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Waugh named recipient of Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
YWCA Bristol Executive Director Kathy Waugh has been honored with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Presented by King University during the May 2 commencement ceremonies, the award is bestowed in honor of an individual’s spiritual character and service to humanity.

“As the leader of YWCA Bristol for nearly three decades, Kathy is an accomplished professional,” said Carol Cross, president of the YWCA Board of Directors. “But unlike many awards that rely on an individual’s work history or job title, the Algernon award recognizes the quality of one’s character. We’re so pleased to see this aspect of Kathy’s life, which has made her an advocate and friend to so many of us in the Tri-Cities, honored in this prestigious way.”

Waugh is a resident of Bristol and has served at the helm of YWCA Bristol since 1986, overseeing the creation of numerous programs for the community, including sliding-scale child care, teen pregnancy education, training in STEM fields for girls, professional education for women in the workplace, and more.

“Whenever we present this award to a member of the community, that person becomes a standard bearer of the university in the world,” said Matt Roberts, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “Kathy has always been an ally of our students and graduates, and works closely with King on such programs as Coats for Kids. She shares our vision of education, our desire to empower others, and it’s a delight to be able to honor her lifelong model of servant leadership.”

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation facilitates annual awards on selected college and university campuses in the American South. Participating institutions may present the awards to graduating seniors, alumni, or community members who meet the criteria set forth by the Foundation. Past recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, television icon Fred Rogers, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, among many others.

 

YWCA announces 2015 Tribute to Women award recipients
Twelve women who actively better the quality of life for thousands of area residents are being honored by YWCA Bristol.

The annual Tribute to Women awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Nominated by area organizations and chosen by an independent panel of judges, the 12 award recipients exemplify those working to enrich the region’s arts, education, business and community service efforts.

“It’s such a privilege to highlight the accomplishments and ongoing contributions that so many women make in our region,” said Jayne Duehring, chair of the 2015 Tribute to Women. “Through their devotion, our honorees are fostering commerce, opening educational opportunities, strengthening our charitable organizations, and nourishing the arts in our communities.”

The 2015 Tribute to Women Award recipients were selected for their leadership qualities, positive impact on community, and demonstrated growth and achievement. They include the following:

ARTS

Mixed media artist Jan Hurt is known for her ability to catalyze dozens of artists and ideas to produce inventive new collaborations. She has worked for 15 years to bring local art to public spaces, creating inclusive exhibits such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia’s Wolves?” and “Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists” currently on display at the William King Museum. In 2011, Hurt and her husband used a portion of their property in Abingdon’s downtown to create a replica of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth. Entitled “All is Well,” the labyrinth enfolds a three-quarter-mile journey within a 40-foot space, and has been gifted to the town for public use.

Visual artist Joy McGinnis has a mission of “sharing those fleeting moments of illumination that leave me breathless.” An avid painter and student of such artists as Elaine de Kooning, Wolf Kahn, Daniel Greene and Charles Sovek, her work has been widely exhibited throughout the region. She serves such organizations as the Johnson City Public Art Committee, is a past board member and current supporter of the Johnson City Area Arts Council, and for multiple years was board chair of ETSU’s Carol Reece Museum.

For more than half a century, musician Louise Ammons has served as the organist at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport. A former chemist and employee of Eastman Chemical, Ammons taught piano for many years and performed for thousands of church events. She is a devoted community supporter, having served as a past president and sustaining member of the Junior League, a membership chairman for the Friends of Allandale Board, and a member of the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra Board.

BUSINESS

From cosmetology business owner to town council member, Cathy Lowe has nourished the growth of small businesses across the region. As the current executive director of the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, she helped provide free classes for hundreds of area professionals, helped found the Business Challenge grant, and recognized a $1.5 million Creeper Trail enhancement initiative. She is the vice mayor of Abingdon, Va. and was appointed by two Virginia governors to serve on the state’s Small Business Advisory Board. A past president of the Rotary Club, she received the President’s Citation for Distinguished Service, as well as the American Cancer Society’s highest honor, the Quality of Life Award.

