BLOOMINGTON — A record number of McLean County women received nominations for YWCA McLean County Woman of Distinction awards.

YWCA announced Thursday that 48 women have been nominated in eight categories that highlight their contributions to their respective fields and to McLean County. The categories are Business; Creative Arts & Entertainment; Education; Professions; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); Social Services; Volunteer Service and Young Professional.

"There are a lot of amazing women in our community and I'm thrilled we'll be able to recognize so many," said Liz German, YWCA McLean County vice president of operations.

A panel of judges, including local community leaders and executive staff from other YWCAs, will review the nominations and select one winner in each category. Selection will be based on qualities of leadership, areas of achievement and commitment to improving McLean County through work or volunteer activities.

Women will be honored during the 28th annual Women of Distinction awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. May 16 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in uptown Normal.

This year's nominees are Dr. Dana Altenburger, KMB SC; Alexis Astorina, Colene Hoose Elementary School; Susan Baller-Shepard, Heartland Community College; Ann Bastian White, retired; Dawn Beichner, Illinois State University; Mary Bennett Henrichs, Integrity Technology Solutions; Shelleigh Birlingmair, Children's Discovery Museum; Nicole Bruno, Normal Police Department; Olivia Butts, ISU; Tammy Chewe, State Farm; Shelly Clevenger, ISU; Chemberly Cummings, State Farm; Faye Freeman-Smith, Counseling Resource Institute; Natalie Galligan, Shoo Shoo Baby Boutique and Lulu Louise Boutique; Stacey Hardin, ISU; Colleen Kannaday, Advocate Health Care; Ciarra Kohn, Country Financial and Pastelle magazine; Tahnee Lathrop, Retrofit Culture; Tiffany Lawson Grant, SKL Planning and Events; Kim Lockwood Travers, Heartland Community College; Luella Mahannah, Integrity Counseling; Kim McCord, ISU; the Rev. Christine McNeal, St. John's Lutheran Church; Meta Mickens-Baker, State Farm; Julie Navickas, ISU: Katie Novak, Green Top Grocery; Ashley Pettit, State Farm; Tiffanny Powell, Children's Home + Aid; Katie Pratt, ISU; Samantha Quigle, Positive Training; Angelique Racki, BCAI School of Arts; Dr. Laura Randolph; Gretchen Reid, Cattails Feline Rescue; Colleen Reynolds, Heartland Community College; the late Kristina "Tina" Salamone, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; Kari Sandhaas, Country Financial; April Schermann, Normal Community West High School; Aslihan Spaulding, ISU; Pamela Starks, Jack and Jill of America Inc.; Marilyn Tarver, Spare and Share Shop; Kourtney Tarvin Erbes, Tarvin's Culligan of Bloomington; Desetra Taylor, Center for Hope Ministries; Sherrilyn Thomas, Bloomington Junior High School; Maura Toro-Morn, ISU; Tracey Vincent, State Farm; Alicia Whitworth, Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal; Cathy Woods, Community Cancer Center; and Angela Yoches, McLean County Orthopedics.

Tickets for the Women of Distinction Banquet are $55 and may ordered at 309-662-0461, ext. 298, or at

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