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YWCA recognizes community leaders

The YWCA Northcentral PA will be hosting its 13th annual Women of Excellence event on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Farrington Place in downtown Williamsport.

Meant to honor the strong women of our community who have put forth their time and effort into making it a better place, the YWCA is proud to recognize every one of them for their dedication, leadership and passion, according to a press release. From involvement on committees and community organizations to volunteer engagement and caring about others, these women uphold the definition of excellence and inspire those around them.

This year, the YWCA is proud to announce the 2021 Women of Excellence class has 11 members to be recognized for their outstanding work in our community: Tammy Anderer, Geisinger; Susan Branton, Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center; Rebecca Elkins, Dedicated Community Volunteer; Valerie Fessler, American Rescue Worker; Patricia Jackson-Gehris, UPMC; Allison Bressler-Grove, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Jessica Harlow, Mitchell Gallagher; Miranda Kujawa, Hilton Hotels; Sherry Paulhamus, Range Resources; Anna Radspinner, Williamsport Area School District; and Devon Yochum, Larson Design Group.

It gives the YWCA great pleasure to share that Sherry Paulhamus of Range Resources, nominated by Brenda Nichols, was selected as the 2021 Wise Woman of the Year for her commendable leadership and commitment to inspiring others.

The YWCA also celebrates the members of the 2021 Young Women of Excellence class, as five of our local schools submitted nominations for graduating seniors who have produced outstanding work both academically and socially.

These young women strive to be the best they can be in all aspects of life, as dedicated members of clubs and sports, maintaining academic excellence, and staying involved in community activities: Kylie Cendoma, St. John Neumann Regional Academy; Emma Mitcheltree, South Williamsport Area School District; Teagan Marty, Williamsport Area School District; Kathryn Schluter, Loyalsock Township School District; and Lea Worthington, Montoursville Area School District.

The YWCA will celebrate Kathryn Schluter, nominated by Loyalsock Township High School, as the 2021 YoungWise Woman of the Year for her bold determination and leadership in spearheading a school wide tutoring program. Often referred to as a FRIENDraiser, Women of Excellence offers a beautiful way to celebrate friends while offering inspiration to clients served within the programs of the YWCA. It connects women from across the community, excellent in various ways, to the YWCA’s mission to Empower Women.

The program staff within the YWCA is committed to providing ways for every client served to feel the same joy for their personal achievements as each of the honorees feels as they are recognized for all the ways they are excellent.

“This celebration is a proud moment for our community,” Dawn Linn, CEO of the YWCA, said. “A chance to honor the women who help to build strong neighborhoods, inspiring each of us to give back and look ahead for better tomorrows. In a constant pattern of unprecedented circumstances, may we all take this opportunity to learn from their leadership and passion and to empower each other to be Women of Excellence.”

The YWCA looks forward to celebrating each of the honorees of 2021 and invites you to offer a congratulations to any you may cross paths with.

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