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Since 1912, the YWCA Charleston WV has been fulfilling its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Through our diverse and comprehensive network of social service programs, we serve our clients in many ways: shelter, case management, counseling, education, job training, child care/education and more.

In turn, the participants of our programs respond by mastering the qualities of self-sufficiency and independence—our success stories are many! 

Annually, we assist more than 10,000 individuals in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties. By eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA creates peace, justice, freedom and dignity for the people of our communities.

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The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

 

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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation's "Community Connections" features 2015 Women of Achievement Preview

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YWCA-Resolve Coordinator Recognized for Lifelong Work

Our very own YWCA-Resolve Coordinator Tina Manns (at a spry 85 years young and still feisty as ever) was be recognized on The House Floor Thursday February. 12th at the State Capitol. The House of Delegates presented her with a citation for the lifelong work Tina has provided as an advocate for domestic abuse victims. This is truly a great honor and we are privileged to work along beside of her and to learn from her. Her name is legendary across our state and a few other states for the tireless effort she has provided to those in need. She has dedicated herself for years to serving victims of domestic violence, veterans and as a drug/alcohol counselor just to name a few. She is a crusader for what is right and fair and been the voice of those that had none. She has served on too many committees, boards etc. to even name.
We also wish to thank Delegate Jeff Eldridge for the recommendation.

Women of Achievement 2015: Meet the honorees

YWCA Charleston is pleased to announce the 2015 Women of Achievement. Kitty Dooley, Sharon Flanery and Judy Wellington were nominated by their community for their contributions to the Kanawha Valley and for their embodiment of the YWCA mission. Amy Thomas is the 10th annual YWCA Empowerment Award winner. This honor is awarded to a YWCA client who has overcome significant adversity through the services of one or more of our programs. We invite you to join us on Friday, March 6, 2015 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites for the 19th Annual Women of Achievement luncheon in their honor. Tickets are available through the YWCA website or by calling 304.340.3557.


A coal miner’s daughter from Fairmont, Kitty Dooley decided to become an attorney at the age of 12. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at Marshall University in 1980 where she was an ROTC cadet, she served in the US Army for more than four years. She earned her Army parachutist badge while still a cadet and finished her military career as a captain. Kitty received a Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University in 1990. As a private practice attorney in Charleston, Kitty has worked hard to better her community. As the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, she spearheaded a $60 million effort to rebuild Charleston’s most depressed public housing. She has also served with the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, the J.R. Clifford Project honoring West Virginia’s first black attorney, and the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action. She is a member of the Mountain State Bar Association, Inc., the West Virginia and American Associations for Justice and the Charleston Branch of the NAACP.

 

Sharon Flanery is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA as being one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of energy, mining, natural resources, and oil and gas law. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University in 1978, she worked as a reservoir engineer in Appalachia and in Saudi Arabia before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University in 1991. As a petroleum engineer she brings real-world experience to her law practice as a member of the Executive Committee and leader of the Energy and Natural Resources Department at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Charleston. Sharon actively supports the professional development of women in the field through the Charleston Area Alliance’s Women in Energy forum. She received the 2011 Best Lawyers Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year award for the Charleston area.

 

 

Judith L. Wellington is the President and CEO of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. After earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University in1975, she went on to use the analytical and problem-solving skills of her science background in unique ways and in a variety of fields. Her work led her to the Philadelphia zoo, and later to the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences - operator of the New Jersey State Aquarium - where she served as President and CEO. Through this work, Judy quickly learned that a cultural institution can have a major impact on a city and, more importantly, can change the lives of the individuals it serves. Judy serves on the boards of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arts Council of the Kanawha Valley and East End Main Street. She is an on the Advisory Board of the University of Charleston Business School, and the Advisory Council of the Pittsburgh Area Remake Learning Council.

 


Amy Thomas
is a graduate from South Charleston High and West Virginia State University. Amy was the office manager for the start-up Nextel in West Virginia for several years. Currently she is working toward a double major in criminal justice and social work from West Virginia State University. Upon graduation, her goal is to serve her community through law enforcement as a community advisor or victims advocate. Amy is a survivor. She spent more than 15 years in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship before finding YWCA’s Resolve Family Abuse program. Through Resolve, she received the support and advice she needed to become free from her abuser and to provide a safe environment for her two children. As a speaker, Amy has shared her store at the Domestic Violence Awareness Council’s Annual Gala, and at the YWCA 2014 White Hot Soiree. Her goal is to serve her community through law enforcement as a community advisor or victims advocate.

Three 2015 Women of Achievement honorees selected

YWCA Charleston is pleased to announce three of the 2015 Women of Achievement. These women – Kitty Dooley, Sharon Flanery and Judy Wellington – were nominated by their community for their contributions to the Kanawha Valley and for their embodiment of the YWCA mission. A fourth honoree, the Empowerment Award winner, will be announced this winter.

Kitty Dooley, a coal miner’s daughter originally from Fairmont, decided to become an attorney at the age of 12. On the path to attaining that goal, she served in the United States Army, completing her military career as a Captain. As an attorney with her own practice in Charleston, Kitty has worked to better her community, and most recently completed 10 years of service as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, where she spearheaded a $60 million effort to rebuild Charleston’s most depressed public housing. She has served with numerous organizations, including Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, the J.R. Clifford Project honoring West Virginia’s first black attorney, and the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action.

Sharon Flanery is one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of energy, mining, natural resources, oil and gas law. As a petroleum engineer with both an operating and legal background in the energy industry, she brings real-world experience to her law practice as a member of the Executive Committee and leader of the Energy and Natural Resources Department at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Charleston. In her position, Sharon is active in supporting the professional development of women in the field, including participating in the Charleston Area Alliance’s Women in Energy forum. She is the recipient of the 2011 Best Lawyers Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year award for the Charleston area and is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the field of natural resources.

Judith L. Wellington is the President and CEO of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. Judy started her career as a research chemist after earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University. She “ran away to the zoo” and while VP at the Philadelphia Zoo, quickly learned that a cultural institution can have a major impact on a city and, more importantly, can change the lives of the individuals it serves. Since then she has worked to integrate the cultural organizations she has led into the fabric of the community and has looked for ways to serve those most in need. Judy serves on the boards of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arts Council of the Kanawha Valley and East End Main Street. She is on the Remake Learning Council in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Join us in celebrating these women whose work, passion, and vision help shape and lead our community. The 19th Annual Women Achievement Awards luncheon will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at Embassy Suites noon – 1:30PM.

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