A veteran emergency room nurse, Dru Malcolm, DNP knows what it takes to care for patients and caregivers alike. Holding a doctoral degree in nursing practice, she is now a clinical and administrative leader at Johnson City Medical Center, where she actively researches best practices in order to empower nurses working on the front line of care. She shares her expertise with area academic boards, and works with organizations focused on aiding homeless and behavioral health patients. Her devotion to staff, patients, and underserved populations has been recognized with Mountain States Health Alliance’s Quality Excellence and Performance Improvement Champion Awards, as well as ETSU’s Outstanding Alumnae Award in the School of Nursing.

Cari Parker considers serving others a major element of success. As the current vice president of Corporate Technology for Eastman Chemical, she oversees process development, analytical science and services, and facility support for the global company. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Chemical Engineering Alumni Council of Auburn University. Since beginning her career in 1985, she has been a devoted supporter of organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as Girls, Inc. and the United Way. Currently she leads the Community Impact Cabinet for the United Way of Greater Kingsport, and is the rising chair of the board of directors for 2016.

EDUCATION

Since coming to Virginia Highlands Community College in 1999 as director of Upward Bound, Beth Page, Ed.D. has helped thousands of students set and achieve ambitious goals, earn college degrees, and create better lives for themselves and their families. She is the creator of an innovative series of classes and workshops that teach aquaculture, marketing, math, songwriting and creative thinking. As the current leader of the Excel Center at Virginia Highlands, she continues to serve those most at risk of dropping out by providing tutoring, advising, personal counseling, and workshops in study skills.

For 32 years, educator Tammie Davis has worked to impact the individual lives of students. Beginning as a chorus and orchestra teacher, she transitioned to the role of principal at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, and then chief human resources officer for Kingsport City Schools. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to high educational standards, including Sevier Teacher of the Year, Kingsport City Schools Teacher of the Year for her grade, and inclusion in the Distinguished School Administrator Honor Roll for the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders. Her inspirational love of music is evident in her more than 20 years of involvement as guest conductor for the Citywide Choral Festival and leadership in the Upper East Tennessee Junior Orchestra Clinic.

Since coming to ETSU in 1993, the work of researcher Cecilia McIntosh, Ph.D., has received more than $1.6 million in grants from such organizations as the USDA, the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Institute. Rising from an assistant professor to current dean of the School of Graduate Studies, she has led research into the biosynthesis of enzymes, mentored the growth of numerous students, and fostered innovative programs to help online students feel more connected to the community. She is a past president of the Phytochemical Society of North America, and this year will give the Society’s plenary presentation.

VOLUNTEER

A prolific volunteer and champion of educational opportunity, Catherine Brillhart is the first female mayor in Bristol’s 125-year history. Deeply committed to children’s issues, she is a founding member and past president of the Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation, as well as a past chair and current member of Smart Beginnings, an initiative committed to improving the school readiness of young children across 100 Virginia locales. She also works with such organizations as the Bristol Soup Kitchen, Bristol Family Promise, Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, and was appointed to the Virginia Tourism Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe.  

Jane Crawford’s zeal to serve crosses state boundaries. Owner of Able Printers and Plaques, Etc., she has invested many years of service in the Kingsport community and beyond. She is a past president of many local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Downtown Kingsport Association, the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, Volunteer Kingsport, and more. Her devotion has been recognized with such awards as the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Distinguished Leadership Award, and Mountain States Health Alliance’s Dr. Tom Chase Award.

Called “part of the soul of Niswonger Children’s Hospital,” Clarinda Jeanes is known for her tireless dedication to others. A past chair of the Mountain States Foundation Board of Trustees and member of the board for more than 15 years, she was instrumental in the campaigns that helped fund Niswonger Children’s Hospital and Mountain States Radiation Oncology Services. She established the Associated Ladies for Milligan, to help raise scholarship funds for the college, and is the creator of the Eleanore L. Campbell Ladies Conference. For her service she has received the college’s Leaders in Christian Service award, as well as Milligan’s highest honor, the Fide et Amore Award.

This year’s four-judge panel included:

Arts judge Autumn Bailey of Buford, Ga., founder of Autumn Bailey Entertainment, LLC, a company specializing in the production of documentaries, short, films, feature films and reality television shows, as well as the annual Georgia Entertainment Gala.

