Can you think of a woman who possesses the qualities of leadership, influence, and dedication to the greater Princeton community? YWCA Princeton has identified nine such extraordinary women and will honor them at the 32nd anniversary of the prestigious Tribute to Women Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 5, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

Join the YWCA Princeton in applauding these from across central New Jersey. Through their numerous contributions and accomplishments, these women have demonstrated a high level of leadership, exceptional talent, generosity to the community, and support of the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Anna Lustenberg, noted public affairs consultant, and Georgianne Vinicombe, owner of Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co., are serving as event co-chairs. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and peers in the workplace and in the community each fall and must demonstrate a high level of leadership and exceptional talent. A selection committee of past honorees, community members and YWCA staff and board evaluates all those nominated on criteria highlighted by a commitment to the YWCA’s mission.

This event raises crucial funds allowing YWCA Princeton to continue offering services such as English as a Second Language classes, breast cancer support, year-round multi-lingual and bilingual nursery school, and afterschool programs to families in Princeton and the surrounding areas.

The 2015 honorees represent women who have transformed and enriched the lives of countless individuals and organizations in their communities, paving the way for others to follow. YWCA Princeton is proud to honor and recognize them for their contributions.

The 2015 Tribute to Women Award recipients are:

#b#Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda#/b#, general secretary, World YWCA. Gumbonzvanda has been named Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award recipient. This award was established in 2009 and is given periodically to a person who has made significant contributions towards the goal of racial justice and equality, a key mission of YWCAs across the country. The Zimbabwe native joined the World YWCA in 2007. She trained as a human rights lawyer and previously worked for the United Nations.

#b#Karen Andrade-Mims#/b#, executive director, UIH Family Partners. The Princeton resident has spent more than 20 years working in social services, currently with UIH, New Jersey’s oldest non-profit dedicated to child welfare. She has also volunteered with Planned Parenthood, the NJ Center for Non Profits, the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women, Mercer Street Friends, and the Junior League of Greater Princeton. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania an MPA from Rutgers.

#b#Maria Evans#/b#, artistic director, Arts Council of Princeton. Evans directs gallery exhibits and manages community outreach projects. She also serves as an art instructor for the Princeton University Preparatory Program, bringing art and creative mentorship to at-risk teens working towards attending college. She moved to Princeton in 1993.

#b#Patricia Fernandez-Kelly#/b#, senior lecturer in sociology, Princeton University. Her work at Princeton University focuses on international development with an emphasis on immigration, race, ethnicity and gender. Her “town and gown” approach includes volunteer service to the Council for Princeton Future, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the YWCA Princeton. Her service has also been welcomed on the national stage and throughout Latin America. Fernandez-Kelley holds an M.Phil. in social anthropology and Ph.D. in social anthropology and art history from Rutgers.

#b#Robin Fogel#/b#, executive coach, Robin Fogel & Associates. After more than 20 years working for the state as human resources director and assistant state treasurer, Fogel switched careers in 2000 and began her own executive coaching company. Her first objective was to help women manage transitions in the workforce, finding a career path that brought satisfaction to them and balance to their families.

A Hopewell resident, Fogel is involved with organizations such as the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Rider University, where she serves as an executive in residence for career development of MBA students.She is also the current board president for VolunteerConnect.

#b#Mary Sue Henifin#/b#, attorney, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. Through her leadership in her law firm and in the community at large, Henifin has inspired and mentored women to believe in themselves and reach their goals. She has worked closely with Isles Community Development Corporation in Trenton and has also served as a trustee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Henifin studied biology at Harvard, received an MPH from Columbia, and earned her law degree from Rutgers-Newark.

#b#Susan Hoskins#/b#, executive director, Princeton Senior Resource Center. As a clinical social worker and family therapist certified in gerontology, Susan has built an infrastructure at PSRC for friendship, community, and learning through the provision of daily services to older adults who wish to stay in their own homes as long as possible and “age in place.”

#b#Jayne O’Connor#/b#, executive director of public relations and marketing, Capital Health. O’Connor is a tireless advocate of the healthcare system’s community relations activities. One such activity was the creation of Real Women magazine and its affiliated web site. Prior to joining Capital Health, she was Director of Corporate Communications for Bristol-Myers Squibb. She also served as Press Secretary for former Governor Christie Whitman.

A graduate of Rutgers, O’Connor holds a master’s degree in political science. She is founding chair and a current member of the board of directors of Dress for Success of Mercer County and a long-time member of the board of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of its Trenton Chapter. She has previously served on the boards of the Hopewell YMCA, Trenton YWCA, and the advisory board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls.

#b#Elyse Pivnick#/b#, director of environmental health, Isles. With a masters’ degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Pivnick has more than 30 years experience in urban planning and community health in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has worked for Isles since 1992. In recent years much of her work has focused on empowering families by helping them understand how the conditions in their home and neighborhood, whether allergens, lead, or contaminated soil, can affect their children’s health, academic achievements and their future.

Elyse is a founding member of Women in Development and of the Princeton Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. She has served as a Board member of HiTops and of the Sandra Starr Foundation.

The event has grown significantly over the past three decades with nearly 500 community leaders and business representatives attending the event annually. Wells Fargo and the Scheide Fund are this year’s Peace Sponsors, Capital Health is a Freedom Sponsor, and NJM Insurance Group, NRG Energy, and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC are Dignity Sponsors. In-kind sponsors include Hamilton Jewelers, Hyatt Regency Princeton, Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co., Amit Sharma Photography, Princetonian Graphics, Tap Snap 1011, the Times of Trenton, Global Planners, Inc., and Gellman Images. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Nancy Faherty at 609-497-2100 ext. 316.

For those that would like to add a congratulatory message or place an advertisement in the program book in honor of the award recipients, please contact Joanne McGann at 609-497-2100 ext. 333. Tickets to the awards dinner cost $140 per person (on or before February 20); $1,400 for tables of 10; and $700 for half tables of 5. Price per ticket increases to $165 on and after February 21.

YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. 609-497-2100,

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