Women from area businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and volunteer groups will be honored at the 27th annual Tribute to Women awards by YWCA Princeton on Thursday, March 4, at 5:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
The awards are sponsored by NRG Energy and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Associate sponsors are Covance, McNeil Nutritionals, and the Times of Trenton.
Cost to attend is $125 per person, with proceeds benefiting the YWCA Princeton. Call 609-497-2100, ext. 333, or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org.
Honorary chair of this year’s awards is Patricia Mae Doykos, director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, where she works on health strategy and the development of grant making. She focuses on serious mental illness in the U.S., cancer in Europe, and HIV/AIDS in Africa. She is involved in BMS’ “Secure the Future” program to fight the disease there.
This year’s honorees are:
Judith Kapstein Brodsky, professor emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University, and founding director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. A printmaker and artist, her work is in the permanent collections of more than 100 museums and corporations.
She also is the president of the board of Philagrafika, an international contemporary art festival that opened in Philadelphia in January, and past national president of ArtTable, an organization of 1,200 women in leadership positions in the visual arts. She received her bachelor’s from Harvard and an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Temple University.
Teena Cahill, founder and director of Wisdom & Beyond, a motivational speaking and teaching firm at 66 Witherspoon Street, and former graduate and undergraduate adjunct professor.
An authority on resilient and positively empowered living and leading, Cahill is a contributing member of the LLuminari Expert Network who earned her bachelor’s in education from the University of Utah, her master’s in counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and a Psy.D. from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Michelle Emerson, owner of Melting Pot Gifts, an online business specializing in interracially-themed gift products. She has served in numerous volunteer positions since moving to the area from Dallas in 1999 and is president of the Junior League of Greater Princeton. An alumni interviewer for Rice University, where she earned her bachelor’s, she also has served on the boards of Passage Theatre, the Trenton Museum Society, the Trenton Film Society, and the Child Placement Review Board.
Michelle Vaccaro Everman, director of business services practice at Mercadien, the CPA firm based on Quakerbridge Road . The North Carolina State graduate has more than a decade of experience working with large, closely held companies and is a member of both the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
She also is treasurer of the Lawrence Community Foundation and has served on the board of CancerCare of New Jersey. She serves on the Princeton Walk Committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and on the committees for the YWCA Princeton ETS Firecracker 5K, and the Princeton HealthCare Kids Marathon.
Carol Golden, community activist. She has been a board member of the Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area for six years, and for the last ten has been part of the nonprofit agency 101. Formerly known as the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation, 101 awards scholarships to graduates of Princeton High School who need money to go to college.
Golden also is involved with Project GAIA (Growing Up Accepted as an Individual in America), a program for gay and lesbian youths, at Corner House on Witherspoon Street. Before moving to Princeton 15 years ago, Golden practiced law in Connecticut, taught at NYU Law School, and started a legal writing consulting business. She graduated from the University of Virginia and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Kathleen Maguire Morolda, owner, Cranbury Station Galleries. She has served as president of the Princeton Borough Merchants Association and the Cranbury Business Association and been a member of several other organizations. She was once named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). Morolda also works as a commissioned artist.
Ingrid Reed, director of the New Jersey Project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. The New Jersey Project is designed to reinforce and expand the contributions of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics to the governance and politics of its home state.
Reed also is board chair for the Capital City Trenton Redevelopment Corporation, founder and board member of New Jersey Future, vice-chair of the board of the Sandra Starr Foundation, and a board member of Womanspace.
Vanessa Lee Sandom, former mayor and current committeewoman in Hopewell Township. Prior to this, she held positions at General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Travelers Insurance. She then co-founded Knowledge Source Publications and Knowledge Source Inc., producing managed healthcare business reports.
Sandom has spent volunteer vacations abroad, on summer work projects. She earned a bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s from Yale.
Debbie Schaeffer, president of Mrs. G TV & Appliances. She often donates appliances to charities and often spearheads fundraising events. Last year, Mrs. G’s was selected by the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Small Business of the year.
Schaeffer also won the 2009 Legacy Award from Women in Consumer Electronics and the 2009 Lawrence Township Growth & Redevelopment Committee Business Service Award. She earned her bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.
Marjorie Young, director of Community House at Princeton University. Young works to close the minority achievement gap in the Princeton regional schools, a complex problem affecting African-American and Latino students. She also takes part in local and international humanitarian and community service efforts.
She has traveled to Guatemala and North Africa on short-term mission trips; volunteers as a translator for Haitian families in the Princeton community; and serves on several boards, including Princeton University’s Community-Based Learning Initiative, and the Diversity Committee at Chapin School in Princeton.
Chair of the program is Karen Jezierny, director of public affairs for Princeton University. She is responsible for the development and implementation of Princeton’s state-government relations.