The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance recently recognized 10 women, who through their careers or volunteerism, have enhanced business, education, culture, philanthropy, and provided outstanding service to the region.
Honorees of the 16th annual Women of Excellence Awards were Amy Barnett, Angenita Brown, Catherine Evans, Julia Feldmann, Anne Fredrickson, Sarah Johnston, Kim McKinney, Kerry Murray, Amy Waldbillig and Heather Wells.
Barnett is an owning partner of Kingsgate Transportations & Logistics. She helped establish and implement the “Kingsgate Gives Back” program, which impacts numerous organizations in the Cincinnati area.
Brown, Lakota Schools’ community engagement coordinator, plans and executes events for Lakota families, increasing parent engagement by 40 percent. A certified executive coach, she previously organized and hosted Phenomenal Women of Focus, a monthly meeting that highlighted women’s work and life.
Evans is an attorney with Millikin & Fitton Law Firm. She plays a leadership role as a board member for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. As vice chairman of Butler County United Way Board of Trustees, she helped restructure the organization.
Feldmann, a sophomore at Mount Notre Dame High School, participates in the Worship Commission, Youth Philanthropy Council and theater. Feldmann, who saw her mother participate in women’s giving circle group Power of the Purse, formed Community Kids, a children’s giving circle, when she was 10. She also serves on the executive committee of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s Youth in Philanthropy.
Fredrickson volunteers her time on the weekly radio broadcast Medicare Moment. She works with volunteers to educate seniors and caregivers and coordinates a consumer/Medicare forum at Maple Knoll Village.
Johnston is the owner of PromoSpark, a company that brands apparel and promotional products. In 2013, she co-founded Free Throws for Kids, which raises money to help children in local hospitals. Johnston also serves on the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Grants committee and is a Shamrock Shuffle committee member.
McKinney volunteers for Good Life Networks, a local association of families and allies of residents who have developmental disabilities. She donates her time to Faith Alliance as a co-site coordinator for the Summer Lunch program at the Meadow Ridge Apartment site.
Murray has spent countless hours of work on West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance’s leadership programs Leadership 21, Leading Edge and Impact 21 and served on the pastor-parish relations council for Bethany United Methodist Church. She has led fundraising efforts through the West Chester/Liberty Rotary Club, raising thousands of dollars for scholarships and community initiatives.
Waldbillig, vice president of workforce development at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, has increased the revenues of her unit by 33 percent in just a few years. Previously, while executive director of the Regional Transit Authority, she helped apply and obtain a $5 million federal grant to move individuals off government assistance. She is involved in numerous community and economic development groups.
Wells, who returned home to Butler County after serving as a military police officer in a combat unit for the Ohio Army National Guard for seven years, is a caseworker and supervisor at Butler County Children Services. She was promoted to executive director of the Butler County Family and Children First Council in 2012 and secured more than $3 million in grant funds.
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