YWCA awards women leaders

The YWCA has announced the finalists for the 2015 Tribute to Women awards. All finalists will be honored and the winners will be announced at the Tribute to Women event on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in downtown Knoxville.

Throughout the past 30 years, the YWCA Knoxville has recognized the contributions, leadership and community impact of women in East Tennessee. The 31st YWCA Tribute to Women finalists for each award category include:

Arts and Innovation

Girls Rock Camp

Jacqueline Shipwash, quality manager and project manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marcia Goldenstein, professor emeritus, University of Tennessee School of Art

Melanie Mayes, staff scientist and team leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Business and Professional Leadership

Cindy McConkey, consultant, Effective Communication and Organizational Development Strategies

Debby Saraceni, vice president of marketing and physician services, Covenant Health

Jennifer Caldwell, group leader of technology commercialization, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tammy White, president and CEO, Leadership Knoxville

Civic Service, Government and Education

Christi Branscom, deputy to the mayor/COO, City of Knoxville

Janet Gurwitch, retired assistant district attorney, Knox County District Attorney’s Office

Julia Hopper Daniel, president, Mayme Carmichael School Organization, Inc.

Lillian Burch, executive director, disABILITY Resource Center

Health and Human Services

Carolyn Pointer Neil, regional director of clinical services, Asbury Place, and owner, Elder Advocates

Mary Nelle Osborne, manager of recovery services, Peninsula, a division of Parkwest

Nancy Christian, president and CEO, Florence Crittenton Agency

Pam Wolf, founder and CEO, Harmony Family Center

Young Female Impact

Emily Skaar, director of entrepreneurship, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Leah Scruggs, customer relations specialist, Varsity Knoxville

Christa Hammaker, Refugee Ministry summer intern, Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church

Spirit Award

Lynn Talley, attorney, Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Advocates Medical Center

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sherri Parker Lee, author, benefactor and entrepreneur
“Even in our 31st year, we are humbled and amazed by the number of hardworking and generous women working, serving and leading here in East Tennessee,” YWCA Knoxville CEO Marigail Mullin said. “We look forward to honoring these women for their achievements and sharing their stories to help encourage others in our community.”