Volunteer judge Trish Tolbert of Graham, N.C., a non-profit and fundraising executive who has served such groups as the Nature Conservancy, the Memphis Zoo and AARP. Through her work with Steenhuysen Associates, she has also worked with groups such as Special Olympics International, the American Cancer Society, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Business judge Tameka Stigers of St. Louis, Mo., children’s advocate and owner of Locs of Glory, a natural hair salon and spa specializing in the empowerment of women.

Education judge Sandra Levy of Charlottesville, Va., an integrated arts specialist and creative arts therapist with more than 25 years of experience. As a faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., she has worked in curriculum development, faculty training, academic advisement, program development and community partnerships.

The 2015 Tribute to Women banquet and silent auction will be held at the Holiday Inn, 3005 Linden Drive in Bristol, Va., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Tickets can be purchased online or at the YWCA front desk. Funds from this event support multiple YWCA Bristol programs, including sliding-scale child care, teen pregnancy education, after-school activities for at-risk girls, and women’s health and wellness programs.

For more information, call 423.968.9444 or email s_burns@ywcabristol.org.

 
12th Annual YWCA Easter Eggstravaganza to be Eggstra Fun

YWCA Bristol will host its 12th annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. Join the YWCA for a fun-filled morning complete with a pancake breakfast, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and other fun activities.

Bring the family and sample sweet treats at the bake sale and peruse handmade crafts. Specialty themed Easter baskets will also be on sale.

The pancake breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available from 9 to 11 a.m.; Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Reservations are required for breakfast and can be made by calling the YWCA at 423.968.9444.

All proceeds from this event benefit the YWCA Children’s Center.

Female-focused Professional Series to Launch in Kingsport
YWCA Bristol is proud to announce the launch of Emerge, a high-impact professional development series for women, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kingsport, Tenn. 

Emerge features quarterly workshops led by local, regional and national experts, with trainings specifically geared for females at all levels of their professional career.  The March 20 workshop, hosted at the Eastman Lodge, will feature three high-caliber presenters.

“We are so excited to bring to the region this training program that takes professional development to the next level with empowerment coaching and tangible take-a-way items,” said Tammy Henkel, director of mission advancement at the YWCA. “Many co-ed trainings have become so commercialized that they lose the benefits of personalized training and often don’t appeal to females and their workplace experiences.”

Kim Keating, a contributing author to Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book, Lean In For Graduates, and a permanent blogger on the Huffington Post, will provide a step-by-step guide to negotiating one’s way to happiness. Keating covers all aspects of negotiation, from the essential role it plays in everyday life right to common problems faced by every negotiator. She provides a step-by-step guide, from research to results. At the end of the presentation, participants will have the knowledge and the confidence to ask for what they need – and get it.

Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., joins the Emerge lineup from Washington, D.C. As the CEO of YWCA USA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s multicultural organizations, Richardson-Heron is no stranger to the challenges of leading change on a national platform. She will share her best practices for managing and leading change.

Jessica Stollings, a national consultant and author, will speak about understanding and maximizing the value of multiple generations in organizations. Participants will learn to communicate, collaborate, and relate to the four generations in the workplace.  

“Cross-generational challenges are common in today’s companies and organizations,” said Stollings. “As each generation has unique perspectives, experiences, expectations; miscommunication can be all too easy.”

In addition to the March 20 workshop, trainings will be offered June 19, Sept. 11, and Nov. 6 at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, click here or call 423.968.9444. 

 

YWCA Fitness Spa Introduces New Wellness Program

The YWCA Women’s Fitness Spa is hosting an 8-week progressive training and wellness program beginning March 1 aimed at helping women shed winter pounds and tone trouble spots. “Spring into Shape” will jump start metabolisms and educate participants on healthy weightless and management.

“Each week will build in intensity to help maximize results and avoid a plateau,” said Aubree Cook, Director of the Women’s Fitness Spa. “We will host several informational talks throughout the eight weeks with topics such as ‘Fitness and Your Heath’ and ‘Nutrition No-nos.’”

