2022 Teens of the Year Awards Program

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2022 Teens of the Year Awards April 26, 2022

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Congratulations to the 2022 Teens of the Year! We applaud you for your outstanding academic achievements and commitment to our community! You aspire. You dream. You accomplish.

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YWCA Bethlehem

2022 Teens of the Year Awards PROGRAM Welcome

Virginia Oskin, Committee Chair

Remarks

Laurie Hackett, Air Products, Title Sponsor

Introduce Awards

Qiana Cressman, Emcee

Awards Video Announce Award Winners

Qiana Cressman, Emcee

Teen Mission Awards

Irampaye Clarisse Deyona Robert

A Path Forward Awards

Minerva Ochoa N’dia Escobales

Educational Empowerment Awards Ciana Felicano Abigael Omwega Ana Reis Kailey Turpening Teen Panel Discussion

Qiana Cressman, Moderator

Closing Remarks

Virginia Oskin, Committee Chair

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EMCEE

QIANA CRESSMAN

RASHAD PLEASANT

Vice President of Health Strategies, American Heart Association Founder, Emerge Woman Magazine Qiana Cressman is an award-winning community leader, executive, mentor, health equity advocate and YWCA Bethlehem Woman of the Year awardee for 2021. She’s passionate about empowering people and communities to achieve their highest potential and well-being. Qiana has 20 years’ experience in healthcare and community engagement and is Vice President of Health Strategies for the American Heart Association Greater Tampa Bay. In her current role as VP of Health Strategies, she collaborates with community, scientific, business, and medical leaders to improve the health of communities through initiatives that achieve population-level, sustainable change. Her focus is addressing social determinants and leading evidencebased policy, system, and environmental changes to eliminate barriers that are drivers of health disparities. Qiana was formerly national director of biomedical partnerships for the American Red Cross Blood Services, and executive director of Donor Operations for MillerKeystone Blood Center, responsible for leading a thriving team of 150+ professional operational staff and managers who were part of the driving force between the frontline fight and treatment of COVID-19. Qiana has held several leadership roles, managed multi-million-dollar budgets and also served as a national spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., former co-chair of the Board of Directors for the African American Business Leaders Council and served on the Board of Governors for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is founder of Emerge Woman Magazine, a MagCloud bestseller, reaching readers in 16 states and featuring over 200 women’s stories. Emerge publishes resources that ignites vision, empowers, and inspires women and girls to rise to their highest potential through stories of hope, courage, and strength. Qiana recently relocated and resides in Clearwater, Florida, with her husband.

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2022 YWCA Bethlehem Mission Scholarship

For Bethlehem Area School District

Sponsored by

Congratulations Irampaye Clarisse

2022 Mission Scholarship Winner (Bethlehem)

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I R A M PAY E C L A R I SS E YWCA BETHLEHEM MISSION SCHOLARSHIP (BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT) SPONSORED BY EMBASSY BANK

Irampaye Clarisse, a senior at Liberty High School, was born in Tanzania and moved to the United States when she was 4 years old. She speaks 2 languages and is the middle child of 6 in her family. Clarisse is in the top 10% of her graduating class and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a valuable player on Liberty’s Varsity soccer team and has been involved with Lady Leaders, Mini THON, and Student Government at Liberty. In addition to her job as a server at Kirkland Village, Clarisse volunteers as a homework assistant at Clearview Elementary School. She also finds time to be very active in her church, mentoring and teaching youth, doing missionary work, and helping to run camps. Clarisse’s dedication and volunteerism exemplifies her dedication to the YWCA Mission. Clarisse plans to major in Secondary Education and History in college where she can use her talents to encourage and empower others.

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Thank You

YWCA Allentown For raising funds for the Teen Scholarship Awards in the Allentown School District

Congratulations Deyona Robert

2022 Mission Scholarship Winner (Allentown)

N’dia Escobales

2022 A Path Forward Scholarship Winner (Allentown)

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DEYONA ROBERT YWCA BETHLEHEM MISSION SCHOLARSHIP (ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT) SPONSORED BY YWCA ALLENTOWN

A senior at William Allen High School, Deyona Robert plans to study Finance at New York University as a part of the Martin Luther King Scholars program. Deyona is in the top 5% of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club Treasurer, manager of the Volleyball team, and works on the school newspaper, The Canary. Deyona also founded the Finance Club at Allen High School to empower her fellow classmates with financial knowledge, efficacy and awareness. She has received many awards and accolades during her high school career, including Lehigh University Lead Program Capstone Winner, Coca-Cola semi-finalist, member of Allentown City Council of Youth, and member of the School Board Council Finance Committee. Deyona volunteers with St. Luke’s University Hospital and the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. She works part-time at McDonald’s. Deyona enjoys going out for a run, reading, and doing photoshoots at home. She plans to minor in fashion and hopefully start a company in New York. Deyona embodies the YWCA mission in her work to improve the lives of those around her.

