YWCA of Cass Clay announces Women of the Year nominees

Winners will be announced at the 50th annual Women of the Year event April 24.

YWCA Cass Clay has announced its 2023 Women of the Year nominees.
Contributed / YWCA website

FARGO — YWCA Cass Clay has announced the 41 women who will be honored at the 50th annual Women of the Year awards event April 24. The evening will culminate with the announcement of this year's recipients in 13 award categories.

The nominees are:

  • Wendy Allen, Warm Blanket Hugs and Preferred Coupon Book
  • Katie Beedy, Tellwell Story Co.
  • Amy Benedict, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Dr. Anne Blackhurst, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Tara Bowen, Family Healthcare, Homeless Health Services
  • Nicole Davidson, The Title Company
  • Heather Gades, North Dakota State University – Dept. of Residence Life
  • Vanessa Gallagher, Transitional Supported Employment of Minnesota
  • Precious Garpeh-Dweh, WIN-Liberia
  • Dr. Kara Gravley-Stack, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Sasha Holmes, Regency Title, Inc.
  • Sally Jacobson, Red River Zoo
  • Kayla Jones, North Dakota State University
  • Trisha Lake, TLC Cleaning
  • Sheri Larson, Moorhead Business Association
  • Natalie Lemnus, Emerging Prairie
  • Addison Loerzel, Addie’s Royal Cupcake Stand/Addie’s Spread Your Sunshine
  • Amy Longtin, Fargo Park District and Tech4Kids
  • Kathy Lonski, Sanford Ambulance
  • Sharon Miller, OnSharp
  • Pastor Karin Moberg, Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Parish
  • Julie Norris, Rustad Recreation Center
  • Michelle Parkinson, Prairie St. John’s
  • Katie Peterson, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
  • Tanya RedRoad, Indigenous Association
  • Cairn Reisch, Marvin
  • Marjorie Schlossman, Artist and painting instructor
  • Suzanne Senske, Microsoft
  • Trisha Stibbe, GiGi’s Playhouse
  • Chelsey Strand, Box of Balloons
  • Jennifer Swenson, Kindred Area Arts Partnership
  • Kate Syverson, Sanford Health Fargo
  • Tiffany Taylor, Elite Massage Academy
  • Megan Tee, Lutheran Church of the Cross
  • Rachel Thurs, Great North Insurance, a division of HUB International Great Plains
  • Sharon Traylor, Roots Hair and Soul
  • Samantha Turner Photography
  • Jordan Wiedmann, Saint Sophie’s Psychiatric Center
  • Britni Wyum, Faith + Journey Lutheran Church
  • Aimee Zachrison, Oak Grove Lutheran School
  • Helene Zelaya, Peace Corps and Together Women

Award categories are:

  • Advocating for Equality
  • Arts & Culture
  • Business Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Communications
  • Community & Volunteer Service
  • Education
  • Faith Community
  • Health & Wellness
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Science & Technology
  • Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow
  • Youth Advocacy

An additional business award will be given for Leader in Women's Empowerment.
Tickets will go on sale March 1. For more information, email or call 701-232-2547.

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