Spring into Shape is open to the public, and women 13 and older are encouraged to participate. For $10 a week, participants receive unlimited access to the gym and wet area, which includes a whirlpool, sauna, and steam room. Program classes will be held Monday through Thursday at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. Saturdays at 9 a.m. the trainers will lead free runs open to the public.

For more information or to register, call 423.968.9444 or visit the YWCA front desk at 106 State Street.

YW Prom Dress Sale to Offer $25 Deal

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is gearing up for its 7th annual Prom Dress Sale February 26-28, which will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. A community service project of the YWCA, the Prom Dress Sale features all dresses for just $25; high school girls can also obtain vouchers from their guidance counselor. 

The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27 for students only. The sale will be open to the public Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We will have several volunteers on hand to assist with selecting dresses of all styles, lengths and sizes and to help each girl feel special in the gown she selects,” said Crystal Allison, chair of the Prom Dress Sale. Dressing areas will also be available. \

The 2014 sale featured over 800 new and gently used dresses. The project served approximately 350 students from 5 states and 48 schools.

The YWCA accepts prom gown donations year around. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.

YWCA Seeking Nominations for 24th Tribute to Women Awards
YWCA Bristol is accepting nominations for YW Tribute to Women, an awards program that recognizes outstanding women in the Tri-Cities region.

“Every year I am amazed by the amazing women nominated for this award and humbled by everything they’ve accomplished,” said Kathy Waugh, YWCA executive director.

Women may be nominated by an organization or business for this prestigious award in one of four categories: Arts, Business/Professional, Education, and Volunteer Community Service.  Candidates should be leaders who have experienced significant growth and/or achievement in their areas of expertise.  Judges residing out of the states of Tennessee and Virginia will select three exemplary winners in each category, and these award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

“Tribute to Women is an excellent opportunity to celebrate employees or volunteers who have made significant contributions in the workplace or community,” said Christine Uthoff, YWCA Tribute to Women Publicity Chair.

Nominations can be submitted online online or mailed to YWCA Bristol at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620 by Feb. 16, 2015. Forms are also available at the YWCA front desk. Click here to download a form.

The awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Bristol, Va. Holiday Inn. For more information, please contact Sidney Burns at s_burns@ywcabristol.org or call 423.968.9444. 

"Go Green” and Donate Your Prom Dresses to the YWCA
Every year area teens have an opportunity to “go green” by donating their prom gowns to the YWCA Prom Dress Sale hosted by the Junior Board of Directors. The annual sale, which will be open to area high school girls February 26-28, will feature hundreds of previously worn gowns and accessories at deeply discounted prices.

“As you are going through your wardrobe preparing for spring, please bring any prom gowns or accessories to YWCA Bristol located at 106 State Street,” said Crystal Allison, Chair of the Prom Dress Sale. “All contributions are greatly appreciated!”

The Prom Dress Project is a community service project that provides affordable prom dresses to area students and vouchers for free dresses to girls in need. The YWCA is looking for gently used gowns, accessories, and shoes. Gowns of all sizes and lengths are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the YWCA any time during operating hours.

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is a diverse group of young women ages 20-40 who have a desire to acquire more leadership and service skills within the community. Their goals are to build awareness and support of the YWCA in the younger adult segment and to enhance and support the mission of the YWCA.

The sale will be open to students (with I.D.) Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 - 27 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. The sale is open to the public Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.

Breast Cancer Survivor to Speak at YWCA Celebrating Women

Sharon Barger will speak at the YWCA 16th annual Celebrating Women event and silent auction on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrating Women will be held at the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center Conference Center, 1 Medical Park Blvd. in Bristol, Tenn.  

Since 1998, extraordinary women from the community have come together to celebrate one another. The brunch, themed "Snowed in with the YWCA,” will feature themed baskets in the silent auction, restaurant gift certificates, fine jewelry, and more.

“Celebrating Women is always an uplifting and fun holiday event that’s held at the perfect time of year; those who attend can buy unique gifts for their loved ones while supporting the area’s youth,” said Tammy Henkel, YWCA Director of Mission Advancement. “This is also a volunteer-driven event hosted by our YWCA Junior Board of Directors, a group of dedicated women who are passionate about giving back to the young women in our community.”

