Aundrea Keimig of Athens also earned her Gold Award for her project entitled “Blankets for Babies.” Aundrea planned to make 100 blankets for the babies in the neonatal unit at the Huntsville Hospital. Aundrea is currently studying nursing at Freed-Hardeman University and hopes to become a neonatologist. Her love of helping babies inspired her to do something to help those who help the babies in the NICU at Huntsville Hospital. Each blanket was made to be a lasting memorial of the ones who helped the babies and their families long after they left the hospital. Aundrea also created a Facebook group to get her friends involved in the project and enlisted them to help make the blankets. Together they created 100 blankets and Aundrea was able to spread the word about the neonatal unit and the people who work there.
Megan Foshee of Huntsville earned her award for her project “Building Hope for the Future.” She helped remodel the teen room at the Hope Place.
Paige Bartlett and Amanda Whitlock of Decatur earned their award for their work with the Mental Health Association. Their project was aimed at educating people about autism and other mental illnesses.
Maura Bailey of Huntsville earned her award for organizing a Friendship Festival for all the girls in Cullman County.
Women of Distinction
The West Alabama Women of Distinction took place on April 23 at Hotel Capstone
This yearâ€™s Women of Distinction honorees were:
Career Accomplishments: Tera Wyatt of Northport, Director of TDOT, City of Tuscaloosa
Community Contributions: Zelpha Storey Wells of Tuscaloosa, Director of Zelphaâ€™s Cultural Development Corporation
Outstanding Educator: Susan Pace Hamill of Tuscaloosa, Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law
Lifetime Achievement: Elois Zeanah of Tuscaloosa, civic volunteer
Nominees included: Pam Askew, civic volunteer; Drew Baker, civic volunteer; Martha Regina Crowther-King of Bessemer, Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama; Katharine Ross Merrell of Tuscaloosa, Owner, Grand National Equine Sports Massage Therapy; and Betty Northington of Tuscaloosa, accountant, Bama Exterminating; Five Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts were honored at the luncheon for earning their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Leanne Davis, Tracy Hardy, Camden Nolen, Kelsey Nolen, Laina McDonald, all of Fayette, Alabama were recognized for their leadership and service projects. This event was chaired by Nancy Lambert-Brown.
The Huntsville Women of Distinction luncheon will take place on May 8 at the Huntsville Country Club at 11:30 AM. This year’s Women of Distinction nominees are:
Wanda Ashby, Assistant Director, Christmas Charities Year Round; Jane Bise, Interior Designer; Willie Clark Corlew, Assistant Principal, Blanche School; Anna Lee Dunn, Principal/Teacher at Whitesburg Christian Academy; Bettye English, Community Volunteer; Amy Epps, Computer Engineer, NASA; Paige Stephenson Hanks, Senior Systems Engineer, NASA; Liz Hurley, News Anchor, WAFF-TV; Carole Jurenko Jones, Community Volunteer; Shelia Nash-Stevenson, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineer, NASA; Judy Ryals, CEO, Huntsville/Madison Convention Center; Belinda Savage-Edwards, Neurologist, Rehabilitation & Neurological Services; Frances Schwemmer, Piano Teacher; Josephine Scruggs, Interim Administrator, First Missionary Baptist Church; Yvonne L. Simms, Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company; Dana Stone, Mary Kay Consultant; Jean Wessel Templeton, CEO, Wesfam Restaurants, Inc.; Cynthia Thompson, Teacher/Gifted Specialist, Monrovia Elementary; Lady Shivers Tucker, Retired Educator, Classical Recitalist; Nancy Wilkinson Van Valkenburgh, Owner, Van Valkenburg & Wilkinson Real Estate; Lisa Washington, News Anchor and Reporter, WHNT-TV; Jacqueline Purnell Wyse, Principal, Butler High School; and Stacie Yarbrough, Interpreter Coordinator, AIDB. This event is being chaired by Kay Eastin and Dawn Stanley. Committee members include Sally Barnett, Joyce Griffin, Chana Johnson, Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Mabry Miller, Norma Oberlies and Margaret Vann.