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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Honorees Announced

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative has announced the 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees.

The awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership.

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“The selection process for our Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees gets increasingly difficult every year because the women in our region are doing such amazing things,” said Gina Bath, Vice President of the NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative.

“This year 50 women were nominated, each one inspiring and deserving of recognition. We are thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on this group of individuals. We are truly grateful for their contributions to our region.”

The 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees include:

Outstanding Women Honorees:

Lisa Cooper – Northern Kentucky Area Development District

Lisa Cooper.

Wafa Nasser, M.D. – The Whole Child Pediatrics, PSC

Teri VonHandorf, Ed.D. – Gateway Community & Technical College

Kim M. Webb – Emergency Shelter of NKY

Emerging Leader Honoree:

Laura S. Menge – Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Laura Menge. 

Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women Honoree:

Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Kristi P. Nelson – Multi-Color Corporation

Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement Honoree:

Tammy Weidinger – Brighton Center, Inc.

Tammy Weidinger. 

Nancy Janes Boothe Scholarship Recipients:

Savannah Buck, Gateway Community & Technical College

Barbie Watkins, Northern Kentucky University

Holly Jenkins, Thomas More University

“We are honored to be able to recognize these incredible women,” said Julie Tapke, Chair of the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards. “Their hard work and selfless attitudes make the entire Northern Kentucky community better.”

The awards will be presented at the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards Luncheon, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018). Tickets to the event are $40 and available online at

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in the fall of 1984, by the late Nancy Boothe, wife of then-NKU President Leon E. Boothe. Since 1985 nearly 200 women have been recognized for blazing trails, opening doors, or demonstrating leadership in their homes, their professions, their communities, or their state.

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