What are the Outstanding Achievement Awards?
Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented at the YWCA LeaderLuncheon to remarkable women who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the well-being of Utah women and girls, and whose work and achievements exemplify the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
2021 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners
Katie Kern is an 18-year-old activist who has been a youth activist for the past four years. She’s worked with March for Our Lives, a student-led organization that arose from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018 that works to enforce gun reform throughout the United States. This past year, she was appointed State Director for March for Our Lives Utah (along with her Co-State Director, Tory Peters).
Along with her team members, she co-hosts public radio shows, conducts rallies, appears in newspapers, and creates spaces so the community can familiarize themselves with gun reform and make the community safer. Additionally, she’s testified for bills at the Utah State Capitol, and worked vigorously during the Utah Legislative Session hoping to pass sensible gun reform and reduce gun violence.
Katie also advocates for intersectional policy reform and works to ensure March for Our Lives Utah’s leadership is diverse and represents the community. In school, Katie was a Mental Health Educator to increase mental health awareness within her high school, a Navajo Project Member, volunteered with the 4-H Refugee After School Program by teaching refugee students dance, interned for Alliance for a Better Utah, and participated in the Roots and Shoots Environmental Club at her school.
Candyce Fly Lee is vice president-general manager of Rockies Gathering & Processing with Williams’ West Operating Area. In this role, she has direct responsibility for all commercial activities and the safe, reliable operations of the area’s assets in Colorado’s Piceance Basin and Wyoming’s Greater Green River Basin.
Previously, Candyce served Williams as director of Northeast Engineering Services Project Development, where she oversaw development teams for operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. She also served as director of Pipeline Projects in the Northeast, responsible for the execution of natural gas pipeline projects.
Since joining Williams in 2002, Candyce has served in various roles including project management, engineering, construction, and operations. She earned a Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and currently serves on the Utah Women’s Energy Network board as the Executive Director at Large. Candyce also serves on several community boards including the Parkside Elementary Community Council, the Utah 211 Steering Council, and as Financial Secretary for the Salt Lake City Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition, she served on the United Way of Pittsburgh Women’s Leadership Council Executive Team and was an active leader in Williams’ annual United Way fundraising campaigns.
Sarah was born and raised in Hartford, Alabama and lived in Jacksonville, FL. She attended Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1965 from Edward Waters College. Her teaching career began in Jacksonville, instructing both Biology and Geology to High School Students. She came to Utah in 1966 starting out as an Educator at the Intermountain Intertribal Indian School in Brigham City. After 17 years the school closed in 1984. She then began her career with the Internal Revenue Service as an Employment Development Specialist and was promoted to several positions with her final advancement to the Equal Employment Opportunity Diversity Manager until her retirement after 29 years.
Twenty-Six years ago, she founded the Northern Utah Coalition, Inc. HIV/AIDS Project in Ogden, Utah and continue to serve as the Project Director. She has served in the Ogden area for 40 years advocating for the homeless, seniors, women, children, health, and wellness for her community. Her greatest desire is to continue to mentor and empowering others to do their best in any endeavor they pursue, and in life generally.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandson and also enjoys fishing.
Lynne Nilson MPH, MCHES has been the Director of the Bureau of Maternal Child Health since March 2015, providing a wonderful opportunity to expand her public health experience and make a contribution to improving the health of women, infants, and children in Utah.
Lynne’s public health experience has provided her the opportunity to be a leader and decision-maker in public health both at a national and local level. She currently serves as a member of the Maternal Mental Health Policy Committee headed up by YWCA, and the Early Childhood Utah Advisory Council. Lynne is a past President of the Utah Public Health Association, National Chronic Disease Directors Cancer Council, the National Association for Worksite Health Promotion, and the Health Education Association of Utah, in addition to many other leadership roles in each of these organizations.
While Lynne’s career and passion for public health has been going strong for over 30 years, her favorite “job” and most important accomplishment is being a mother to her two daughters Hanna, a PICU travel nurse currently living in Austin, TX, and Hailey, a Communications/Spanish grad from UVU who along with her boyfriend is the owner of the “Fresh and Clean” cleaning company.
Marian D. Howe-Taylor, native of Boston, Massachusetts moved to Utah in 1998. Howe-Taylor has been employed by Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) since 1999. Currently, Marian is Manager of Special Projects, School of Arts, Communication and Media.
