The YWCA Princeton will present its 28th annual Tribute to Women awards, recognizing 10 area women who have made significant contributions in their professions and communities, on Thursday, March 3, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
The awards are sponsored by Tyco, NRG Energy, and the Times of Trenton. The event is open to the public and the cost to attend is $125. Visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/tributetowomen or call 609-497-2100, ext. 333.
This year’s honorees are:
#b#Beth Ogilvie-Freda#/b#, owner of Ogilvie Appraisals LLC. An advocate for affordable housing, Ogilvie-Freda has been a board member of Princeton Community Housing for the past 10 years. She served as its president from 2001 to 2003 and again since 2007.
As secretary of the Princeton Committee of the Legal Defense Fund, she has worked to protect the civil rights of minorities in central New Jersey. Ogilvie-Freda has also served as secretary of the Bryn Mawr Club of Princeton and as a Girl Scout volunteer. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Rider University.
#b#Debra Joy Perez#/b#, senior program officer in research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She develops, implements, and manages research and evaluation projects related to public health, human capital, and diversity.
A trustee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, Perez is the founder of the Twenty-Five Dollar Fund at PACF to assist in preparing young adults for college through coaching and mentoring. She is a graduate of Rutgers, the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, Baruch College, and Harvard University.
#b#Elizabeth Gray Erickson#/b#, community volunteer. Erickson is a trustee of Isles and VolunteerConnect and a former trustee of Family & Children’s Services, Kidsbridge Children’s Museum, and YouthNoise. She also volunteers at Princeton Area Community Foundation, coordinating the Fund for Women and Girls.
Erickson founded YouthNoise at Save the Children, a non-sectarian international relief and development organization. YouthNoise later became a stand-alone nonprofit organization for which she served as vice president. She is a graduate of Williams College and Northwestern University.
#b#Jessica Durrie#/b#, owner of Small World Coffee. Born in Berkeley, California, Durrie grew up in Italy, Brazil, and Australia. Since opening Small World on Witherspoon Street in 1993 she has transformed the cafe into a community center. She also has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in a Women’s Entrepreneur Group (WEG) and serves on the board of the Arts Council of Princeton. Durrie is a graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Major General #b#Maria Falca-Dodson#/b#, New Jersey Air National Guard. A two-star general, Falca-Dodson is the first woman to command the New Jersey Air National Guard. Previously she was the first female deputy adjutant general of New Jersey, where she oversaw 8,300 members and mobilized 7,000 soldiers and airmen in support of operations in Iraq and deployment for Hurricane Katrina and Rita efforts.
Falca-Dodson co-founded the New Jersey State Family Readiness Council, a non-profit organization that helps military families with financial and other challenges that arise during deployment. She is a supporter of the Youth Challenge Program at Fort Dix, a residential program that assists high-risk teens complete high school, and is on the board of the College of New Jersey Alumni Association and St. Francis Hospital in Trenton. She is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and Central Michigan University.
#b#Mika Ryan#/b#, president and CEO, Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Commission, which attracts, creates, and supports sports and entertainment events.
Ryan’s career as a women’s basketball coach spans from 1977 through 1993 and includes teams at the College of New Jersey, Rider, and the University of Virginia. She was instrumental in bringing the women’s NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” tournament to Mercer County in 2006, the first time in history a NCAA women’s post-season basketball tournament was held at a neutral site. She is the girl’s varsity basketball coach at Princeton Day School, a high school lacrosse umpire, and a registered pet therapy volunteer. She serves as a member of Rider University’s Board of Trustees and received the 2007 Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction award.
#b#Sandra Baumann#/b#, Tyco International. Baumann works to encourage women and minorities to engage in community involvement and volunteerism at all levels. She oversees Tyco’s community engagement initiatives that include volunteer and philanthropic efforts locally and internationally. She has served on the event committees and volunteered for several area organizations.
Baumann also founded a group that connects for-profit and not-for-profit leaders from the Princeton region to collaborate on initiatives. She also serves as a volunteer with Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary. She is a graduate of Rider University and Fairleigh Dickinson.
#b#Susan Pikaart Bristol#/b#, Susan Pikaart Bristol Architect. Bristol, a LEED-certified architect based in Rocky Hill, and her husband were involved in the formation of the Trenton area Habitat for Humanity. She serves on numerous committees and boards that focus on regional community planning and architecture — PlanSmart NJ, Homefront, the Princeton Junior School’s Learning through Landscapes program, Princeton Day School, the YWCA Princeton, and Trinity Church.
Bristol is a former chair of the Rocky Hill Planning Board. In 2002 she became an adjunct professor in the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Virginia.
#b#Terri Harris Reed#/b#, vice provost for institutional equity and diversity at Princeton University. Reed co-founded and co-chairs the university’s Diversity Council, on which she is responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to increase diversity and tolerance. She serves on several boards, including the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County and the New Jersey Network of the American Council of Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, dedicated to advancing women to leadership roles at institutions of higher education.
As a board member for Way of the Word Community Development Corporation she has worked to find solutions for homeless mothers and their children. She has earned degrees from Calvin College, Harvard, and Howard University.
#b#Irene Etkin Goldman#/b#, recipient of the Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award. Goldman serves as board chair and NGO representative to the United Nations for the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, where she has spent two decades working to abolish nuclear weapons, build a peace economy, and halt weapons trafficking at home and abroad. She has led several initiatives to bring individuals together on issues of peace, disarmament, and empowerment.
Post 9/11, and in conjunction with the YWCA, Goldman led Unity Day parades and culture events, spurred conversations with the Muslim community, and helped create the Central Jersey Interfaith Gathering. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Chair of this year’s awards is #b#Linda Richter#/b#, founder and president of Personal Paperwork Solutions and More Inc., an East Windsor-based firm that specializes in organizing paperwork for individuals and companies