Women of Excellence
YWCA?to honor 9th class of Women of Excellence Sue Young named Wise Woman of the Year
The nominations are in for the YWCA Northcentral PA’s ninth annual Women of Excellence tribute event. This year 13 women are being celebrated for their strength, integrity, leadership and dedication to Lycoming County.
They will be recognized at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Williamsport Country Club.
The following are the women who have been nominated and the recipient of the highest honor, Wise Woman of the Year, which is voted on by past Wise Women.
Sue F. Young, Wise Woman of the Year
Sue F. Young cares deeply about the betterment of Lycoming County. She demonstrates this desire is through Pearls with a Passion at the First Community Foundation Community Partnership of Pennsylvania.
She is one of the founders of the women’s philanthropy group which donates to local organizations. All of her contributions to the area have been in support of an improved quality of life for everyone. Nominated by: Anonymous.
Tracey Amey is the Director of the Madigan Library at the Pennsylvania College of Technology where she is able to thrive in her career and create an excellent environment for students to work and learn. Her passion for academic libraries has led her to continually improve its services and resources for students and faculty. She involves herself in local charity events to help better the community. Nominated by: Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Tina Beach has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities for nearly 40 years as the Production Manager at Hope Enterprises Inc. Each day she works to assist her clients at Hope to become as independent as possible. She is a passionate Kiwanian, founder of Aktion Club, vice president of the Sons of Italy Lodge 2786 and a Community Arts Center volunteer. Nominated by: Kiwanis Club of Williamsport.
Katie Bell is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Lycoming Engines, a recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award in 2012, an AYSO soccer coach and mother of two young daughters. She dedicates her time to taking care of her family and getting involved in community projects. The Strayer University graduate student loves to fill up her free time helping others and meeting the wonderful people of Lycoming County. Nominated by: Her husband, Greg Bell.
Providing health education and support for the community is a deep passion for Robin Dawson. As the LifeCenter Coordinator/Health Educator and registered nurse at UPMC Susquehanna, she does that every day. Through her position, she motivates people on their personal journey to better health through classes and consultations. She believes creating a healthy community begins one person at a time. She also volunteers at multiple church camps as the camp nurse. Nominated by: UPMC Susquehanna.
Yvonne M. Di Rocco
Through her dedication to the arts and top notch skills as an entrepreneur, Yvonne M. Di Rocco has worked hard to make a positive influence in Lycoming County. She is the co-founder of multiple companies such as Vestini Imports, John R.T. Ryan Enterprises and Airman HVAC Service. She sits as the Co-Chair of Public Artworks, is a Friend of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and member of Preservation Williamsport on the Victorian Christmas board. Nominated by: Public Artworks.
Shirley Durrwachter leads by example. From her days as a registered nurse to her active volunteer work at First United Methodist Church, she has taken time to make a difference in Lycoming County. She can be found at her church on Wednesday nights cooking dinner for over 200 community members. She loves working with the other volunteers in the kitchen while providing a meaningful and necessary service. Nominated by: Larson Design Group.
Diane Glenwright served as the CEO for the YWCA Northcentral PA for 16 years where she dedicated her time to starting the homeless women’s shelter Liberty House and the second-hand shop The Boutique, where plans to return to volunteer. She also worked to spread awareness about Wise Options, a domestic violence shelter, throughout the community. She previously worked in finance at the Williamsport Hospital. Nominated by: YWCA Board of Directors.
Robin F. Glossner
Robin F. Glossner is the James V. Brown Library’s Development, Marketing and Programming Director, a zealous member of the Rotary Club of Williamsport and is a part of the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International. She and her dog Gus go to nursing homes, schools, libraries and colleges to provide a relaxing experience for people of all ages. She also sits on the board of the Planned Giving Council of Central Pennsylvania. Nominated by: Rotary Club of Williamsport.
A passion for helping people has been at the center of Carolyn Hawk’s life. As the Lycoming County United Way’s Vice President of Community Impact, she allocates the funds to each one of their program partners. Each day she is inspired to work hard by hearing people share their stories about overcoming adversity. Her greatest accomplishment is raising two smart, compassionate daughters, Madison and Sydney. Nominated by: Lycoming County United Way.
Barbara S. McGary
Barbara S. McGary plays multiple roles in the public library system. She is the executive director of the James V. Brown Library, head of the Lycoming County Library System and leads 40 libraries in the North Central Library District. She aims to have a thriving library for community members to learn and grow. Beyond her work at the library, she is a Rotarian and parent volunteer for Muncy wrestling and Little League. Nominated by: James V. Brown Library.
Dr. Nancy Story Somers
Dr. Nancy Story Somers has helped people from their first breath in the hospital to helping senior citizens feel comfortable in a nursing home. Throughout her career, she has changed countless lives as a physician. She is a member of the Williamsport Area School Board, a small group leader at First United Methodist Church and trustee at Albright Care Services in Lewisburg. Nominated by: Husband, William Somers.
Alma Dolores Verzella
Through her work as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Alma Dolores Verzella she has brought healing and comfort to many patients throughout her career. She works at UPMC Susquehanna and Family Practice Center in Loyalsock Township. She spent time in Honduras providing life sustaining medical care to locals while serving in the U.S. Army for 15 years. She currently sits on the boards for the YWCA and St. Anthony’s Center. Nominated by: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, GROW Initiative