Women of Distinction


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bowen-Thompson Student Union Multipurpose Room

Doors Open 3:30pm

Program Begains 4:00pm

Hors d'oeuvres Provided

The Women of Distinction award honors BGSU faculty, staff, students, alumnae, and community members with excellence, ingenuity and the ability to overcome barriers that still exist for women. The women selected for this honor represent a diversity of backgrounds, personal characteristics, life experiences and are lifelong advocates for promoting equity for women and girls everywhere. At the ceremony, a panel discussion will be held, allowing the six finalists to share their advice, inspiration, and experience.

Nominations are being accepted from November 1 through December 3, 2018.  All BGSU faculty, staff and students are eligible for nomination! Nomination form can be found and submitted at https://orgsync.com/8315/forms/342959

Finalists are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Serve as a role model and/or mentor to other women and girls.
  • Exhibits dedication to empowering women and girls to achieve their goals
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the BGSU mission and encourages others to live up to BGSU’s core values:  respect for one another, cooperation, intellectual and spiritual growth, creative imaginings, and pride in a job well done.
  • Advocates for and reinforces policies, practices, attitudes, and/or actions that are intended to produce equitable outcomes for all while garnishing the respect within the community.
  • Is a leader who has made extraordinary contributions in her communities through their time, talent, and/or resources

Past award recipients

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Dr. Kate Dailey

"Now more than ever, it matters to have women like Kate in leadership positions. Kate leads with authenticity, strength, and empathy. She provides a voice for the disenfranchised, and is a strong advocate for social justice. Kate has made Firelands a better place, and we are lucky to have her."-Megan Zahler

Jadwiga Carlson

“ She is a pure joy to be around and it is refreshing to work with someone so positive and happy and passionate about their work. “ –Jenna Pollock

Lakeshia Dowlen

“Kesh makes sure she never forgets that although it will be difficult and rare to see folks in leadership positions that look like her, it doesn’t mean she can give up nor stop helping women of color in positions below her pursue leadership roles in their careers as well.”- Emalie Chandras

Rebeccah Knoop

“Becca is one of my role models, not that I would ever tell her. The way she handles herself in leadership positions and in our male dominated field is something I aspire to emulate. She stands up for herself and is intelligent, technical, ambitious, and efficient.”- Haven Brown

Madelaine Pope

“Madeleine likes to bring women's issues to the forefront of the courses that she teaches and analyzes them with her classroom. Through this, she provides an environment where all of her students learn and where the women of her classroom understand that their voices are heard and she supports them.” – Jessica Eylem

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Michaela Schrum
“Michaela encourages excellence, understanding, and conviction to improve one’s life and stand against institutional and personal forces which actively permeate throughout our society to keep people down. Her ability to appreciate, engross herself, and ultimately understand another’s culture and another’s viewpoint from their cultural perspective still amazes me.”   
  - Ryan Hankins

Pempho Chinkondenji
“Pempho has always been committed to causes that empower women and girls in her home country Malawi as well as the U.S. She co-founded the non-profit “Loving Arms.”   
    – Oluwafisayo Ilemobola Oke

“Pempho has demonstrated a deep care and passion to help girls and women of all ages and backgrounds to further excel in life.”  
     – Rebecca Beyer

Sara Chambers
“From doing female-centered theatre, to supporting students in their womanhood, to providing opportunities for women to come and activate their bodies, Sara does it all.” 
    - Christa Federico

Sheila Brown
“During her tenure at BGSU she has demonstrated her genuine concern, compassion and love for all students, particularly young women of all ages. Miss Sheila is one of the most well-known and most beloved people on this campus among students of color in particular.”
    - Taylor Riggs

Keji Kujjo
“Keji is great at thinking about other people’s development and sharing opportunities that may help them grow. BGSU is so lucky to have such a dedicated, passionate, and world-minded individual like Keji.”
    - Autumn Reddell

Maureen Doyle
“Through their work as a Student Leadership Assistant and president of Omega Phi Alpha they have worked hard to intentionally impart leadership development opportunities on women across a variety of constituency groups on campus.”
    – Anna Fredendall


Dr. Peg Yacobucci
“Peg has shown me, by example, how to advocate effectively for justice while keeping in mind the perspectives of positive outlook and humor.”
    - Dr. Andrew Layden

I value Peg as a role model, mentor, research collaborator and friend. I am a better person – and my career is in a better position - because of Peg.”
    - Dr. Lisa Hanasono

Amanda Dortch
“Anyone who doubts the capabilities of women as leaders simply needs to look at Amanda and all the things she is accomplishing. Unknowingly, Amanda inspires women, like myself, to step up and take action for what is right.  In addition, she empowers other women so that they feel confident enough to take the first steps to serving and leading others.”
    - Allison Laber