Marian is an enthusiastic supporter of education, culture, and the arts. She was a member of the Madeline Arts & Humanities Festival from 1999 to 2015. She chaired the BYU/CVC, Channel Eleven & Classical 89 committee several seasons. She chaired the SLCC MLK committee 2000 to 2017. Memorable events include MLK 2011, awarding the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the SLCC Humanitarian Award; featured vocalist Lyric Baritone Robert Sims. MLK 2017, Women in the Freedom Movement: Angela Davis, Margaret Burnham, Kathleen Cleaver and Michelle Goodwin. Marian sees room for diversity to grow and flourish in Utah. “I have focused my creative energies on nurturing existing programs while creating new productions that have enhanced understanding and appreciation of African-American art and culture. Marian worked with Black Storytellers of Utah, local Black educators, and Amy MacDonald to create the short documentary film: The Beloved Community Project. The film is a partnership between Brolly Arts & SLCC. Visit: www.brollyarts.org to view the film and read about the project.
Margarita Nancy Satini was a West High School alumnus whose passion for justice and equality was ignited growing up in her hometown of Fairpark, Utah. Margarita pursued an IT career but with the desire to impact, she ran for political office in Cottonwood Heights. Margarita was a Founder of the Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition (UPICEC) and worked for the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club. Margarita stood in solidarity with Black and Brown bodies and was a fierce advocate for the Movement for Black Lives. As a community powerhouse, trailblazer, and a pillar to the Pacific Islander (PI) Community she passionately educated and provided aid for marginalized communities. Her dedication for organizing against injustice was a force for the underrepresented, and underserviced PI community across Utah.
An advocate Margarita worked tirelessly to get out the vote, to get counted with the 2020 census, to attend city council meetings, to have access to energy efficiency and clean energy, and to be involved. Empowering her fellow PI Community and ALL communities of color tirelessly, her love for civic engagement and community work will continue through her colleagues. Margarita, a fierce warrior, ensured the PI community knew how to receive COVID 19 resources and abruptly passed due to Covid 19 complications. She gave herself to the community and her legacy lives on.
Outstanding Achievement Award NominationsJune 15th Deadline
During the 2021 LeaderLuncheon on September 24th, we will recognize those in our community who have been exceptional in key areas of our mission & work. The public nomination categories are as follows:
- Racial Equity & Social Justice
- Health & Wellness
- Business & Social Innovation
- Community Builder & Champion
- Leader of Tomorrow—Young Woman Under 19
Examples: educators, advocates, artists, student leaders, athletes, activists, educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, public policy advocates, medical professionals (spiritual care & mental health), non-profit leaders, etc.
In order to be eligible for an Outstanding Achievement Award, the nominee must:
- Have resided in the state of Utah for at least two years
- Not be a current YWCA staff or board member
- Not currently be running for political/elected office
- Be able to attend the 2021 LeaderLuncheon on September 24, 2021. More info to come!
Nominations will be judged by a panel of previous Outstanding Achievement Award Winners and community leaders specialized in the OAA Categories. The criteria are as follows:
- Demonstrated commitment to Utah women and girls
- Demonstrated commitment to YWCA mission
- Professional achievement and peer recognition
Once you’ve verified that all of the eligibility requirements have been met, determined the nomination category, and collected the necessary materials, you can make a nomination via the form below or via PDF.
Questions? Please contact Cassie at email@example.com or 801-537-8612.