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2022 YWCA Bethlehem A Path Forward Scholarship For Bethlehem Area School District

Sponsored by

Marie Sterlein Congratulations Minerva Ochoa

2022 A Path Forward Scholarship Winner (Bethlehem)

Congratulations to all Award Winners


MINERVA OCHOA A PAT H F O R W A R D A W A R D

(BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT) SPONSORED BY MARIE STERLEIN

Minerva Ochoa is a senior at Freedom High School, where she is a section leader in the Freedom Patriot Marching Band. She is in the National Honor Society and the STEM Club. Minerva also plays Field Hockey. Minerva has volunteered for various organizations during high school, including Music in the Parks and East Hills Middle School Band Bingo night. She was also a leader for a park clean-up project conducted by the National Honor Society at Freedom High School. Most recently, Minerva volunteered for the YWCA Pop-Up Prom Shop. Minerva works part-time as a Barista at Starbucks. Minerva plans to attend Northampton Community College to major in Early Childhood Education and is currently involved in the Pre-K lab program to get ready for such a career. She says she “love[s] working with kids, watching them grow as little humans.” She is a firm believer in Myers-Brigg’s personality types and declares herself a ENFP (Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeler, Perceiver). In her free time, Minerva enjoys reading, book shopping, journaling, and trying different restaurants.

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N’DIA ESCOBALES A PAT H F O R W A R D A W A R D (ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT) SPONSORED BY YWCA ALLENTOWN

Dieruff High School senior, N’dia Escobales, is involved in many activities at school. She is in the Sewing Club, Strategic gaming Club, Anime Club, and is President of the Walking Club, Ger­man Honor Society, and Cooking Club. N’dia can play 12 instruments and is in the Dieruff Marching Band, County Band, and Captain of the Color Guard. N’dia has won several awards, including the Richard J. Angler Jr. Instrumental Music Memorial Award, the Science Award, multiple 5K medals, Women’s Track & Field 400m Relay Runner-up Medal, and “Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right” Volunteerism Award. She also works parttime at Dorney Park. N’dia plans to attend Northampton Community College for Funeral Services. She has a cat named Hamilton and her hobbies include reading, roller skating, knitting, sewing and playing instruments. N’dia likes to make costumes and go to conventions. She enjoys musicals. A fun fact about N’dia is that she can recite the entire Bee movie and read a whole book in one sitting.

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CIANA FELICIANO E D U C AT I O N A L E M P O W E R M E N T A W A R D A Freedom High School senior, Ciana Feliciano is a two sport athlete, playing both Varsity Soccer and Varsity Basketball. Ciana’s love of sports carries over to her volunteer work where she helped coach little league basketball and volunteers with the Special Olympics, where she “gained an appreciation for what I have and that everyone is unique in their own way.” She also volunteers with her church, preparing and distributing food to the homeless community. Ciana still finds time to work part-time for a catering company. Ciana plans to attend a four-year college for Psychology or Sport Psychology. Ciana is a triplet, the only girl, with two brothers. Her hobbies include basketball and soccer and she played travel basketball for four years. Ciana has a dog named Naia.

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FUNDING HOPES. SUPPORTING DREAMS. FINANCING EMPOWERMENT. CHANGING LIVES. We’re committed to building and strengthening communities. These women and teens are inspiring others to do the same. They’re shining examples of how to give back and help others. How to achieve and grow. How to be empowered and confident. Congratulations to all and keep up the amazing work.