The speaker this year is Sharon Barger who is a breast cancer survivor. She has spoken throughout the region, sharing her story of survival and determination to beat the odds of Stage IV breast cancer. Sharon is the mother of three children and lives in Kingsport. She works as a business organization specialist at Eastman Chemical Company, where she's been for the past seven years.

Admission is $15 for early birds or $20 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at the YWCA or online. Reservations are preferred. A special thank you to the venue sponsor - Bristol Regional Medical Center - which is located at 1 Medical Park Blvd. in Bristol, TN.

Bristol TechGYRLS Launches STEM Camp in Kingsport
The YWCA Bristol TechGYRLS recently hosted a 5-day camp in Kingsport, Tenn., which introduced girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

The camp, which was funded by a Kingsport Community Foundation grant, encouraged the girls to think critically and consider STEM-based careers. The girls gained experience in robotics, graphic animation, and performed experiments in both mathematics and science. They also had the opportunity to work with female mentors in STEM career fields. The camp served 60 Kingsport students at both Girls Inc. and Boys and Girls Club.

When Hailey, a Boys and Girls Club participant, was asked how she would describe the purpose/focus of the YWCA TechGYRLS camp, she said it was to “teach girls that they can do anything they want.”

Long-term goals of the program include increasing the number of girls who will enter technical fields, including technology, physical or computer science, engineering, architecture or business.  Additional goals include providing girls experiences in reading comprehension, self-expression, public speaking, cultural awareness, personal health, substance avoidance, and a wide range of exploration that would otherwise not be available to them.

 “I’d like to thank the Kingsport Community Foundation for providing us the grant to launch this program that supports Kingsport community youth.” said Tonja Leonard, YWCA Bristol TechGYRLS program director. “The program was a huge success, and we look forward to hosting it again in the future.”

The YWCA TechGYRLS program serves 35 at-risk adolescent girls in Bristol, Tenn., and focuses on personal and educational growth through a STEM-based curriculum. For more information on the Kingsport Community Foundation, visit www.easttennesseefoundation.org.

 

YWCA Accepting Registrations for Women’s 5K Conditioning Program

YWCA Bristol Women’s Fitness Spa is gearing up for its annual women’s Turkey Trot and Gobbler’s Gait 5K run/walk by offering an 8-week conditioning program Sept. 22 – Nov. 14 to motivate and prepare participants. Trainings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

YW fitness trainers will lead participants through progressive intervals of walking and running that will safely and gradually build up endurance and stamina for a 5K race. Training will take place on the Turkey Trot race route, a certified course that stretches across Bristol, Tenn. Participants will also be instructed on proper techniques for warming up, stretching, and race nutrition.

The 5K conditioning program is FREE for YW Fitness Spa members and $80 for non-members. Non-members will be entitled to use the YW Fitness Spa FREE of charge, including the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and express classes, during their conditioning phase.

“Our training program offers morning and evening classes that are specifically designed for participants of all fitness levels,” said Aubrey Cook, YWCA Fitness Director. “Our certified trainers will motivate, inspire, and guide runners and walkers throughout the 8 weeks in preparation for our 34th annual Turkey Trot and Gobbler’s Gait on Nov. 15.”

Ladies 13 and older are encouraged to call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 for more information and to reserve their spot. Click here to download a race registration form.

 

YWCA Voted to Victory; Wins Contest Funding
YWCA Bristol was voted to victory Friday, July 25 in the First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving non-profit contest, granting the organization $5,000 in valuable funding.  

YWCA Bristol is the 123rd winner to be declared, joining the victor’s circle with 11 other regional charities. More than 1,000 organizations state-wide are enrolled in the contest, which grants $5,000 each day for 150 days to the organization who receives the most cumulative votes by midnight.

“We are elated to receive the funding and humbled by the great number of people who voted for us,” said Kathy Waugh, YWCA Executive Director. “It truly was a community effort, and for that we are greatly appreciative.” 

The contest will continue through August 21.  To continue voting for other local non-profits, visit www.150daysofgiving.com.

