Women honored for professional and community service accomplishments

Posted November 13, 2008 12:19 a.m. EST

— The YWCA of the Greater Triangle inducted 12 new members into its 26th class of Academy of Women during an award ceremony Wednesday evening.

The Academy of Women Awards recognized these women for excellence in their fields:

  • Arts and Entertainment: Elizabeth A. Galecke, president, Elizabeth Galecke Photography
  • Business: Linda Brown Douglas, director of community relations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Community Service: Jill S. Gammon, president, GMB Nonprofit Counsel
  • Education: Barbara Blanchard Allen, retired art educator, Wake County Public Schools; docent, North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Business and Entrepreneur: Kate Hovis, senior vice president, BB&T Wealth Management Program
  • Exercise and Sports Science: Jennifer Z. MacDougall, program manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • Government: The Honorable Wanda G. Bryant, Associate Justice, North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Health and Human Services: Captain Carolyn C. Wiggins, CHC, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Retired Captain, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps
  • Professions: Melinda Burrows, Esq., director of project assurance, Progress Energy
  • Racial Justice: Dorothy Vaden Ashworth, president, Training by Design, Inc.
  • Science & Technology: Dr. Laura J. Bottomley, director, K – 12 Outreach and Women in Engineering, North Carolina State University, College of Engineering
  • Teen Woman: Tamela Lynae Wimbush, student, Southern High School

Each inductee was selected through a formal nomination and evaluation process that reviews a nominee’s qualifications and commitment to the YWCA mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.