2019 YWCA Tribute to Women honorees

YWCA Greater Johnstown will honor eight area women for community service during its 33rd annual awards ceremony on May 16 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown. The 2019 Tribute to Women honorees are (first row, left to right) Sandra Berkebile, Nonprofit; Frannie Findley, Community Service Volunteer; Angela R. Godin, Arts & Letters; Bonnie M. Lucas Resinski, Education; and (second row, left to right) Bonnie Mazurak-Riga, STEM; Shirley Quinn, Business; Sherri Rae, Yellow Rose; and Dr. Susan L. Williams, Professions.

YWCA Greater Johnstown will honor eight women for community service during an awards ceremony on May 16 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

The 33rd annual YWCA Tribute to Women will begin with a meet-and-greet reception at 5 p.m., the announcement of honorees at 5:55, dinner at 6:05 and acceptance speeches at 7:15.

“As we prepare to celebrate our 33rd year of honoring remarkable women, we reflect on the 217 distinguished women who have been honored since the first event occurred in 1987,” said Valerie Deater, event chairwoman.

“All of these women have demonstrated qualities of leadership and exceptional values in their careers and their personal lives. They have been role models, made significant contributions in their community and have shared the mission and vision of the YWCA – dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.”

Diane Lopez, YWCA board president and the 2013 Yellow Rose Award recipient, will emcee the event.

Viola T. Najjar, the 2005 Yellow Rose Award honoree and aquatics director at the YWCA, will ask the invocation.

Renée Carthew, the 2013 YWCA Business Award recipient, will introduce the honorees.

The honorees are Angela R. Godin, Arts & Letters, executive director, Community Arts Center of Cambria County; Shirley Quinn, Business, director of fixed operations, Laurel Toyota; Frannie Findley, Community Service Volunteer; Bonnie M. Lucas Resinski, Education, academic coach, costume designer and wardrobe manager, St. Francis University; Sandra Berkebile, Nonprofit, office manager, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Susan L. Williams, Professions, chief medical officer, Conemaugh Health System; Bonnie Mazurak-Riga, STEM, director of medical specialties, DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center; and Sherri Rae, Yellow Rose Award, director of career services, Pitt-Johnstown.

Arts & Letters

Godin is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts. 

She worked as an independent contractor in art-related fields for more than 11 years. Her experience includes directing more than 25 plays and musicals, performing in close to 40 productions, as well as experience in choreography, stage managing, lighting, sound design and production management and administration.

At the arts center, she works to improve the artistic opportunities of the community and county through the expansion of programming, events, fundraisers and community outreach initiatives.

In her four years at the arts center, she has increased pre-existing events or fundraisers while venturing into new areas of artistic opportunities.

Godin’s volunteer efforts include the Vision 2025 marketing committee, the Cambria County Branding Task Force, a judge for Beginnings Inc.’s Dancing Like a Star Benefit fundraiser, serving as a committee member for the Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out and serving dinner on Christmas at Christ Centered Community Church.

Business

Quinn graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 1974.

She began her career as a cashier at the former Leitenberger Machine Co.

After eight years, Quinn started working at Dewar’s Car World. She was a warranty clerk, processing claims for five franchises, and rose to the role of administrator.

In 1989, she became the parts inventory control manager, establishing individual parts inventory levels and balancing them for maximum turnover. A year later, and for the next nine years, she was the parts manager for all five franchises. 

Quinn attended General Motors Parts College, where she was elected president of her class.

For the next several years, she was the service and parts director, responsible for the reputation, efficiency and profitability of the fixed operations of the dealership.

Quinn continued working through an ownership change for several years under Team Motor Sales Inc. During that time, she was involved in the construction of a new dealership.

In 2007, she went to work for Laurel Toyota as the body shop manager.

Within a few years, she was promoted to the director of fixed operations for the Toyota and BMW stores.

Quinn received the Toyota Management Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance and Achieving Overall Excellence.

She serves on the advisory board at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, was a member of PPG MVP Round Table Congress and served on the boards at Johnstown- and Altoona-area vocational schools. 

Community Service

Findley retired from her job with the state in 1975 to care for her son, Matthew, who was born with spina bifida.

Findley and her husband started a spina bifida support group and hosted a seminar for doctors, nurses and other clinicians to make them aware of treatment options and family needs.

Findley served for 15 years as a member of the planning committee of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games.

She was honored with the Prince Gallitzin Cross Award.

She has taught religion for 55 years and is a choir member, hospitality minister and lector at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church.

Findley volunteers at Bottle Works and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and is a patron for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

Findley also serves on the patient advisory board for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and is a member of Caring Friends, a local service group.

Education

Lucas Resinski served as costume designer for 13 summer theater seasons at Cresson Lake Playhouse, and managed volunteers for St. Francis University and Upward Bound students, as well as United Way participants, all of whom worked on productions.

