RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities will honor 13 individuals as part of its first women of distinction class during a gallery exhibition opening and reception at 5:30 p.m. on April 13 in the entrance to the East Building on campus.
The program recognizes WSU Tri-Cities female students, staff, faculty, alumnae and community members who have made notable contributions to the campus and community through service, teaching or involvement.
“This is a way to honor our female leaders within the WSU Tri-Cities community who have gone above and beyond to improve access to educational opportunities, driven momentous initiatives within their respective professions and have given generously of their free time in dedication to service and volunteerism,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services.
Those being honored as WSU Tri-Cities’ 2017 Women of Distinction include:
Amber Eubanks – WSU Tri-Cities community engagement specialist
Anna King – news correspondent for the Northwest News Network and Northwest Public Radio
Cindy Bruckner-Lea – project manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dana Parmenter – WSU Tri-Cities junior in digital technology and culture
Elizabeth Hernandez-Osorio – WSU Tri-Cities master’s student in educational leadership
Jana Kay Lunstad – WSU Tri-Cities academic affairs coordinator
Katherine Banks – WSU Tri-Cities instructor of political science in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs
Kay Olson – WSU Tri-Cities clinical nursing instructor
Lisa Godwin – executive director of Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity
Lura Powell – chair of the WSU Board of Regents
Michele Acker-Hocevar – WSU Tri-Cities interim vice chancellor of academic affairs
Selene Torres-Medrano – WSU Tri-Cities senior in biological sciences
Shawnta DiFalco – commanding officer in the Washington National Guard and secondary school principal
Photos of the Women of Distinction and their biographies will be on display in the hallway nearest The Bookie, WSU Tri-Cities’ student bookstore, through May 12.