 

 

Home Afloat Houseboat Tours To Benefit YWCA

Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, in conjunction with the YWCA of Bristol, will present Home Afloat, Houseboat Tours on July 10 from 6 until 9pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour a multitude of houseboats in the newly expanded Kings Cove area of Laurel Marina & Yacht Club. Owners will be opening their doors to give visitors a look-see at what it is like having a floating, summer home on South Holston Lake. Similar to home, garden or loft tours, guests will be offered the opportunity to walk through an amazing variety of luxurious floating homes.

Prepared and presented by the Harbor Grill at Laurel Marina chef, Justin Peters, participants will also be treated to an assortment of delicious eats with each boat serving one item starting with appetizers and ending with dessert.

According to Dale Thomas, President and CEO of Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, visitors won’t be disappointed.

“We are fortunate to slip some of the finest houseboats in the region at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club. We have a wide variety of boats signed up for the tour and want to thank all those who are so graciously opening up their vacation homes to support the efforts of the YWCA,” Thomas said.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the homes and see the elegance and sophistication of today’s modern houseboats, and they will also be afforded the opportunity to sample fine cuisine prepared by Chef Peters,” he added.

Kathy Waugh, YWCA Executive Director also expressed excitement for this inaugural event.

“I’m so thrilled for us to partner with Laurel Marina on this exciting event. Not only does it provide the public an opportunity to tour these amazing vessels, it provides us an opportunity to enrich our programing at the YWCA,” Waugh said.

The tours begin at 6pm at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club on Thursday, July 10. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, 191 Shady Ford Road, Bristol, TN. The cost of the tour is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Bristol.

To register, contact Laurel Marina at (423) 878-3721.

 

Photography Course to be offered at YWCA

YWCA Bristol will host a 5-week photography course for teens and adults beginning Tuesday, May 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 106 State Street.

The course, led by Lee Jones, King University Photography / Digital Media Art & Design professor, will teach participants how to use their digital camera. Topics include proper exposures, modes and features, flash, composing an image, and depth of field. The course will include ample hands-on learning and will conclude with a class project.

“This course mirrors King University’s online photography offerings and is a great opportunity for photography lovers to take their skills to the next level,” said Jones. “Participants can sign up for one class at a time or take advantage of the entire 5-week program.”

Participants should bring a D-SLR or a point and shoot camera at minimum. Space is limited and available first come, first serve. Sessions are $25 each or $20 if paid in-full up front. For more information or to register, visit YWCA Bristol or call 423.968.9444.

 

11th Annual YWCA Easter Eggstravaganza to be Eggstra Fun

YWCA Bristol will host its 11th annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. Join the YWCA for a fun-filled morning complete with a pancake breakfast, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and other fun activities.

Bring the family and sample sweet treats at the bake sale and peruse handmade crafts. Specialty themed Easter baskets will also be on sale.

The pancake breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available from 9 to11 a.m.; Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Reservations are required for breakfast and can be made by calling the YWCA at 423.968.9444.

All proceeds from this event benefit the YWCA Children’s Center.

Recipients Announced for 2014 YW Tribute to Women

 

YWCA Bristol and the Tribute to Women Steering Committee are proud to announce the 2014 award recipients.

YW Tribute to Women empowers women by providing businesses and organizations an opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of exceptional women in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Every day, the Tri-Cities community is supported and strengthened by women devoted to enriching the quality of life for others.

An esteemed panel of out-of-state judges considered numerous nominees in the fields of art, business, education, and community service before selecting 12 award recipients who will be honored at an awards banquet on April 24.

This year’s four-woman judging panel included:

Amy Lewis (Elko New Market, Minn.) is a marketing communications consultant with 20+ years experience in public relations and marketing, including six years with large agencies.

Evelyn Sommers (Bethesda, Md.) is a community activist for women’s equity and racial justice, having served on the YWCA USA National Coordinating Board and YWCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council.

Deana M. Savage, Ed.D. (Midland, Texas) is Special Advisor to the President of Midland College where her responsibilities include serving as the College’s Accreditation Liaison and overseeing the Department of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness and Research and the College’s Student Success Initiative. 


Wendy Thomas
(Atlanta, Ga.) serves as the Executive Director of the Southeast Festivals & Events Association, where she works to expand the Association’s outreach throughout the Southeast.

