News Releases

January 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921
Krista Liles
Special Event Coordinator, YWCA Clark County
Telephone: 360-906-4301


Writing Women into History:  
The 2010 Women of Achievement Celebration

Clark College and YWCA Clark County 
announce the 2010 Women of Achievement 
and Young Women of Achievement honorees

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On Friday, March 19, 2010, Clark College and YWCA Clark County will write women into history as they host the annual Women of Achievement celebration. 

The 2010 honorees will bring to 208 the number of women honored since the event began in 1985.  In addition, three new names will be added to the list of Young Women of Achievement honorees.

The 2010 Women of Achievement honorees are:

In addition, three Young Women of Achievement will be honored during the 2010 celebration.  They are:

The Young Women of Achievement honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship.  Nadia Mousleh will receive the Violet Richardson Scholarship from Soroptimist International of Vancouver.  Holly Vogel will receive a scholarship from First Independent Bank.  Jing Xue will receive the Donna Roberge-Nozel Scholarship. 

The 2010 celebration, honoring women who have made lasting and far-reaching contributions throughout Southwest Washington and beyond, will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The awards program will begin at noon.

Ticket cost is $40 per person or $400 for a table of ten.  For information or reservations, call the YWCA Clark County at 360-906-4301.

Additional information about the Women of Achievement celebration is available at and

About the Women of Achievement celebration

Celebrating women's lives -- filled with courage, strength and determination -- is valuable for us all.  This belief was the motivation for the Women of Achievement Celebration, which was founded in 1985 by Pat Watne, director of Women's Programs at Clark College. 

Watne created an awards program that would commemorate National Women's History Month and International Women's Day in March. It would also recognize and honor local women for their outstanding community contributions.

During the first few years, women were honored at a small tea held on the Clark College campus.  In 1991, YWCA Clark County joined with Clark College in sponsoring the Women of Achievement Celebration.

Over the years, it has evolved into a luncheon that is Southwest Washington's largest event honoring women.

About Clark College

Clark College is the second largest community and technical college in the state of Washington.  Offering more than 100 programs, Clark College provides opportunities for students to earn two-year transfer degrees, advance their careers through technical training leading to certificates, and learn skills through adult basic education classes. 

Founded in 1933, Clark College received its first accreditation in 1937 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948.  Clark's main campus is located on 101 acres in Vancouver’s historic Central Park just east of the Interstate 5 freeway and north of the Columbia River and Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. Classes are also offered at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center in eastern Clark County; Clark College at Town Plaza, located two miles east of the main campus; and Clark College at Washington State University Vancouver in Salmon Creek. 

About YWCA Clark County

YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Clark County serves more than 10,000 people each year who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression, as well as youth in foster care and incarcerated women.

Our seven programs provide the tools and support to build self-esteem, foster positive life choices, and change lives. The YWCA celebrates diversity, respects differences, and recognizes the dignity of each individual. We cooperate as a team to achieve a shared vision, believe and live our mission, are authentic in our word and deed, value and honor individual ideas, contributions, and opinions, and serve as leaders in providing quality and innovative service in a caring, compassionate environment.


EDITORS’ NOTE:  Biographies of all of the 2010 honorees – including high-resolution photos – are available by click on the links above or by going to