Ten women will be added to the Princeton YWCA’s list of Tribute to Women honorees during the 30th annual awards dinner on Thursday, March 7, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Established in 1984, the award program honors women who have made significant contributions to their professions and the community in executive, entrepreneurial, professional, educational, elected, activist, and volunteer roles.
“The YWCA Princeton has honored over 300 women who have generously given of themselves for the good of others,” says Linda Richter, the event co-chair along with Georgianne Vinicombe. “Their lives are stories of accomplishments and accolades. It is an honor to present to the community this group of remarkable women.”
The honorary chair of the 2013 event is Brenda Ross-Dulan, executive vice president and Southern New Jersey regional president of Wells Fargo. Sponsors include Wells Fargo, NRG Energy, Bill and Judy Scheide, and New Jersey Manufacturers. Funds raised during the event, which costs $125 per person, support the YWCA’s many programs and classes. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/tributetowomen or call 609-497-2100 x316.
The 2013 honorees, nominated by peers and co-workers and selected by a committee, are:
Brenda Ross Dulan, honorary chair. In her position at Wells Fargo, she oversees 150 branches and $12 billion in deposits. She serves on many boards, including NJTV, Coopers Ferry Community Development Corporation, and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. She holds degrees from Howard University and UCLA.
Debby D’Arcangelo. The president and CEO of Mercer County’s Planned Parenthood Association is the recipient of the Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award. She has previously worked for Isles, the Lawrenceville School, and J.P. Morgan. She has served as a trustee at many organizations, including the YWCA Trenton and the Trenton Public Education Foundation. She has also worked with the Mercer County Community College Foundation, the NAACP Trenton Chapter, New Jersey Policy Perspective, and numerous other groups. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from Princeton.
Debbie Bazarsky. Bazarsky is the founding director of the nationally recognized Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center at Princeton University as well as an adjunct professor in Widener University’s graduate program. She is also involved with the New Jersey Gender Rights Advocacy Association. Previously, she was founding coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California. She is a graduate of Miami and Widener universities.
Barbara Coe. After working at Young and Rubicam in New York, Coe has been a committed volunteer for the past 20 years. She currently serves as vice chair of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and is on the board of Isles. The Lambertville resident has served previously on Womanspace’s Advisory Council and with Planned Parenthood. She holds degrees from Vassar, Columbia, and Pace University.
Tanuja Dehne. Dehne, a senior vice president at NRG Energy, has helped secure more than $500,000 for local charities dedicated to children in need in urban communities. She also serves on the boards of HomeFront and Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and has worked with Dress for Success and the United Way of Greater Mercer County. A Princeton resident, she earned a bachelor’s at Lafayette, and master’s at Penn, and a law degree from Syracuse.
Jodi Inverso. A breast cancer suvivor, Inverso is a leader in supporting breast cancer awareness. She facilitates the Young Survivors Group at the YWCA’s Breast Cancer Resource Center and the Young Survival Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. She also volunteers for numerous breast cancer-related charities. She works as the vice president for brand management and communications at the United Way of Greater Mercer County. The York College graduate lives in Lawrenceville as serves on the PTO of Eldridge Park Elementary School.
Geri LaPlaca. LaPlaca founded Your Resource (now Goodwill Home Medical Equipment), which provides affordable, refurbished medical equipment to those in need. She has helped more than 10,000 clients and supplied more than 25,000 reutilized items. She lives in Lambertville and attended the University of North Carolina.
Rose Nini. The former dean of Mercer County Community College is the founder of Sage Works Consulting and serves on the board of Womanspace. She has also been on the boards of Kidsbridge and the Mercer County Commission on Abused, Neglected and Missing Children and has volunteered with Opera New Jersey and Boheme Opera. She lives in Princeton and holds degrees from Princeton University and Central Michigan University.
Kelly Rouba. Rouba’s goal is to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to participate in society. She works with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security on emergency preparedness for the special needs population and serves with the Hamilton Township Special Needs Commission, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, and the Patient Advocacy Institute. The Mercerville resident is an alumna of the College of New Jersey.
Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman. Rowe-Rendleman is the principal consultant and CEO of Omar Consulting Group, a medical/pharmaceutical consulting company. She has worked to advance young women in science and technology and founded the Women in Science mentoring initiative and the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Group at Princeton University. She is a Girl Scout troop leader in West Windsor, where she lives, and holds a bachelor’s from Princeton and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.
Linda Mills Sipprelle. Sipprelle has served as a role model for female runners and has taught college, high school, and elementary school students. Starting at age 50, she worked for the U.S. State Department on counter-terrorism issues and served as president of the Friends of Davis International Center at Princeton. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands in California and lives in Princeton.
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