Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

 

Goodwill Ambassador

The recipient of this award is a woman who is focused on community outreach, business and personal philanthropy efforts, who demonstrates leadership characteristics in our community with proven results.

Nancy Chavez

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Nancy is a survivor of domestic violence having lived in an abusive marriage and experiencing the violent murder of her daughter on January 10, 2003. She is an advocate for domestic violence and sensitivity toward victims. Nancy created Randi’s House of Angels (RHOA), to fulfill her dream to help children who are victims of domestic violence. RHOA provides trauma informed programs to both individual and group therapies to help traumatized children. She established her credibility in the community by hosting over the past 15 years Randi’s Race: a 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage and has raised over $473,000. Nancy has been recognized for her efforts as a community leader, co-authored a book and received several awards for her efforts. She is honored to have received an Honorary Doctorate from Central Penn College.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The recipient of this award is a woman who builds long-term business success, with strong community involvement and is adaptable in the changing business environment. She is innovative in her business strategy and recognized as a business leader.

Patti Husic

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In 2007, Centric Financial Corporation evolved from idea to institution with a mission to serve the men and women on Main Street with locally owned, locally loaned financial services. Driven by an entrepreneurial DNA and a reputation for outperformance, Patricia (Patti) A. Husic, President and Founding CEO, has led Centric Bank to more than $815 million in assets.

An American Banker 2019 and 2018 Best Banks to Work For, three-time Best Places to Work, and Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies for six years, Centric Bank has been recognized in The Wall Street Journal as a leader in organic loan growth. Demonstrating a culture of inclusion and diversity, Centric Bank is a three-time American Banker Top 5 Female Banking Teams and Patti has been recognized as The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in the United States for five consecutive years.

Founder of PA Bankers Women in Banking conference, Patti is an Athena Award winner, YWCA Women of Excellence recipient, 2016 Business Woman of the Year, and a Woman of Influence by PA Bankers. She was also named Business Diversity Champion by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and is a Pennsylvania Best 50 Women in Business honoree.

Leadership in Diversity

The recipient of this award is a business leader who excels in the pursuit of cultural diversity and inclusion in the community or workplace.  She contributes to and enhances the environment through a sustained commitment to improve opportunities for Central PA. She is a leader who is dedicated to raising issues of diversity and inclusion and protecting civil and human rights.

 

Lisa Lickers

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Lisa Lickers is a native of Buffalo, NY. Determined to live a life of service, Lisa obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Buffalo State College and her M.A. in Human Services Counseling to better understand the needs of those she would serve. Lisa has several years’ experience in serving marginalized populations as a manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2019, Lisa decided to transition her skill sets into a role that allows her to work with families to create lasting financial breakthrough in their households and on an individualized basis as an agent with New York Life. Outside of her professional career, Lisa is a certified Crisis Advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault victims, a certified life coach, and the founder/CEO of her own non-profit organization; the Young Women Empowerment Academy. Lisa dedicates her time to mentoring teen mothers and works diligently with theyouth in her community to give them the tools and resources they need to be successful. Lisa has a passion for serving her community and empowering the next generation.

Care To Share

The recipient of this award is a woman who shares her expertise to help others develop and grow. She creates a lasting and beneficial impact on business owners, leaders, and rising stars.

Mary Clayton

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Mary Clayton has devoted her career helping companies and nonprofit organizations build better brands through creative marketing. In her current role as Marketing Event Planner for PA Media Group, Mary is devoted to creating meaningful experiences for businesses and members of the community through top-notch events. Passionate about her community, Mary currently serves on committees and boards for the West Shore Chamber, Leadership Cumberland, and Central Pennsylvania College. When not at a networking event or committee meeting, Mary enjoys cooking four-course meals, winning her family’s hard-earned pennies at poker, and matching her outfits to one of 20+ pairs of cat-eyed glasses!

Agate Award

Agate is the stone of strength & courage. This award is presented to the man who has demonstrated exceptional effort that have helped advance women in business. He is a champion for gender equality with a track record of investing in and supporting women in our community.

Todd Snovel

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Todd Snovel was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as the inaugural Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. In this role, he works alongside 36 commissioners, from across the Commonwealth, advising the Governor on policies, practices, legislation, and systems that impact LGBTQ individuals and communities.
Prior to this appointment, Todd served as the Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College where he led the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and initiated campus-wide efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Todd has taught college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualities, and identities and holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Mansfield University.

Todd is passionate about contributing to his community and advocating for equality and access to education, the arts, and healthcare. He has served on the boards of Lebanon Family Health Services, the Lebanon Community Theatre, The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, and the Keystone Business Alliance. Todd is also a past chair of the Lebanon County Commission for Women.

He is a proud member of the Dream Team for the Fund for Women and Girls of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and serves on the Women’s Fund Advisory Committee. He was the 2014 recipient of the Athena Award from the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce and was named Advocate of the Year by the Keystone Business Alliance in 2018.

Todd has provided workshops and trainings on issues of diversity, inclusion and global engagement for businesses, organizations, and conferences and is an active presenter, contributor, and foundation trustee for ACPA: College Student Educators International.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Business of the Year

This award recognizes a business who demonstrates a positive company culture, employee development, and job growth. They focus on using their business to grow their community via sponsorship, volunteerism, and community involvement. They are a leader in their industry who contributes to economic growth and providing value for residents living and working in Central PA.

Carlisle Bowen Works

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Carlisle Bowen Works has earned the reputation of “the place to go to get relief from pain”. It is the home of 11 independent contractors that all work in a wide range of alternative therapies. It has earned the title of “Best of Cumberland County” for holistic health provider for the last three years. Local orthopedic surgeons and pain management doctors are referring their patients regularly. Carlisle Bowen Works supports many local nonprofits, including Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple, Amethyst Foundation, UUCV, and the Charles Bruce Foundation.

Previous Winners

 

Business of the Year

2018 Award Winner: Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Leadership in Diversity Award

2018 Award Winner: Aaysha Noor
2017 Award Winner:
Deborah Vereen, Vereen Promotions Group
2016 Award Winner: Alexandra Oles, The Hershey Company 
2015 Award Winner: Megan Peterson, Central Penn College

Agate Award

2018 Award Winner: Nick Mickley
2017 Award Winner: Marvin Worthy, Worthy Consulting Training, LLC

Care to Share Award

2018 Award Winner: Beth Mihmet
2016 Award Winner: Dr Karen Scolforo, Central Penn College
2015 Award Winner: Cheryl Ciambotti, Perhaps Today Ministries
2014 Award Winner: Kathy George, Cedar Cliff Subway
2013 Award Winner: Carol Aranos, Americhoice Federal Credit Union

Lifetime Achievement

2018 Award Winner: Kathleen Bentley
2017 Award Winner: 
Leigh Hurst, Feel Your Boobies
2016 Award Winner: Lucy Gnazzo, Gnazzo Promotions
2015 Award Winner: Margaret Delmonico, PSECU
2014 Award Winner:Lauri Fitzpatrick, Wears Like New
2013 Award Winner : Paula Kostick , Classic Dry Cleaner

Nonprofit Grant

2017 Award Winner: Peace Promise
2016 Award Winner: Children’s Resource Central 
2015 Award Winner: Downtown Daily Bread
2014 Award Winner: Big Brothers / Big Sisters
2013 Award Winner: Project Share

$5000 Central Penn College Scholarship

2017 Award Winner: MIchelle Hoffer
2016 Award Winner: Christina Moon
2015 Award Winner: Gillian Lawrence