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Banker, Songstress, Children Services Director Are Among This Year’s Milestones Honorees

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union CEO Suzette Cowell, songstress, vocal coach, jazz diva Jean Holden and Lucas County Children Services Executive Director Robin Reese are among the select group of women named 2019

Jean Holden, Suzette Cowell, Lynn Fisher, Justice Judith Lanzinger, Mary Fedderke, Robin Reese

Milestones: A Tribute to Women winners by the YWCA of Northwest Ohio. During an unveiling on Tuesday, January 8, YWCA CEO Lisa McDuffie introduced the Milestones winners and touted their accomplishments. The award luncheon will be held on March 27, 2019 at The Seagate Centre. 

The Milestones Awards Luncheon was established in 1996 to recognize women of northwest Ohio for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the following seven areas: Arts, Business, Education, Government, Sciences, Social Services and Volunteerism. The purpose of the event is to honor northwest Ohio women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have opened doors for other women to achieve.

Holden, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, moved to Toledo at age 17 and began singing with the Toledo Opera Association. She became a vocal coach in 1973 and has spent a career singing in theater productions and night clubs.

She continues singing and coaching vocals at her Studio of Vocal Expression. Holden is receiving the Milestones Award for the Arts.

Cowell, a Toledo native, founded the TUFCU 22 years ago – the first community credit union to open in the state of Ohio – and has directed the growth of the credit union to include over 4,000 members, to the construction of a new free-standing building, to the opening of a second branch in the new NHA Nexus building. In addition Cowell and TUFCU brought the African American Parade and Festival to town, an event that will be 15 years old this summer.

Cowell will receive the Milestones Award in the Business category.

Reese, also a Toledo native, earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a masters in social work at the University of Toledo. She joined LCCS in 1984, rising from caseworker to manager of the Placement Department, to supervisor of the adoption unit and the foster parent training and licensing processes.

Reese was named associate director of the agency in 2014 and the executive director in 2016

Reese will receive the Milestones Award in the Social Services category.

This year’s other Milestones recipients are Judith Lanzinger for Government; Mary Fedderke for Science; Lexi Hayman-Staples for Volunteerism and Lynn Fisher for Education.

Lanzinger is a retired justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Her professional career included many different positions as a judge: Toledo Municipal Court, the Lucas County Common Pleas Court, and the Sixth District Court of Appeals. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2004 and retired in 2016.

Fedderke has been Development Director at the Toledo Zoo since 2004.

Hayman-Staples is the founder and executive director of Toledo Pride and the artistic director of the Collingwood Arts Center.

Fisher is head of school at West Side Montessori.

This year’s event will be the 24th annual Milestones Awards luncheon ceremony.




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