Woman of the Year, Top 10 Nominee, & Protégé Recipients

Eastern Michigan Council

Woman of the Year

2020-2021

Kelle Hruska

The EMC Woman of the Year is awarded to a council member who has contributed to the success of the council and/or also to the successes of all chapters within the council.

KELLE'S NOMINATION COMMENTS:
•She is serving on the 2020-2021 committee for the event honoring Cheryl Blair.
•She created the flyers for the EMC meetings and helped arrange speakers and EMC programs.
•She supported other chapters’ events and monthly meetings, in addition to participating in all EMC activities.
•She is always pleasant, helpful, and willing to serve. If a chapter needed something, they knew they could call on her and she would help out.
•She enthusiastically participated in the DVP event committee honoring Marilyn Lash as our DVP and co-chaired the educational portion of the event.
•She served the Council as VP in 2019 while also serving as Co-Chair for Marilyn Lash’s Campaign for National VP and serving as her Chapter’s President.

Top 10 Nominees

2021

Each year, ten members of the Association are recognized nationally for exceptional achievement in the areas of community engagement, professional development and contribution to their league and the National Association. These are known as the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA. Each chapter can nominate one member to be considered for this award as long as they meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the National organization.

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MARILYN LASH

Greater Oakland Charter Chapter

Vice President of Talent, Accent Entertainment LLC

Retired from Early Childhood Education (19 years)

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REBECCA CUNNINGHAM

Lake Shore Charter Chapter

Associate Broker with Keller Williams HOME, Farmington Hills

Former City of Detroit Division Head

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KAREN REA

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

Owner and President of Karen Rea Designs (26 years)

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LINDA HAMILTON

Nu-Lite Chapter

Retired from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (Flint and Detroit)

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BECKY SADOSKY

Suburban Connection Charter Chapter

Client Services Manager in the Financial Services Industry

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KELLE HRUSKA

Tipacon Charter Chapter

Studio Manager for Next Level Dance Center in Troy (management and operations)

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JANENE TERNES

Maia Chapter

Founder & CEO, Prayer in Motion, LLC

Women of the Year

2020

Annually, a Chapter recognizes a member for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the Chapter by selecting her as the Chapter Woman of the Year.

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NADIE HOLMES

Primary Member Nu-Lite Chapter

Secondary Member Cass River Charter Chapter

Learning Support Teacher Grades 9-10 (Special Ed.), Flint Community Schools

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TAMMY MURRAY

Greater Oakland Charter Chapter

Independent Boutique Partner with Style Dots Jewelry Company
(retired from the automotive industry)

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REBECCA CUNNINGHAM

Lake Shore Charter Chapter

Associate Broker with Keller Williams HOME, Farmington Hills
Former City of Detroit Division Head

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SHARON WALKER

Maia Chapter

Administrative Specialist in the Division of Nephrology, U of M Michigan Medicine (35 years)

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PAT PLAMONDON

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

Retired Human Resources Manager (25+ years automotive, healthcare, apparel, and retail)

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LINDA KOZIANOWSKI

Suburban Connection Charter Chapter

Development Manager at Easterseals Michigan

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SHERRI KARABELSKI

Tipacon Charter Chapter

Co-Owner, Vice President, Manager of Accent Entertainment

Protégé Recipients

2019-2020

The Protégé Award recognizes a deserving first year member for making a valuable contribution to her chapter in the first year of membership.

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LISA FRENDBURG

Greater Oakland Charter Chapter

Previous clerical positions in various industries

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WIEBKE HAGENDORF-SCHRÖTER

Maia Chapter

Founder & Chief Operating Officer, whs-consult, llc

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VERONICA CRUZ

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

AlphaUSA – HR Manager (automotive stamping)

Oh Snap! Booths - Owner (photo booths / flip books / green screen, etc.)

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JANET DIETRICH

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

D-Trek, Assistant (magnet supplier) / Writing a children’s book

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REGINA HALL

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

Enlighten Heart Services, Founder, Speaker, Trainer, Counselor; Licensed Professional Counselor by trade

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JANICE JONES

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

Writer, currently working as an instructional designer, editor, and copywriter

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MAUREEN WALCZYK

Novi Oaks Charter Chapter

Physical Therapist, DMC Huron Valley - 31 years, and Independent Boutique Director, Style Dots (interchangeable jewelry)

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SKYLAR KOZIANOWSKI

Suburban Connection Charter Chapter

Sales Associate, Party City (4 years)
Student at Walsh College

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JACKIE BAENZIGER

Tipacon Charter Chapter

KUKA Systems North America, Assistant to the Director of Application Development and the Director of Project Management; Trim Chassis Final Division

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

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