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ABIGAEL OMWEGA E D U C AT I O N A L E M P O W E R M E N T A W A R D Abigael Omwega was born in Kenya and moved to the United States with her family. A senior at Liberty High School, she is in the top 5% of her class and a member of the National Honor Society. She is the Student Government Class Secretary, Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America and Vice President of the Social Justice Club. She is also involved with Mini THON, Interact Club, and Lady Leaders. She has volunteered in many areas, including with St. Luke’s Hospital and Broughal Middle School Music Program. She has led multiple drives for food, clothing, hygiene products, and Christmas gifts for those in need for the National Honor Society, Student Government and the Interact Club. Abigael is also extremely active in her church through choir, the Pathfinder Club and her many volunteer activities, including leading worship, Community Service Church Assistant and the Outreach Ministry. Abigael plans to attend a four-year college to study Nursing. Her hobbies include music (singing and guitar), hair, cooking, baking and reading. She enjoys watching shows and movies and says she can “out-binge almost anyone when it comes to watching a show.” She loves organizing and cleaning and cannot leave an area a mess. She does not have any pets but hopes to get a fish soon.

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ANA REIS E D U C AT I O N A L E M P O W E R M E N T A W A R D Ana Reis is a senior at Freedom High School and takes dual enrollment classes at Northampton Community College. She is in the National Honor Society, played Varsity Lacrosse her sophomore and junior years, and is Editor for the school yearbook. Ana has many hours of community service. She volunteers for Mini THON, tutors elementary school children, and teaches Sunday School at her church. She is a very active volunteer in the Portuguese American Club and speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish. Ana also finds time for a part-time job at Applebee’s. She plans to attend a four-year college to study Biology, Pre-Med, or Neuroscience.

Thank You

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KAILEY TURPENING E D U C AT I O N A L E M P O W E R M E N T A W A R D Kailey Turpening is ranked first in her senior class at Freedom High School. She is the Secretary of the National Honor Society and Student Council Senior Class Secretary. Kailey is a 3 sport Varsity athlete: Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse. She is a member of the EPC Student Athlete Council. Kailey has many hours of community service as a Blood Drive Coordinator for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Camp Smile volunteer, youth sports coach (for soccer, basketball and lacrosse), and an Elementary Math tutor. She has also volunteered at The Pediatric Cancer Center of the Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh Valley Zoo, and the Bethlehem Bulldogs Athletic Association. Kailey has four pets: two dogs named Champ and Mellow, and two cats named Sparkle and Fluffy. Kailey plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Business Management and play basketball. Kailey says she is looking forward to moving to Florida for college to be closer to her “adorable” niece, the main reason she is moving there!

Patrons (as of 4/20/22)

Carol Barry

Virginia Oskin

Polly Beste

Tracy Resetar

Lucinda Dealtrey

Mary Sinibaldi Mancino

Diane & Chip Harpster

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is proud to support Teen Scholarships! Congratulations to the 2022 YWCA Teens of the Year Irampaye Clarisse N’dia Escobales Ciana Feliciano Minerva Ochoa Abigael Omwega Ana Reis Deyona Robert Kailey Turpening 24


Scholarship Fund Donors 2022 YWCA Bethlehem Mission Scholarships ($4,000)

Bethlehem: Embassy Bank

Allentown: YWCA Allentown 2022 A Path Forward Scholarships ($2,000) Bethlehem: Marie Sterlein

Allentown: YWCA Allentown $1,000+ Donors

Northampton County Medical Society Alliance Anne Baum

Chip & Diane Harpster Virginia Oskin Jan Ruhle

$500+ Donors Sandra Balik

Denise Pierson-Balik $250+ Donors Beth Boyer

Mary Jo Miserendino $100+ Donors Angela Carlin

Barbara Diamant $50+ Donors

Barbara Davies

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WOMEN & TEENS OF THE YEAR

PA ST R E C I P I E N TS Golden Laurel Recipients 2021 Vicki Doulé 2020 Shirlee Neumeyer 2019 Diane Harpster 2018 Kassie Hilgert 2017 Anne Baum 2016 Ashley Russo 2015 Susan Yee 2014 Ilene Wood 2013 Nancy Light 2012 Llyena Boylan 2011 Patricia Schoenen 2010 Katie Loeb-Schwab 2009 Peggy Brown 2009 Lois Wells 2008 Dr. Sally Haggerty 2007 Madeline Ramsey 2006 Beverly Bradley 2005 Jan Bealer 2004 Claire Rij 2003 Eloise Bassett Miller* 2002 Jane Pearson 2001 Debby Haight* 2000 Joan Dealtrey* 1999 Joanne Barnette 1998 Eleanor Boylston 1997 Katherine “Kitty” Merle-Smith Thomas* 1996 Priscilla Payne Hurd* 1995 Marlene “Linny” Fowler* Mission Award 2021 Veronne Demesyeux 2020 Khine Zaw 2019 Nani Cuadrado 2018 Megan Eyvazzadeh 2017 Corinne Goodwin Outstanding Public Servant 2018 Olga Negron 2016 Marta Boulos Gabriel 2014 Ellen Kern 2009 Ann McHale

