WSU Vancouver to honor women who inspire and empower at Women of Distinction event

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:52pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Washington State University Vancouver will honor women who have inspired others at its annual Women of Distinction event. The celebration and reception will begin at 6 p.m. March 29 in Firstenburg Student Commons. The event is free and open to all registered guests. Parking passes will be given to registered guests. To RSVP, visit

The keynote speaker will be WSU first lady Noel Schulz, professor in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. A nationally recognized expert in her field, Schulz is dedicated to recruiting, retaining and mentoring women in engineering professions. She will discuss how advancing women across WSU is a team sport; both men and women can be advocates for women by discovering their potential to help make WSU an inclusive learning and work environment. 

All 45 Women of Distinction nominees will be recognized for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Three Distinguished Woman awards will be given in the following categories: WSU Vancouver student, WSU Vancouver faculty or staff, and community member. Award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of community and WSU Vancouver representatives.

The 2018 honorees are:


Abbie Bambilla

Caroline Brenner

Davina Cepeda

Kacie Dominici

Monique Embury

Naomi Grande

Maggie Handran

Paige Jernigan

Diana Larson

Krista Lawrence

Zoie Lopez

Maresa Miranda

Sarah J. Pugh

Holly Ta

Adriana Toth

Catherine Townsel

Holly Varner

Lisa Walz

Katie Wilkerson

Angela Wilkinson



Liz Candello

Julia Conrad

Candice Goucher

Cassandra Gulam

Tracy Klein

Miwako Nakamoto

Pavithra Narayanan

Adenike Otoikhian

Kate Palermini

Sue Peabody

Allison Ramsing

Sujatha Shynne

Elizabeth Soliday



Jackie Barry

Michelle Bart

Anna Cruz

Darby Heppler

Stacey Jacques

Sami Lelo

Peggy McNabb

Audrey Miller

Stephanie Millman

Elizabeth Ruiz Reyes

Josephine Sanders

Carol Parker Walsh

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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