Past Women of Distinction

The Center for Women and Families has been recognizing outstanding women in the community through the Women of Distinction Award since 1988 at our annual Celebration of Service and Survival Gala. An individual honored as a Woman of Distinction has given a lifetime of professional and/or volunteer services that has left an indelible mark on the Kentuckiana community.

Women of Distinction have made significant contributions to education, health care, civil rights, the arts, human services, the welfare of children and the advancement of women. To date 172 women have received this honor.

Past Women of Distinction

2018
Cathe Dykstra
Sally Wilson Erny
Sophie Maier
Barbara Sexton Smith
Kathryn Kennedy Wallace

2017
Joanne Berryman
Pam Greenwell
Carol Heideman
Alice Houston
Surekha Kulkarni

2016
Sharon Currens
Laura Douglas
Joni Jenkins
Eileen Recktenwald
Sheila Schuster

2015
Pat Byron
Dawne Gee
Carol Jordan
Dorothy Ridings
Audrey Tayse Haynes

2014
Ann L. Coffey
Phyllis E. Florman
Jennifer R. Jewell
Judy Lambeth
Kathryn M. Mershon

2013
Madeline Abramson
Dr. Renee Campbell
Susan Ely
Tori Murden McClure
Mary Gwen Wheeler

2012
Jane Beshear
Carolle Jones Clay
Connie Fox
Diane Graeter
Kim Greene
Lindy B. Street

2011
Jane Godchaux Emke
Eleanor Jordan
Alice Miles
Andree Mondor
Shelley Santry

2010
M. Gabriela Alcalde
Bonnie M. Brown
Kathy Paulin
Judi C. Patton
Amy Weston Roth

2009
Alice Brooks
Crit Luallen
Marcia Roth
Kathy Smith-Andrew
Joanne McCarten Weis

2008
Carol Butler
Julie Hermann
Denise Spratt
Dr. Lillian Yeager*
Cathy Zion

2007
Martha Layne Collins
Cheryl Hillenburg
Pam Johnson
Jessica Loving
Charlotte Tharp
Marsha Weinstein

2006
Juanita Beach
Reba Doutrick
Jean Frazier
Adele Leight
Alice Lucille Martin

2005
Nana Yaa Asantewaa
Marie Clay
Mary Stone
Maura Temes
Letitia “Letty” Walter

2004
Elmer Lucille Allen
Virginia Gray Henry-Blakemore
June Parrish-Hicks*
Mary Ann Sodrel
Shelly Zegart

2003
Marie K. Abrams
Mary Moss Greenebaum
Allie Corbin Hixson*
Kathryn M. Raines*
Ceciliana Skees, S.L.
Margaret Yeager Williams*

2002
Hazel Bales*
Nina Bonnie
Johnnie Jones
Joyce Seymour
Roanne Victor*

2001
Sister Guadalupe Arciniega
Mary ‘Polly’ Hise Brown*
Ella Roberts*
Marie Robertson*
Katherine Jones Smith*

2000
Eleanor L. Foreman
Molly Leonard*
Tommie Cadden O’Callaghan*
Suzy Post
Terry Sales*

1999
Dora B. Bush*
Jane C. Duerr*
Marlene M. Grissom
Lillian C. Milanof*
Lizzie G. Miller

1998
Ruth K. Bledsoe
Dolores S. Delahanty
Leah J. Dickstein, M.D.
Marilyn A. McLaughlin
Bette Payne*

1997
Juanita Burks*
Claudia Crump, Ph.D.
Fanny Rose Rosenbaum*
Cornelia Atherton Serpell*
Sue Speed

1996
Thelma Bertrand*
Anne Braden*
Helen Lew Lang*
Johnetta Marshall
Naomi Pressma
Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau*

1995
Lilialyce Akers, Ph.D*
Clementine B.“Tiny” Barthold
Renee Butterworth
Daisy P. Hitchcock
Virginia T. Keeney, M.D.
Carolyn Neustadt

1994
Eileen M. Egan, SCN, J.D.,Ph.D.*
Eleanor J. Hutchinson*
Katherine G. Peden*
Inez Segell
Mary Norton Shands*
Marjorie Smith*

1993
Polly Zimmer Cochran*
Ming Dick*
Dr. Lucy M. Freibert, SCN*
Helen Helman*
Harriett Porter*

1992
Jane Barth Anderson*
Jeanne B. Frank*
Bettie L. Johnson*
Mary J. Mullins*
Sister Angelice Seibert*

1991
Betty Arrasmith*
Phyllis Knight Gifford*
Mae Street Kidd*
Margaret Read
Mary Rudd*

1990
Dr. Dudley Ashton*
Betty S. Fleischaker
Maud Fliegelman
Barbara S. Miller*
Lois Walker Morris*
Frances M. Parrish*
Rose L. Rubel*
Evelyn L. Waldrop*

1989
Alberta Wood Allen*
Minx M. Auerbach*
Gerta Bendl*
Gladys W. Carter*
Virginia Mason*
Elaine Gifford Musselman*
Georgia M. Powers*
Dr. Joan E. Thomas*

1988
Helen Abell*
Mary Bingham*
Sara “Sally” Shallenberger Brown*
Mary Helen Byck*
Amelia Brown Frazier*
Doni Greenebaum*
Jane L. Greenebaum*
Jane Morton Norton*
Murray A. Walls*
Hortense H. Young*

*Denotes deceased