The YWCA Princeton’s Tribute to Women Awards (formerly known as the Tribute to Women in Industry, or TWIN, Awards) celebrates its 25th anniversary by honoring professional women who have made "significant contributions to their professions and community in executive, entrepreneurial, professional, educational, and elected roles."
The public is invited to attend the awards dinner on Thursday, March 6, at 5:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Fee is $125 per person. Call Abby Sypek, 609-497-2100, ext. 333, or visit www.ywcaprincetontribute.org.
This year’s honorees are:
Marcelline Baumann, member, University Medical Center at Princeton Auxiliary. Baumann, a Massachusetts native and Boston University graduate, has been involved in numerous community service, educational, artistic, and philanthropic organizations.
Baumann is the Princeton Class of 1973 representative to the university’s Alumni Associates and is an active participant in the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Central Delaware Valley. She also serves as the primary caregiver for her mother who lives with her. She and her husband, John, have two adult children.
Patricia Donohue, president, Mercer County Community College; Donohue began her tenure as the fifth president of Mercer County Community College on February 1, 2007. The recipient of many awards and the author of numerous articles on higher education, she speaks frequently at conferences and workshops nationwide.
Internationally, she served as Special Consultant to Moldova for the United States State Department. She is a board member of the National Institute for Leadership Development and has sponsored and mentored more than 50 women for national leadership training. She is president of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and serves on AACC’s Commission on Diversity. She earned her PhD and MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her AB in Mathematics from Duke University. A world traveler with three grown children, Donohue lives in Hamilton Township.
Patricia Hart, executive director, WomanSpace. Since 1994, Hart has led WomanSpace in many new projects, among them the first collaborative initiative to bring domestic violence services to Latina clients throughout Mercer County, and the establishment of domestic violence response teams in collaboration with law enforcement.
She received her graduate degree in social work from Rutgers and has focused her clinical practice in the area of women’s issues. For the past 16 years, Hart has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton and is now practicing in Lambertville. She has three married children and six grandchildren.
Karen Jezierny, director of public affairs, Princeton University. Jezierny was founding director of the University’s Policy Research Institute on the Region, known as PRIOR, and served in many other capacities during her 20-plus years with the University. She has worked extensively in state government, most recently serving as assistant treasurer under Governor Jim Florio. She was named by Governor Christie Whitman to serve as a founding member of the state Council on Local Mandates, a post that she held for six years.
Jezierny also has held volunteer positions in many local organizations, including 20 years with the Breast Cancer Resource Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut and her master’s at Harvard. She lives in Princeton with her husband and 12-year old daughter.
Jane Kelly, vice president, Schools Development Authority. Kelly, received her law degree from Seton Hall. She has been assistant counsel to Governor Tom Kean, executive director of the NJ Utilities Association, and assistant commissioner at NJDEP. Her civic/charitable work is with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the NJ State Family Readiness Council, Dress for Success of Mercer County, and Pet Rescue of Mercer. She lives in Hamilton with her husband and three children.
Lydia Mallett, vice president, Tyco International. Mallett is vice president of staffing and diversity for Tyco on Roszel Road. Prior to joining Tyco in 2004, she was vice president and chief diversity officer at General Mills where she developed and implemented a senior management accountability strategy. One of her proudest accomplishments was the design and implementation of a co-mentoring strategy for women and people of color.
In addition to the work she does in the private sector she is also active with several nonprofit organizations, advocating for the fair treatment and inclusion of women and people of color in all aspects of society. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.
Anne O’Neill, director, Alsace/USA. O’Neill, for the past 18 years, has represented the region of Alsace, France.in various capacities. She is, currently, the director of Alsace/USA which fosters cultural relationships between the Upper Rhine region of Alsace and the U.S. She is also the associate director of the Scheide Fund, a private philanthropy that supports many nonprofit organizations. She previously was the donor relations administrator in the Office of Development at Princeton University.
A long-time resident of Princeton, O’Neill is on the Board of Directors of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as of the Business Advisory Commission of Mercer County Community College, and has been affiliated with many other community organizations. Currently she is the treasurer of The Arts Council of Princeton, president of the Princeton-Colmar Sister City Association, and a member of the Bedens Brook Club Board of Directors. A graduate of Smith College, she and her husband have three grown children.
Shirley Satterfield, community volunteer. Satterfield earned a bachelor’s degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, and a master’s from Trenton State College.; After teaching grade school for many years, she became a guidance counselor for Princeton High School until her retirement in 2000.
While at PHS, she started the W.E.B. DuBois Cultural Awareness Forum for students of color, which included enrichment programs and visits to colleges, and the PULSE (Pride, Unity, Leadership, Sisterhood, Esteem) group for African-American girls. After her retirement, she joined the Historical Society, and with other community members helped establish its heralded African-American exhibit. She is a lifelong member and supporter of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, where she serves enthusiastically in several capacities, and also serves on the boards of many community organizations. She has two grown daughters, and one granddaughter.
Jaye Hewitt Semrod, chair of the Stuart Country Day School Board of Trustees. Semrod received her bachelor’s in education from the University of Illinois and taught for several years before entering the corporate world in New York. On an Outward Bound trip for executives, she learned the value of such an experience and became devoted to the organization, serving as a trustee and part of the leadership initiative that created Outward Bound’s Urban Programs and Experiential Learning Outward Bound. In 2002 she received Outward Bound’s distinguished Kurt Hahn award, named after its founder for her leadership and service to the organization.
Semrod served on the boards of the Friends of the Princeton Art Museum, the Princeton Girl Choir, and Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is one of the founders of Stuart’s Angels program, which provides scholarships for minorities, and of Stuart’s Women in Leadership Forum, which is committed to the education of girls and those who mentor and support them to the qualities of leadership for life.
Michele Tuck-Ponder, president, Ponder Solutions Inc. Ponder owns a consulting business focused on government relations, regulatory training, community outreach, and services to not-for-profit corporations. She also has been CEO of the Girl Scouts of Delaware Raritan, Inc.
She represented HUD in the southern New Jersey region, was director of development and public affairs for UMDNJ, and served three successful terms as mayor of Princeton Township. Her organizational affiliations and awards are numerous, including the "Women Making `Herstory’" award from the National Organization for Women. She graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Also being recognized are Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University, and M. Katherine McGavern, a resident of Princeton. Tilghman will be the honorary chair of the event, while McGavern will receive the YWCA Princeton’s highest honor, the Waxwood Award.
McGavern has served on and chaired a variety of YW committees, and was a trustee for the YM/YWCA from 2001 to 2006.