Fourteen prominent women from all walks of life to be honored by YWCA of Bucks County at 29th Annual Salute to ‘Women Who Make A Difference’

    Fourteen prominent women from all walks of life will be singled out for special attention when they are honored by the YWCA of Bucks County at their 29th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Reception and Awards Dinner to be held at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road in Ivyland, on Thursday, October 28th, 6:00 to 9:00pm. The public is invited. 

    “This is the 29th consecutive year that the YWCA of Bucks County proudly honors female leaders who live or work in Bucks County,” states Karen Ann Ulmer, of Newtown, event chairperson. “Each year we provide this special salute to honor them for making exceptional contributions to their businesses, organizations or their communities. Once again, it will be a very special evening.”

    Being honored for advocacy and civic engagement are Kathy Boockvar, Esquire, of Washington Crossing, Seema Z. Kazmi, PharmD, Morrisville, and Kathryn Sherlock, of Yardley. Boockvar is vice president of election operations for the Center For Internet Security, Kazmi is a licensed pharmacist in six states  and has worked in pharmacy management, managed care and the commercial pharmaceutical industry, and Sherlock is the founder and president of Kaden’s Corner, working to affect changes in judicial reform in the court system enhancing child custody laws.

    Honorees for Community Engagement are Deborah Camp-Frye, Wynmoor, PA, Alisa Oglesby, Langhorne, and Robin Robinson, of Jamison. Camp-Frye is the former Bucks County president of Links, Inc. serving the Bucks County area for two decades. Oglesby works as a national therapeutic specialty representative consulting with micro startup businesses and Robinson is the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds. 

    The honoree for Corporate Social Responsibility is Grace M. Deon, Esquire, of Northampton, president & chief executive officer of the Eastburn & Gray Law Firm.

    Being honored in the category of Media and Journalism are Carrie Nork Minelli, of Southampton, PA, and Kristin Smedley, of Ivyland. Minelli is the director of advertising and public relations for Parx Casino in Bensalem, while Smedley is the Pennsylvania ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Diseases and co-founder and president of the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation.

    Honorees for Racial and Social Justice are Melissa E. Bennett, MD, Newtown, a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Celia Sharp, of Doylestown, a research cell biologist and director of biology for the Chemistry Research Solution, LLC, of Bristol.

    Being honored for Women’s Empowerment are Stephanie Schwartzberg, Esquire, of Newtown, attorney for Penn Community Bank and Denise Allen Williams, also of Newtown, who leads United States Strategy and Commercial Operations for Merck & Company.

    The Girl Power honoree is Victoria Sullivan. of Morrisville, a junior at the Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. 

    In addition to Karen Ann Ulmer, and Michele Light, board chair, other committee members are Susan Dardes, Liz Colussi, April Townsend, Corrine Broadnax, Daphne Lam, Kate Marcopul, Clarice Taylor, Karen Madotto and Jennifer BeVier. 

    Established in 1858 as a voice for women’s issues, the YWCA Bucks County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting, peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization envisions a community of empowered women, girls and families succeeding through increased opportunities to pursue and fulfill their individual aspirations. It is committed to the empowerment of community-based service to and partnership with women, girls and families in need. Integrity, diversity, inclusivity, empathy and self-value are non-negotiable elements and are elements of everything they do. You can reach them at 215-953-7793 or via e-mail at

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