Ebonee Johnson
“I believe she posses the characteristics of an outstanding student leader who is ethical and compassionate in all she does.”
    - Dean Jodi Webb

 “I am so thankful to have met a woman like Ebonee Johnson, who pushes me to think critically, work hard for students, and empower other women to achieve their goals.” 
    - Danielle Parker

Christine Seiler
“I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude in words for how Christine has pushed me this year. Reflecting on all that has been accomplished and achieved on paper, I truly feel that it pales in comparison to what I have gained personally and professionally as a result of becoming closer with Christine.”
    - Maggy Dorian

Heather Golden
“Heather is an extraordinary woman who contributes to the overall success of the BGSU community everyday through her dedication to students and leadership as a higher education professional. She exceeds expectations in all aspects of her work and the students and community of BGSU benefit greatly from having her talent and expertise on campus.”
    - Katie Elmer

Dr. Susana Peña
“Susana is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women. You see daily in her efforts in helping to promote and foster the Women’s Studies department, supporting programs of the Women’s Center and in working with other women on campus…She has been a mentor to faculty, staff and students alike.”
    - Ray Plaza

Tess Cardoza
 “Tess is a wonderful mentor and friend to me. She does everything in her power to make sure that I'm doing all right and I have everything I need to be successful. Tess does the same for everyone else, as well. She is one of the most selfless people I know and she always puts those she cares about first.”
    - Emily Soster

Holly Grunn
“She challenges the women she interacts with to find their voice and use it to enact positive and sustainable change.”
    - Tiffany LeDonne

 “She is always kind with her words, and listens to others’ opinions before coming back with her own. Cooperation is very high on her list of skills because she is not someone to work alone.”
    - Tiffany Mitchell

Adriana Darris
“Adriana exemplifies what it means to be passionate, inclusive, and an active Falcon. She is a role model for the BGSU mission and core values. I believe that Adriana has laid a foundation of student activism on campus. This empowerment of her peers has been critical in helping to bring other voices to the table.”
    - Ray Plaza

Claire Austin
“One of the best parts about having Claire in my life is that not only do I know that she is there to support me but she is always there to teach me and help me better myself.”
    - Sarah Adams

“Claire embodies the service and leadership that BGSU hopes students will have a good sense of before they leave. She demonstrates leadership through all of her actions…she provides students with the opportunities and skills so that they may grow.”
    - Anna Voinovich

Tiffany Mitchell
“She brings educational opportunities to women on campus and encourages conversations that build confidence among her peers, contributing to the overall advancement of womanhood.”
    - Tiffany LeDonne

 “As Panhellenic President, Tiffany empowers a large group of women to achieve their goals by encouraging them to live out their values, take on leadership roles, get involved in the community, and so much more.”
    - Kelly Rowe 

Dr. Lilani Attygalle
“Without a doubt, Dr. Attygalle has become a role model to me. The time and insight that she has given to me, as an aspiring female physicist, is without a doubt invaluable. I believe that as a woman, it is hard to aspire to become something that you have not seen. Having Dr. Attygalle as a mentor has shown me that I too can fall in the footsteps of these great women. One day, when I become a physics professor, I would like to do the same for one of my female students.”
- Rebekah Thomas

Dr. Kristine Blair
“Blair encourages and challenges her students and colleagues: she genuinely wants everyone to do their best; her encouragement and assistance allows one to accomplish such.”
- Mariana Grohowski

Lashaunda Marie Brown-Clopton
“She has been prepared to speak truth to power in standing up for equality and inclusion issues. She has modeled the concept of lift as you climb. Even as a young leader she honors those who have inspired her, made others believe they can be part of making change, and then supported others in taking action.”
- Jane Rosser

Dr. Cordula Mora
“Cordula has contributed hugely to who I am today as well as what I stand for. Her intuitive nature and the way she asked questions when she did not know something gave me the encouragement to be brave, stand up for what I believed in, and to pursue my dreams. Being in her lab has given me the power to go for a career that is mainly male-dominated: academia and research.”
- Merissa Acerbia

Haley Seeley
“Through Haley’s thoughtful interactions with the women on campus through Greek Life and the Women’s Center she models a values congruent lifestyle in her own actions. It is not just her actions, but also through time and effort devoted to explaining ways for students to help creative positive changes in their community.”
- Tessa Carson

Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder
“My interactions with Kacee have had a significant impact on my understanding and awareness of the unique experiences of women in the workplace. As a colleague and supervisor of women, I am grateful for her willingness to engage me in meaningful discussions and to hold me accountable for continuing to grow in this area, hopefully contributing to greater efficacy on my part as a colleague and supervisor.”
- Garrett Gilmer