The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement. Of the eleven women, four will be chosen as winners in different categories of Career Accomplishments, Community Contributions, Outstanding Educator and Lifetime Achievement. The winners will be announced at the Luncheon.
This year's Women of Distinction nominees are: Josie Leigh Craig, Civic Leader; Beth Wheeler Dean, Director, Guntersville Public Library; Dr. Jan Irons Harris, Superintendent, Cullman City Schools; Debra Jenkins, Volunteer Executive Director, Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center; Debbie M. Overcash, Civic Leader; Janet Bransford Sage, Victim Coordinator, Crisis Services of North Alabama; Geraldine Mills Schaffer, Owner, Geriann's Designs; Ameilia McDonald Summerville, Civic Leader; Jean Wessel Templeton, Retired, Wesfam, Inc.; Elizabeth M. Wise, Retired Director, Business Management for the PEO, Tactical Missiles, U.S. Army; Julie Ann McKinney Young, Senior Software Engineer Specialist, Lockheed Martin Company.
Liz Hurley, news anchor of WAFF 48 News, will emcee the event. The Luncheon speaker is Lisa D. Williams, co-founder and former president of 3D Research Corporation.
Chairing the Luncheon is Dawn Stanley. Committee members include Sally Barnett, Candy Burnett, Marion Cox, Kay Eastin, Patricia Hartley, Vicky Kirby, Jennie Robinson, Lisa Washington, Chana Johnson, Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Jesslyn Reeves, Judy Rylas and Mabry Miller.
Proceeds from the North Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon provide direct support to Girl Scouts in North-Central Alabama, which serves more than 19,000 girls in 36 counties. Sponsors for the Luncheon include The University of Alabama at Huntsville, The Huntsville Times and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Julie Carter at 800-734-4541 x134 or visit our Web site. Tickets to the Luncheon cost $40 for general admission and $25 for Girl Scout Members.