Past Outstanding Achievement Award Winners
2021 OAA Winners
Marian Dora Howe-Taylor, Candyce Fly Lee, Sarah McClellan, Lynne Nilson, Katie Kern, & Margarita Satini (YWCA Heart & Soul Award)
2020 Extraordinary Woman Winners
Sandra Hollins, Neylan McBaine, & Dr. Angela Dunn
2019 OAA Winners
Deanna Kepka, Mara Rabin, Amy Rees Anderson, Rosie Rivera, & Kendra Tomsic
2018 OAA Winners
Sheryl Allen, Mary Beckerle, Patricia Christensen, Cristina Flores, Yasmen Simonian, & Paula Green Johnson (YWCA Heart & Soul Award)
2017 OAA Winners
Lisa Gentile, Carol Osborn, Lorena Riffo-Jenson, & Joan Smith
2016 OAA Winners
Jackie Biskupski, Sherrie Hayashi, Nedra Hotchkins, Susan Madsen, & Gail Miller
2015 OAA Winners
Rosemarie Hunter, Linda Leckman, Carolyn Goodwin Schubach, Peggy Tomsic, & Olene Walker (Mary Schubach McCarthey Lifetime Achievement Award)
2014 OAA Winners
Martha Bradley, Christina Gallop, Jacqueline Gomez-Arias, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Betty Sawyer, & Yda Smith
2013 OAA Winners
Betsy Burton, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Harriet Hopf, Kathy Christine Howa, Pam Perlich, Deb Sawyer, & Mary Schubach McCarthey (YWCA Heart and Soul Award)
2012 OAA Winners
Brenda Burrell, Norma Carr, Natalie Gochnour, Libby Hunter, Leigh Neumayer, & Boyer Jarvis (Honorary Outstanding Achievement Award)
2011 OAA Winners
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Emma E. Houston, Anita Kinney, Vivianne Elizabeth Mbaku, JoAnn Seghini, & Geralyn White Dreyfous (Mary Schubach McCarthey Lifetime Achievement Award)
2010 OAA Winners
Deborah Bayle, Cynthia A. Bioteau, Marian Ingham, & Lynne Ward
2009 OAA Winners
Judy Kasten Bell, Marjorie A. Chan, Sanchaita Datta, Ann Millner, & Elaine M. Pace
2008 OAA Winners
Jeannette Misaka, Kaye Richards, Babs DeLay, Michele Johnson, & Maria Garciaz
2007 OAA Winners
Karen Crompton, Shauna Graves-Robertson, Patti Harrington, Colette Herrick, Wilma Johnson, Kathleen Mason, & Margo Provost
2006 OAA Winners
Christina Kim, JoAnn Slama Lighty, Silvia Peña, Lucille Stoddard, Maggie Wilde, & Jeanetta Williams
2005 OAA Winners
Elaine Cohen, Cecelia H. Foxley, Paula Julander, Lucinda Kindred, Aida Mattingley, & Kathleen McElligott
2004 OAA Winners
Frances P. Battle, Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish, Tibby Milne, Nancy Mitchell, Ruth Novak, & Susan J. Quaal
2003 OAA Winners
Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy, Gail Russell, Marilyn Tang, Graciela Italiano-Thomas, & Jan Tyler
2002 OAA Winners
Emma Gross, Lacey Heward, Sue E. Huether, Margaret Jackson, Heather Stringfellow, & JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells
2001 OAA Winners
Khando Chazotsang, Debra Daniels, Roberta Harris, Corrine Hill, Jill Jones, & Helen Papanikolas
2000 OAA Winners
Kathryn Brooks, Val Davis, Joy Hashimoto, Peggy Norton, Chieko Okazaki, Josie Valdez, & Elaine Weiss
1999 OAA Winners
Kay Brown, Preddy Oseguera, Dee Rowland, Janet Harnsberger, Diana Jergensen, & Patty Reagan
1998 OAA Winners
Colleen Casto, Maria Farrington, Leslie Lewis, Agnes Plenk, Sally Smith, & Lynn Trenbeath
1997 OAA Winners
Barb Barnhart, Laura Boardman, Anne Erickson, Brandy Farmer, Elizabeth Hammond, & Eileen Stone
1996 OAA Winners
Maggie Snyder, Luci Malin, Tomiye Ishimatsu, Karen Shepherd, Marie Augustine, & Carol Ann Dunlap
1995 OAA Winners
Jan Graham, Joyce Gray, Reba Keele, Diane McCall Lennon, Abby Maestes, & Donna Land Maldonado
1994 OAA Winners
Frances Hoopes, Alice Kasai, Theresa Martinez, Lucy Osborn, Kathryn Bond Stockton, & Lee Anne Walker
1993 OAA Winners
Pamela Atkinson, Annette Cumming, Barbara Hamilton-Holway, Margaret Peterson, Kathleen Spencer-Christy, & Dorothy Stowe
1992 OAA Winners
Pema Chagzoetsang, Christine Meaders Durham, Karrie Galloway, Florence Lawrence, Lorraine Miller, & Linda Smith
1991 OAA Winners
Ruth Draper, Irene Fisher, Betty Gaines-Jones, Aden Ross, & Emma Lou Thayne
1990 OAA Winners
Frances Farley, Rita Inoway, Marjorie Janove, Jacqueline Nicholes, Kristen Ries, & Phyllis White
1989 OAA Winners
Carol Fay, Lou Jean Flint, Ila Marie Goodey, Helen Ure, & Alberta Henry