2005 Christine Coll 2003 Mary Gotzon 1999 District Justice Nancy Matos Gonzalez 1998 Judge F. P. Kimberly McFadden 1997 State Representative Lisa Boscola Women of the Year 2021 Michelle Chrin 2021 Qiana Cressman 2021 Marci Martinez-Howey 2020 Kelly Chando 2020 Karina Kane 2020 Ronda Senior 2020 Anne Marie Supinski 2019 Susan Acevedo 2019 Amy Eagle Thompson 2019 Andrea Weismiller 2018 Gail Evans 2018 Chrissy Hixson 2018 Jody King 2017 Trish Dilg 2017 Tina Hasselbusch 2017 Darlene Pors 2016 Laura Azzalina 2016 Carrie Ward 2016 Gladys Wiles 2015 Marilee Falco 2015 Virginia Oskin 2015 Marie Sterlein 2014 Christina Connar 2014 Sally Handlon 2014 Dorota Gasienica-Kozak 2014 Alverta Serfass * 2013 Maureen Dresen 2013 Winnie DiLeo Melinsky 2013 Donna Goss 2013 Donna Taggart 2012 Polly Beste 2012 Barbara Diamant 2012 Lindsay Kessler 2012 Mary Stubbmann 2011 Jody Davis 27


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WOMEN & TEENS OF THE YEAR

PA ST R E C I P I E N TS 1999 Andria Keil Bilan 1999 Rose T. Craig 1999 Sandra Figueroa 1999 Esther M. Lee 1999 Magdalena F. Szabo* 1998 Rev. Nancy Adams 1998 Candace Curie 1998 Annamae Guff 1998 Pamela Pillsbury 1998 Margaret Sipple 1997 Beth Williams Boyer 1997 Twila Evans 1997 Rosa Johnson 1997 Susan Master 1997 Phyllis Niewoehner 1997 Rev. Edith B. Roberts 1996 Barbara Caldwell* 1996 Anna Claudio 1996 Mary Anne Guro 1996 Curtissa Odi 1996 Jan Ruhle 1996 Cidney Spillman 1995 Kathy Calabrese 1995 Michele Ciofalo 1995 Luz DeCastro 1995 Lois Moore 1995 Mary Stever* 1991 Sharon Allegra 1990 Patricia Kesling* 1989 Barbara Spilman 1988 Victoria “Lala” Leach* 1987 Janice Brody 1986 Pearl Frantz* 1985 Dolores Caskey* 1984 Gertrude Fox* 1981 Helene Whitaker 1980 Janet Popyach* 1979 Rebecca Stewart* 1978 Hughetta Bender* 1977 Anne McGeady 1976 Carolyn Emrich* 1975 Estelle Bramwell*

2011 Teresa Kara 2011 Karen Whitehill 2011 Cynthia Staffieri Workman 2010 Diane Donaher 2010 Jessica Lee 2010 Joy McQuay 2010 Faith Ann Ryan 2009 Melissa Craig 2009 Judith Hunsicker 2009 Patricia Sharp 2008 Barbara L. Hollenbach 2008 Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross Laylon 2008 Dr. Betty Smolansky 2007 Lucinda Dealtrey 2007 Ruth Roberts Hailperin* 2007 Natalie Miller 2007 Tomacene Nickens 2006 Anne Evans 2006 Jean Farrington 2006 Leslie Kingston 2006 Rufina Morgan* 2006 Petey Perkins* 2005 Victoria Penske-Aitchison 2005 Sandra Dale 2005 Edith “DeDe” Laver 2005 Rita Koller 2004 Karen Dolan 2004 Roseann Corsi 2004 Ann Haggerty Raines 2003 Jeannette MacDonald* 2003 Angela Carlin 2003 Diane Nolan 2002 Phyllis Walsh 2002 Gail R. Sakovics 2002 Kim Carrell-Smith 2001 Nona Gregory 2001 Patricia Holetz 2001 Jeanne Hunsicker 2000 Marion Horton* 2000 Elizabeth Kovach 2000 Blanca Smith 1999 Sue Bergman 29

