Women of Distinction

Leadership and Influence

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

The honorees will be recognized at an awards reception and networking hour on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Wine Science Center Atrium from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Award Criteria

The selection committee welcomes nominations of women who meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Exhibit leadership in her discipline or area of expertise
  • Serve as role models and/or mentors to other women
  • Advocate for positive social change that helps close the leadership gap and create a more equitable society
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the missions of WSU Tri-Cities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and inclusion
  • Have earned respect within their communities
  • Support policies, practices, attitudes, and/or actions that are intended to produce equitable outcomes for all
  • Give back to the community through their time, talent, and/or resources
Women of Distinction Award

Nomination Deadline: Feb. 4

Virtual Awards Ceremony:
March 11 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Online via YouTube

Committee Members
  • Jaime Heppler
  • Claire Venema
  • Maegan Murray
  • Jana Kay Lunstad
  • Kristine Cody
  • Kelly Slocum Gabel
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Karina Aispuro
  • Stephanie Warner

Previous Winners

2017 Women of Distinction

Michele Acker-Hocevar
Amber Eubanks
Jana Kay Lunstad
Katherine Banks
Lisa Godwin
Kay Olson
Cindy Bruckner-Lea
Elizabeth Hernandez-Osorio
Dana Parmenter
Shawna DiFalco
Anna King
Lura Powell
Selene Torres-Medrano
2018 Women of Distinction

LoAnn Ayers
Kate McAteer
Sarah Newcomer
Eadie Balint
Mysti M Meiers
Darlene R Scrivner
Diahann C Howard
Judith A Morrison
Karen Sinclair
Savanna Kresse
Maegan Murray
Dani Young
2019 Women of Distinction

Tanya Cheeke
Bernie Gagnier Woman of Distinction 2019
Bernadette “Bernie” Gagnier
Dashia Hopp Woman of Distinction
Dashia Hopp
2021 Women of Distinction

Janet Peters
Gabriela Ramirez
Gabriela Ramirez
Sandra Haynes
Sandra Haynes
Lindsay Lightner
Lindsay Lightner
Mikaela Thepvongsa
Mikaela Thepvongsa