The following award recipients were selected according to their leadership qualities, positive impact on the community, and demonstrated growth and achievement. The 2014 Tribute to Women award recipients are: 

ARTS

Anita DeAngelis is an associate dean and professor at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) who is described as “the face of the arts at ETSU.” Since 1994 she moved through the professional ranks and earned enhanced recognition as a teacher, artist, administrator, and an articulate advocate for the arts on campus and in the community. She is the founding director of the Mary B. Martin School for the Arts, demonstrating effective leadership and skill development. She has coordinated five years of diverse and impressive programming that have brought outstanding artists to the region and championed partnerships with community organizations. Nominated by East Tennessee State University

 

Valeria Sinyavskaya, artistic director and ballet mistress at the Kingsport Ballet (KB), is a member of an elite group of Russian-born Vaganova-trained ballerinas. She has optimized the process of bringing out self-motivation and personal gratification in students as a result of dedication, commitment and greater understanding of the art form. Since joining Kingsport Ballet in 2002, numerous area companies have collaborated with KB to create similar programs and even start their own dance schools. She has staged significant majors works, such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. Nominated by Kingsport Ballet

 
Sandra Woolley
has a long history of championing many causes that benefit the people in our greater community, particularly as it relates to the proliferation, growth and support of the arts. She has supported various ballet companies and area symphony orchestras with her board membership and leadership, fundraising assistance, and advocacy efforts for several decades. Her fundraising efforts have helped raise over $260,000 for the Symphony of the Mountains, and helped champion the creation of the Kingsport Ballet’s fundraiser, “Ballet and Bubbly at the Chateau.” Nominated by Kingsport Ballet

BUSINESS
Denny DeNarvaez joined Wellmont Health System as CEO in 2010. Since joining the organization, she implemented a healing environment philosophy that empowers employees to find ways to enhance the hospital experience for patients and visitors. She spearheaded a new leadership model for Wellmont Medical Associates, played a key role in the establishment of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, and created the Wellmont Cancer Institute. One of the central tenets of DeNarvaez’s leadership is her passion for the welfare of patients, evidenced by her decision to add nearly 200 bedside caregivers in fiscal 2011 alone. Nominated by Wellmont Health System

Patricia Holtsclaw’s passion grows as she works with patients and families to further the Mountain States Foundation mission of “changing lives through giving.” As president of the Foundation, she oversaw the $25 million campaign to build Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which transformed the healthcare for children in the entire region. Throughout her tenure, she has quadrupled revenues, hosted a celebrity golf tournament that raised over $500,000, and created three signature events each raising over $100,000. Holtsclaw’s current campaign is for radiation oncology which will benefit adult and pediatric patients. Nominated by Mountain States Health Alliance

Helen Scott, executive director of Healing Hands Health Center, demonstrates strong leadership with a vision for success. Under her guidance, Healing Hands continues to provide free health services to working uninsured residents of the greater Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia area.  Throughout her ten years with Healing Hands the organization has grown, from 3 to 14 employees, a $250,000 annual operating budget to $760,000, and $550,000 in assets to $2 million. She founded five sold-out event fundraisers and provided guidance to purchase a building with twice the space to expand services. Nominated by Junior League of Bristol, TN-VA

 
EDUCATION

Dr. Kelly Bremner sees theatre and the way she teaches it as a way of taking students into new areas of exploration and critical thinking. Her Emory and Henry College (EHC) student actors come to understand that they are engaged in ongoing “theatre talk back” with audiences, compelling them to think continually about the messages they present on stage and the impact they, as actors, have on their world. Thanks to Bremner, EHC was chosen as one of 44 theatre programs nationwide (and the only one in Virginia) to stage a production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. She has become a leader in emphasizing theatre’s responsibility toward the community, while advocating for the importance of theatre in rural settings. Nominated by Emory and Henry College

Janice H. Gilliam became the first female president of Northeast State Community College (NSCC) in 2009. As president of the second largest college in the region, Dr. Gilliam epitomizes the College’s three value statements of respect, responsibility and responsiveness. Under her tutelage, the NSCC was recognized as #1 among all Tennessee community colleges for its graduation rate, productivity (number of graduates compared to enrollment), and efficiency (lowest cost to produce a graduate). The College launched the largest capital project in Tennessee community college history and implemented an initiative to make students more employable. Nominated by Northeast State Community College