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WOMEN & TEENS OF THE YEAR

PA ST R E C I P I E N TS Teen Mission Award 2021 Augusta Chelsea Dunkwu

2019 Rachael Iacovone 2019 Selena Liu 2019 Lina Perugini 2018 Nessa Cartagena 2018 Vivi Hoang 2018 Adrianna Johnson 2018 Hailey Miller 2017 Jaiden Coyne 2017 Lauren Hiller 2017 JiaMei Li 2017 Jocelyn Snyder 2016 Meghan Eller 2016 Sabrina Lin 2016 Leticia Patino-Flores 2015 Emily Kessler 2015 Tayte Messman 2015 Karen Vasquez

A Path Forward Award 2021 Carol Fernandez Educational Empowerment Award 2021 Sarah Brown 2021 Jewel Levy 2021 Sarah Elhussini 2021 Mia Senick 2020 Bianca Crespo 2020 Onabele McFadden 2020 Gabriella Palermo 2020 Zoey Reifinger 2020 Grace Taylor 2019 Erica Lynn Hummel

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WOMEN & TEENS OF THE YEAR

PA ST R E C I P I E N TS 2014 Jennifer Rodriquez 2014 Caitlynn Verzino 2013 Kiara Lebron 2013 April Lugo 2013 Maria Spirk 2012 Jennesys Aviles 2012 Shalome Sine 2011 Megan Dognall 2011 Jacquelyn de Jesús 2011 Angela Rice 2010 Lauren Thorley 2010 Belinda Vosburgh 2009 Eliana Ortiz 2009 Kirndeep Singh 2009 Vy T. Tran 2008 Giselle Brown 2008 Kirsty Bryant-Hassler 2008 Rachel Meyner 2007 Natalie Borgia 2007 Jennifer Bruno 2007 Kathleen LaTorre 2007 Megan Roth 2006 Molly Yvette Jimenez 2006 Christel Lugo 2006 Megan O’Donnell 2005 Jennifer Mulcahy-Avery 2005 Keisha-Marie Diaspe 2005 Jacqueline Conahan

2004 Meaghan Sweeney 2004 Kathleen McCord 2003 Jennifer Peters 2003 Hieu Nguyen 2003 Natalie Kotalrz 2003 Liza Alvarado 2002 Amanda Kinder 2002 Alicia Alcamo 2002 Hanh Nguyen 2001 Allison Jedinak 2001 Leslie Meyers 2001 Katie Velotta 2000 Alissa Bucsi 2000 Shan Chen 2000 Rachel Sewald 1999 Tabitha Hymans 1999 Sarah Kospiah 1999 Kristin Vázquez 1998 Nicole Brown 1998 Christina Federline 1998 Rebekah Morgan 1997 Carla Soares 1997 Jennifer Tassinaro 1996 Rebecca Gross 1996 Cara Celeste Hughes 1995 Kristina Berrio 1995 Christina Bilheimer

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YWCA Bethlehem Mission | Our work is guided by a bold mission we share with YWCA and 200 local associations across the U.S.: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

History | YWCA Bethlehem was founded in November 1927, as the result of a

community meeting that was held at Liberty High School. Our emerging association encouraged women to vote, engaged them in social issues, and provided English classes for newly arriving immigrants. Throughout the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, our historic headquarters at Market and New Streets was a community hub that promoted learning, health and recreation for women and girls in Bethlehem. Today, our staff, board, and volunteers continue to lead empowerment programs, promote social justice, and care for seniors.

Programs and Services YWCA Empowerment Programs LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley is committed to “Changing Lives One Swing at a Time!” Girls Golf encourages girls ages 7-17 to learn the game of golf and build friendships in a fun, supportive environment. Registration is now open for the 2022 season. Clinics begin May 3.

The Pop-Up Prom Shop helps make prom affordable for local teens. The one-day boutique was held on March 5 at ArtsQuest. Almost 200 teens went home with brand new dresses for only $20 each. The 2023 Pop-Up Prom Shop will be held on Saturday, February 25 at ArtsQuest. 35


TechGYRLS Afterschool S.T.E.M. Program aims to close the gender gap in S.T.E.M. professions by providing girls with high-quality, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education in a supportive environment Afterschool sessions focus on various topics including engineering, architecture, electronics, coding, robotics and computer programming.

