UTICA — YWCA Mohawk Valley has announced the nine honorees who will be celebrated at its Salute to Outstanding Women luncheon and awards ceremony May 9 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.
Salute is YWCA MV’s way of honoring women in Herkimer and Oneida counties for the contributions they’ve made to the Mohawk Valley community. Each year, women are nominated by the public for nine categories and each honoree is inducted into the Salute Academy. Nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of judges.
The honorees are listed by area:
Education: Maria Lindsay, principal at Little Falls Middle School.
Entrepreneur: Christina Buschmann, owner of Yoga Hot Spot.
Health care: Dianne DiMeo, training and staff development coordinator at Regional Primary Care Network.
Human and Public Service: Gail Miskowiec, chief operations officer at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter.
Outstanding Youth: Brooke Riscica, senior at Whitesboro High School.
Professions/Business and Industry: Kristen Szarek, director of customer care center at Defense Finance Accounting Service Rome.
Social Justice: Olivia Paul, financial compliance officer at The Hartford.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math): Lisa Davis, coordinator of Westmoreland Central Schools’ Maker Space.
Unsung Heroine: Sister Lois Paciello, community outreach and bereavement director at Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The honorees will be officially inducted into the Salute Academy, an ever-growing collective of 248 women who have been honored in 31 years.
To RSVP or inquire about sponsorship opportunities for this year’s luncheon, call (315) 732-2159, ext. 238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds benefit YWCA MV’s services, including domestic and sexual violence crisis services, shelter and transitional housing, education and outreach programs.
The reveal event was sponsored by Valentino’s Banquet Hall.