Amal Khoury, PhD is chair of the Department of Health Services Management and Policy and the associate dean for Quality and Planning for the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University. On the national level, Dr. Khoury is a recognized public health leader, with a focus on identifying the factors that prevent women from seeking healthcare. Recent research projects have included an evaluation of the use of tele-homecare to prevent patients from being re-hospitalized; a study of the use of preventive health services among poor women; and issues related to breast cancer control among minority women.  Nominated by East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

VOLUNTEER
Lottie Ryans has challenged herself and others not to settle for the status quo, but rather to strive for excellence in faith, family and career. She is a member or officer on a number of regional Boards of Directors, in both the public and private sectors, in the fields of economic/workforce development, education and healthcare. Ms. Ryans has been appointed by Governor Haslam to represent the Northeast Tennessee region on the State Workforce Development Board, which provides guidance to the Governor on critical economic and workforce issues. Nominated by the Washington County Economic Development Council and Johnson City/Washington County/Jonesborough Chamber of Commerce/Alliance for Business and Training/Spherion Staffing

Johnnie Mae Swagerty works tirelessly for her community and is at the epicenter of change and growth of Kingsport’s African American community. She started New Vision Youth 12 years ago, which teaches and mentors 45 children, ages 4 to 18. Ms. Swagerty expands her vision for community betterment by conducting two community clean-ups annually, overseeing Rhythm in Review as part of Fun Fest, serving as a reading tutor with the Kingsport Literacy Council, raising funds for several initiatives, and organizing a prom for underprivileged students. Ms. Swagerty’s community work is her full time occupation. Nominated by Deborah Todd

Sandra S. Willis inspires those around her to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others who are struggling. She has participated on numerous founding committees responsible for developing new agencies and programs such as Family Promise Bristol, Bristol Faith in Action, and Bristol Ministry Mall. She serves as the community coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program in Bristol which is responsible for coordinating the delivery of hot meals to 52 homebound individuals six days a week. As a Family Promise of Bristol board member and an active volunteer in her church and community, Ms. Willis “shares the love and hope of Christ that fills her heart.” Nominated by Family Promise Bristol

The 2014 Tribute to Women awards banquet and silent auction will be held at the Holiday Inn, 3005 Linden Dr. in Bristol, VA, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ywcabristol.org. Funds raised from this event support YWCA Bristol programs: sliding-scale child care, teen pregnancy education, after-school program for at-risk girls, and women’s health and wellness programs.

For more information, call 423.968.9444 or email s_burns@ywcabristol.org.

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Photos courtesy of Kayla Robbins.

 

YW Prom Dress Sale to Offer $25 Deal

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors, in partnership with Belk Tri-Cities, is gearing up for its 6th annual Prom Dress Sale March 6 – 8, which will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. A community service project of the YWCA, the Prom Dress Sale features all dresses for only $25; high school girls may also obtain vouchers from their guidance counselor. 

The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 and 7 and 8 a.m. to noon March 8. “We will have several volunteers on hand to assist with selecting dresses of all styles, lengths and sizes and to help each girl feel special in the gown she selects,” said Crystal Allison, chair of the Prom Dress Sale. Dressing rooms will also be available.

The YWCA accepts prom gown donations year around. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.

 

“Go Green” and Donate Your Prom Dresses to the YWCA

Every year area teens have an opportunity to “go green” by donating their prom gowns to the YWCA Prom Dress Sale hosted by the Junior Board of Directors. The annual sale, which will be open to area high school girls March 6 – 8, will feature hundreds of previously worn gowns and accessories at deeply discounted prices.

“As you are going through your wardrobe preparing for spring, please bring any prom gowns or accessories to YWCA Bristol located at 106 State Street,” said Crystal Allison, Chair of the Prom Dress Sale. “All contributions are greatly appreciated!”

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is a diverse group of young women ages 20-40 who have a desire to acquire more leadership and service skills within the community. Their goals are to build awareness and support of the YWCA in the younger adult segment and to enhance and support the mission of the YWCA. All proceeds benefit YWCA youth development and outreach programs.

For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.


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