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Women of Achievement Awards

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards, presented by James E. Moore Insurance Agency, recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young leaders. The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards recognizes women and young leaders active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

Since 1985, we have honored more than 400 Women of Achievement. The event raises key support for the YWCA’s programs and services that promote racial justice and gender equality for thousands of women and their families in southeastern North Carolina.

Congratulations to the 2019 Women of Achievement Recipients!

2019 Women of Achievement Awards
Advocacy & Social Justice Award: Katrina Knight
Arts & Culture Award: Jacqueline Olive
Business Award: Christi Ferretti
Education Award: Sheri Shaw
Health & Wellness Award: Christy Spivey
Lifetime Achievement Award: Louise Coggins
Public Service Award: Cori Dixon
Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award: Sabra Wright
Student Impact Grant Recipient: Jessica Aguilar
Trailblazer Award: Marissa Bryant
Young Leader Scholarship Recipient: Sophie Farriss
Young Leader Scholarship Recipient: Janae Young

34th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is proud to announce the recipients of the 34th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Wilmington Convention Center. Residing in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties, seventy-one nominees were recognized for their demonstrated excellence and commitment in their careers, schools, and communities.

Adult recipients and their respective categories are: Katrina Knight, Advocacy & Social Justice Award; Jacqueline Olive, Arts & Culture Award; Christi Ferretti, Business Award; Sheri Shaw, Education Award; Christy Spivey, Health and Wellness Award; Cori Dixon, Public Service Award; Sabra Wright, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award; Marissa Bryant, Trailblazer Award, and Louise Coggins, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Local college students and high school seniors were recognized in the Student Impact Grant and Young Leader Scholarship Category. The Student Impact Grant recipient is Jessica Aguilar, a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Aguilar will receive a $1,500 mini-grant in support of her project proposal linked to the mission of the YWCA. Young Leader recipients are Sophie Farriss and Janae Young, both from New Hanover High School. Each Young Leader recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding efforts in academics and volunteerism.

This year’s event featured guest of honor, Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of the YWCA USA. Over 600 community members attended the event, including elected officials, sponsor organizations, local businesses, civic groups, and individual supporters. The event, presented by James E. Moore Insurance Agency, raises key support for YWCA’s programs and services, which promote racial justice and economic advancement for thousands of women, children, and their families in southeastern North Carolina.

Congratulations to the 2019 Women of Achievement Nominees!

These 71 women were nominated by their mentors, peers, and colleagues for demonstrated excellence and commitment to their careers, schools, and communities. The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is proud to recognize the following women and young leaders for their remarkable achievements:

Jessica Aguilar
Maggi Apel & Vicky Janowski
Karen Barefoot
Amelia Batts
Jocelyn Beam
Anna Bradshaw
Bridget Brewster
Marissa Bryant
Rep. Deb Butler
Jenny Callison
Jessica Cannon
Lindsey Childs
Lydia Clopton
Louise Coggins
Alyssa Creech
Cori Dixon
Emily Dixon
Reilly Dumproff
Veronica Edge
Maggie Evans
Sophie Farriss
Elizabeth Felts
Christi Ferretti
Gina Fimbel
Samantha Fisher
Amy Gilman
Lauryn Gori
Cordelia Green
Claudia Gregory
Lara Hamlet
Alisa Harris
Adrienne Hayes-Singleton
Kathleen Holland
Krista Holland
Melodie Homer

Michaela Howells
Kristy Hubard
Ellison Hunter
Nancy King
Katrina Knight
Elizabeth Koonce
Stephanie Lanier
Summer McPherson
Lynn O’Connell
Jacqueline Olive
Mikala Parnell
Lori Poole
Tammy Proctor
Tammy Pruden
Audra Rackley
Jordyn Rascoe
Kathleen Rich
Dr. Donyell Roseboro
Sheri Shaw
Susan Sinclair
Kathryn Soderman
Eve Sparks
Christy Spivey
Andrea Stough
Summer Tanbouz
Lela Thompson
Yvetta Thompson
Amy Thornton & Pepper Capps Hill
Dr. Khadijia Tribie
Dr. Betsy Weinberg
Julie Wilsey
Veda Wilson
Sabra Wright
Janae Young

See the Full List of Past Winners!

Thank you to our 2019 Women of Achievement Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Student Impact Grant Sponsor:

Katie & Bruce Hovermale


Young Leader Scholarship Sponsors:

Coastal Women Attorneys

Duhe Willetts Law, In Memory of Marilyn Seidel

Women of Achievement Alumnae

Award Sponsors:


Carolina Complete Health


Friends & Family of Rachel Freeman

International Paper Reigelwood Mill

Live Oak Bank

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

UNCW College of Health & Human Services

Wells Fargo

Wendy McElhinney, Michelle Clark, & Intracoastal Realty

Table Sponsors:

Carol Kennedy


Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Hempleton Investment Group / The Hemp Farmacy

Law Office of LeeAnne Quattrucci

UNCW Chancellor’s Office

UNCW Office of Community Engagement

Wilmington International Airport

Friend Sponsors:

Bearman CPA, PLLC

GE Hitachi

Welcome Service, LLC

In-Kind & Media Sponsors:

Encore Publishing

Gen X Photography

John W. Davis Photography

Pine Valley Market

Reeds Jewelers

Sunrise Broadcasting

Savor Wilmington

WHQR Public Radio

WILMA & Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Wilmington Latin Dance

Katie & Bruce Hovermale

Wendy McElhinney & Michelle Clark

Chancellor's Office & Office of Community Engagement

Hempleton Investment Group / The Hemp Farmacy

Carol Kennedy

Wilmington Latin Dance

Gen X Photography

John W. Davis Photography