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
Reese was named associate
director of the agency in 2014 and the executive director in
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
Hayman-Staples is the founder and executive director
of Toledo Pride and the artistic director of the Collingwood
Fisher is head of school at West Side Montessori.
This year’s event will be
the 24th annual Milestones Awards luncheon