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YWCA 'Women of the Year' award winners

These are the winners of the YWCA 'Women of the Year' awards: Amy Herrick Category: Advocating for Equality Job: Assistant principal at Discovery Middle School Bio: Herrick designed a curriculum addressing issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, tr...

Amy Herrick

These are the winners of the YWCA 'Women of the Year' awards:

Amy Herrick

Category: Advocating for Equality

Job: Assistant principal at Discovery Middle School

Bio: Herrick designed a curriculum addressing issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community.

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Susie Ekberg Risher

Category: Art and Communications

Job: Author and columnist for The Forum

Bio: Risher has avidly supported the area's art community through writing, teaching and speaking as well as sponsoring concert series and giving grants to artists.

Michelle Killoran

Category: Business

Job: CFO of Scheels

Bio: The second woman to serve on Scheels board of directors, Killoran played a vital role in raising $5.1 million in 2012 for the United Way of Cass Clay's annual campaign.

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Heather Ranck

Category: Community Service

Job: International trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce

Bio: Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, Ranck founded Project English program, which helps new Americans learn English.

Jane Greminger

Category: Education

Job: Director of Nokomis Child Care Centers

Bio: Greminger began her career with Nokomis Child Care Centers 21 years ago as a preschool teacher. During her role as director, the organization expanded to include language and reading improvement programs.

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Gerri Leach

Category: Faith Community

Job: Executive director at Jail Chaplains

Bio: Through her leadership with Jail Chaplains, Leach oversees faith-based programs in the Cass County Jail as well as support groups for former inmates as they rejoin the community.

Andrea Wagner

Category: Volunteer Service

Job: Online designer at Concordia College

Bio: Communications and Marketing coordinator for FM Church Sheltering Project, Wagner designed an online scheduling system for organization's volunteers and manages its social media.

Jane Taber

Category: Wellness

Job: Director of Sanford's Emergency Health Center and Observation Unit

Bio: Taber employed her passion for helping victims of sexual assault as leader of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program after completing training as a sexual assault nurse examiner and in emergency nursing, critical care nursing and nursing leadership.

Annise Montplaisir

Category: Young Women of Today and Tomorrow

Job: NDSU student

Bio: Montplaisir, an NDSU freshman, initiated grade school literacy program Read with a Teen and Beautiful to the Core, a young women's empowerment event, while attending Moorhead High School.

Lisa Schwinden

Category: Youth Advocacy

Job: Osgood Golf Course head professional

Bio: A certified Class A professional with the Professional Golf Association of America, Schwinden founded the LPGA Girls Golf Club at Osgood and coached North Dakota State University's women's golf team.

Carol A. Johnson

Category: Florence Reed Owens Lifetime Achievement

Job: General manager of Ramada Plaza and Suites

Bio: Throughout her lengthy volunteerism career, Johnson has served as board president for several organizations including United Way of Cass Clay, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Alcohol Outreach and The Children's Museum.

Eide Bailly LLP

Category: Business/Organization that Empowers Women

Job: CPA and business consulting firm

Bio: Eide Bailly LLP established a firm-wide women's initiative in 2005 called First Focus, which aimed to ensure that women are as likely to succeed as men.

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