YWeBUILD is YWCA Bethlehem’s newest program, launching this year at two Bethlehem middle schools. YWeBUILD is a hands-on education and empowerment program for girls that teaches them aspects of the contracting and construction industries through after school programming, hands-on projects, and mentorship.

Week Without Violence is YWCA USA’s annual campaign to end gender-based violence. Held each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Bethlehem partners with other community groups to promote safety and justice for women and girls. Stand Against Racism is YWCA USA’s annual campaign held each April to end systemic racism and inequities that disadvantage communities of color. At the heart of this campaign is the Stand Against Racism Challenge, 21 days of materials to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. YWCA Bethlehem Senior Programs Adult Day Services Center provides a licensed, therapeutic, social day care program for senior women and men. The purpose of the program fosters healthy social engagement for otherwise isolated seniors while providing critical respite for family caregivers.

Residential Services: YWCA Bethlehem provides case management and support services for the residents of the Fred B. Rooney Building in Southside Bethlehem in partnership with Winn Residential. Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series offers public talks on foreign policy topics as a means of bringing the community together to talk about global issues.

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Thank You To Our 2022 Sponsors Title Sponsor Air Products

Platinum Sponsors Highmark Blue Shield

Gold Sponsor St. Luke’s University Health Network ASR Media Productions

Silver Sponsor Capital Blue Cross The PNC Financial Services Group

Bronze Sponsors Bank of America M&T Bank PPL Corporation Wind Creek Bethlehem

Signature Sponsors B. Braun Medical, Inc. King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC Shangy Inc. Walter Investment Partners of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

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• S upport YWCA programs and services to the women, girls and families who need them most through gifts of time, money, or knowledge. • S erve on a YWCA committee such as Empowerment & Justice, Adult Day Services Center, Marketing/ Development, Finance, etc. •M entor Girls Golf, TechGYRLS, or YWeBUILD participants. • R ecommend our Adult Day Services Center to a family in need of the service.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Judianne Harris, Acting President Delia Marrero, Vice President

Megan Barnes Briggs, Secretary

MEMBERS Chloe Cole

Tracy Resetar

Diane Harpster

Dinoli Rowlands

Chrissy Hixson

Robyn Weaver

Karina Kane

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Frances Hesselbein

Ilene Wood

Leslie Kingston Jennifer Mann

Susan Yee

STAFF

Mahboobeh Shekari, Director of Finance & Administration Denise Pierson-Balik, Development Director

A D U LT D A Y S E R V I C E S C E N T E R Yvonne Toth, Center Director

Lori Klimko, Activity Coordinator/Asst. Director Norah Comer, Registered Nurse

Jamie Hayes, Program Aide

Valerie Dilliard, Program Aide Anna Holmes, Program Aide

Mollie Stanton, Program Aide

EMPOWE R M E NT C EN T ER & CO M MU N ITY SE R V IC E S Jodi Wycherley, Program Director Myra Piña, Coalitions Director

Anna Milan, Community Coordinator

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WOMEN

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TEENS OF THE YEAR COMMITTEE Virginia Oskin, Chair

Kelly Chando

Marie Sterlein

Tina Hasselbusch

Cynthia Staffieri-Workman

Rachel Nissim

Ann Marie Supinski

The YWCA Bethlehem has served the women and girls in the community for more than 95 years.

CREDITS ■ Gayle F. Hendricks for donating design services for print materials

associated with the Women and Teens Award Ceremony. ■ Matt Medei, Jr., our volunteer extraordinaire, for securing thousands of silent auction items for YWCA’s silent auction for more than 14 years. ■ Diane Groller for continuing to lend her time and talents to the silent auction. ■ YWCA Board Members, Women and Teens Committee Members, former Women of the Year recipients, YWCA Committee members, community volunteers and local businesses and constituents for donating items for the Silent Auction.

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Congratulates The 2022 Teens of the Year

2022 Award Winners ■ Irampaye Clarisse

■ Abigael Omwega

■ N'dia Escobales

■ Ana Reis

■ Ciana Feliciano

■ Deyona Robert

■ Minerva Ochoa

■ Kailey Turpening

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