebanon County Commission for Women’s 2014 Hall of Fame. She was nominated for her fight for the rights of others and her work as a trained mediator for Lebanon County Mediation Services, assisting parties to work through disputes out of court.