In 1988, she began working in Northern Cambria School District, teaching reading at the middle school and then teaching 10th and 11th grade English and drama at the high school.

Lucas Resinski directed plays at the middle and high schools, coached three reading teams and served as English chair for four years.

In 2012, she retired from the school district.

In retirement, Lucas Resinski continued as resident costume designer at St. Francis, working with students to costume the theater productions.

She has taught classes in theater workshop, costume design and electives at St. Francis.

Lucas Resinski coordinates the National Shakespeare Competition for high school students; entered her 24th year of teaching classes and producing the Living Wax Museum for Upward Bound; and continues to perform “Silhouettes” and “Fig Leaf,” her one-woman shows of fashion history.

Nonprofit

Berkebile graduated from Conemaugh Township Area High School in 1978 and worked in retail at Richland Mall and Laurel Ridge State Park.

After working in the office at Hi-Way Hardware for a few years, Berkebile started at her current position as office manager at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

She is responsible for the daily running of the office.

Berkebile also manages the clerical and financial duties of the Somerset County Foundation, which is managed by the chamber.

She has been on the Somerset County Literacy Council since 2009 and is the vice president, and she is a member of the Somerset County Junior Achievement Council.

Since 2009, Berkebile has been involved in Soroptimist International of Somerset County, holding positions of vice president, president and delegate. She is the current corresponding secretary.

Berkebile has volunteered since 1993 at the Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association, served on committees for the Somerset County Bicentennial and the Somerset Borough Bicentennial, organized the Chili Cook-off for Somerset Inc.’s Fire & Ice Festival, and volunteered at Mountain Craft Days at the chamber’s buckwheat pancake booth.

Professions

Williams is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate from the State University of New York.

Williams was an internal medicine resident at University Hospitals of Cleveland and a fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with special qualification in critical care, and the American Board of Nephrology.

Williams has extensive teaching experience, including positions at Temple University Medical School, Allegheny University Health System, Hahnemann Medical College, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

She is leading the development and growth of the Advantage Point Health Alliance, a clinically integrated network in the Laurel Highlands region.

In this capacity, she leads a committee with oversight for the standardization of patient care, outcomes and quality.

This builds on her experience in a previous role as chief medical officer of Noble Health Alliance in Fort Washington, a suburb of Philadelphia, where she led development of a clinically integrated network that allied three health systems and recruited 2,238 physicians.

Williams has served as president of Crozer Keystone Physician Partners, a clinically integrated physician network, and senior physician of Crozer Keystone Health Network, the employed physician arm of Crozer Keystone Health System in Springfield, Delaware County. She also served as the vice president of clinical integration at Crozer Keystone and is a primary care physician.

She serves on the executive boards for the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, the 1889 Foundation and Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

STEM

Mazurak-Riga graduated from Mount Aloysius College with an associate degree in nursing in 1981.

Her first nursing job was at Lee Hospital before joining Mercy/Good Samaritan Hospital of Johnstown, where she worked in the intensive care unit, telemetry, geropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and drug and alcohol areas.

During her tenure working as a nurse, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing education and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

For 20 years, she was the director of medical services, which involved working with nursing floors and multiple ancillary support departments. 

Since 2012, Mazurak-Riga has served as a mentor in the New Leader Mentoring Program. 

In 2014, she graduated from Chatham University with a doctorate in nursing practice.

Recently, Mazurak-Riga was named director of Conemaugh School of Nursing and Allied Health Programs.

She is a volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and a member of the program committee for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry at the Commonwealth Technical Institute.

In 2016, Mazurak-Riga joined the Alumni Association executive board of directors at Mount Aloysius College.

Yellow Rose

Rae received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology with a concentration in student personnel in higher education from Slippery Rock University. 

In 18 years at Pitt-Johnstown, Rae has worked in residence life, student activities, fraternity and sorority life and housing operations before entering her current role as the director of career services.

Rae has been involved with Young Professionals of the Alleghenies, the Special Olympics Winter Games committee, Goodwill GoodGuides program, the YWCA Rise and Shine mentoring program, the Cinderella Project, the Community Connection Team, Vision 2025 capture teams and Trinity Farms Center for Healing.

She serves as board vice president of the Cambria-Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program and secretary of the board of directors of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies.

Rae was named one of the Pennsylvania Business Central Foremost under 40 in 2012 and received the Pitt-Johnstown President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community, and in 2013, the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board Service to Community Award and the YPA Outstanding Citizen Award in 2015.

Members of the Tribute to Women committee are Deater, chairwoman; Mary Parson, coordinator; Karen Azar; Mary Borkow; Karen Esaias; Mary Jo Gardill; Glory Grattan; Betty Gritzer; Angie Kovach; Marianne Krizner; Susan Lavely; Diana Lopez; Irene Maguth; Kristina Marinkovich; Rose Marinkovich; Marcia Polonkey; and Marianne Spampinato.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.