April 20: WSU Tri-Cities to honor 12 in 2018 Women of Distinction class

April 20: WSU Tri-Cities to honor 12 in 2018 Women of Distinction class

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities will honor 12 individuals as part of its 2018 Women of Distinction class during a gallery exhibition opening and reception at 4 p.m. on April 20 in the Consolidated Information Center Art Gallery on campus.

The WSU Tri-Cities Women of Distinction program recognizes female students, staff, faculty, alumnae and community members who have made notable contributions to the campus and their community through service, teaching or involvement.

“It is our honor and privilege to recognize exceptional female leaders, mentors and overall professionals that have given back to the university and their communities,” said Chris Meiers, WSU Tri-Cities vice chancellor of student affairs. “These are individuals who have improved access to educational opportunities, created pathways for others to be successful and generally provided incredible support to the next generation of leaders.”

Those being honored as the WSU Tri-Cities 2018 Women of Distinction class include:

  • LoAnn Ayers – United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties president and CEO
  • Eadie Balint – WSU Tri-Cities professional development and community education coordinator
  • Diahann Howard – Port of Benton director of economic development and governmental affairs and Tri-Cities Research District executive director
  • Savanna Kresse – WSU Tri-Cities junior studying history and pre-law
  • Kate McAteer – WSU Tri-Cities assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs
  • Mysti Meiers – WSU Tri-Cities senior academic advisor
  • Judy Morrison – WSU Tri-Cities academic director for the College of Education and associate professor of education
  • Maegan Murray – WSU Tri-Cities public relations/communication coordinator
  • Sarah Newcomer – WSU Tri-Cities assistant professor of education
  • Darlene Scrivner – Columbia Basin College special assistant to the president
  • Karen Sinclair – Mission Support Alliance project manager
  • Dani Young – WSU Tri-Cities junior studying civil engineering

After the ceremony on April 20, all photos and biographies of the award recipients will be on display in the East Building hallway next to The Bookie, WSU Tri-Cities’ student bookstore.

The honorees will also be highlighted on the WSU Tri-Cities Women of Distinction website at https://tricities.wsu.edu/women-of-distinction/.



Danielle Kleist, WSU Tri-Cities specialist assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs, 509-372-7104, danielle.kleist@wsu.edu