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Girl Scouts honors leadership at annual awards luncheon


Pittsburgh—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) honored outstanding service and leadership to the Pittsburgh community at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh.

The 2016 Woman of Distinction award winners in each category are:

  • Arts & Education: Dr. Linda Hippert, Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Athletics: Teresa Conn, Co-Owner, Pittsburgh Passion
  • Business: Doris Carson Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania (AACCWP)
  • Community & Non-Profit: Yvonne Cook, President, Highmark Foundation
  • Entrepreneur & Small Business: Rebecca U. Harris, Director, The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
  • Government & Law: Victoria B. Kush, Attorney at Law, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Health Care: Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine; Chief, Section of Women's Health, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC
  • Technology & Communication: Joyce Gannon, Business Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 Three other awards were also presented:

  • Girl of Distinction: Marie Erickson, Mt. Lebanon High School
  • Girl Scout Humanitarian: Stephanie Brown, Mt. Lebanon High School
  • Organization of Distinction: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Casey Ryan, global head of legal personnel at Reed Smith and a member of the firm's senior management team, served as the 2016 Honorary Chair of the event’s committee, which is comprised of former Woman of Distinction award recipients and Girl Scout champions:

  • Andrea Carelli, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Sylvia Fields, Eden Hall Foundation
  • Mary Lou Gegick, EQT
  • Karen Larrimer, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Carol MacPhail, Robert Morris University
  • Valerie McDonald Roberts, Office of Mayor Peduto
  • Rona Nesbit, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Hilda Pang Fu, Luminari, Inc.
  • Barbara Ross, BNY Mellon
  • Ellen A. Roth, Ph.D., Author, Ten Fingers Touching
  • Denise Sabolcik, FedEx Services
  • Betsy Teti, Community Volunteer

About Girl Scouts 
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 2.8-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit