56 Young Professional Women Honored

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati has announced its 2017 class of YWCA Rising Star Award recipients. The YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement created the Rising Star Award and Network in 2002 as a way to mentor and support younger women (age 25 – 40) in pursuit of excellence in their careers. Nomination criteria include having the qualities of an outstanding performer, proven leadership abilities, and the potential to attain marked achievement in her chosen career. Rising Star Award recipients become part of a network with special access to mentoring, networking, and educational opportunities. This year, 56 women join the more than 700 YWCA Rising Stars in Greater Cincinnati.

Following are the young professional women awarded as 2017 Rising Stars:

  • Ahmyah S. Smith, Director of Recruitment/Senior Program Manager, Public Allies Cincinnati
  • Alina C. Nosal, Associate to VP of Student Affairs and PIO, University of Cincinnati
  • Amanda Troutman, Business Analyst, Assurex Health
  • Amy Dagilis, Designer, Madison Design
  • Anshu Anand, Associate Attorney, Musillo Unkenholt, LLC
  • Ashlee Foltz, Chief Compliance Officer, Cintas Corporation
  • Brandie Ryan, Store Manager, The Kroger Company
  • Casey Ruschman, Foundation Manager, Duke Energy
  • Chris Kim Kahn, Senior Associate, Frost Brown Todd
  • Deirdre Willingham, Manager – Technical Services, The Western & Southern Financial Group
  • DeVonna Gatlin, PhD Candidate in Chemistry, University of Cincinnati
  • Dominique Francisco, Community Relations Director, Tamaya for Cincinnati
  • Littisha Bates, Associate Professor Sociology, University of Cincinnati
  • Nicole Avant, Assistant Professor Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati
  • Ebony Feaster, District Operations Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Emily Chesnut, Sr. Analyst – Electronic Medical Records, Cincinnati Children’s
  • Esther Claros-Berlioz, Graduate Student – Discovery Center, Miami University OH
  • Felicia Beckham, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Tri-State Pulmonary Associates
  • Hannah Taphorn, Manager- Research and Database, REDI Cincinnati
  • Jaime Love, Program Officer, Interact for Health
  • Jamie Simms, Community Pastor, Crossroads Church
  • Jasmin Sandhu, Auditor, Clark Schaefer Hackett
  • Jena Bradley, Manager- Community Engagement, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Jenna Kelly, Manager – Service Improvement & Patient Experience, UC Health
  • Jennifer Marquino, Vice President Head of Valuation, Ohio National Financial Services
  • Jennifer Sorensen, Technology and Operations Continuous Improvement Manager AVP, U.S. Bank
  • Jessica Macleod, Sr. Category Manager – Money Services, The Kroger Company
  • Jessica Robledo Garcia, Regional Supply Network Operations Leader, Procter & Gamble
  • Jessica Wright, Director of Employer Engagement, Cincinnati Works
  • Jessy Lyons, Director – Residential Domestic Violence Services, YWCA Greater Cincinnati
  • Jodi Fritsch, Director of Marketing, HORAN
  • Kathleen Tranter, Associate Attorney, Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc
  • Kelly Mills, Purchasing Manager, Procter & Gamble
  • Kelly Pitcher, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Kenya Simmons, Community Engagement Consultant—Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cofounder—Sister Girl Dream Big, LLC
  • Kiana R. Trabue, Executive Director – Gen H, The Health Colaborative
  • Kyra Shahid, Associate Director – Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Xavier University
  • Latisha Williams, CoRE Recruiting Manager, The Kroger Company
  • Lauren Jones, Community Engagement Specialist, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Lauren Wells, Relationship Strategist, PNC
  • Lora Hamilton, Sr. General Ledger Accountant, Messer Construction Co.
  • Miranda Millard, Development Associate, MORTAR
  • Morgan Owens, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant/Entrepreneur, TriHealth/Self
  • Natalie Lima Hall, Human Resource Generalist, Best Upon Request
  • Neso Shteiwi, Licensed Financial Center Manager II, Fifth Third Bancorp and Fifth Third Securities
  • Paaras H. Parker, Head of Talent, 84.51°
  • Rachel Niederhausen, Product Manager, Great American Insurance Company
  • Regan Schmidt, Counsel II, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Reva Harden, Administrative Assistant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Sadie Steller, VP and Manager, Robin Wood Flowers
  • Sarah Vonderbrink Geiger, Associate, Keating Muething & Klekamp
  • Shannon Yung, Program Manager, The Mayerson Foundation
  • Tammi Bedolla, Senior Underwriter, Chubb North America
  • Teresa Martinez, Management Supervisor, Northlich
  • Tomica Chitterson, Professional Clinical Counselor, A Sound Mind Counseling
  • Trinitii D. Brewer, Contract Renewal Manager, CVS Health/Omnicare

About the YWCA:

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Greater Cincinnati has been serving the community for 148 years. YWCA Greater Cincinnati serves more than 34,000 men, women and their families each year through programs focused in 3 key pillars: empowerment & economic advancement, health & safety, and racial justice & inclusion. YWCA Greater Cincinnati is a United Way partner agency. For information call the YWCA Greater Cincinnati at (513) 241-7090 or visit www.ywcacincinnati.org.

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